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Registration for Spring 2018
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 are interested in registering your child for the Spring 2018 Session, it is never too early to begin the process. Please complete the client application and submit the forms to the appropriate community professional (your child’s OT, SLP, etc).
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 Spring Session near the end of April 2018. The date will be announced here closer to that time. 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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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![…]
Imagine sitting in a room full of people crowded against each other and suddenly all of the lights go off and you are surrounded by terrifying darkness. Within seconds, a booming force of noise assaults your ears and you feel like your head is going to absolutely burst. The darkness is contrasted with bright, fast-moving Read more about Sensory Friendly Movie Night a Hit at Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center![…]
This week’s “Spirit Spotlight” shines on Spirit Ride Therapy Team Member, Amber Sebastian. Amber grew up in the Florida Keys with a love for the outdoors, dance, and horses! That combined with her extensive experience and passion for working with children on the spectrum makes her an invaluable part of the Spirit Ride family. A Read more about SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT: Amber Sebastian![…]
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![…]