From 2016-2018 we had a small therapeutic horseback riding program at our public riding stable. We provided weekly equine therapy during the summer months to numerous local families.
Our program was led by Ms. Aubrey, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. We saw so much growth in the children over the 3 months they were here, however we did not have the facility to provide therapy year-round. Each summer when therapy started back up, the kids had to start back at square one as they had lost their progress from the summer before.
We realized that in order to benefit the kids long-term we had to pursue a full-time, year-round therapy program. To accomplish this we have started a 501c3 non-for-profit called Stony Lake Therapeutic Riding Center. We just finished construction on a new 62′ x 120′ indoor riding arena; our therapeutic riding classes began July 2020. We currently have 19 weekly students but will be adding an additional 11 students in September when Session 2 begins!
Stony Lake Therapeutic Riding Center Purpose: To provide progressive equine therapy to serve, encourage and promote growth in individuals with physical, mental, social and emotional challenges, improving their quality of life using horses as a catalyst.