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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?
We offer a two-part course for those who wish to learn more about horses and their role in Therapeutic Riding. Those completing both classes will receive SRTC volunteer certification and a free Spirit Ride T-Shirt. The next class will be offered in the Spring of 2019. If you would like to volunteer before then, Please email SpiritRideNC@gmail.com
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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ISAAC Isaac has been riding at Spirit Ride since we opened our doors in the Spring of 2015. When Isaac first arrived, his ability to process all of the sights, sounds, smells and the barrage of sensory input that daily life threw at him was limited. He was often overwhelmed and tearful meltdowns were a Read more about Thankful For the Little Things (They Make a BIG Difference)[…]
If you have driven past the Spirit Ride campus lately, you may have noticed what appear to be a collection of colorful outdoor sculptures at this popular Therapeutic Riding facility. While not intended to be pieces of art, they most certainly are uplifting and visually stimulating. The purpose of what has come to be dubbed, Read more about Local Scout Completes Eagle Scout Project at Spirit Ride![…]
Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center is looking for anyone interested in becoming a certified Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Volunteer. Training will be held at the Banner Elk facility on Saturday, August 25th, from 9 am to Noon. Absolutely no experience with horses is required. This is a two-part course. Level 1 (9-10:15am) will cover general Read more about Volunteer Training and Certification![…]
This is huge and exciting news!! Dawn Muse of Rising Star Equestrian Center and Eileen Gaddy of Gadabouts Catering will be hosting the very first fundraiser for Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center. The event, to be held on May 5th, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm, will be a Kentucky Derby party with everything ‘Derby’ Read more about ANNOUNCING: THE FIRST EVER FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR SPIRIT RIDE![…]
Giving Tuesday Post #2: Let the countdown begin! We are just days away from the biggest opportunity that non-profits have to raise funds online: #GivingTuesday. Automatically Double your Donation: Beginning at 8 AM on Tuesday, November 28th, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching funds for 501(c)3 charitable organizations that are fundraising via Read more about Giving Tuesday: Help Us Never Say No[…]
Let’s meet, Katie Wallace, this week’s “Spirit Spotlight”! Katie transferred to ASU from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Helping others has always been important to Katie, so taking part in volunteer opportunities while at college has been a natural way for her to become more involved in campus and community life. She is currently Read more about SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT: Katie Wallace![…]
This week, our ‘Spirit Spotlight’, moves to SRTC’s Curriculum Director, Mary Belanger. Mary is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida – but she and her husband, Dave, have enjoyed being full-time residents of the high country for the past thirty years. As a girl growing up in Florida, Mary loved spending time hopping on her pony, Prince, and playing ‘teacher’ with her brother, sister, and any friend that would play along.
We are excited beyond words by the support we received from the High Country Charitable Foundation at yesterday’s Grant Recipient Awards Presentation. The HCCF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a vision to help the Avery County, NC community. Conceived by a small group of residents who recognized the importance of giving back to the Read more about High Country Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to SRTC![…]
This week, our “Spirit Spotlight” shines on Appalachian State University Senior, Meghan Albin. Meghan is from the town of Wake Forest, just north of Raleigh, and like a good ASU student, she clarifies, “The town – not the college.” Meghan will graduate with a Major in Exercise Science and a Minor in Psychology, but her Read more about SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT: Meghan Albin![…]
Let’s meet, Missy Thomas – this week’s focus of our “Spirit Spotlight”. Missy is a native Oregonian and she and her family came to Boone in search of a town high in elevation, low in humidity and close to family (her husband is from East Tennessee). Back in 2001, Missy and her husband (then boyfriend) Read more about SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT: Missy Thomas![…]