Ride on at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center

Since 1978, Fieldstone Farm, a nonprofit, has been providing therapeutic horse-related programs to people with disabilities of all ages. Fieldstone Farm horses help more than 800 students annually. Riders with disabilities attend from all over Northeast Ohio. Riders with cognitive impairments such as Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder, physical disabilities including Cerebral Palsy and Spinal Cord Injuries, or psychosocial disorders including behavioral issues and sensory impairments, learn riding skills while they improve their balance, strengthen muscles, work on educational goals, learn communication skills, increase their self-esteem, and gain confidence.

For children and adults with disabilities, the equestrian experience is life changing!

The Riding Experience

No other therapeutic recreational opportunity benefits so many aspects of a disability in such a holistic way. Imagine the sense of confidence and independence a rider who uses a wheelchair feels on a horse. Think of a student’s muscles growing stronger as he brushes his horse. Watch the emotional connection a rider develops with her horse, instructor, volunteers, and fellow students. At Fieldstone Farm, these kinds of “Little Victories” happen every day. It’s a special place where riders of all ages benefit physically, cognitively, and emotionally from a wide variety of horse experiences tailored to their needs by a trained team of horses, instructors, and volunteers.

Ashtyn at Fieldstone Farms TRC
Ashtyn at Fieldstone Farms TRC

Then and Now

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center (TRC) was founded in 1978 by Kevin Ellison and was initially called the Chagrin Valley Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. Lessons began with eight students who rode once per week on borrowed horses with the help of a handful of volunteers. By 1992, the Therapeutic Riding Center had dramatically expanded its staff and volunteers and increased its programming to six days per week, year-round.

In November of 1997, the program moved into its own brand new, state-of-the-art facility which was named Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. This expanded facility is one of the largest facilities of its kind in North America and includes a therapy room, classroom, indoor and outdoor arenas, and ample workspace for an array of programming.

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Ride on at Fieldstone Farms TRC

For more details, visit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center online: www.fieldstonefarmtrc.com

Or call: 440. 708 0013

Sheri Rimes
Author: Sheri Rimes

Sheri Rimes has been an animal lover, owner and rescuer all of her life. She is the mother of 1 and enjoys working with their newest family member, a German Shepherd named, “Ziva”. Sheri is the founder of “Save the Kitties Cat Sanctuary”, “The Ransom Ranch Project” (a faith-based outreach program looking for funding that helps single parent families and troubled youth), and the owner of “The Organic Pet”. Sheri is also the host of Pet Prep Radio. She has also been a long term volunteer with Lake Metroparks Farmpark riding with “The Light Horse Brigade, educating the public about the Arabian and The American Paint breeds of horses.