Handi-Riders is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to children and adults with disabilities in Northern California since 1981. This proven form of therapy is recognized as an approved form of therapy by the American Medical Association, the U.S. Veterans Administration, and the Wounded Warriors Project as an effective form of therapy.
Therapeutic riding facilitates physical and emotional healing in a safe environment where riders with various disabilities can come together to strengthen, heal, normalize and socialize with powerful creatures who are non-judgmental and accept them exactly as they are. We are excited to announce our new Heroes Services program. We will be providing our services to our brave men and women veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This program will be completely free to all participants. We are looking for veterans to be volunteers for their fellow veterans as side and lead walkers, and a veteran with horse experience to be trained as certified as an instructor. We also need financial support from the community to cover the scholarships and additional program expenses.
Handi-riders received some helping hands Wednesday. The Ridgeview Rangers, students from Ridgeview High School in Paradise, spent the afternoon cleaning stalls, picking up rocks, raking, along with grooming and walking horses. "To see my kids do something kind, not expecting anything in return, it really builds them up," said Jeff Wrobel, teacher at Ridgeview High School. "and (it) helps with their esteem and confidence."
Looking for a Certified PATH Instructor
Handi-Riders, a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association for special needs children and adults is looking for a part/full time PATH certified instructor. Must be willing to commit to one year or more. Please send resume to email@example.com or call 530-533-5333. Immediate opening.
Description of Program and Services
Handi-Riders is a center for Equine Assisted Activities & Learning (EAAL). Horses are catalysts, facilitators, mirrors and listeners, as well as physical stimulators. By partnering with their horses, our riders enjoy complete, experiential learning.
Clients are referred to our program through schools, therapy groups, rehabilitation programs and doctors. Each client is provided the resources and guidance needed to maximize his or her potential.
We offer a Winter 4-week session, Spring and Fall 6- week sessions and a 4 one-week Summer Day programs. Private and Semi-Private lessons are offered throughout the year.
Riding classes are conducted under the direction of our Registered PATH Instructors with the help of trained volunteers. Each rider may require as many as three volunteers to assist them: one volunteer to handle the horse and two alongside for safety and to give support where need to the rider.
The horses in our program are donated or on lease. We have horses of all shapes, sizes, gaits and breeds. They must pass a pre-qualification process for soundness and manners to determine acceptability. Once accepted, our horses are trained to remain calm around mobility aids, lesson obstacles, props and rider behaviors before carrying a rider. Handi-Riders is supported in part by: Businesses, Individuals, Grants, Trusts.
Accomplishments and Goals
In January 2012, Handi-Riders moved to a new location, Wade Arena. Situated near the intersection of Clark and Hwy. 70 just north of Oroville, Wade Arena is the ideal home for our program. With a covered arena and enclosed barn, classes are offered rain or shine allowing us to serve our riders without interruption. We are now able to focus on the expansion of our program and facility.
For additional information about enrolling in classes, volunteering, becoming an instructor, or visiting our Center, or please call the office: 530-533-5333 or contact us via e-mail: info@Handi-Riders.org. Donations may be made through PayPal or by sending a check to Handi-Riders, P.O. Box 1885, Chico, CA 95927.