Therapeutic Riding

Here’s the basic information about how our program works.

  • The program operates three sessions, each 10 to 15 weeks long.
  • General Dates Therpeutic Riding Sessions:
    Spring: early March to mid-June
    Summer: mid-June to early August
    Fall: early August to mid-November
  • The sign up forms for our sessions is available to download and print here.
  • Tuesday evening (4-8pm), Thursday evening (4-8pm), and Friday morning (8-am-noon) riding times are available.
  • With practices starting on Saturday mornings in February, a separate Special Olympics equestrian program works toward a local competition in April. Select riders from this group also attend the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Annual Summer Games held in State College in early June!
  • During the warmer months, the riders enjoy the wonderful trails through the wooded area around the farm. All our riders enjoy the fish pond along one of these trails.
  • In the arena, a variety of fun therapeutic activities are used to accomplish the goals recommended by the therapist.

Targeted areas may include:

  • Improved balance
  • Eye/Hand coordination
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Communication skills
  • Social Interaction
  • Attention and Visual Skills
  • Each rider is evaluated by a trained and experienced therapist.

SunnyBrook is equipped with a lift to assist non-ambulatory riders onto the horse.