STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
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.
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.
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Why Horseback Riding Is Important
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
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
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
NY State Charity #06-00-13