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30 07, 2019

Volunteer Grandfather Pays It Forward at SIRE

2019-07-30T18:51:57-06:00July 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

2019-06-28T10:07:33-06:00June 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

2019-06-19T17:39:23-06:00May 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 Muscle Surgery Success

2019-05-15T09:24:18-06:00April 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

2019-04-26T11:13:17-06:00April 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

26 04, 2019

SIRE Under The Stars – Exceeds Goal

2019-04-26T11:06:48-06:00April 26th, 2019|

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

26 04, 2019


2019-04-28T16:00:01-06:00April 26th, 2019|

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

28 02, 2019

Shelby Overcomes

2019-02-28T13:13:16-06:00February 28th, 2019|

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