SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers http://sire-htec.org Providing Therapeutic Horsemanship in greater Houston Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:47:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spring Says Goodbye to Casper http://sire-htec.org/uncategorized/casper-goes-rainbow-bridge/ http://sire-htec.org/uncategorized/casper-goes-rainbow-bridge/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:37:38 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=11535 The Spring site is mourning the recent loss of their horse Casper to a bout of Colic.  Casper, a Paint with a white face and striking blue eyes, was donated to SIRE in April 2014 and began working in our program during the summer semester.     He was a solid and steady horse who…

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The Spring site is mourning the recent loss of their horse Casper to a bout of Colic.  Casper, a Paint with a white face and striking blue eyes, was donated to SIRE in April 2014 and began working in our program during the summer semester.

Alex Calame on Casper with Volunteer Lindsey Hennigan

Alex Calame on Casper with Volunteer Lindsey Hennigan

 

 

He was a solid and steady horse who inspired confidence in the most insecure rider.  Fran Calame, mother of rider Alex Calame wrote in an email “Casper helped Alex over the summer to regain his confidence in riding again. I was so proud of Alex during their last class.”

 

 

 

 

Casper’s time with us was brief but his contributions to SIRE will carry on with his riders.

 

 “Every day with a horse is a gift”

Dr. Boutros, Waller Equine Hospital

Casper head

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Media Alert -October Trail Ride and Run Benefitting SIRE’s Riders

SIRE Walk, Run, Ride-a-thon Supports SIRE Clients all Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2014
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Calling all riders, volunteers, family and friends past and present, to support SIRE’s life-changing therapeutic horsemanship at the CGG 22nd Annual Saddle Up!  for SIRE Ride-a-thon, Saturday October 18th. Trail riders can roam 40 miles of trails through 1,100 gently rolling acres at the family-owned, historic 7iL Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas.

No horse? No worries! Everyone can enjoy a barbecue lunch, live music, line dancers, costumed characters, bounce houses, a family carnival, petting zoo, and live reptile show. The SIRE Walk, Run, Ride-a-thon, Saturday October 18th presented by CGG provides fun while underwriting lessons for special-needs riders all year.

SIRE riders seek donations to ride at 7IL, where they also will tour a living history exhibit of horses through the ages. Jousters, barrel racers, ropers, a wagon driver and more will demonstrate the capabilities of their horses.

Also new this year is SIRE’s 1st annual 10k trail run. Race terrain includes rolling pastures, woods, and creeks. Looking on will be your bovine cheering section. Participants will join trail riders — on the different trails — in supporting SIRE’s clients. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to winning runners as well as those raising the most money to support SIRE and those wearing the best costumes.

Supporters and participants in the SIRE Walk, Run, Ride-a-thon have the satisfaction of knowing their donations provide therapeutic horsemanship to more than 300 riders a year. The power, spirit, and unconditional acceptance of SIRE’s horses have enabled clients to ride beyond – to leave wheelchairs behind, to say first words, and even to be able to experience the thrill of competing at the Houston Rodeo and Special Olympics. For links to donate or sign up, go to sire-htec.org.

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About SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship

SIRE is a nonprofit organization with locations in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend County that provide therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded 31 years ago, served more than 300 riders last year, helping each gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. SIRE has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International. Four of the 31 Master Instructors certified by PATH International world-wide serve riders and the profession at SIRE.

Donations are always needed and gratefully accepted. SIRE needs volunteers (horse knowledge not necessary), horses, and resources to underwrite therapeutic horsemanship sessions.

For more information on SIRE, please visit www.SIRE-htec.org or call 281-356-7588.

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Media Alert – SIRE Hippotherapy Supported by Equus Foundation and Fort Bend Cares http://sire-htec.org/donor/media-alert-hippotherapy-grants/ http://sire-htec.org/donor/media-alert-hippotherapy-grants/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:52:43 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/uncategorized/media-alert-sires-movie-night-a-smashing-success/ The post Media Alert – SIRE Hippotherapy Supported by Equus Foundation and Fort Bend Cares appeared first on SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers.

