Quick Facts and Helpful Information About Our Organization

Quick Facts about Project R.I.D.E., Inc.

What is Project R.I.D.E.?

A: We provide recreational, therapeutic horseback riding lessons to students with disabilities.

A: Riding Instruction Designed for Education!

A: Project R.I.D.E. Inc. started in 1979.

A: We are located in Elk Grove, California, south of Sacramento. Our students reside all over the metropolitan Sacramento area and as far away as Stockton and the Delta.

A: We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are business owners and community leaders who graciously donate their time to us. Project R.I.D.E. is one of many therapeutic riding centers in the US and around the world. We are recognized and accredited through PATH International, which trains and oversees instructors and operations of therapeutic riding centers across the United States. We are proud to be a Premier Accredited Center, denoting the highest level of safety and quality within the standards of therapeutic horseback riding. Our most recent accreditation was in September 2012.

Project R.I.D.E. Students and Services

A: We are currently riding 540 students with a waiting list. We are accepting new entries on our waitlist. Contact us today to get on our waiting list!

A: Students begin riding at age 3, and we have served clients as old as 92.

A: We have clients with various special needs including, but not limited to: Down Syndrome, Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays; Victims of stroke, injury, and accident; Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment; Paralysis; Shaken Baby Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and many more disorders, syndromes, and physical and mental challenges.

A: We differ from other therapeutic centers in that through a series of games and activities, students are taught academic skills, including number sequencing, alphabet, shapes, colors, directions, and more. We work hard on confidence building, self-esteem improvement, and socialization skills, as well as physical skills like balance, coordination, and flexibility.

A: Lessons occur in sessions ranging from 4 weeks to 12 weeks. They range from thirty minutes to one hour, and our tuition is $35 per half-hour lesson. Many of our students formerly received their therapy as a benefit through the Alta California Regional Center, which handles benefits for those with special needs, disabilities, and challenges. When Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law an amendment to the Lanterman Act on July 31, 2009, disallowing funding for any recreational, educational, or non-medical therapies, this funding source was completely eliminated.

A: Please call us at (916) 685-RIDE or email us from our contact page to place a potential student on our waiting list. We will need the student’s diagnosis, date of birth, weight, and other personal information at that time, so please have that information handy when you call.

How you can get involved


A: Please see the “Volunteer” section of this website for a detailed answer to this question.

A: Please visit the “Give” section of this website, where you can learn about opportunities to volunteer your time or support our program with financial or in-kind donations and bequests.

A: Our biggest challenge to growing to serve all the potential clients on our waitlist is financial support to grow our facilities and garnering volunteer support to keep the children safe during their riding lessons. You can help! Please visit the “Give” section of this website to find out more.


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