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
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
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
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
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
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 basic equine care and stable management. The three sessions will be offered June through August. Topics include:
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