Special People United to Ride (SPUR) located in Lincroft, NJ, is a program
the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to our community.
SPUR’s Mission and Purpose
Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, Special People United to Ride (SPUR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horsemanship. The Park System’s Sunnyside Equestrian Center provides a safe environment for students to enjoy the freedom of riding and handling a horse.
A dedicated group of individuals work together to staff the equestrian center year round. Instructors are certified by PATH International, the governing body of therapeutic horsemanship. In addition to the staff, over 100 volunteers help with programs serving more than 200 students with disabilities annually.
We serve riders with many disabilities including: ADD, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Blindness, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Scoliosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Tourette’s Syndrome.
Sunnyside’s professional team and trained volunteers help students work to improve self-esteem, social skills, balance, muscle tone and posture, and to process sensory messages sent to the brain. Riding a horse provides a variety of physical, emotional, and psychological stimuli.
Through weekly riding sessions with PATH Certified instructors, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills.Sunnyside Equestrian Center is proud to offer the following Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for both groups and individuals:
Special People United to Ride, Inc., has received the 2017 Spinnaker Award for Non-Profit Organization of the Year presented by the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC).
Many thanks to the members of our entire SPUR community – instructors, staff, volunteers, parents, students, donors, Monmouth County Park System and the SPUR Board of Directors for supporting SPUR’s efforts and helping make this prestigious award possible.
At the awards dinner, pictured left to right:
Barbara Duggan, Past Co-President, SPUR Board; Larry Anderson, President, SPUR Board; Lillian G. Burry, Director, Monmouth Country Board of Chosen Freeholders; Laurie Kelley, PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor at SPUR; Barbara Carroll, Past Co-President, SPUR Board; and Jackie West, SPUR Equestrian Program Director and PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.