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15 01, 2020

Esteemed SIRE Instructor Lands Regional Award

2020-01-30T09:08:38-06:00January 15th, 2020|

SIRE’s Shayna Bolton considers being named 2020’s Credentialed Professional of the Year for Region 8 by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) more than a personal accomplishment. On a broader scale, the accolade celebrates the program quality at the Spring facility where she is the site manager and an instructor and has helped expand SIRE’s impact in

27 11, 2019

Key Tech Tools for Professionals With Disabilities

2019-12-02T12:22:57-06:00November 27th, 2019|

If you are one of the nearly 50 million people with a disability in the United States, odds are you’re familiar with the wide range of technological tools available to help you navigate your personal life more easily. As technology has continued to advance, tech-oriented assistance is branching into the workplace as well.  Read on for a few tech

27 11, 2019

Onsite Sports Massage Plays Critical Role in Horse Wellness

2019-11-27T10:21:54-06:00November 27th, 2019|

If SIRE’s horses aren’t yawning, their equine managers know, perhaps, they should be.

Yawning, chewing, licking and mouth movements are predominant expressions of a horse relieving tension and body toxins during a therapeutic horse massage. Thanks to in-house and regularly visiting equine massage therapists, SIRE’s herd members enjoy these benefits on a regular basis. Along with keeping a parental-like but professionally

30 07, 2019

Volunteer Grandfather Pays It Forward at SIRE

2019-07-30T18:51:57-05:00July 30th, 2019|

Volunteer Grandfather Pays It Forward, Honors His Grandson’s Helpers

Halfway across the country, one of SIRE volunteer Randy Cochran’s six grandchildren lives with autism spectrum disorder. Seven-year-old Markus Randall, his namesake, resides in Virginia with Randy’s daughter and her active-duty military husband. Markus participates in various special programs to help him triumph and live his best life. Randy often thinks about

27 06, 2019

2019 SIRE Rider Survey Complete

2019-06-28T10:07:33-05:00June 27th, 2019|

Statistics Affirm Life-Changing Results 

Each new day at SIRE unveils another dimension of the powerful, healing connection between horse and human. We know this even without the analytics; however, we are elated when we see the numbers. Our riders and their families provide statistical proof that documents the success or our program and

23 05, 2019

SIRE Offers Summer Educational Workshops

2019-06-19T17:39:23-05:00May 23rd, 2019|

This summer, Anthony Busacca, Education and Training Director/Program Consultant for SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship, will be offering three educational opportunities for those interested in furthering their expertise as a therapeutic instructor or are considering owning a horse and need to learn about basic equine care and stable management. The three sessions will be offered June through August. Topics include:


26 04, 2019

SIRE Riding Prepares Levi for SDR Muscle Surgery Success

2019-12-20T14:20:27-06:00April 26th, 2019|

Levi Redmann’s world incorporates a lot of connections to SIRE. For his recent Jurassic World/Pokémon themed sixth birthday party, his two faithful side walkers and his riding classmate topped the guest list. In December, Levi’s holiday gift-giving plan incorporated peppermints for the horse herd.

Levi was born with cerebral palsy. His mom, Heather, said that it was because of

26 04, 2019

Special Olympics 2019

2019-04-26T11:13:17-05:00April 26th, 2019|

During the month of April several SIRE riders participated in the Special Olympics Area Equestrian Competitions. Riders 8 years and older competed in events including equitation and working trail horse. Riders 12 years and older who participated will have the opportunity to compete at the State level May 17-19 at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, Texas. Stay