Saddle Up for SIRE Trail Ride Set for Oct. 21, 2017

You can help the more than 300 special needs riders served by SIRE, one Houston’s oldest and largest therapeutic horsemanship programs, by joining the organization’s Silver Anniversary Saddle Up for SIRE trail ride at 7iL Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 21.

This unique family-friendly event draws riders and horses from all breeds and disciplines.

Anyone who loves horses knows the joy that emanates from the horse-human bond.  Saddle Up for SIRE is a special event which pays that love forward.

~ 2017 Ride Chairman and SIRE board member, K Leonard.


Bring Your Horse and Ride

Historic 7iL Ranch has over 40 miles of beautiful, sandy loam trails which you will be able to enjoy at your own pace.  So bring your horse and ride for an hour or all day.  Your $75 early bird entry fee will help pay for a wide array of operational expenses at SIRE from the cost of feed, veterinary and farrier services for the horses to special tack and equipment for the riders to the salaries of Path International-certified instructors. Includes your barbecue lunch and a commemorative Saddle Up for SIRE event T-shirt.  Limited camping spots and RV hook-ups are available at the ranch, so sign up early to guarantee a spot.

Win a Ride on a SIRE Horse

Even those who don’t own a trail horse can participate in this great cause by helping raise funds for SIRE.  The top 10 Win-A-Ride fundraisers will earn a spot on a leisurely paced, scenic afternoon trail ride led by SIRE staff.  To qualify to Win a Ride, a fundraiser must raise a minimum of $500, and funds must be received online or in the SIRE office by Oct. 7.  The top 10 winners will be notified by Oct. 11.

SIRE Riders

Two dozen SIRE client riders can earn a spot on one of two morning trail rides by being among the organization’s top 24 fundraisers, with the top two being named trail bosses for the day.  To qualify to participate, a SIRE rider must raise at least $500.  Funds must be received online or in the SIRE office by Oct. 7.


Virtual Trail Riders

What if you’re not a rider or have already planned to attend a competition or other event on the date of the ride?  No problem.  You can still help the riders and horses at SIRE by creating an online fundraising page and helping SIRE meet its annual operating expenses.  Did you know that the upkeep and maintenance for each of SIRE’s truly pampered horses costs several thousand dollars annually?  And the tuition SIRE riders pay only covers about one third the actual cost of each weekly riding session.  Generous donors are needed to fill the gap.

All fundraisers can qualify for exciting prizes based on the amount of donations they procure.  From SIRE memorabilia to gift cards, there are incentives that will tickle the fancy of riders and non-riders alike.


Online fundraising begins this summer.  Watch this site for more details