SIRE News2019-05-14T22:50:29-05:00

News from Around SIRE


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

April 26th, 2019|

Shelby Overcomes

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 won dozens of riding

February 28th, 2019|

Welcome Christine

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

February 28th, 2019|

Horse Show for the Holidays

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

December 27th, 2018|

Retired Couple Lends Double Dose of Support

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

December 27th, 2018|

SIRE Rider Earns Special Olympic Gold & Star Musician Status

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

November 30th, 2018|

A Message of Celebration!

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

November 30th, 2018|

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

THE JP WEST STORY 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

October 31st, 2018|

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

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

October 31st, 2018|

Saddle Up Benefit Trail Ride Invites Friends

Since 1992, Saddle Up for SIRE has raised nearly $1.3 million to meet SIRE’s mission of helping people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship. Your support of this year’s family friendly benefit trail ride and online fundraiser Oct. 20 at 7IL Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, underwrites the cost of horse feed, veterinary and hoof care for the horses

September 27th, 2018|

Lauren & Ernie SIRE’s latest Media Stars

Pink blouse. Pink riding helmet pulled from her pink backpack. Perfect in pink is the best way to describe SIRE's own Lauren Hall. Lauren (pictured with instructor Toni Conner) was ready to ride Santana and demonstrate her award-winning form for the Houston Chronicle team. While visiting the Fort Bend facility, Chronicle reporter, Brook Lewis saw first hand the benefits

September 26th, 2018|

An Engineer Living to Help Others

When Thomas Hopkins searched online for volunteer opportunities in the Tomball, Texas, area SIRE’s horse therapy facility in Hockley popped into the results. Interacting with people with special needs and, though he had no experience working with horses, being around them intrigued him, so he registered for a Saturday volunteer orientation. Then he met therapy horse Runa. He remembered

September 12th, 2018|

Festival of Abilities

Festival of Abilities Saturday, October 27, 2018 3 – 7 p.m. Oak Forest Park Save the date for an action-packed event at Oak Forest Park. SIRE horses, petting zoo, sports, games, trick or treating, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, costume contest, food court, local craft breweries, art tile painting fundraiser, bake sale, auction and much more! MORE INFO

August 1st, 2018|

2018 U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship

Event Rescheduled! SIRE Friends and Family Celebration and Appreciation Event Sunday, November 18, 2018 2 p.m. - Houston Polo Club Join us for an afternoon as we showcase SIRE at the Houston Polo Club and enjoy amazing polo competition. Free admission but ticket for entry required.  For more information, please contact Beth at Beth@sire-htec.org.

July 29th, 2018|

From Business Partners to SIRE Supporters

More and more companies are establishing giving programs to fund the causes their customers support. Among them, Facebook, Amazon, Kroger and, perhaps, your employer, have already contributed thousands of dollars to SIRE because of their relationships with you, our devoted supporters. If you do business with these companies, we’d appreciate your letting them know you’d like them to support

May 3rd, 2018|