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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Horseback Riding
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: including the playground, pool, locker rooms, gymnasium, gross motor room, parking area, front desk area

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Certification:P.T., O.T., Speech Therapy, Early Intervention, etc.

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


CP Rochester formerly known as CP Association of the Rochester Area has evolved from supporting children with cerebral palsy,to become a network of services for people of all ages from infancy through the senior years with a wide variety of physical impairments.

Therapeutic horseback riding is for children ages 5 to 18 years with cerebral palsy or other disabilities. Classes are offered in three age-appropriate sessions: Preschool, School-Age (5 to 12 years), and Teens (13 to 18 years).

CP Rochester offers a six-week session in the fall and another in the spring. There is also a five-week session in the summer. A session consists of one hour of group lessons weekly, including time for preparing and mounting the horse. CP Rochester volunteers work with riders as side-walkers, backriders and leaders.

Preschool Program:
This program is offered to children graduating from CP Rochester's Augustin Children's Program. This five-week session is run in the summer only. Transportation is provided for participants.
The preschool session is geared to first-time riders and is intended to help participants feel comfortable and confident on the horse. Basic riding skills are emphasized.
The cost for the preschool and school-age program is shared between CP Rochester and the rider. Scholarships are available for families needing financial aid.

Beginners Program:
Ages 5-12 years
Participants learn how to mount the horse independently, to hold the reins and sit at a walk and trot, how to start, stop and turn the horse. Games are played to emphasize riding skills, to increase strength, and flexibility. Riders are also taught the "two-point" seat, which enhances balance.

Advanced Program:
Ages 5-12 years
Building upon skills learned in the beginning classes, riders are encouraged to ride as independently as possible. Riders may also have an opportunity to lead the horse around the riding arena.
All participants must provide their own transportation.

Teen Program:
Ages 13-18 years
Beginning and advanced riders at an older age will enjoy riding with their peers. No previous riding experience is necessary for enrollment. All costs of this program are paid by the rider's family. Equipment, staff and volunteers for the classes are furnished by CP Rochester.