It’s our 38th year of providing therapeutic riding programs at Special Equestrians, and it’s been quite a year. The global pandemic has had a significant impact on our ability to sustain our operations. In March, we cancelled programming and have been closed for the past six months. Even though our lessons and group programs stopped, we kept our center running. Throughout the closure, our dedicated barn staff provided daily care for our 11 therapy horses, making sure that the horses were safe and healthy, keeping them happy and fit for the time when programming could safely restart. Administrative personnel worked remotely managing financial activities and communications, looking for new ways to raise money and staying in close contact with our riders and the community.
The discounted rates we charge for lessons and programs help cover our operating expenses; riders’ fees accounting for 35% of our income. The loss of that income over the past six months has meant we face a difficult financial future and we are asking for your help to keep us moving forward.
Our horses and programs mean so much to our riders and the community we serve. Please give whatever you can. Your support today will help us provide therapeutic riding lessons to amazing individuals with special needs, youth at risk, and those recovering from addiction …tomorrow, and the next day, and the days after that. Your gift in any amount supports the important work we do to enhance lives.