Celebrating 32 years of service, Special Equestrians offers equine-assisted therapies and activities to riders from ages 2 to 72. With 15 horses of all sizes, shapes, colors, and breeds, 17 mostly part-time staff members, and 100 volunteers, we serve more than 100 children and adults each week from Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
Our riders come to us with more than 60 different physical, developmental, and cognitive challenges including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Sensory Integration Disorder, Brain Injuries, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Representing diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, 80 percent of our riders are children.
Special Equestrians was founded in 1982 in Doylestown by Kathy Quinn with one horse, one rider, and one volunteer in a non-handicapped-accessible backyard farm. At the time, there were relatively few recreational activities available for people with disabilities. Adapting traditional riding lessons for people with disablities by providing special mounting ramps, modified equipment, and creative teaching opened the doors for a wide range or people to experience the joy and health benefits of working with horses.
In 1999, we moved to our first permanent home on more than 40+ Preserved Open-Space acres in Warrington Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Our state-of-the-art facility features 28 stalls, the Chapman Outdoor Ring, an indoor arena, observation and volunteer lounges, conference space, a therapy room, and adminstrative offices. Our innovative Sensory Trail offers 22 interactive experiences for horse and rider, most recently updated by Comcast families on Comcast Cares Day, 2013.
We are proud to be a PATH International member center, giving our community the assurance that we adhere to the highest standards involving the safety of our riders, certification of our instructors, and proper maintenance of our facility.
We are also honored to be a recipient of grants in 2012, 2013, and 2014 from the EQUUS Foundation. We are proud to be recognized as a Messenger.