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Handi-Riders of Northern California


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What is Handi-Riders of Northern California?

History of Organization

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 member and Premier Accredited Operating 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 the past 30 years.

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 receives an individualized riding program developed to meet his or her needs.

We offer a Winter 4-week session, Spring and Fall 8- week sessions and a 6 week Summer Day Program. Private and Semi-Private lessons are offered throughout the year.

Riding classes are conducted under the direction of our Registered PATH Int'l 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 to give handheld support or "spot" 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 crutches, wheelchairs, 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. Located at 1391 Clark Road, near the intersection of Clark and Highway 70 just north of Oroville, Wade Arena is the ideal home for our program. With a covered arena, classes are held in all weather 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 to include new services for veterans, and a Hippotherapy component.

-- Expansion of our facility to add a mobile office at our new location.

For further information about classes, volunteering, becoming an instructor, or assisting Handi-Riders financially, please contact via e-mail: info@Handi-Riders.org, or call the office: 530-533-5333