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SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship Receives grants from Equus Foundation and Fort Bend Cares for Hippotherapy

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SIRE has now received several generous donations to restart hippotherapy services in the Houston area. Hippotherapy is  a form of physical, occupational or speech therapy in which a licensed therapist uses the movement of a horse to accomplish prescribed treatment goals.

The  EQUUS Foundation provides grants to charities dedicated to ensuring the well-being of horses, improving the quality of life of people through equine-assisted activities and therapies, and fostering the horse-human bond.

Earlier this year, by making critical data available about its programs, horse care practices, and governance, SIRE met the qualifications to be a Messenger organization with Equus.

SIRE’s relationship with Equus goes back to at least 2011, when the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the EQUUS Foundation selected SIRE board member, Molly Sweeney, for their highest honor, the Humanitarian Award. Molly received the award for devoting her life to supporting and recognizing the horse-human connection.

Likewise, SIRE has had a longstanding relationship with Fort Bend Cares. Fort Bend Cares was founded in 2004 to support existing charitable organizations providing essential services to disadvantaged children and youth in Fort Bend County.

Thanks to donations from Fort Bend Cares, Equus, and others, SIRE’s clients – in the words of our tagline – “Ride Beyond” and thrive.

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About SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship

SIRE is a nonprofit organization with locations in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend County that provide therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded 31 years ago, served more than 300 riders last year, helping each gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. SIRE has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International. Four of the 31 Master Instructors certified by PATH International world-wide serve riders and the profession at SIRE.

Donations are always needed and gratefully accepted. SIRE needs volunteers (horse knowledge not necessary), horses, and resources to underwrite therapeutic horsemanship sessions.

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SIRE’s Movie Night a Smashing Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2014

SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship Benefits from Suds, Scemes and SIRE

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About 100 SIRE friends and volunteers came to the Alamo Drafthouse in the Vintage this August to raise money for SIRE’s special needs clients. The first showstoppers were Bob and Tikki, two of SIRE’s 27 therapy horses. Children shyly petted the gentle horses’ noses while parents marveled at how calm both horses were in the hubbub of a Saturday night at the outdoor mall.
Inside the cool, welcoming Alamo Drafthouse, movie-goers listened to world-champion endurance rider and 20-year SIRE supporter, Darolyn Butler, share her experiences competing around the world. Then guests competed, trying to outbid one another over great racing and movie memorabilia and more. Finally, all enjoyed dinner while watching Hidalgo, the story of Frank Hopkins and his mustang competing in a 3,000 mile race across the desert in 1890 Arabia. All told, Suds, Scenes and SIRE guests and sponsors helped raise $10,000 for the upcoming fall session at SIRE.

Jenny Booth, winner of the evening’s top money-raising auction item (a custom portrait by Houston artist Hollee Claywater of West University) and another long-time SIRE supporter, says,”It is a blessing to be associated with SIRE. They always give so much more than they receive.” SIRE staff can say the same in return, since Jenny and her family have volunteered with SIRE, donated horses, and helped many special needs clients ride, thanks to their generous support.

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SIRE is a nonprofit organization with locations in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend County that provide therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded 30 years ago, served more than 300 riders last year, helping each gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. SIRE has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International. Four of the 31 Master Instructors certified by PATH International world-wide serve riders and the profession at SIRE.

Donations are always needed and gratefully accepted. SIRE needs volunteers (horse knowledge not necessary), horses, and resources to underwrite therapeutic horsemanship sessions.

For more information on SIRE, please visit www.SIRE-htec.org or call 281-356-7588.

