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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Equestrian, Health, Patient & Family Support, Rehabilitative Care, Sports

Mission: 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.

Geographic areas served: Collier County

Programs: To provide therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. This organization provides services to an estimated 250 individuals with these indivduals receiving various amounts of therapeutic riding. This ranges from 30-60 minutes of estimated weekly riding for each person.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

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 exceptional care of the horses as well. Children who participate in the program reap the benfits that only interaction with magnificent animals can provide. I am proud to be a donor and will be for years to come.



Rating: 5

I have been involved as a donor, volunteer and veterinarian with Naples Equestrian Challenge for 2 years.....each occasion to interact with staff and our wonderful clients is exceptionally positive. Seeing the patience used by instructors, horse leaders, horse sidewalkers and groomers.......is so important and so helpful to our riders who are learning and enjoying the human-animal bond at the same time. To see the expressions of glee and laughter when trotting on their horse is always a joy! Having large corporations volunteer time to help complete a project at the barn at NEC when in Naples for a corporate meeting is also excellent. To see a large insurance company or bank giving to our community and NEC keeps them in a very positive light! I just want to see NEC continue to expand their services to more and more patients/clients who can benefit from their "care!"