History of SIRE, Inc.
1974 – founded in Connecticut by Cindy Lindh
1980 – Cindy set up a test program at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX
1983 – moved to J Bar M Ranch on Kluge Road in Cypress, TX, in Northwest Houston, with 5 clients and 2 ponies
1984 – moved to covered arena at Oak Hollow Equestrian Park on Grant Road. Grew to 33 clients
1985 – incorporated as SIRE, Inc.
1989 – moved to Bluebonnet Riding Academy on Huffmeister Road
1991 – added a second site at the home of Cathy and Lyndon Wright in Montgomery, TX
1993 – Cypress site moved to Jordan Quarter Horses on Kitzman Road
1995 – hired the first paid employee, Karen Abbott, as Head Instructor, with 80 clients and 12 horses
2000 – merged with Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center and acquired 37 acres in Spring, TX, for a second site – doing business now as SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers
2001 – hired first Executive Director, Glenn Aker
2006 – opened a third site in Fort Bend County at Sienna Stables in Missouri City. Total income exceeded $1,000,000 for the first time.
2007 – built Humana covered arena at the Spring site.
2008 – delivered services of over 250 sessions per week in the Fall semester.
2010 – initiated a formal Instructor Training program.
2012 – moved the FortBend site to Richmond State Supported Living Center, a collaboration with the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services.
2013 – acquired an additional 16 acres of land adjacent to the Hockley site.
Past Presidents of SIRE Board of Directors
Molly Sweeney, 1997-2007
Lyndon Wright, 1996
Derek Barnes, 1995
Warren Reininger, 1993-1994
Cindy Lindh, 1983-1992