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: Autism, 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


SPUR is full of gratitude for the program support
provided by grants in 2020 received from the:

Rite Aid Foundation



Vonage Foundation


Fidelity Charitable

Community Foundation of New Jersey

Monmouth Park Charity Fund


Ocean First Foundation

The Sunnyside Equestrian Center is closed to the public until further notice. Beginning July 6 it will be open to registered program participants only. Your patience is appreciated!

December 1st


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Special People United to Ride (SPUR) is excited to be participating again this year.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 that will be used for our therapeutic horsemanship scholarship program.

On Tuesday, December 1st, please go to our website and click on the donation button to help or Facebook page

Thank you from all of us at SPUR!




Monmouth County Retired Educators Association


Investors Foundation


HOPS For Awareness


Wawa Foundation


Thank You SPUR Supporters


SPUR is a registered
GOLD Participant