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Special People United to Ride



Special People United to Ride
805 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft NJ 07738
732-224-1367

Tax ID/EIN: 22-2389766
Year Founded: 1981
Last Updated 2017-03-23

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization utilizes another organization or organization(s) with direct responsibility for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, Special People United to Ride (SPUR) is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horseback riding. The park system's Sunnyside Equestrian Center provides a safe environment where personal strengths are accentuated by the freedom of riding and handling a horse. Students work to improve self-esteem, social skills, balance, muscle tone and posture, as well as to process sensory messages sent to the brain.

It is the mission of the Board of Directors of SPUR to raise funds for the assistance of individuals with disabilities through need-based scholarships for SPUR therapeutic horsemanship programs. In addition, the Board of Directors will provide material assistance to the Monmouth County Park System for the implementation of its therapeutic horsemanship programs, when deemed necessary by the SPUR Board of Directors.

Horse-related programs:
SPUR Programs<br /><br />Horses for Heroes program offers veterans and active duty military personnel specially tailored Horses for workshops. Learning about horse behavior and utilizing non-mounted interactive activities, veterans develops a bond with their equine partner. The workshops are run by PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and PATH International Certified Equine Specialists.<br /><br />Therapeutic Horsemanship for Children and Adults is a program for students from the age of four throughout adulthood come to SPUR to enjoy the many benefits of therapeutic horsemanship. Instructors and students work together in SPUR lessons to attain desired physical, cognitive, and/or emotional goals via a variety of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Children and adults with disabilities begin with a leader and sidewalker in addition to the instructor. Each SPUR lesson is tailored to the individual's own physical and emotional needs. All sessions are 8 weeks long.<br /><br />Equine Environment for Learning (EEL) is a custom eight-week program developed for school groups with up to ten participants. The program curriculum consists of classroom activities and both mounted and un-mounted activities with horses. Goals such as team building, respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness and building self-esteem are crafted within the program. Participants will explore horse behavior and care, along with basic beginner riding skills.

Non-horse-related programs:
None


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