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Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

Mission: To provide therapeutic recreational equine activities for children and adults with special needs to experience the bond that is created between horse and rider. Empowering them to be victorious in all areas of life and reach their fullest potential.

Results: Since inception in Oct 2007, we have grown from 5 students to 40 plus steady students in additon to hosting special needs groups for day trips to the farm. We educate them with hands on learning experience with all the animals on the farm in a safe and supervised environment. The benefits impact them physically, cognitively and psychologically. These aspects of the session awaken their awareness, increase coordination and attention span, along with giving them a CAN DO attitude to succeed in life. Providing volunteer opportunities for school groups, individuals and community service workers to enable them to give back to their communities.

Target demographics: Handicapped, disabled or special needs peopleVolunteers who want to assist people with disabilities in the South Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 plus special needs students with various disibilities like CP, MS, Autism, ADHD, Learning disibilities,Speech delays etc.and their families, plus groups from Elim , Cornerstone, St. Colletta's, The Lions Club, various preschools, Girl scouts, Brownie groups and youth groups.

Geographic areas served: Northern Il.

Programs: Riding sessions that takes therapy out of the clinical setting and puts it in a safe and fun environment. Horse/animal care education and hands on experience.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

They are a top notch organization. They always go above the call of duty. They have helped our granddaughter immensely.


Rating: 5

Victory reins is a great place that helps people unselfishly, they have grown in the last few years and it is in the best kind of ways. they are just as excited about baby chicks as they are for getting the painting done.



Rating: 5

I helped Elim Christian schools and got to know Sandy and her barnload of friends. So many good animals and people helping out others. She had also helped me get to know more people at the Hansen barn too. What they do to help people ride horses is amazing.


Rating: 5

I have been to Victory Reins several times and just love the atmosphere there. The horses there are so patient and well-mannered. The staff and volunteers really love what they do and are so caring and kind to the clients. A wonderful place to visit and participate!