Equest Special Riders Inc.
Instruction for physically and mentally challenged horseback riders since 1982
Equest Special Riders Inc. is a non-profit organization of trained volunteers who provide therapeutic-recreational horseback riding and instruction for persons left physically or mentally dysfunctional through irregularites of birth, high fevers, disease or trauma from an accident. A few students are adults; the greatest majority of the Special Riders are children. Children, who might never have walked, enjoy a chance to experience the exhilaration of moving freely, mounted atop a horse. While riders are involved in specialized games designed to improve coordination, the horse's gait massages their leg muscles. You need only watch one session to realize how much riding impacts the self-confidence and well being of the students.
Equest is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PATH. Our riding instructor is PATH Certified
Equest Special Riders, Inc. is a registered nonprofit corporation with tax-exempt status under Section 501(C)(3) of the IRS Tax Code. All monetary or in-kind Donations are tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 91-1220703
Thank you for your support!
We are looking for Saturday volunteers that can come on a consistent basis each week. That can be every week, every other week or maybe just one or two sessions a Saturday. Our ability to offer classes depends on knowing if we have enough volunteers to ensure safe classes for our riders. Without consistent volunteers we cannot run classes safely and, in some cases, we have to send riders home if we don't have enough volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, we have 3 classes that are conducted on Saturdays from 10am and end at 1pm. You must be 14 years or older and can walk in a sand arena for 45 minutes at a time. You will be helping get the horses ready for class and sidewalking with our riders.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you volunteer information and the time of our next training.
We are in need of Saturday Volunteers
Below is the schedule of Equest classes for the next 2 months.
July 23 – classes as usual
July 30 - classes as usual
Aug 6 - no classes Cfair horse show in Monroe We will be assisting as this is a show to benefit Equest
Aug 13 – no classes Instructor not available
Aug 20 – no classes Instructor not available
Aug 27 – classes as usual
Sept 3 – no classes Labor Day weekend
Sept10 – classes as usual
Cfair horse show in Monroe is the 2nd benefit for Equest this year and is a major source of funding to operate Equest. They are again allowing us to have a small silent auction. And we welcome anyone that would like to donate items. We are also in need of volunteers to help during the show. The show runs from Wed. Aug 3rd to Sunday Aug 7th Let us know if you can donate or help during the show. Thanks
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Debbie Maroon, Equest President and member of the Equest family for over 25 years. Her untiring devotion to Equest has allowed us to weather many a storm. She will be missed and remembered by many riders and volunteers that she has mentored thru the years. Remembrance gathering to be announced at a later date.