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27 12, 2018

Horse Show for the Holidays

2018-12-28T14:33:16+00:00December 27th, 2018|

The 4th Annual Holiday Horse Show was a great success. The horses were blessed, and Santa presided over riders as they showcased their talents with Elf Equitation and holiday races. Everyone enjoyed a fajita lunch catered by the incredibly generous Cisco’s Salsa Co. The festively adorned barn popped with color and sparkle.

In this season, we are blessed with incredible riders,

27 12, 2018

Retired Couple Lends Double Dose of Support

2018-12-28T14:36:14+00:00December 27th, 2018|

Teri and Don Page prepare Special Olympians for competition. They guide specially trained therapy horses to adapt to their riders with special needs. Providing moral support and encouragement, they impact the lives of people—both riders ad families—by volunteering with SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship.

On most Thursdays, the retired energy industry professionals can be seen around the Hockley location. Pairing up to help

30 11, 2018

GE Healthcare Aids Horse Comfort, Builds Rider Course

2018-12-27T20:13:01+00:00November 30th, 2018|

GE Healthcare Aids Horse Comfort, Builds Rider Course

 Both horses and humans had a great night’s sleep after GE Healthcare’s volunteer brigade finished work on SIRE’s Fort Bend facility at Richmond State Support Living Center.

As part of a community volunteer and team-building project, 25 GE Healthcare employees journeyed in from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi to

30 11, 2018

SIRE Rider Earns Special Olympic Gold & Star Musician Status

2018-12-27T20:13:15+00:00November 30th, 2018|

SIRE Rider Earns Special Olympic Gold, Star Musician Status

Having benefited from therapeutic riding in another state, the Maleriches were familiar with harnessing the connection between horse and human to enhance the lives of people with special needs. But it took a move to Texas and immersion into the SIRE family for Carol Malerich to fully benefit from learning how to

30 11, 2018

A Message of Celebration!

2018-12-27T20:13:20+00:00November 30th, 2018|

At SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship, we experience gratitude and friendship every day.

The success people find at SIRE is the result of the trust and connection between humans and horses. This bond facilitates life-changing events for our riders. Some find new strength and physical skills. Some learn social skills and overcome anxiety. Everyone gains confidence and a well-earned sense of achievement. For

31 10, 2018

SIRE: A Premier Accredited Riding Center

2018-12-01T01:07:41+00:00October 31st, 2018|

SIRE Achieves Benchmark for Highest Safety, Professional Standards in Therapeutic Horse Program for People with Special Needs

HOUSTON (Oct. 24, 2018) — SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship has achieved re-accreditation as a Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl).

In earning this designation through PATH Intl., SIRE—which manages three Houston-area therapeutic riding facilities that house specially trained

31 10, 2018

SIRE Builds 9 Year Old’s Core Strength, Confidence and Life Wisdom

2018-12-01T01:08:33+00:00October 31st, 2018|


JP West digs Abraham Lincoln. He memorized the first lines of the Gettysburg Address, wrote a book report about the former President and visited his log cabin home in Kentucky during a detour of the family road trip north to Grammy’s.

JP likes to cook and watch the Food Network TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Most of all,

31 10, 2018

Advocating for SIRE from the Arena to the Fair

2018-11-01T10:42:57+00:00October 31st, 2018|

During a decade of volunteering at SIRE, Stephanie Tamborello has relished the joy of witnessing a boy’s first-word spoken: “Mom.” She shared the weekly improvement of an Air Force veteran building core strength to sit up straight on the horse after being unable to hold himself upright or walk after a car accident years earlier. She’s kept in touch with

31 10, 2018

Supporters Raise Nearly $95,000 for Saddle Up for SIRE

2018-12-01T01:08:43+00:00October 31st, 2018|

From horse leaders and side walkers to barbecue buffet servers and homemade dessert bakers, volunteers triumphantly brought the 2018 Saddle Up for SIRE to

successful fruition Oct. 20 at the 7IL Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas.

Numbering nearly 100, volunteers lent their time and know-how for the event’s 26th year. They registered supporters who brought their own horses to ride, logged their