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News from Around SIRE

Abby commits for Luke!

ABBIE COMMITS FOR LUKE "that day I decided that I would have to terminate my six year long engagement with the band program in order to fulfill my commitment to Luke" When I first started working with SIRE in the spring of 2015, I had absolutely no experience working with people with disabilities, and I did not

April 24th, 2017|

Volunteer Spotlight – Tonya

Tanya previously volunteered at SIRE from 2008 to 2010 and then again in 2012 before moving away. She currently volunteers Thursday afternoons and we love her happy smile and gentle way with all of the horses. Tanya is married to husband Carlos, and has one fur-baby, Asher, their golden retriever. They have a “blended” household…Carlos is a Longhorn and Tanya

March 17th, 2017|

Volunteer Spotlight – Mike Lyons

Mike has been volunteering at SIRE for close to five years and started after his daughter became a volunteer. In his own words, he would wait and “twiddle his thumbs” while she was in classes, so he decided to jump in and go through the training to volunteer himself. We are sure glad he did as anyone who knows Mike

March 17th, 2017|

Volunteer Spotlight Brianda

Brianda Carrasco is a volunteer at the SIRE Fort Bend Riding Center. In addition to the hours of work and passion she brings to SIRE, Brianda is participating in the Miss Houston Latina Pageant. This is the 1st place platform video Brianda made for the competition. We are so proud of Brianda and wish her the best of luck.

March 7th, 2017|


Hard work pays off! For the past few months 63 SIRE riders have been honing their competition skills in showmanship at halter, English equitation, Western equitation, trail, pole bending and barrel racing. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Top Hands event attracts special needs riders from around the Houston area and SIRE was there in full force. All together

February 14th, 2017|


The Hockley castle and sensory course received a much needed facelift from Hockley volunteer, Sydney Shultz. Sydney chose SIRE for her senior Creative Action Service Project. The CAS project and experiences are an important part of the IB Diploma. It is designed to help students learn through life experiences outside the classroom. For the past year, Sydney has been writing

February 14th, 2017|

Ford Mobility Motoring

The Ford Mobility Motoring programs gives up to $1,000 to reimburse mobility modifications to any new Ford. Since 1992, Ford has helped over 260,000 people modify their vehicle and find new freedom. Just ask your salesperson for details. You can learn more at Ford Mobility Motoring

February 3rd, 2017|

Happy New Year!

2017 is off to a great start at SIRE! lessons are starting up on January 12 and we still have a limited number of spaces available at all three sites. If you know of someone who would benefit from therapeutic riding at SIRE have them give us a call at 281-356-7588. We want to fill all of our time slots

January 11th, 2017|

Words From a Parent

Because of SIRE, my daughter, Skyler actually has real friends, something to truly celebrate in a child with autism. She met her two best friends at SIRE. Skyler is always more prone to doing her own thing, but these other young girls can force her to interact. Her friend, Emileigh, will tell Skyler, "I said hello, if you don't answer

July 29th, 2016|


The SIRE Fort Bend location celebrated all their horses that have turned 20 years old. Barbie                   20 years Sugar                    22 years Bubba                   23 years Goliath                  24 years Atlantis                  24 years This celebration was inspired by

June 9th, 2016|

Thank You Inspiring HANDS for Sponsoring 15 Riderships

  15 SIRE riders have been awarded with "riderships" because of an incredible $10,960 donation from Inspiring HANDS. Inspiring HANDS is an amazing organization where they generate volunteers, participation in community service and provide financial support that directly benefits others. We were so honored that they decided to include "riderships," rider tuition assistance, to their program. 100% of the applicants

June 7th, 2016|


The article, "More Than A Ride", written by Christine Hall of the Texas Medical Center, features Emelly Martinez, a SIRE rider for 13 years. The article includes collaborative efforts made by many organizations which help to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies at SIRE including The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rice University, the Texas Children’s Hospital and, Pin

May 11th, 2016|

Welcome Joe Wappelhorst, SIRE Executive Director

Over the last few months, SIRE has been engaged in the process of searching for and hiring a new Executive Director.  The board spoke with many qualified candidates, and through a rigorous interview process selected Joe Wappelhorst to be SIRE's next Executive Director.  Joe was selected for his strong passion for our clients and mission and extensive experience and

April 7th, 2016|

Outstanding Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who took the time to honor and nominate a SIRE volunteer for their outstanding achievements and dedication to SIRE. All nominations were carefully reviewed and considered based on the narratives that were submitted. The 2016 Gala committee and co-chairs, Hugo and Mary Elizabeth Sand, took their time and carefully considered all nominations. The following outstanding volunteers were selected

April 6th, 2016|

Top Hands Magic Moments

As told by Toni McConway, Fort Bend Site Director We began prepping for Top Hands at the end of last semester and in the trail course is a place where the riders back 3 steps.  We worked hard to encourage all riders to back independently and as a result, we had tremendous success with 4 of our riders with autism:

March 29th, 2016|