The weekend of May 17-19 all three SIRE sites participated in the State Special Olympics in the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, Texas. Riders, staff and volunteers have spent months practicing
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
Earlier this month, we said a tearful goodbye to two of our retiring and dearest program horses, Hadley and Runa.
While plans had already been made to retire Hadley, it became increasingly apparent over the past couple of months that our dear Runa was giving us signs
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
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
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship commemorated 35 years of transforming the lives of people with special needs through horse therapy and that intuitive connection between horse and human by achieving its $200,000 fundraising goal at SIRE Under the Stars, April 5, at River Oaks Country Club.
Carol and Jim Farnsworth and Mary Elizabeth Wise Sand co-chaired the western chic-themed event that honored Jana
SIRE riders rely on the dedication of our incredible volunteers. Annually, SIRE volunteers donate more than 30,000 hours of service. This is equivalent to 15 full-time employees working for the entire year!
Recently at SIRE, each site held an appreciation event for volunteers and recognized those with 500+ and 1,000+ volunteer hours. It is this dedication and passion that runs through
SIRE Helps Erase the Fear, Build Strength and Confidence
Shelby Day used to be afraid of almost everything — including animals.
During her first visit to SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship when she was in the third grade, Shelby was hugging one of the horses within no time.
That was 20 years ago. Since then Shelby has
Please welcome Christine Starkweather to the SIRE team at Hockley. Christine started with SIRE this past fall volunteering in the arena and is now working for SIRE as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Hockley location. She brings a passion for horses and a dedication to helping those with special needs. We are thrilled to have her and encourage you to get to know Christine.
As I begin
“We need to get him on a horse,” was what Aidan DeFrates’ physical therapist told his parents.
Aidan was almost 3 years old. He couldn’t sit up, crawl or talk. He had already had surgeries to repair a hole in his heart and implant a device for his brain to preempt the 80