Therapeutic Riding Program
Our therapeutic riding program operates in the evenings and on Saturday mornings. These programs focus on achieving goals that are specific to each rider and help riders to develop social skills, confidence and riding skills. Most of our riders are funded through outside providers such as Easter Seals and B&B care services.
Our Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL) Program serves six schools in Effingham County including South Effingham High School and Middle School, Ebenezer, Springfield Elementary, Sand Hill Elementary and Effingham County Middle School.
In each case, a teacher comes out with his/her class of riders, and the students participate in an eight week curriculum. They enjoy educational activities inside our classroom with a retired school teacher and board member, while groups of students ride under our covered arena. Students are assessed at the first and the final weeks of their sessions.
We have seen significant growth in vocabulary, posture and core strength in these riders. Most of the riders we serve are unable to participate in traditional sports and this is something that each one of them can excel in regardless of their ability level.
Special Olympics Georgia
At Faith Equestrian, we believe that competition helps our riders to grow in maturity, teaches them valuable skills about good sportsmanship and confidence in their abilities and most importantly is a lot of fun!
We have the opportunity to take a handful of our riders to two horse shows a year. In the past, we have hosted the Spring Invitational in May, which is a local show and is attended by a larger group of our riders. In October, we take a smaller group of riders to the Special Olympics in Gainesville where they compete against other riders around the state for medals. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the riders that attend with us and their families that comes at no charge to them!
The typical child gets many chances to attend various competitions, but for our riders, this is a very special opportunity that gives them a chance to excel and progress in something that they love!