SIRE therapy horse Bob is ready for his close-up as is 5000-hour volunteer Luis Cardenas. Bob and Tikki were two of the stars at Suds, Scenes, and SIRE this August. Photo credit Tod Gilpin

SIRE therapy horse Bob is ready for his close-up as is 5000-hour volunteer Luis Cardenas. Bob and Tikki were two of the stars at Suds, Scenes, and SIRE this August. Photo credit Tod Gilpin

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“Making Miracles at SIRE” Sidelines Magazine September 2014 http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/making-miracles-at-sire/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/making-miracles-at-sire/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:01:02 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=11306     By Dani Moritz How do you describe therapeutic riding — what it is, what it does? You could describe it as sensory stimulation that inspires physical and emotional improvements among the mentally and physically disabled. You could say it mimics walking, instills confidence, is a platform for learning — all of which are…

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By Dani Moritz

How do you describe therapeutic riding — what it is, what it does? You could describe it as sensory stimulation that inspires physical and emotional improvements among the mentally and physically disabled. You could say it mimics walking, instills confidence, is a platform for learning — all of which are true, but none of which truly captures precisely what therapeutic riding really is.

Perhaps the best way to describe it is making miracles.

In reality, therapeutic riding is the feeling a mother gets when she hears her 7-year-old daughter laugh for the very first time at the simple sight of a horse sneezing. It’s the tears that rush down a parent’s cheek as her child speaks his first word to the trusty steed beneath him. It’s the smile that overcomes a father’s face when his little boy holds himself up for the very first time and proves to the world that he has what it takes. You could even describe it as a little girl who once struggled through every day, knowing and accepting that it might be her last, but now has something to live for — because each week she battles on in another day atop her favorite horse.

Every day across the country, thousands of volunteers, instructors and, perhaps most importantly, horses, change the lives of people who otherwise have little to look forward to. They give people their first words, their first smile, a way to communicate and the freedom of movement to those otherwise confined to a wheelchair.

At SIRE, in the Houston, Texas area, they’ve been inspiring these miracles since 1974 — each of the aforementioned miracles included.

You can read the rest of Making Miracles at SIRE Therapeutic Equestrian Centers here.

Emileigh Marsh shows off one of the ribbons won at the All SIRE Horse Show in May 2014. Photo by Jaana Eleftheriou

Emileigh Marsh shows off one of the ribbons won at the All SIRE Horse Show in May 2014. Photo by Jaana Eleftheriou

SIRE volunteer Karen Hawkins leads Alexys Manske at the CGG Saddle Up for SIRE Ride-a-thon at the 7iL Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas. Photo courtesy of SIRE.

SIRE volunteer Karen Hawkins leads Alexys Manske at the CGG Saddle Up for SIRE Ride-a-thon at the 7iL Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas. Photo courtesy of SIRE.

Skyler Lindemann at the CGG Saddle Up for SIRE Ride-a-thon Photo by Tod Gilpin

Skyler Lindemann at the CGG Saddle Up for SIRE Ride-a-thon Photo by Tod Gilpin

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Waste Management and SIRE join forces http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/waste-management-sire-join-forces/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/waste-management-sire-join-forces/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:37:30 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=11166 Earlier this year, thousands thrilled to the depiction of the partnership between man and horse shown in “War Horse” at the Hobby Center. Little did theatergoers know, another partnership was in the making. Many noticed the friendly faces in the lobby happily explaining how horses help people today. Behind these SIRE volunteers was a banner…

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Waste ManagementEarlier this year, thousands thrilled to the depiction of the partnership between man and horse shown in “War Horse” at the Hobby Center. Little did theatergoers know, another partnership was in the making. Many noticed the friendly faces in the lobby happily explaining how horses help people today. Behind these SIRE volunteers was a banner noting the sponsorship of Waste Management.

Waste Management’s donation will help subsidize SIRE’s therapeutic horsemanship sessions so clients will not be turned away for lack of resources.

The need is great. Nearly 1 million people in the Houston region have a disability, according to government estimates. And did you know less than 20% of people with disabilities participate in the labor force, compared to 69.4% of people without disabilities?

Here, too, SIRE and Waste Management are teaming up. Waste Management will be identifying suitable internship opportunities and SIRE will identify candidates among their clients. Selected clients will be exposed to the corporate work environment and have the opportunity to develop more skills while interning at Waste Management.

