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Amazon.com Wish List
If you prefer to give a specific gift, we have created an Amazon Wish List of high priority items needed to provide a safe, fun learning environment. The items are listed in order of priority so that we may continue to provide the most effective Therapeutic intervention possible. Special attention is provided to keep this list up to date and current for your convenience.
Rider and Horse Sponsorships
Because we believe strongly that each child with a challenging diagnosis derserves the opportunity to achieve greatness beyond expectations, we offer high quality Therapeutic Riding and Equine Facilitated Learning Services free of charge to ALL clients. Please click on this section to learn how you can sponsor a child or a horse. Will you help us help them?
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all Volunteer Training dates have been postponed. Please email SpiritRideNC@gmail.com if you would like to be placed on the mailing list and receive the latest updates. Those wishing to volunteer must complete the SRTC Volunteer Certification Course. Topics covered are: Equine Safety, Overview of Exceptionalities, SRTC Procedures, and Best Practices for Working With Special Populations. At the completion of the course, participants will receive a certification and Spirit Ride T-Shirt.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we are enforcing safety protocols for the protection of our families, volunteers and animals. This may limit our ability to accept new clients at this time. Please email SpiritRideNC@gmail.com if you would like to be placed on the mailing list and receive the latest updates. To provide the most attentive atmosphere possible, there is only one client family on campus at any time. All lessons are private and specifically individualzed. Therefore the amount of clients we serve is limited. After registration closes, clients will be put on a waiting list and will be notified as soon as an opening becomes available. We encourage you to submit applications as soon as possible so that you will be closer to the “front of the line” on the waiting list for any session you wish to register for.
What We Do
Spirit Ride is committed to providing private Therapeutic Riding sessions free of charge to all accepted clients. Through working with the client’s Therapy Team (Educators, Community Professionals and Parents/Guardians) we are able to create an ideal environment relating to the individual client's specific needs. We give our undivided attention to the client and his/her equine partner for the entire duration of each session so that we may provide an opportunity to foster learning and personal growth (self-esteem, boundary setting, appropriate social interaction, as well as any cognitive or physical goals). We serve children with special needs - we affect families who need special care.
To provide children with special needs the opportunity to learn, grow and strive to become their ideal selves through equine related therapeutic activities.
Spirit Ride is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that serves the special needs communities of Western North Carolina.
The movement and sensory stimuli produce measurable results, but the magic comes from the accessible spirit of the horse that naturally speaks to the human soul.
Whether you want to provide a unique opportunity for your child, or feel drawn to donate or volunteer - there is a place for you at Spirit Ride.
WHOOPDEEDO! (Sponsored by Gene and Toni Bone and Mark Hill
BROGAN (Sponsored by the LaCapra Family)
JAX (Sponsored by the Chong Family)
BUDDY (Sponsored by the Hawk Family)
Patty Adams, CEIP-ED
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Developing a child’s ‘Executive Functioning’ system enables them to master skills such as: remembering instructions, focus, and concentration, organizing/planning/prioritizing tasks, and regulating emotions. When Levi first arrived at Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center, he lacked the ability to follow two-step directions and was simply unable to remain calm and focused. But – he loved his Read more about Levi Takes the Reins![…]
This is without a doubt the toughest announcement we have ever had to make at Spirit Ride. Sadly, we have lost a member of our Spirit Ride Family, Scott McDonough, or as he was known around here, “Mr. Scott”. If you’ve spent any time on the Spirit Ride campus, you have undoubtedly come to know Read more about Scott Edwin McDonough (1957-2020)[…]
Congratulations to Blaine Adams of the Adams Family Racing Team for winning at the Talladega Super Speedway in last night’s PRL NASCAR Truck Series featured on the Global SimRacing Channel. Driving the No. 33 Spirit Ride Toyota Tundra, Adams claims his first victory and Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center is thrilled to be featured in Read more about #33 Spirit Ride Car Finishes First at Talladega[…]
Lately, I can’t stop thinking about ‘the sisters’ who lived in this house their entire lives. Literally. Born, raised, and died right here in this home. In fact, seventeen years ago today, Mary Launa, the Carender family’s firstborn child, moved out of this place and into the Kingdom of God at the age of 92. Read more about Daffodils and Perserverance[…]
UPDATE September 9th: Finally! The governor has moved us into Phase 2.5 and we will be moving forward to our 3rd Step of re-opening. (If you would like a detailed list of what that involves – please request our “Infectious Disease Protocols and Reopening Plan” via email.) Parents whose children meet the requirents for this Read more about COVID-19 Updates[…]
Congratulations to our Executive Director, Patty Adams, for being selected to speak at TEDx Hickory. Adams was one of ten speakers selected out of the largest pool of applicants to date. Her talk explains the science behind the magic of equine facilitated therapy. She encourages everyone to take the lessons of the ‘unicorn’ by connecting Read more about TEDx TALK![…]
EDIT: Due to the COVID 19 we will not be participating. Our Spirit Riders will soon ‘show’ off their skills. Save the date for this year’s Appalachian State Equestrian Team’s Horse Show! You may see a few familiar faces. Two of our riders have been selected to show this year in this annual show/fundraiser for Read more about Horse Show – 4/18/20[…]
Thank you to the following businesses for supporting Spirit Ride’s 2ndAnnual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser. Gadabouts Catering Rising Star Equestrian Center A Midsummer Bakery Appalachian Mountain Brewery Banner Elk Winery Blackberry Creek Mattress Company Cindy McEnery Photography Beech Mountain Bourbon Society My Best Friend’s Barkery Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies~ Appalachian State Athletics Barter Read more about We Are Grateful for Our Community![…]
Spirit Ride just upped their game and YOU can be the winner! Spirit Ride’s 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser will now feature LIVE ART by John Pipes of Pipes Dreams. Pipes has painted murals all over the country, but, if you’ve eaten out in the Boone area you’ve more than likely dined with his creations. Read more about Live Art by John Pipes at the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser for Spirit Ride[…]
Banner Elk, NC, March 30 , 2019 It’s almost Derby time and the High Country is gearing up for what many are calling the premier event of the season, the Kentucky Derby Fundraiser for Spirit Ride! Rising Star Equestrian Center and Gadabouts Catering will be hosting the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser to benefit Spirit Read more about Did You Get Your Hat Yet? Spirit Ride is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser![…]