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Moloney stays busy

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October 13, 2010 - Clarkston High School senior Danny Moloney began riding horses early in his life when his family lived overseas in Germany and Switzerland.

"He enjoyed it," said mom, Elaine.

When he came back he learned he could continue riding after reading about O.A.T.S., Offering Alternative Therapy and Smiles, in Independence Elementary's student newspaper.

He has ridden there for the last six years and most recently participated in the O.A.T.S.'s Mane Event at the Oakland County Fairgrounds, Sept. 19.

Danny has also competed the last two year in the United Professional Horsemen's Association Exceptional Challenge Cup with other O.A.T.S. riders, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Danny also volunteers his time at O.A.T.S every Saturday morning.

"He does anything a typical volunteer will out there," said Elaine. "He cleans stalls, puts out hay and helps with other classes. It has helped him learn responsibility and helped to make decisions because he is in charge of his horse."

In addition to horseback riding, Danny also swims, a sport he has enjoyed his entire life. He was on the high school's Varsity Boys Swim team during his sophomore and junior years.

He is contemplating continuing on the swim team or doing something else during the winter season.

"He would like to manage the basketball team for Coach Dan Fife during his senior year," said Elaine.

Danny is currently manager for the Clarkston Varsity football team and has been the last two seasons.

"Nothing will take him from his football game," said Elaine about his devotion to the team.

Even while O.A.T.s is hosting their annual fundraiser on Oct. 22, Danny will be on the sidelines helping the football team during their last game of the regular season against Lake Orion. Elaine and his dad, Jim, will represent him at the fundraiser.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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