Happy Trails Riding Center

Happy Trails Riding Center is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and special needs through horsemanship and social opportunities. We are a 501c3 non-profit. A PATH center and a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.
Oct 29, 2013

Fall Fun at Happy Trails Riding Center!

We kicked off fall with a barn dance for people with disabilties and special needs -it was so very much fun! We hosted a fall party for children with cancer. Our pumpkin carving and riding camp was attended by superman, a cat, a unicorn, and many with mustaches! We wish you a safe and fun Halloween! We are looking forward to ending the year by celebrating the holidays at Happy Trails Riding Center (save the date, Saturday, December 7th from 2-4). Fall is a time of change and we are proud of the changes that happened this year at Happy Trail with the addition of a new instructor and training of one of our volunteers with disabilties to assist in our classes. In 2014 we will add a third Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) instructor.

Thanks for helping bring joy to many in our community! You are making a difference in the lives of people with disabilties and special needs!

Happy Trails Riding Center

Aug 21, 2013

End of Summer & Fall Fun!

smiles at Happy Trails
smiles at Happy Trails

We have been blazing new trails out here at Happy Trails Riding Center this summer. We added a new instructor who will be offering a fall class on equine assisted learning. The focus will be on trust and confidence building. We  wrote a grant and sent one of our volunteers who has disabilities for training to help as an assistant instructor in our lessons. He has been an inspiration to many of our riders and is helping a lot!

In addition to our therapeutic riding classes, we had our music therapy and riding camp, movie night and ride-a-thon this summer and are looking forward to a fall. We have a barn dance for people with disabilities and special needs planned for September 14th with the City of West Linn Parks and our fall pumpkin carving and riding camp planned for October. Our fall benefit, "Cowboy Casino" will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland - we hope you can join us!

Thanks to globalgiving for helping make our programs possible. The smiles on our riders faces are proof that together we are up to great things.

Happy Trails!

Assistant Instructor
Assistant Instructor
Invite to Cowboy Casino
Invite to Cowboy Casino
Jun 6, 2013

Summer 2013


Great things are happening at Happy Trails Riding Center this summer! Our classes are filled with people learning basic horsemanship and riding. Our summer camp, Horses "n" Harmony will be held on Saturday, June 29th. Camp participants will ride, play music with a music therapist and paint a hand drum to take home. Our movie night and our ride-a-thon will be in July & August. With your help, we continue to provide riding and various social opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs.

We are happy to report we have added another certiified riding instructor who will teach Therapeutic Riding as well as Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) emphasizing service to At Risk/ Troubled Youth. EAL participants build self esteem & confidence while learning to work with horses.  The sensitivity of horses to people’s emotional and physical states provide opportunities for grounding and healing.  No prior experience with horses is necessary, participants work on the ground interacting with horses. EAL is a fun and supportive way for participants to grow personally while learning critical life and communication skills. We are also in the process of training an assistant instructor to help with our lessons.

We are so thankful to GlobalGiving and all of the donors for helping make our programs possible.
"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much!" - Helen Keller
We invite you to come see the great things that together we are making possible at Happy Trails Riding Center this summer!
Music Therapist
Music Therapist
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