What is Project R.I.D.E. Inc.?
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. We operate in a 34,000 square foot totally enclosed equestrian center in Elk Grove with a nature trail, round pen and outside paddocks as well as a 52 acre ranch in Herald, where our horses rest and enjoy pasture time when they are not working. Have a gentle and mature horse you’d like us to consider in our program? Visit our horses page to find out more.
PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Center
Project R.I.D.E. Inc. is a Premier Accredited Center of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (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. Inc. is very proud to hold the Premier level of accreditation in PATH International, which indicates our adherence to the absolute highest standards of safety and professionalism. Our most recent certification was in September 2012.
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. Interested in assisting? Consider joining us as a volunteer.
Some 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. Enrollment at Jessie Baker is NOT a requirement to ride with us; however, all students at Jessie Baker are eligible to receive services at no charge during their regular school day as we are a registered vendor for the Elk Grove Unified School District.
Students covered by the Alta California Regional Center are eligible to ride with us, however Alta no longer provides funding for students with disabilities so that they can receive the benefits of recreational 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 know someone with almost any 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. Scheduling flexibility is the number one determinant of being removed from our wait list and beginning lessons – so if you have open availability or some room in your schedule please do not be discouraged by our waiting list.