THE NEED IN GARLAND COUNTY

 

Currently NO ACTIVE Hippotherapy
And Therapeutic Riding
Programs Available

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2017)

 

There are currently no hippotherapy or therapeutic riding programs in Garland County. This is significant, as there are approximately 14,000 children under the age of 18 with at least one disability living in Garland county, and over 20% of the entire population of the county living with one or more disabilities. These numbers emphasize the importance and the need for equine assisted therapy services in Hot Springs AR.

By partnering with local, well-established therapy centers and their qualified therapists, we will be the only facility in Hot Springs to be able to offer hippotherapy services.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to make hippotherapy and therapeutic riding services accessible not just to our son Aiden, but to all individuals with disabilities in the greater Garland County area for little to no cost. These forms of therapies offer evidence-based benefits to the physical, emotional, and mental growth and development of people with disabilities.

Sunshine Therapeutic Riding Center

OUR MISSION

The SUNSHINE Therapeutic Riding Center (STRC) is an equine assisted therapy organization 501(c)3 that strives to improve the lives of individuals of all age groups, including children with disabilities, through the partnership and therapeutic power of horses.

SUNSHINE Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501C3 Arkansas non-profit organization with the federal tax identification number EIN: 84-1747932. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors

CAROL FREELAND

BOARD CHAIR

JENNA JOUBERT

VICE CHAIR

DAWN CATTANEO

SECRETARY

JENNIFER GREEN

TREASURER

DENNIS BERRY

MICHAEL EVANS

HALEY HATCH

DR. EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH CLEM

JULIE KINARD

ERIKA MUELLE

ALI RUSH

JOHN STOBAUGH

ADVISORY BOARD

  • VICKI HINZ
  • HARMONY MORRISSEY
  • MARK HOWARD
  • DR. RENEE MCGRAW
  • MIKE TUOHEY

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

  • JENNA JOUBERT (CHAIR)
  • HALEY HATCH
  • DENNIS BERRY
  • SHARI CLEM
  • ERIKA MUELLE
  • JULIE KINARD

CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE

  • MIKE EVANS (CHAIR)
  • ZACH SUMMERLIN
  • DENNIS BERRY

OUR HORSES

MORGAN

Quarter Horse, 2003

Morgan is a retired show jumper and came to us from an equine assisted learning program. He is the boss of the herd and is a beautiful mover perfect for hippotherapy.

SAPHIRA

Quarter/Tennessee Walker, 2014

Saphira came to us as a starved 3 year old rescue with an ingrown halter. With training, love and care she has developed into a super smooth and versatile little riding horse. Saphira loves kids!

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