Therapeutic Riding

For people with special needs, riding can provide a myriad of therapeutic benefits. It can convey a sense of empowerment and mastery. Sitting atop a 1,000 pound animal and commanding it through its paces is an exhilarating feeling, especially for a person with disabilities. Riding improves physical strength, balance, mobility and coordination. It helps to promote a better attention span, concentration, social awareness, confidence and self-esteem.

The Camp Venture Equestrian Program, located in Stony Point, NY, is a recreational riding program for children and adults with and without special needs. Our program is educational and hands-on, and our instruction is geared to the ability and learning style of each participant. There is no need for prior riding experience because we provide each student with an individualized program. Whether navigating through an obstacle course, getting a horse to respond to the reins, or just developing the posture to sit up straight in the saddle, skill development is individual and appropriate for each student.

First and foremost, our riders learn how to be safe around horses, and are taught to respect the animals. They learn to groom and care for them. Riders learn to tack the horses and appropriately fit their safety gear.

Riding skills are taught step-by-step, with deference for the physical and cognitive abilities of the rider.

All riding is done in an outdoor arena equipped with rubber footing. All required safety equipment is provided to the riders. The helmets used are approved by the North American Riding Association, and all riders wear safety vests.

Qualified professionals staff the Camp Venture Equestrian Program. Our head instructor has been certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA), holds a BS Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. All staff and volunteers are certified in First Aid, CPR and are trained to work with horses, as well as people with special needs.

Our staff is a caring and competent team who share a love of horses and riding and more importantly, a commitment to off er this unique and potentially life-changing experience to children and adults in our community.

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Sports Carnival
Sunday ~ January 28, 2018 ~ 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
St Thomas Aquinas College  
125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976

Pay One Price for Unlimited, Mini Sessions of Sports Skill Training
& Instruction by Coaches, Athletes & Instructors 
Advance Admission Fee with on-line Registration $20
Admission Fee at the Door $25
11 AM-1 PM ~ Ages 4-7
1 PM-3 PM ~ Ages 8-12
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