RIDEABILITY THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER CLOVER, S.C.                   

                 

Year-Round Equestrian Therapy Center for Disabled & Special Needs Children & Adults 

       Proven to Bring Healing to the Forefront 

Clover, SC---Dr. Wendy Schonfeld, is a Chiropractor of 25 years, P.A.T.H. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Certified Instructor and Special Olympics Advanced Coach is proud to share with you,  RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center in Clover, S.C.  Nestled in the countryside of York County, S.C. in the town of Clover, just eight miles from Lake Wylie and less than 25 miles from Charlotte, NC, RideAbility will offer year-round horseback riding lessons for  children and adults with special ABILITIES NOT DISABILITIES. Just watch what our riders can do!  Rider screenings are scheduled weekly.  Call us for an appointment

Through personalized lesson plans and exercises, RideAbility students will learn horsemanship skills as well as right-left discrimination, sequencing, language development, listening skills and cooperation, side by side their standard therapy. Additionally, program will aim to increase self-esteem, concentration and confidence; the team at RideAbility is also committed to helping its clientele improve muscle strength, mobility, body control, coordination and balance. At the same time riders HAVE FUN!  Private and group lessons are available. RideAbility is non-profit 501(c) 3.

“We are thrilled that RideAbility offers this much-needed program to the community. We combine equestrian techniques and reinforce what the rider is already working on in therapy and at home in a very unique way, using gentle horses as facilitators.  Our riders will learn how to hone the skills of traditional horsemanship--and in turn increase their self-esteem & overcome many physical and mental limitations. At RideAbility, we add to the skills of standard therapies by offering a rich and success-driven outdoor program.”

Volunteer opportunities are open to individuals 14 years old and older and include but not limited to leading lessons, horse & stable care, peer mentoring and fundraising; community service hours will also be awarded.

Adds Schonfeld, “Volunteers will be the backbone of our program and we will depend almost exclusively on them to help carry out the daily functions of our center.  They will be at the core and in the hearts of RideAbility and its students."

Equestrian activities have proven to assist in the overall physical & emotional well-being and cognitive development of individuals with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, brain injuries, attention deficit disorder, stroke, and visual impairment. Most recently, research supports that therapy animals-- and most specifically horses--can be a beneficial addition to treatment programs for children with Autism or Aspergers.

Dr. Wendy Schonfeld is a New York transplant and a chiropractor with more than 26 years experience.  She founded RideAbility in 2011 after lending her skill set and support to HorseAbility--a therapeutic riding center in Melville, NY-- where she also coached for the Special Olympics.  At RideAbility, Dr. Schonfeld will oversee all aspects of the center including lessons, program coordination, client services, special events and fundraising efforts. She graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1989. She is also a graduate from Options for Animals Chiropractic College, and is an Animal Chiropractor.

Our center is proud to be a Special Olympics Equestrian Training Center and a P.A.T.H. Member Center.

RideAbility is a United Way Agency    

   

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