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

Saturday, October 20, 2018
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
7IL Ranch, Cat Spring, Texas

Bring your horse and friends and join SIRE riders for a day of trail riding, barbecue, music, awards and fun at the 7IL Ranch. Sponsorships and registration available now.

  • SIRE Under the Stars

SIRE Under the Stars

Friday, April 5, 2019
6 – 11:30 p.m.
River Oaks Country Club

Join us for the SIRE Under the Stars annual gala and enjoy live entertainment, auction items and more. Sponsorships available soon. All donations support the riders at SIRE and help maintain the health and wellness of our horses.

SIRE Horse Shows & Competitions

Each year, SIRE provides opportunities for riders to showcase what they have learned throughout the year by participating in a variety of horse shows and competitions like the All SIRE HORSE SHOW, Top Hands at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and Special Olympics. See calendar for specific dates.

Events Benefiting SIRE

  • Festival of Abilities

Festival of Abilities

Saturday, October 27, 2018
3 – 7 p.m.

Oak Forest Park

Save the date for an action-packed event at Oak Forest Park. SIRE horses, petting zoo, sports, games, trick or treating, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, costume contest, food court, local craft breweries, art tile painting fundraiser, bake sale, auction and much more!

  • 2018 U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship

2018 U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship

Saturday, November 10, 2018
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Houston Polo Club

Trophy presentation at noon. Join us for shopping, light bites and beverages as we showcase SIRE at the Houston Polo Club and enjoy elite polo competition.

  • Art of the World

Art of the World


 Join us for an evening of fine art, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

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 281-356-7588 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.


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