Our mission at Center for Adaptive Riding is to empower people of all abilities through unique horsemanship and riding programs.
When her daughter began riding at the age of 12, Barbara discovered the positive impact of therapeutic horseback riding. This lead Barbara Chastain and Billie Beaty to creating the Center for Adaptive Riding (CAR) in 2007 in a backyard. Founding board members Kim Borders, Sherry Sanders, Farah Jamaluddin and Leara Owens played a major role in the creation of CAR.
In 2015 CAR began to outgrow their home and moved to Horseman's Park in old southwest Reno. The center provides lessons in 6-week sessions April - November; with hopes of becoming a year around program in the near future. Another big step for CAR in 2015 was becoming a PATH International Premier Accredited Center, which we pride ourselves on.
Equine assisted activities and therapies are beneficial for every rider, but we can't forget about our beloved equine members. Each horse is donated to CAR, where they begin their next career. Being a therapy horse is a second or third chance at life for some of our horses. Other horses were born to be therapy horses with quiet demeanor and loving souls and they find their way to our center. The majority of our horses are elderly or need extra care and attention due to health issues (i.e. arthritis). When a horse is donated to our center, they are cared and loved for as they become a part of our family. Therapeutic horseback riding is beneficial for humans and horses alike.