Gabriella is entering her 20th year of riding at SIRE in a program she started at age 2. When she arrived, she could barely sit up because of mitochondrial disease and acute seizure disorder that causes her to experience about 30 seizures a day. 

Now 21, Gabriella rides as an experienced equestrian.

“The riding is absolutely wonderful. Before she rides, she cannot walk up the ramp to get to the horse, but afterwards, she opens the gate to leave the arena and can walk to the car with assistance,” says Nikki, Gabriella’s grandmother. “SIRE does wonders for people with special needs. It’s the best thing in the world. It’s good for the soul.”

Here’s Gabriella’s story…

SIRE serves adults and children with a wide variety of special needs including, but not limited to cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Through equine-assisted activities and therapies, our riders experience the many benefits of therapeutic horsemanship described below.


The mission of SIRE is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies, and educational outreach.

The power of therapeutic horsemanship to change lives has been known for hundreds of years. Scientific studies and those who participate note benefits including:

  • Increased strength
  • Improved balance
  • Enriched social interactions
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved coordination
  • Enhanced self-esteem

SIRE Events

Saddle Up for SIRE

Register or Donate Today!

Now through Nov. 30 you can help raise critical dollars to support not just our riders but our specially trained herd. Hoof care, hay and feed are crucial needs for SIRE’s herd at Fort Bend and Spring.

  • Riders and Ribbons for SIRE riders


Thank you to everyone who participated in the All SIRE Horse Show. We had over 120 riders and guests participate in the day of activities. A special shout out to Team Mancuso Powersports and Can-Am for the Defender donation.

  • 2019 SIRE Under the Stars

SIRE Under the Stars

SIRE Under the Stars went virtual this year due to COVID-19 and the support from friends and family of SIRE was amazing! Over $100,000 was raised to provide expert care for the SIRE herd during these unprecedented times.

Thank you for helping us make it a huge success!

Events Benefiting SIRE

  • SIRE Appreciation Event at Houston Polo Club

SIRE Donor Appreciation Event

It was a day filled with intense polo, sunshine and lite bites. Thank you for helping us celebrate our donors and friends of SIRE. A special thank you to Cupcakes and Bubbles for donating the delicious cupcakes!

Have an Idea for a Fundraising or Friendraising Event?

If you have an idea for an event in your home, a unique venue, cool restaurant, art gallery, etc., we’d love to coordinate it with you!  Please contact Beth Burroway at 281-414-4830 Ext 202 or via email at beth@sire-htec.org.

Maximum of 4 riders. Minimum age required 3 years old.

Provide scholarships for riders and equine care for SIRE horses.


Sign up to volunteer inside or outside the arena today.