Special People United to Ride (SPUR) located in Lincroft, NJ, is a program
that brings 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.

Please refer to our program pages for more information
on the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship.

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:

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons

Equine Facilitated Learning

Active Duty Military and Veterans' Workshops


Upcoming Event Happenings

Come and Support our Students

October 8
Rock & Roll Benefit:
Special People United Rock
(7:00 PM till... at the Wonder Bar)
Asbury Park, NJ

October 15
HRH (Health & Recreation through Horses)
Horse Show at Horse Park of NJ

October 16
Thompson Park Day (11 AM to 5 PM)
Thompson Park, Lincroft, NJ

November 19
4th Annual


Gala to Benefit SPUR
Deal Country Club

For More Information + Tickets www.sweetjaw.org

Newsletter & Articles

Fall/Winter 2015 - "SPUR Riders Shine at Horse Shows"

Spring 2015 - "A Bit of Irish Luck"

Fall 2014 - "Dynamic Growth At Sunnyside"

Spring 2014 - "Equine Environment for Learning Debuts"

Fall 2013 - "Growing Up with SPUR"

Summer 2013 - "Sunnyside Open House"

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SPUR is a registered
GOLD Participant