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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Horseback Riding
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The ACE (Accommodating Challenged Equestrians) Equestrian Therapy Program strives to benefit and enrich the lives of individuals with all types of disabilities through recreational and therapeutic horseback riding. This nonprofit program was created in 1992 to provide recreational and therapeutic horseback riding for northwest Ohio children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. After stops in St. Joseph, Ind., and Hicksville, the program landed three summers ago at Walnut Hills Farms on State Rt. 2 near the Defiance-Williams county line.

Diane Timbrook, an Ace board member and instructor, said horseback riding has been proven to be effective therapy in the treatment of several handicaps, including cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, intellectual disability, and serious accident injuries.

The program, which is associated and insured with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, provides activities that enhance mental and physical skills, aid in mobilization, promote communication and socialization, and build self-esteem and independence.