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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an individualized equestrian experience that facilitates academic, personal, social and physical growth for students with and without special needs.


Equi-Ed is a 501c3 non-profit that is affiliated with the Adapted Physical Education and Equine Science departments of Santa Rosa Junior Collegeand offers horsemanship instruction, competition opportunities and specialized educational programs to children and adults with and without disabilities. Santa Rosa Junior College Agriculture department offers courses for training in therapeutic riding which are taught by Equi-Ed's director, Maxine Freitas.

Lessons are held at Santa our community-based program in northern Santa Rosa, close to Safari West.

Founded in 1993, Equi-Ed is Sonoma County's longest running therapeutic riding program. Equi-Ed is alsoa member center of the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)as such, the program meets the highest standards of safety established in the industry.

All instructors have completed specialized training in therapeutic riding and hold advanced or masters level certification.

To best meet the individual needs of clients, consultation or assessment with Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapists, as well as Adapted Physical Education specialists and Special Education teachers is arranged. 12 different equines of varying breed, size, gait and demeanor serve to meet the varying and individual needs of our riders and vaulters.

Equi-Ed actively works to promote public awareness of therapeutic riding through student riding demonstrations, and public speaking engagements to organizations and corporations.

A host of volunteer opportunites exist ranging from helping with horse care, working as a leader or sidewalker in lessons, assisting with camps, fundraising, special events, P.R. and marketing, maintenance, newsletters, and much more.





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