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![…]


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: Help Us Never Say No

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.


High Country Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to SRTC!

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![…]