At Rainbow Riders, we provide an inclusive environment that allows children and adults with varying physical, emotional, cognitive, or social disabilities or diagnoses to interact with horses. For many years, horses have been studied and proven to provide therapeutic benefit and we see that at our facility every day. Rainbow Riders has been providing therapeutic riding and other forms of equine therapy to individuals in Newfoundland for almost 30 years. We are pleased to share that we are currently able to reach the greatest number of participants we ever have and that number is constantly growing.
Young people with disabilities often find it a challenge to take part in the physical and social activities many of us take for granted. Rainbow Riders changes this. It uses the unique relationship between child and horse to improve physical conditioning, communication skills and social connections.
I know from personal experience the generous spirit of horses, their healing potential, and the power of organizations like this one. And so I am honoured to be contributing to this project, and thank all the Hoedown Team for leading this initiative which will provide essential operating funds to carry on the great programs at Rainbow Riders.
I hope you will share my commitment to support this unique community organization. Rainbow Riders’ success stories and the exceptional people who make them happen challenge and inspire us to do better, do more.
Paul Antle, Chair, Rainbow Riders
At Rainbow Riders, a child in a wheelchair acquires legs to run through a field. A child with autism makes connections. Community grows. Magical things happen. Our ability to continue providing these valuable programs to children and youth with special challenges is not be possible without generous donations and support from our community.
P.O. Box 23150
St. John’s, NL