Handi-Riders of Northern California


Handi-Riders is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to children and adults with disabilities in Northern California since 1981. This proven form of therapy is recognized as an approved form of therapy by the American Medical Association, the U.S. Veterans Administration, and the Wounded Warriors Project as an effective form of therapy.

Therapeutic riding facilitates physical and emotional healing in a safe environment where riders with various disabilities can come together to strengthen, heal, normalize and socialize with powerful creatures who are non-judgmental and accept them exactly as they are.

We are excited to announce our new Heroes Services program. We will be providing our services to our brave men and women veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This program will be completely free to all participants. We are looking for veterans to be volunteers for their fellow veterans as side and lead walkers, and a veteran with horse experience to be trained as certified as an instructor. We also need financial support from the community to cover the scholarships and additional program expenses.

Action News Story: Non-profit gets help from Ridgeview High students

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 4:07 pm PDT by Austin Herbaugh

Handi-riders received some helping hands Wednesday. The Ridgeway Rangers, students from Ridgeway High School in Paradise, spent the afternoon cleaning stalls, picking up rocks, raking, along with grooming and walking horses.

"To see my kids do something kind, not expecting anything in return, it really builds them up," said Jeff Wrobel, teacher at Ridgeview High School. "and (it) helps with their esteem and confidence."

Help! We're Having a Barn Clean-up, May 7

We are having a barn clean up on May 7, from 9 AM to 4 PM.

We need 20 volunteers to help make this event a success. Lunch will be provided. Call Donna at 530-315-0654.


Handi-Riders Open House and Barn Dance

May 20, 2017

11:00 to 3:00 PM: OPEN HOUSE To kick off our new program for veterans beginning on May 22, 2017.

FOOD -Hamburgers, Hot dogs, Chips, Drinks and Water

FOR KIDS - Bounce House, Face Painting, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Balloons, and Clowns

SHOWS -Bird Show, Rope Demo, Police Dogs, Drill Team, Vaulting Demo, Sheep Dog Demo, and much more


6:00 to 11:00 PM: BARN DANCE To kick off our new program for veterans.


Questions call Donna (530)315-0654


Ribs and Rods, Saturday June 10, 2017

RIBS AND RODS, 9am-5pm at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning.

Start off the morning with a classic car show, numbering over 250 cars, followed at 11am by a premier rib cook-off, featuring some of the best ribs recipes in the North State. Throw in some live music and you’ve got fun for the whole family!


Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9am – 2pm. Open to the public, free admission. All cars up to 1979 models welcome — all years of Corvettes welcome. Live music from 10am – 2pm.


Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 11am – 5pm Come taste some of the best ribs in the North State. The cook-off is an invitation only event pitting some of the best cooks in the area against each other with 1,000's of pound of ribs, so far there are 15 different teams competing for the title of Best Ribs. Tickets are only $20 and include non-alcoholic drinks and sides, and all proceeds go to Handi-Riders! Live music playing in the Event Center during the Rib Cook-off. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Handi-Riders Summer Day Camp: JUNE 12-16, JUNE 19-23, JUNE 26-30, JULY 10-14

FUN ON HORSEBACK, LEARNING ABOUT HORSES - Brushing, horse bath and braiding, games on horseback, learning horse body parts by fun games, and learning to ride.

Open to the public. Must bring lunch and boots. Each session is $250. Classes are filling up, so reserve your date. $150 deposit.

Please call Donna (530)315-0654, Email: donna@handi-riders.org


Handi-Riders Benefit Golf Tournament

Tuscan Ridge Golf Course

October 7, 2017

HANDI-RIDERS BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT to support equine-assisted therapy for children, adults, and veterans.


  • 11:00 AM Registration
  • 12:00 PM Shot-gun Start and hot dog lunch
  • 5:00 PM BBQ Tri-tip dinner banquet
  • 5:30 PM Prize awards for raffle, on-course games, and team awards

Cost: $85 per person includes green fees, cart rental (1 cart per 2 golfers), hot dog lunch, B-B-Q tri-tip dinner banquet, and team prizes

Format: Four-person Scramble. Individuals will be paired with three other individual golfers to form a foursome

Registration: Registrations must be received by September 23, 2017.
Print Registration forms here or contact: Dee at 530-518-9348, Sue at 530-570-0227, or info@handi-riders.org

Looking for a Certified PATH Instructor

Handi-Riders, a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association for special needs children and adults is looking for a part/full time PATH certified instructor.  Must be willing to commit to one year or more.  Please send resume to info@handi-riders.org or call 530-533-5333. Immediate opening.

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.

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.

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.