Stella Raymaker, Director of Ethics & EEO Compliance with Waste Management, sees the partnership benefiting both entities. “Since most of SIRE’s clients are individuals with disabilities and/or veterans, this sponsorship provides Waste Management with a unique outreach opportunity to identify well-qualified individuals with disabilities for our open positions. This also helps Waste Management to comply with newly established Department of Labor’s regulations to increase outreach efforts toward the disabled and veterans communities. WM’s sponsorship provides SIRE with an opportunity to provide additional services to their clients by connecting them to potential employment opportunities.”

Thanks to donations from Waste Management and others, SIRE’s clients – in the words of our tagline – “Ride Beyond” and thrive.

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Media Alert – Help Veterans Ride and more at SIRE Volunteer Training Aug 23 http://sire-htec.org/press-releases/sire-volunteer-training-aug-23/ http://sire-htec.org/press-releases/sire-volunteer-training-aug-23/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:52:43 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=11155 The post Media Alert – Help Veterans Ride and more at SIRE Volunteer Training Aug 23 appeared first on SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers.

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Help Veterans Ride and more at SIRE Volunteer Training Aug 23

If you know about horses or would like to learn about them, come to SIRE volunteer training Saturday August 23rd at one of SIRE’s three sites, Hockley (northwest), Spring (north) or Richmond, Fort Bend (southwest). Volunteers will have a chance to work with certified instructors and riders with disabilities for the fall semester, starting September 9th.

Each rider relies upon one to three volunteers to be able to ride. Last year, SIRE provided 5,769 therapeutic riding sessions to 307 clients. Once at SIRE, volunteers also have the opportunity to learn more through free or discounted workshops and other training opportunities. Or just come and enjoy the quiet, county atmosphere, described as being “just like a spa” by one recent visitor.

Volunteers are needed at all locations and all times, including after school and Saturdays. Potential volunteers can find more information and sign up for training at www.sire-htec.org. Volunteers for the lessons must be 14 or older, must be able to walk for 45 minutes perhaps supporting a moderate amount of weight and able to jog for brief periods.

Stephanie Tamborello, chair of SIRE’s Friends and Family Committee says, “All you have to do is look into the faces of our riders and the story of their growth and joy unfolds. I am not sure any words can describe the tremendous experience it is to see a Iraq veteran, injured by a road bomb, ride and become stronger, more balanced, more confident he can make it! Or, see a litte girl who is autistic, ride for the first time fighting against getting on the horse and then, once up on the saddle, her face lights up and a smile appears. Wow, she was made for riding.”

Riders and their families get to know their volunteers and often form long-lasting friendships. Alex Calame has been riding with SIRE at the Spring site for several years. His dad John says, “He looks forward to meeting the volunteers every week, asking each one, “Where are you from?” Alex loves to trot. Alex has improved so much in confidence, self-esteem, attention, focus, and gaining friendships with riding.”

For those who cannot volunteer in the arena every week, there are opportunities to help with maintenance, office work, and on special event committees. 35% of SIRE’s support comes from special events. Suds, Scenes and SIRE will be taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse in the Vintage that evening, Saturday 23rd. All are welcome to join other supporters for dinner and the movie Hidalgo.

SIRE will also be holding an inaugural trail run along with its annual CGG Saddle Up for SIRE Ride-a-thon in Cat Spring on October 18. Not running or riding? You’re still welcome to enjoy live music and a barbecue in the family-friendly atmosphere of the historic family ranch, the 7IL.

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ABOUT SIRE

SIRE brings people with all sorts of disabilities together with horses so they can ride beyond – beyond limits, beyond dependence, and into fresh air, freedom and a lifelong, Texas-traditional sport.This nonprofit organization with locations in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend County provides therapeutic horsemanship to people ages 3 to 83 with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. SIRE has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International. Four of the 30 Master Instructors certified by PATH International world-wide serve riders and the profession full time at SIRE.

SIRE is actively seeking additional therapy horses. They must be emotionally mature, trained (in any discipline) and healthy. More information can be found at www.sire-htec.org under the tab, “You Can Help.”

For more information on SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, please visit www.SIRE-htec.org or call 281-356-7588.

