Mission StatementImproving the lives of people with special needs through equine therapy.
Harnessing the Healing Power of Horses Born from the combined love of horses and children, Alatheia Riding Center demonstrates the power of equine-based therapy. It is a non-profit therapeutic riding center, affiliated with PATH (Professional of Therapeutic Horsemanship), formally NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association), and NFHR (The Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry).
Non Profit Alatheia Riding Center is a 501(c)3 corporation and is publicly supported through tax-deductible donations. Your support helps to provide facility enhancements, equine care and reduced cost lessons to these unique children and adults.
The Benefits of Therapeutic Activities Activities on and off the horse help to develop core strength, balance, coordination, social skills and cognitive abilities. The four-directional movement of a horse’s walk provides an engagement of the pelvis that more closely resembles walking than some children will ever experience . Horses empower and motivate our riders in a unique way. Alatheia can change lives of the participants. Here are some ways in which Therapeutic riding can help:
Physically Strengthens the body in way that can actually help them learn how to walk. Improves core strength by the participant needing to balance and stabilize while in the saddle. Increases coordination and depth perception.
Emotionally Encourages participants to form closer bonds with those around them by learning how to bond with the horse. Gives the rider a new found joy.
Mentally The exercises are designed to appropriately challenge the participant in cognitive function, creating a progression in learning ability. “Our goal is to facilitate the learning of using the body in a way it hasn’t.”
Schedule We offer lessons all week long and a longer riding season then ever before.
Lessons & Volunteers Off the horse: the participant learns horse management skills, which is grooming, leading, and tacking the horse. On the horse: Riding, games, and activities. Volunteers are vital to our program as each rider requires up to three assistants depending up their unique special needs. Up to 4 Trained assistants per rider throughout duration. (Learn how to become a volunteer)
Sessions In 2012 Alatheia Riding Center served 30 clients, ages 3-74, with weekly, semi-private lessons. In 2013 Alatheia grew to 48 riders and extended our operational season. Rider sign ups for sessions that consist of weekly lessons over the season from early Spring to late Fall.
Disabilities Served (but not limited to) Include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Speech Impaired
- Vision Impaired
- Spina Bifida
- Brain Injury
- Mitochondrial Disease
- Rett Syndrome
- Eating disorders
- Developmental Delay
- Autism Spectrum
- Sensory Issues
- Multiple Sclerosis
Outdoor Arena – 132 feet x 66 feet ADA Wheelchair Mounting Ramp Viewing area for families
Neither wind, rain, snow, nor heat will disrupt lesson schedules
Indoor Arena – 110 feet x 60 feet ADA Wheelchair Mounting Ramp Viewing area for families
The Eagle Trail
Right next to our arenas and wide enough for sidewalkers.
As Alatheia Riding Center developed and grew it became our desire in the spring of 2012 to provide our riders with a “real” trail experience that would expand on the sensory and movement benefits received in the arena. We had an acre of rough, sagebrush land on a sloping hillside immediately adjacent to our property that would be a perfect place to do this, but no idea on how to make it happen.
Within 6 weeks Brian had completed a 1/4 mile trail, 5 feet wide (enough to accommodate horses and side-walkers) winding through the hillside.
All it took was once offhand comment to a volunteer wondering if there was a Boy Scout troop out there that might be interested in a project. Almost immediately we were contacted by Brian Merrill of East Wenatchee who was looking for an Eagle Scout project. Within 6 weeks Brian had completed a 1/4 mile trail, 5 feet wide (enough to accommodate horses and side-walkers) winding through the hillside. Brian managed a team of about 18 hardworking scouts and adults who came weekly and carved that trail out of the dry, hardened slope with hand tools and wheelbarrows! The trail is a delight to our riders and often a highlight of their time at Alatheia.