Rivendell ReCreation Center

Rivendell ReCreation Center


About Us

Rivendell ReCreation Center, Ltd., founded in 1984, is a private, all-volunteer, not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to horseback riding programs for mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged children and adults, and their direct-related family members.

The mission of Rivendell ReCreation Center, Ltd. is to provide year-round hippotherapy, developmental riding and/or vaulting, and sports/recreational riding for all handicapped children and adults with medical permission, giving the participants continuing opportunities to improve physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in ongoing socio-leisure activities within the community.

Rivendell PhotoWho We Serve, And How...
Programs and classes are individually designed for: children and adults with Cerebral Palsy; Multiple Sclerosis; Stroke; Spina Bifada; Hearing and/or Sight Impaired; Head Trauma; Paraplegics or Quadriplegics; Emotionally Disturbed; Mentally Impaired; etc. Rivendell will only serve 50 riders per program week in order to personalize each riding program. Depending upon the riders physical and mental capability, classes can range from 20 minutes to 1 hour in length. (Mounting time for our multiply-handicapped riders is included in lesson time.) Class size ranges from 1 to 4 riders. Recreational riding classes are designed with age and ability as primary considerations.

Donations from private individuals, organizations and business/industry as well as grants from local agencies provide the necessary funding. Won't you join that special group?

Why Horseback Riding Is Important
Rivendell PhotoHorseback riding has become widely recognized as beneficial therapy, especially for handicapped children and adults. Riding offers pleasure as well as achievement of a skill that many nonhandicapped persons do not possess. Mastering riding skills offers mental stimulation which creates new incentives for learning. Riding encourages the development of: self-confidence; concentration; and self-discipline. In addition to building self-esteem, the warm, friendly quality of our horses provides a source of love and reassurance. One of the primary purposes of Rivendell is to provide opportunities for its riders to develop skills and attitudes beneficial to their sociorecreational needs.

Rivendell ReCreation Center, Ltd. seeks to uphold the spirit and traditions of classic horseback riding for its own sake, incorporating pageantry and ritual in its activities. The practice of mainstreaming riders based on their abilities is a primary principle of Rivendell. In Rivendell, the rider (and his/her family) is all-important. Developing the spiritual, physical, social, psychological, and intellectual qualities of the participants underlies everything that is done at Rivendell. It is not enough to merely introduce riding to our participants. It is critical that all management, staff, and certified volunteers make every effort to encourage, and make possible, riders to reach their highest level of achievement. Rivendell riding progress will always be high quality, and personalized for each individual. Since the creation of Rivendell in 1984 in South Wales, N.Y., riding and farm-related activities and recreation have been based on the above, important philosophical considerations.

To provide riding progress for 100 handicapped persons per week. To provide a local showcase venue to horse and other animal-related organizations. To become a national training center under the guidelines of the Happy Horsemanship Foundation. To improve and expand present physical plant via a larger indoor riding arena, club house, and office space. To hire handicapped personnel to manage the physical plant.

Rivendell is a not-for-profit all volunteer organization
501(c)3 #:22-2656843
NY State Charity #06-00-13



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