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SonRise Equestrian Foundation is a non-profit organization guided by Christian-based values dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs through therapeutic horse and ranch activities.
SonRise has four key programs, serving a diversity children of special needs at no cost to their families.
1. In the Saddle is a horseback riding program geared towards children facing physical and developmental challenges. Lessons partner one child, one mentor, and one horse for a 45 minute session. Lessons are personally tailored to accommodate the special needs of each child.
2. Team Equine is a working ranch program geared towards children facing social and emotional challenges. Supervised by adult volunteers, the kids participate in chores, horse science, riding, and arts & crafts. The activities incorporate life skills like responsibility, work ethic, empathy, and manners.
3. Traveling Tails is a program that brings miniature horses into children’s hospice and care homes to visit children who are near the end of life or facing serious medical issues. The minis also visit special needs schools and camps, working with children who have autism and other developmental delays. Some of our partners include:
-George Mark Children's House, San Leandro
-Children's Hospital, Oakland
-Dublin Elementary School, Dublin
-Camp Arroyo, Livermore
4. Helping Hands provides the opportunity for teen volunteers to learn ranch chores alongside teens who may be facing challenges such as high-functioning special needs, bullying, or difficulties at home. This builds a supportive community through small-group interaction, teamwork, and learning life skills from adult mentors.