Riding to Improve Development, Esteem, Strength, and Spirit
Last Updated on 07/13/2006
R.I.D.E.S (Riding to Improve Development, Esteem, Strength, Spirit) is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit charity. R.I.D.E.S. is a registered charity in the state of Mississippi, and is a member center of NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association), and is located in Caledonia, MS. The Lowndes County site is located in the northeast central part of the state near the Alabama state line.
R.I.D.E.S. provides therapeutic horseback riding for disabled individuals and currently serves 17 riders ages 5-22 with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. ADD, ADHD, Aspersers, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, mental retardation, scoliosis, speech impairment, and development delays. Our riders are very special and we currently have 25 volunteers that actively participate with the riders and form loving bonds with them. We have experienced the thrills of being a part of the many accomplishments our riders have achieved.
The working staff of R.I.D.E.S. consists of 6 horses active in the program: Katie, Joi, Traveler, Spicket, Tiena, and Spirit. Shadow, a horse on trial, and a 9 month old Haflinger colt, Nekoda, generously donated by a special friend, Mr. Billy Thompson, has begun training with us. In the spring, Savannah, a Tennessee Walker mare, will join us for a training period.
R.I.D.E.S. is the result of many donated hours and contributions by many individuals and businesses in the community. We have been supported by grants from Wal-Mart, Weyerhaeuser, and a TRANSFORM grant from President Bush's faith/community based program.
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