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SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship Benefits from Movie Night http://sire-htec.org/press-releases/suds-scenes-media-alert/ http://sire-htec.org/press-releases/suds-scenes-media-alert/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:52:43 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=11147 The post SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship Benefits from Movie Night appeared first on SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers.

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SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship Benefits from Movie Night

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2014

SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship Benefits from Movie Night

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Ready for an old-fashioned movie experience? In a state-of-the-art theater? Come watch Hidalgo at the Alamo Drafthouse in the Vintage and support SIRE’s special needs riders at the same time.

Of Hidalgo, Roger Ebert said, “Bold, exuberant and swash-buckling, Hidalgo has the purity and simplicity of something Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn might have bounded through. Hidalgo is a throwback to a more innocent time when heroes and their horses risked everything just because life was so damned boring in the slow lane.”

SIRE patrons also will have the chance to hear from Darolyn Butler, championship endurance rider, who’s raced over some of the same harsh land portrayed in Hidalgo. Darolyn won her first of many championships in 1984. Among other accomplishments in the 1990’s, she won the Gold Medal and Best Condition at the World Nature Games in Brazil. Around the same time, she acquired her Texas Trainer’s License and trained Arabians and a few thoroughbreds for the racetrack.

In this millennium, Darolyn has represented the U.S. at the world championships in France and in the Pan American Games, where she was a member of the silver medal team in 2001. She also rode in the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

In 2010, 7 horses from Darolyn’s ranch were entered in the World Endurance Championships. Darolyn herself won the American Endurance Ride Conference Middle Weight Division Championshipr.Then in early 2011, Darolyn’s daughter Cecilia finished the highly acclaimed President’s Millennium Cup in the United Arab Emirates, just 7 minutes slower than her mom’s ride a decade before.

Darolyn and the stars of Hidalgo can testify to the spirit and power of horses.  At SIRE, 300 clients are improving the quality of their lives and overcoming the challenges of their disabilities each year. 97% report physical improvements and 100% report emotional improvements. Clients do pay tuition (though many receive reduced tuition) but tuition only covers 20% of the cost of these life-changinging therapeutic horsemanship sessions. Special events like Suds, Scenes, and SIRE help make up the difference. Friends from the community get to support SIRE and have fun while doing so.

See www.sire-htec.org to buy tickets and learn more. Thanks to donations from the community, SIRE’s outstanding therapy horses, and hundreds of volunteers, SIRE’s clients can “Ride Beyond” and thrive.

Suds, Scenes, and SIRE

featuring Hidalgo

Saturday, August 23, 2014. 6 – 11 pm

Alamo Drafthouse
114 Vintage Park Blvd, #J
Houston, TX 77070

Beer, wine, dinner, speakers, auction and movie
$50.00 per ticket
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About SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
SIRE is a nonprofit organization with locations in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend County that provide therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded 30 years ago, served more than 300 riders last year, helping each gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. SIRE has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International. Four of the 31 Master Instructors certified by PATH International world-wide serve riders and the profession at SIRE.

Donations are always needed and gratefully accepted. SIRE needs volunteers (horse knowledge not necessary), horses, and resources to underwrite therapeutic horsemanship sessions.

For more information on SIRE, please visit www.SIRE-htec.org or call 281-356-7588.

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Keeping Client-Riders in the Saddles http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/keeping-riders-saddles/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/keeping-riders-saddles/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:41:00 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10994   “I’m proud to be able to wear my uniform again and have the opportunity to represent the U.S.A.” Derrick Perkins, SIRE rider and United States ParaEquestrian You should hear our rider Lauren chatting about school. Unremarkable? Her mother says it’s amazing. Years after his spinal cord injury, retired Air Force sergeant Derrick Perkins may…

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Lauren Igler competing at the All SIRE Horse Show

Lauren Igler competing at the All SIRE Horse Show

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Derrick Perkins competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, May 2014.

