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Phone: 610 827-0931
PO Box 156
Chester Springs
Pennsylvania 19425

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Target demographics: Children (age 2+) and adults with a wide range of disabilities. Many of our riders are on the autism spectrum, including PDD, ODD, Asperger’s, and ADHD. Others face intellectual developmental delays (IDD), have cerebral palsy, or were disabled as the result of an accident, including spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Over the years, we have used equestrian therapy to benefit riders with a variety of disabilities, chronic diseases, and at-risk behaviors.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 100 individuals received our services last year.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: help a child or adult with disabilities benefit physically and mentally from therapeutic riding lessons

Geographic areas served: Most of our riders live in the greater Philadelphia area, including Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties, and northern Delaware.

Programs: Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Summer and Winter Camps, At-Risk Youth Day Camps, and Innovative Special Education Programs

The mission of Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities by providing them with affordable therapeutic horseback riding and associated special education of the highest possible quality, in a warm, safe and familiar environment.
In 2011, we delivered weekly therapeutic riding lessons to over 50 children and adults with disabilities, serving nearly 100 individuals throughout the year.

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I began volunteering at Hope Springs about 10 years ago, and have assisted many of the instructors and students since then. I have seen so many students grow and gain confidence through the program and I always am inspired by their courage and enthusiasm. Volunteering at Hope Springs has been a... more »
I am a high school senior, and I regularly volunteered here since the beginning of this year for half a year. Volunteering at Hope Springs definitely taught me how to be more mature and caring and also non-prejudiced, given the experiences with a large community of different people. The instructors ... more »
As a long-time volunteer at Hope Springs, I have seen first hand how children and adults with a wide array of disabilities can be fundamentally changed for the better through one-on-one equestrian therapy, delivered in this intimate setting by knowledgeable, caring instructors. The close bonds ... more »
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