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48 Centers Proved Their Mettle by Qualifying as NARHA Premier Accredited Centers

Denver, CO—Eight centers offering equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) earned NARHA’s highest level of accomplishment for the first time and became NARHA Premier Accredited Centers during 2008. In addition, 40 Premier Accredited Centers renewed their Premier Accredited Center status during the year

To become a NARHA Premier Accredited Center, a member organization must successfully pass an on-site evaluation by a trained NARHA site visitor. Centers’ evaluations cover a wide range of areas such as horse management, safety equipment, quality of instruction, facility operations, volunteerism and administrative practices. These standards were developed and field-tested by the NARHA membership to assure that centers follow procedures that are basic to quality EAAT. NARHA accreditation helps assist the public in selecting quality centers that provide safe EAAT for individuals with special needs. NARHA requires that Premier Accredited Centers are re-visited every five years.

By renewing Premier Accredited Center status through NARHA, centers demonstrate that they continue to comply with and exceed the national standards for the EAAT industry.

“By maintaining the NARHA Premier Accredited Center status, NARHA centers demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the highest standards when introducing individuals with special needs to a variety of equine activities,” said NARHA Chief Executive Officer, Carol Nickell. “NARHA Accreditation is a respected benchmark within the EAAT industry. It demonstrates leadership and a commitment to safety and the highest professional standards.”

The following is a list of the equestrian centers that achieved or renewed NARHA Premier Accredited Center status during 2008.


Special Equestrians, Inc. Indian Springs, AL

Accredited: 11/8/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 9/27/2008

Equines Assisting Special Individuals, EASI Jasper, AL

Accredited: 5/27/2008


Horses for Healing Bentonville, AR

Accredited: 2/1/1995, Renewed Accreditation: 9/19/2008


Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. Longmont, CO

Accredited: 4/20/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 2/22/2008

Front Range Exceptional Equestrians Fort Collins, CO

Accredited: 1/31/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 6/2/2008

Hearts & Horses Inc. LOVELAND, CO

Accredited: 6/7/2002, Renewed Accreditation: 1/12/2008


Therapeutic Riding at Carousel (TRAC) Wilmington, DE

Accredited: 9/22/2008


Bakas Equestrian Center "Horses for Handicapped" Tampa, FL

Accredited: 4/1/1991, Renewed Accreditation: 7/2/2008


Jacobs' Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. Hahira, GA

Accredited: 4/17/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 8/2/2008

Horse Time, Inc. Covington, GA

Accredited: 5/5/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 7/21/2008

Hands And Hearts For Horses Thomasville, GA

Accredited: 4/16/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 4/15/2008

Good Shepherd Therapeutic Center Warm Springs, GA

Accredited: 1/31/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 5/7/2008


Aspire TRP Waterloo, IA

Accredited: 9/10/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 7/16/2008


Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Stilwell, KS

Accredited: 4/20/1998, Renewed Accreditation: 8/22/2008


New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Bowling Green, KY

Accredited: 10/13/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 10/14/2008


Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc. Boxford, MA

Accredited: 7/24/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 10/3/2008


Maryland Therapeutic Horsemanship Association Columbia, MD

Accredited: 11/8/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 9/26/2008

Kent Association of Riding Therapy, Inc. Worton, MD

Accredited: 1/31/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 9/13/2008

Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center, Inc. Glenwood, MD

Accredited: 1/30/1990, Renewed Accreditation: 12/5/2008


Lenawee Therapeutic Riding Adrian, MI

Accredited: 7/30/1990, Renewed Accreditation: 6/11/2008


Freedom Farm Waverly, MN

Accredited: 10/27/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 11/12/2008

Project ASTRIDE St Joseph, MN

Accredited: 1/31/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 10/16/2008


Mississippi State Extension Service 4-H TEAM Mississippi State, MS

Accredited: 10/29/2002, Renewed Accreditation: 9/9/2008

North Carolina

Heads Up! Therapeutic Riding Program Inc. Pittsboro, NC

Accredited: 7/28/1993, Renewed Accreditation: 10/21/2008

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Inc. Tryon, NC

Accredited: 4/26/2008

Ride Like a Knight Laurinburg, NC

Accredited: 9/1/1995, Renewed Accreditation: 4/18/2008

New Jersey

Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center Oldwick, NJ

Accredited: 11/8/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 3/19/2008


Spirit Therapies Las Vegas, NV

Accredited: 12/8/2008


Pegasus Farm Hartville, OH

Accredited: 4/20/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 10/2/2008

OUSC Ohio Horse Park Center for Thera. Riding Franklin Furnace, OH

Accredited: 4/23/2008


Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc. West Chester, PA

Accredited: 8/13/2008

Storm Harbor Equestrian Center Slippery Rock, PA

Accredited: 8/12/2008

THORNCROFT Therapeutic Horsebackriding, Inc. Malvern, PA

Accredited: 9/5/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 9/5/2008

South Carolina

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Johns Island, SC

Accredited: 11/1/1992, Renewed Accreditation: 11/19/2008

Dream Riders Lexington, SC

Accredited: 10/2/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 11/18/2008


Paradise Ranch Springfield, TN

Accredited: 4/10/2008


SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Center Hockley, TX

Accredited: 4/20/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 8/12/2008

Heart of Texas Therapeutic Riding Center West, TX

Accredited: 5/24/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 11/19/2008

Triple H Equitherapy Center Pipe Creek, TX

Accredited: 1/1/1998, Renewed Accreditation: 3/19/2008

Wings of Hope Equitherapy Burleson, TX

Accredited: 7/19/2002, Renewed Accreditation: 1/14/2008

The Riding Therapy Center Victoria, TX

Accredited: 9/18/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 10/20/2008


Accredited: 4/1/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 2/29/2008


Graz'n Acres Therapeutic Riding Center Sedley, VA

Accredited: 9/29/2003, Renewed Accreditation: 7/10/2008

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program Clifton, VA

Accredited: 1/1/1997, Renewed Accreditation: 7/25/2008


Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program South Hero, VT

Accredited: 11/1/1992, Renewed Accreditation: 10/27/2008


Pegasus Project Therapeutic Riding Center Yakima, WA

Accredited: 9/29/2008


Free SPIRIT Riders, Inc. Fond du Lac, WI

Accredited: 4/20/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 10/6/2008



Community Association for Riding for Disabled Toronto, ON

Accredited: 7/2/1989, Renewed Accreditation: 5/28/2008

About NARHA:

NARHA was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. At almost 800 member centers, a total of 42,000 children and adults find a sense of independence through involvement with horses. These member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic riding, a center may offer any number of equine assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work, or stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. There are more than 30,000 volunteers, 3,500 instructors, 6,300 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at NARHA centers.


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