TEDx TALK!

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![…]

We Are Grateful for Our Community!

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![…]

Live Art by John Pipes at the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser for Spirit Ride

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[…]

Did You Get Your Hat Yet? Spirit Ride is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser!

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![…]

Thankful For the Little Things (They Make a BIG Difference)

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)[…]

Local Scout Completes Eagle Scout Project at Spirit Ride!

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![…]

Volunteer Training and Certification!

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![…]