Special Equestrians

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At Special Equestrians, we harness the healing power of horses to transform lives. Located in Warrington, Pennsylvania, we provide a variety of equine-assisted services for individuals with physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional or traumatic stress disabilities. Our story began with one dedicated person – and has grown to include many. Special Equestrians was founded in 1982 by Kathy Quinn, a therapeutic riding instructor who saw an unmet need in the community when there were few organizations providing therapeutic or recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. Beginning with one student, one horse, and one volunteer, Kathy provided the sense of freedom, self-confidence, and companionship that only a horse can offer. Today, Special Equestrians operates year-round with 3 full-time and 13 part-time staff members, 11 horses, 220 volunteers, indoor and outdoor arenas, a hippotherapy room, a 24-station Sensory Trail, and an observation lounge/classroom. We are a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Premier Accredited Center, meeting the highest level of standards in the field. We are also an EQUUS Foundation Guardian, recognized for our superior work in the field of therapeutic riding and therapy-horse welfare. Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to serving anyone who can benefit from our services, regardless of their ability to pay. Special Equestrians’ lesson fee covers less than half of the actual cost of each session. For families that cannot afford to pay this amount, we offer scholarships based on need. About 30% of our individual riders receive tuition assistance, funded by donations, grants and events.


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