Project R.I.D.E. Inc., a nonprofit institution, provides therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to over 500 children and adults with special needs. Through the dedication and support of the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Elk Grove and Sacramento communities, Project R.I.D.E. has grown from a program that began in 1979 serving 30 students at Jessie Baker School to serving over 500 students from the greater metropolitan area.
Project R.I.D.E. Inc. is a Premier Accredited Center of PATH International, (formerly NARHA) a non-profit organization founded in 1969 which is dedicated to supporting horseback riding in a safe, educational and enjoyable manner for disabled persons. PATH International offers training seminars, provides strict standards of excellence and safety, and certifies programs and instructors to teach riding to the disabled. If you are choosing a place to ride, make sure your riding center is PATH accredited and your therapeutic riding instructor is PATH certified!
Project R.I.D.E. is a PATH International Premier Accredited institution, with our most recent certification in September 2012. We operate in a 34,000 square foot totally enclosed equestrian center in Elk Grove as well as a 52 acre ranch in Herald, where our horses rest and enjoy pasture time.
We depend heavily upon community involvement for financial and volunteer support. Volunteers assist with the daily riding program, stable maintenance, horse transportation and feeding, office management, and fundraisers. Our volunteer Board of Directors administers our business and financial affairs.
Many of our students attend Jessie Baker School, which is a school within the Elk Grove Unified School District that is exclusively for students with special needs. Jessie Baker is located adjacent to our facility.
Students are also referred to us by the Alta California Regional Center, which as of August 1st, 2009 no longer provides funding for students with disabilities so that they can receive the benefits of special therapies, including our program. Families who were formerly covered by Alta Regional should be aware that they will now have to pay for lessons. If you are a family that was on our waiting list and referred by Alta, please contact us right away to discuss your options.
If you know someone with a special need or disability who would like to receive the benefits of our program, please contact us and we will place them on our waiting list. Please note that although we have no age limit, we do have a weight limit of 175lbs. out of consideration for rider and volunteer safety.