About Us

Special Equestrians, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) therapeutic riding program located in Warrington, Pennsylvania, was founded by Kathy Quinn in Doylestown in 1982. Our mission-driven work is to improve the physical, mental and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience. Our programs use the powerful healing properties of riding and interacting with horses to help individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities develop new skills and reach higher levels of independence.

Special Equestrians is a Premier Accredited PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Center; our facility, staff, and programming exceed all relevant PATH Intl. Certification standards. Our staff includes Certified Theraputic Riding Instructors, an Occupational Therapist, a Physical Therapist, and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

We are committed to serving anyone who can benefit from our services, regardless of their ability to pay. Special Equestrians’ general lesson fee covers slightly less than 50 percent of the actual cost to the organization of providing the service. If families cannot afford to pay this amount, they submit scholarship applications. We provide scholarships for roughly 30 percent of our riders.

In 2019, our instructors provided over 3,700 lessons to more than 250 individuals of all ages. Our volunteers served more than 4,000 hours. Each week, we host 100 children and adults from the Greater Philadelphia area for private and semi-private lessons. We work successfully with riders who meet criteria for more than 60 different diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, intellectual disability, genetic disorders, behavioral disorders, congenital hypotonia and brain injury. Representing diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. About 70% of our riders are age 18 or younger.


In 1999, Special Equestrians was generously offered a 30-year lease on a purpose-built facility situated on 40+ acres Warrington Township Preserved Open-Space acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Our state-of-the-art facility features 28 stalls, the Chapman Outdoor Ring, an indoor arena, the Village Improvement Assocation Round Pen, observation and volunteer lounges, conference space, the Widener Therapy room, and adminstrative offices. Our innovative Sensory Trail offers 24 interactive experiences for horse and rider, many created through Eagle Scout projects. The most extensive work on the trail has been through the volunteer efforts of Comcast families on Comcast Cares Day, 2008, 2013, and 2016-2018.

Our riders participate in individual and group lessons, summer camp, horse shows at home, and the annual Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show.

We are a PATH International Premier Accredited center, giving our community the assurance that we meet or exceed to the highest standards involving the safety of our riders, certification of our instructors, and proper maintenance of our facility.

We are proud to be recognized as an EQUUS Guardian, committed to the highest standards of horse welfare and transparency in our nonprofit management.We are also honored to be a recipient of grants every year from 2012 through 2019 from the EQUUS Foundation.

Our physical and occupational therapists have been trained through the American Hippotherapy Association.