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

  • SIRE Hockley


Saturday, December 14, 2019
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fort Bend Site
2100 Preston Street,
Richmond, Texas 77469

A fun-filled day for the entire family with the Blessing of the Horses, competition, games, Horse of the Year, lunch, and a visit from Santa.


  • SIRE Ride-a-thon 2019

THANK YOU for supporting Saddle Up for SIRE!

If you haven’t donated, there is still time. Click on the button and make your donation today to help us reach our goal of $110,000.

Saddle Up for SIRE Donation

  • 2019 SIRE Under the Stars

SIRE Under the Stars

SIRE Under the Stars was a huge success! Over $200,000 raised and over 180 guests attended the western-chic affair that honored Jana and Scotty Arnoldy. Event co-chairs Mary Elizabeth Wise Sand and Carol and Jim Farnsworth helped secure sponsors for more than half the SIRE equine herd.
Save the date for April 2020!

Events Benefiting SIRE

SIRE Donor Appreciation Event

Shopping and Polo Extravaganza

Please plan to join us for a day of shopping, food and beverages, and polo.


Educational Opportunities

More educational opportunities are begin scheduled. Check back here for updated dates and times.

For questions or ideas, contact Anthony Busacca at anthony@sire-htec.org

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.


Sign up to volunteer inside or outside the arena today.