Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc.
Geographic areas served: Collier County
Our mission to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing effective equine-facilitated therapy.Therapeutic riding has long been recognized as a method to improve the physical, emotional and mental development of the rider. Increased joint mobility, muscle tone and coordination are among the many physical benefits. The positive emotional and mental aspects of equine-facilitated therapy are improved self-esteem, confidence and socialization skills. Started in July 1995 as a satellite of the Fort Myers Special Equestrians, the Naples Equestrian Challenge became an independent 501(c)3 in January 1998.Our goal is to strengthen and expand our services, while maintaining an effective and safe therapeutic riding program for the people in our community with disabilities.
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I have been a donor to NEC for the past five years and have continually been impressed by the caliber of service this organization provides to children with disabilities. The program has wonderful volunteers (my best friend being one of them)who assist the children with the horses and who take ... more »
Naples Equestrian Challenge has an extraordinary staff. They are very accommodating and sincere in their efforts to better my child as well as others. The amount of patience and calmness they exude in tense situations adds a sense of comfort to the experience. My child enjoys his time there ... more »
This is a wonderful volunteer program that really allows you to make a difference visibly. The riders are each unique and different and loads of fun to work with and teach. I feel like I learn more about them each time I come. The horses also have their own distinct and lovely personalities, they ... more »