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Courage Kenny Riders - adaptive horseback riding

Giddy-up to this fun and friendly horseback riding program for children and youth with disabilities. Classes are one hour in length and are held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. Sessions are held May - September.  

Permission from the child’s parent or guardian is required, along with written permission from your child’s doctor.

Volunteers are needed for this program. Contact Lisa Gacek at 651-241-3370 for more information about volunteering.

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What it is

Courage Kenny Riders is an adaptive horseback riding program. Riding is widely recognized as one of the most beneficial forms of recreational therapy for people with disabilities.

Riding develops self-awareness, builds confidence and improves concentration and self-discipline. It also relaxes, strengthens and tones muscles; increases joint mobility; and improves posture, balance and coordination.

Riding is especially beneficial to people who use wheelchairs because the motion of horseback riding produces hip and back action that perfectly simulates a human’s walking gait.

Who it is for

This class is for children and youth with disabilities, ages 5-21.

What to expect

We schedule individual evaluations for new riders before lessons begin. You will be placed in a class based on your needs, age and experience.

Good to know

Riding prompts many participants to gain new incentives for learning through interaction with horses. You can gain a sense of freedom and awareness of your body that cannot be duplicated in conventional therapy. 


For information and to register


Contact information

Taylor Mclean
Phone: 651-241-3345

Fee information

Ask about current fees for this season. PLEASE NOTE: No participant will be turned away due to financial hardships. Cost sharing and scholarships are available. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

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