Brandy is in the running for “Animaltarian of the Year”…Let’s Meet Brandy: a 24-year-old quarter horse mare who lives and works at Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax, NC where she assists a multidisciplinary team…
HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center is a non-profit organization serving the North Carolina Piedmont Triad community since 1995 and affiliated with the Piedmont Saddle Club since 1998. We are a premier PATH International center providing therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities to over 300 individuals with disabilities, as well as able-bodied students, each year.
We provide both challenges and rewards to people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social disabilities, including multiple sclerosis, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Down’s syndrome, as well as victims of physical, mental or emotional abuse. Additionally, we offer leadership and team-building programs for able-bodied riders.
New Volunteer Orientation and Sidewalker Training-August 23rd 1-3pm
New Volunteer Orientation and Sidewalker Training-August 28th 10-noon
New Volunteer Orientation and Sidewalker Training-August 28th 6-8pm
Fall I Session- September 2nd-October 13th
Makeup week: October 14th-17th
Fall II Session-October 20th-December 5th
Thanksgiving/makeup week- November 24th-28th
Makeup Week-December 8th-12th
Holiday Party-December 13th
How can I make A donation?
There are a number of ways you can make a donation to HORSEPOWER, a 501 3c charity. We gratefully accept both monetary donations and item donations from individuals and corporations. To donate through PayPal, click the red button at the top of any page on our site. And, on behalf of the students, staff, and horses at HORSEPOWER, thank you!
Can I write off my donation on my taxes?
HORSEPOWER, Inc. is a 501 3c organization. All donations are tax deductible and used to extend invitations to more riders, to purchase equipment needed for the program, to help us provide funding for certifying our instructors, to offer scholarships or financial aid to those who cannot afford classes, and for the day-to-day care of our horses, buildings and grounds.
How can I volunteer my time?
Yes, please! We have a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups alike. We need help both inside and outside of the arena. Click here to learn more about volunteering.
What sort of certifications do you carry?
We proudly hold premier certification by the world’s leading nonprofit therapeutic riding organization, PATH International. We have seven Registered Instructors certified by PATH Intl. All have attended PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Courses which include topics such as human behavior, psychology, anatomy, disability instruction, facilities and equipment, tack and special equipment, the therapy horse, lesson plans, mounting, dismounting, volunteer management, teaching techniques and administration.
What sort of students do you instruct?
Our mission has always been to promote and enhance the welfare of individuals with disabilities. As such, we instruct students that have a variety of disabilities ranging from autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and brain injuries as well as emotional and learning disabilities. We also offer a host of programs, including riding camps, horsemanship classes, and team-building activities, for able-bodied individuals. Click here to learn more about our students.