 

“I’m proud to be able to wear my uniform again and have the opportunity to represent the U.S.A.” Derrick Perkins, SIRE rider and United States ParaEquestrian

You should hear our rider Lauren chatting about school. Unremarkable? Her mother says it’s amazing. Years after his spinal cord injury, retired Air Force sergeant Derrick Perkins may yet compete internationally for the U.S.

Nearly 900,000 people with disabilities live within reach of SIRE. Just like Lauren and Derrick they can overcome limits, if you help.

Lauren’s mother, Ladana, remembers how her daughter struggled with coordination and balance. Climbing stairs would have been like climbing a mountain. “Three months after Lauren started riding at SIRE, I saw her walk up a flight of stairs.” At age 8, Lauren used an assistive device to communicate. Not anymore. “Within three years, she was speaking clearly and in sentences.” (Read more about Lauren here.)

By supporting SIRE, you open the world, inviting our clients to RIDE BEYOND.

It's not seatbelts, velcro or duct tape that keep our clients in the saddle, it's you.

It’s not seatbelts, velcro or duct tape that keep our clients in the saddle, it’s you.

Claire, Lauren, and Leah celebrate State Special Olympic victory.

Claire, Lauren, and Leah celebrate State Special Olympic victory.

Last year, SIRE provided 5,769 therapeutic riding sessions to 307 riders with disabilities. About one-quarter also participate in competition. After being injured in the Air Force, Derrick competed in wheelchair sports. He came to SIRE 6 years ago thinking it would be recreation. “It’s work,” Derrick says with a laugh, “and I have a drill sergeant,” referring to his instructor.

This spring, 59 SIRE riders, the largest contingent ever, brought home 143 awards from the Houston Rodeo Top Hands Horse Show. Nearly as many competed in Special Olympics, winning 57 gold medals. Nita, a grandparent of one of our clients, said after a competition, “Jason won and he’s never been first in anything before.” Renee says her daughter Claire comes home with trophies and says ‘I’m a winner!’

Join our winning team!  Your gift of $25, $50, $100, or more will provide the opportunity for more to RIDE BEYOND.

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Scene from Equiphoria from the Winter 2014 issue of Strides from PATH International

Scene from Equiphoria from the Winter 2014 issue of Strides from PATH International

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Our therapists are our horses.

 

This summer Equest and SIRE were delighted to host Michelle Weed of the U.S. and from France, Hélène Viruega of Equiphoria and Marianne Vidament of the Institut Français du Cheval et de l’équitation.

[See below for information on the study of therapeutic riding and Multiple Sclerosis.]

Runa has no problem stepping on a tarp when food beckons.

Runa has no problem stepping on a tarp when food beckons.

Michelle – a PATH Intl Registered Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, and Site Visitor – served as the liaison for our French visitors. Hélène Viruega recently built Equiphoria, a therapeutic riding center in a country well-known for horsemanship. But therapeutic riding and hippotherapy are not as well known. Hélène’s idea was to show through scientific research that therapy horses are qualitatively different from horses used in other activities.

So Marianne and Hélène were here to assess the temperament of horses used in therapeutic riding. Where better to find the best therapy horses than at SIRE and Equest, two of the world’s largest and most recognized therapeutic riding centers? Between the two, we could offer more than 50 test subjects.

Our horses all seemed to pass every test with ease. Marianne will be comparing the test results on the therapy horses with test results on young French show horses. We’ll be sure to pass on the results when published!

 

 

Hootie finds a suddenly-opened umbrella interesting but not worrying. (Note the markers on the ground so that all every horse is exposed from the same distance.)

Hootie finds a suddenly-opened umbrella interesting but not worrying. (Note the markers on the ground so that all every horse is exposed from the same distance.)


Multiple Sclerosis Study

There are 77 different diagnoses among SIRE’s current riders. Attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people with these disabilities all benefit from riding at SIRE. For a study on multiple sclerosis by the University of Texas Medical Branch, SIRE currently is enrolling qualifying riders. (Contact Tara Patterson for study requirements.) In SIRE’s most recent effectiveness survey, 98% of the responding riders reported experiencing physical improvement and 100% reported emotional benefits from therapeutic horsemanship.

See more on the study’s sponsors here.

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