We need you
Registration for Fall 2017 now closed.
During the course of a Spirit Ride Session, clients come for one-hour lessons each week, with a designated horse and instructor. Students utilize a Sensory Trail, Therapy Arena and spend time caring for their equine partners to promote successful results. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please complete the application and submit by mail. We will save them on a ‘recieved by’ date.
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. The next class will be offered prior to the Fall Session: August 26, 2017 9am to noon To register: Please go to the upper right hand corner of this page and select “Sign Up for Volunteer Training!” from the drop down menu. If you would like to begin volunteering sooner – please email us at SpiritRideNC@gmail.com We will be more than happy to set up a one on one training session with you. ($20 will cover the cost of the training as well as your SRTC T-Shirt).
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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.
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.
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In our first installment of “Spirit Spotlight”, we would like you to meet our student board member, Alyssa Cole. Alyssa comes to us from the Hershey, Pennsylvania area. Her knowledge and experiences in the subject of horsemanship combined with her interest in students with exceptional needs have made her a valuable member of the Spirit Read more about SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT: Alyssa Cole![…]
Spirit Ride Families – you are invited to a special showing of the family favorite, “Babe”. This story of how perseverance, politeness, and kindness always wins is a favorite of all ages. Storyline: “Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Read more about Sensory-Friendly Movie Night – Friday, September 29th![…]
Due to soggy fields and potentially bad weather we have been forced to cancel the Volunteer Work Day for Saturday, September 2nd. Thanks to everyone who planned on coming out. We appreciate you!
Be sure to read our Summer Newsletter to see all the great things that are happening at Spirit Ride!! CLICK HERE to view it now!
Want to find out about the latest happenings at Spirit Ride? Look no further! Click Here to read the Winter Newsletter.
On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, please donate to SPIRIT RIDE at either Stick Boy location and Stick Boy will match up to $1,000!! There are four simple ways to donate: 1 – Bring cash and put it in the SPIRIT RIDE collection bucket. 2 – Write a check made out to SPIRIT RIDE and put it Read more about Stick Boy Bread Company’s Non-Profit Match Day is Saturday, September 10th![…]
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 from 9am to Noon: Spirit Ride is inviting the community to come out and lend a helping hand. Bring a paint brush, work gloves, and a happy spirit to our Volunteer Work Day. Let’s get the facility in tip-top shape before our Spirit Riders and their families arrive! Spirit Ride is Read more about Volunteer Work Day 9/3/16 9am to Noon![…]
If you are planning on attending the Volunteer Training Session(s) on August 27th at 9am, please review the following information. We are happy to offer a $5 discount for those of you who wish to pre-register online! CLICK HERE for more information!! Session 1 (9-10:15AM) will cover the basic rules of safety around horses Read more about Volunteer Training: 9/27/16[…]
What kind of cowboy are you? Well…cartoon cowboy anyhow… Take this quick, fun, quiz and find out which cowboy character you are! The answer may surprise you (and you’ll even discover what type of Spirit Ride volunteer you’d make. C’mon – go get your YEE HAW on!
Here at Spirit Ride, our dream is to help riders with specific needs achieve their goals. Because of that dream, it makes us feel horrible when we have to turn potential clients away because we aren’t wheelchair accessible. In order to serve those clients, we will need: a mounting ramp, smooth pathways, and a Read more about Phase 1 of “Operation: Let’s Get Rollin!”[…]