Handi-Riders of Northern California


Welcome! Handi-Riders, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was started in Butte County in 1981 by a dedicated group of people from the equestrian community and Butte County Schools Special Education Department. These individuals worked together to provide a unique form of therapeutic activity for children and adults with special needs: Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Handi-Riders is a PATH Int'l. (Professional Assoc. of Therapeutic Horsemanship) member and Premier Accredited Center. Our program is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an accepted form of therapeutic activity for the physically, developmentally and emotionally challenged. We are proud to have served Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties for more than 30 years.

Handi-Riders Fall Session

Fall Session:

Volunteer training:  September 12 at 9-1pm

Classes start 9-16 thru Oct 31st

  • Wed. 1:30, 3:00, 4:30
  • Fri. 1:30, 3:00, 4:30
  • Sat 10:30 and 12:00

For more information, contact us:

Email: info@Handi-Riders.org

Phone: 530-533-5333


PO Box 1885
Chico, CA 95927


AnnieBHandi-Riders is grateful to be participating in the Annie B's Community Drive again this year. 

Handi-Riders' mission is: 

  • To provide therapeutic horse-assisted activities, which enrich and support our community's special needs individuals, at-risk youth and veterans. 
  • To encourage healing, self-respect, and self-reliance while inspiring individual accomplishment. 
  • To facilitate physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth through an equine connection.

Your sincerely appreciated donations to Handi-Riders will help us maintain our current program and attain our further program expansion goals to fully support veterans and their families as well as the families of active duty service personnel in our new Heroes Services program. Our 2015 Annie B's Campaign goal is to raise $25,000 for:

  • Student scholarships
  • Specialized Equipment for our Heroes Services program
  • Instructor training to add new program skills
  • Care for new Heroes' horses

Please donate here: http://drive.anniebs.org/cause/handi-riders/ or mail your check made out to Annie B's/Handi-Riders to North Valley Community Foundation, 240 Main Street, Suite 260, Chico CA 95928. 

The funds must be received by September 30, 2015 4 p.m. to receive matching funds offered through the Annie B's Community Drive. Stock transfers can also be accepted. Please call the NVCF finance office at 530-891-1150 ext. 25 for routing information." 

Handi-Riders Job Opening

Handi-Riders is seeking a new Volunteer Coordinator for Handi-Riders the Therapeutic Riding Center.   Full job description. 

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to info@handi-riders.org.

Description of Program and Services

Handi-Riders is a center for Equine Assisted Activities & Learning (EAAL). Horses are catalysts, facilitators, mirrors and listeners, as well as physical stimulators. By partnering with their horses, our riders enjoy complete, experiential learning.

Clients are referred to our program through schools, therapy groups, rehabilitation programs and doctors. Each client is provided the resources and guidance needed to maximize his or her potential.

We offer a Winter 4-week session, Spring and Fall 6- week sessions and a 4 one-week Summer Day programs. Private and Semi-Private lessons are offered throughout the year.

Riding classes are conducted under the direction of our Registered PATH Instructors with the help of trained volunteers. Each rider may require as many as three volunteers to assist them: one volunteer to handle the horse and two alongside for safety and to give support where need to the rider.

The horses in our program are donated or on lease. We have horses of all shapes, sizes, gaits and breeds. They must pass a pre-qualification process for soundness and manners to determine acceptability. Once accepted, our horses are trained to remain calm around mobility aids, lesson obstacles, props and rider behaviors before carrying a rider.

Handi-Riders is supported in part by: Businesses, Individuals, Grants, Trusts, Far Northern Regional Center, Community Services from CSUC & Butte College.

Accomplishments and Goals

In January 2012, Handi-Riders moved to a new location, Wade Arena. Situated near the intersection of Clark and Hwy. 70 just north of Oroville, Wade Arena is the ideal home for our program. With a covered arena and enclosed barn, classes are offered rain or shine allowing us to serve our riders without interruption. We are now able to focus on the expansion of our program and facility.

Long Term Goals: 'Expansion of our program' is to include new services for veterans. For additional information about enrolling in classes, volunteering, becoming an instructor, or visiting our Center, or please call the office: 530-533-5333 or contact us via e-mail: info@Handi-Riders.org. Donations may be made through PayPal or by sending a check to Handi-Riders, P.O. Box 1885, Chico, CA 95927.