Horse riding for 68 people with disabilities

by Happy Trails Riding Center
Fall pumpkin carving and riding camp
Fall pumpkin carving and riding camp

Thank you to GlobalGiving for your continued support of our programs at Happy Trails Riding Center. With your help we continue to serve people with disabilities and special needs through horsemanship, riding and social opportunities.  Thanks to you, below are a few things we've been up to this fall.


A Love Story

John and Carole wanted to renew their wedding vows for their 50th wedding anniversary. They made plans to head to a guest ranch in Colorado with family and friends for the celebration. Their dream was to commemorate the occasion on horseback.
Before they embarked on their journey, they contacted Happy Trails Riding Center. Almost 10 years ago John unfortunately had a stroke and suffers from ataxia (a lack of muscle control during voluntary movements and weakness on his right side). Riding would be a somewhat of a challenge. They were hoping that Happy Trails could help.
With John’s can do attitude and help from Happy Trails team, their trip was a success.
“To say we had a wonderful time is really not expressing how great it really was for everyone, most especially John,” said Carole. 
Congratulations to John and Carole. They are an inspiration. We look forward to being part of more of their life moments. 

Fall Barn Dance
Happy Trails hosted a community-oriented autumn barn dance on Sept 12th. This one was especially planned for the particular enjoyment of teens and young adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Family and friends joined in the fun as everyone kicked up their heels and had a great time. Thanks to West Linn Parks and Recreation for partnering!
Pumpkin Carving and Riding Camp
Our annual falll pumpkin carving and riding camp was lots of fun. Please see the attached article to read more.

Giving horses love
Giving horses love


A Love Story

John and Carole have been married for almost 50 years. They contacted Happy Trails Riding Center to see if they could get ready for riding on their upcoming trip. They are heading to Colorado to renew their wedding vows and celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Almost 10 years ago John unfortunately had a stroke and suffers from ataxia (a lack of muscle control during voluntary movements) and weakness on his right side). This isn’t stopping John who grew up on a farm wishing he had a horse. They will be joined by family and friends on their trip to Sundance Trail Guest Ranch. John also enjoys pistol shooting and reloading his used bullet casings. His can do attitude is an inspiration to so many.

Thank you to Global Giving for helping to make our programs possible to people like JOhn.

Together we are up to great things!

Happy Trails Riding Center

Meet Happy Trails rider, Emme 

My name is: Emme.

I am 15 years old.

I live with my mom Nicole and my older brother Austin.

I have a really pretty grey tuxedo cat named Dottie. She is my best friend.

I like being a kid because it’s fun and you get to do lots of fun things.

My advice for my parents is: we should go on more vacations. Especially the beach!

If I could be any animal, I would be a kitty cat because they are soft, snuggly and can be so silly.

My favorite food to eat is pepperoni pizza with root-beer because its good and they can deliver it to our house! 

When I grow up I want to be a singer like Taylor Swift. 

I love all animals, the color pink, drawing, swimming, collecting erasers, planting flowers, playing with my cat, swedish fish, the beach, the color purple, horseback riding, pedicures, playing my DS and watching movies with my mom and brother.

My favorite horse at Happy Trails is Darlin' because she’s sweet and kind to me. I love to feed her treats when I’m done riding. She slobbers a lot!


Real Life
Real Life is a social support group for teens and adults with disabilities and special needs. It’s a welcoming place that gives people a chance to discuss challenges, build confidence, learn self-acceptance & discover their super-natural talents. Building friendships and having fun is a common occurrence.
Meetings are held on Mondays from 6 – 7 PM
in the little red barn at Happy Trails Riding Center. $10 fee. Scholarships are available.

Be in touch for more information.
  Because what makes you different, makes
you beautiful.

Happy Trails Summer Hoedown: July 25th
BBQ. Live music. Mechanical bull. Games. Fun for everyone!

Funds raised will help support the center. Its mission is to enhance the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of children and adults with disabilities and special needs through horsemanship and social opportunities.

Mark your calendars, tell your friends and look for more details to come.


Thank you to all who make our programs possible through globalgiving! Together we are up to great things!

Yee ha!
Real Life
Real Life


Happy Trails Riding Center is getting ready for a great year full of therapeutic riding and social opportunities. We are excited to launch a new support & social group called, “Real Life”.

Three years ago we incorporated Nate Asby who had Cerebral Palsy as an assistant instructor with our teaching staff for horse lessons. He attended many of our social opportunities. In the process, we started a weekly mentoring program to touch base on issues he was struggling with - issues that are common to people with disabilities and special needs. This is how the idea of, "Real Life" came to be. Nate sadly recently passed away but the idea of helping people to see what makes them different - makes them beautiful will live on in this new program. 

"I went to happy trails and helped volunteer it was a good time we were standing and watching the lesson and one of the horses named Tex came over to me like wanted to be with me he put his head on my chest, another horse named Coby did the same thing. It helps me relax when I go there….I wish I could go there more often." – Nate Asby (from Facebook postings).

Other great things we have planned through August 2015 include:

  • Wednesday, June 23–(10-1:30) City of Lake Oswego Teen Volunteer Camp
  • Saturday, June 27th –Summer Day Camp 10-1:00 (kids & adults)
  • Saturday, July 18th Movie Night
  • Saturday, July 25th – Concert Fundraiser in Happy Trails Arena
  • Saturday, August 8th Ride-A-Thon (play day)

Thank you to all of you at Global Giving who support our programs for people with disabilities and special needs - together we are doing great things!

Happy Trails Riding Center

Flier for, "Real Life"
Flier for, "Real Life"
Summer Camp Craft
Summer Camp Craft

As we end our riding season at Happy Trails Riding Center, we'd like to thank you for helping to make our programs possible! We’d like to let you know some of the great things we were able to accomplished in 2014 because of your support.

We provided approximately 285 total horse experiences, we held our summer and fall camps, held our movie night, fall dance with the City of West Linn Parks (approximately 60 people attended) and held our second “Cowboy Casino” fundraiser. In December we will have our annual holiday party with caroling and a visit from Santa..

But more important than the numbers of things we did is that we continue to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and special needs. We are making a difference and are so very thankful to all of our donors, volunteers, our instructors and of course our horses that are helping make riding and social opportunities available to people with disabilities and special needs.

We hope you will partner with us again to make our programs possible.

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” - Helen Keller

Thank you!

Nicole Budden, Executive Director
Happy Trails Riding Center

Sweet moments
Sweet moments
New Friends made
New Friends made

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Organization Information

Happy Trails Riding Center

Location: West Linn, OR - USA
Project Leader:
Nicole Budden
West Linn, Oregon United States