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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

26 04, 2019

SIRE Under The Stars – Exceeds Goal

2019-04-26T11:06:48-05:00April 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


2019-04-28T16:00:01-05:00April 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

2020-01-30T10:05:10-06:00February 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

28 02, 2019

Welcome Christine

2019-03-03T14:25:03-06:00February 28th, 2019|

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

27 12, 2018

Horse Show for the Holidays

2018-12-28T14:33:16-06:00December 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,