Welcome Spring with our 12th annual 'Healing with Horses' walk-a-thon to benefit Centaur Stride Therapeutic Riding Center. We are going 100% 'remote' this year but we hope you will consider joining us on Sunday March 28th. Particiating is easy- please participate in a VIRTUAL WALK on MARCH 28 and we will post to Facebook. (take a walk anywhere, take a picture, and send it to us!)
We need more people/teams to help us reach our goal. There are many ways to help. You can help by doing any or all of the following:
* Participate in a VIRTUAL WALK on March 28th (take a walk anywhere, take a picture, and send it to us!) Please ask your friends and/ or employer to join you on your team! We will set up an online fundraising page (on the secure Crowdrise fundraising site) featuring your child/rider. To do this, please send us info so we can set up a page for you. This will not go live until the end of February.
* Solicit and collect donations yourself if you’d rather do it in person rather than online
* Donate to a rider's 'Healing with Horses' walk-a-thon team page to help that rider raise the money for his/her team/horse.
Many employers also have charitable giving programs and will match funds raised by employees. Please ask your employer about it.
The actual value/cost per lesson varies from $37-168 depending on the rider's needs and abilities (the high end requiring a therapist and 2 other helpers, the low end an independent rider). However, riders are charged only $30/lesson, regardless of actual cost. It costs about $3500 per year to care for, feed and keep one horse in good condition as a therapy horse (lots of TLC and training)!
The programs are labor intensive and require many people to assist. Therefore, each rider and family are so grateful to the community for the generous donations and volunteer support. Thank you for helping provide therapeutic recreation, hope and joy to our riders, their families and all those who volunteer and witness the amazing world of healing with horses! We are excited to have completed the bridge that will give us access to 30 more acres of trails! Program development is on the horizon- we just need funding- anything is possible and every donation helps us reach our goals!
ABOUT CENTAUR STRIDE:
Located in Sherman/Westfield, N.Y., Centaur Stride has been providing programs to benefit people with disabilities, enriching the lives of more than 150 children and adults with cognitive, emotional or physical challenges, as well as their families. Centaur Stride Therapeutic Horseback Riding has been providing an inclusive environment of recreational enrichment for persons with and without disabilities from its facilities since 1993. There are no paid, nor has ever been, any paid administrative staff. That brings operational costs down a lot but also makes it more difficult to get grants. The benefits of therapeutic horseback riding expand across physical, cognitive, emotional and social domains. The joy experienced by family members just to see their child engaging in something that they would never be able to do is monumental.