Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center has been serving people of all ages with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities in Palm Beach County since 1982. Our 15 acre farm in Loxahatchee includes a 45,000 sq ft covered arena and a 24-stall barn that was built through the generosity of many in the community.
The center offers equine assisted activities including therapeutic riding and carriage driving, hippotherapy, equine assisted learning and equine assited psychotherapy. These therapies encourage the rider to build their skills as equestrians while supporting their individual goals. Equine activities can build a riders physical strength, improve balance, and moto skils. They also develop confidence and self esteem while enjoying the freedom and independence that an additional four legs offers. Riders improve social skills and life skills too. When you are in charge of steering a 1200 lb horse and he walks to the fence and stops, that is a problem. How you successfully solve that challenge and “walk on” can produce a thrilling result.
Riders may have personal goals to ride independently at the Special Olympics, an equestrian competition for those with cognitive disabilities. They may aspire to ride as a paralympian, competitions for those with physical disabilities. The objective is always the same: to be recognized for their capabilities, not for their disabilities.
Equine assisted learning and psychotherpay are both unmounted activities that use the horse as a partner in teaching life skills which in turn helps the participant acquire developmental assets. Investing in these assets provides a foundation for these participants to build both academic and or life success. These programs are used to promote independence for individuals with intellectual disabilites and emotional disabilities including; veterans and victims of various traumas.
Vinceremos is a nonprofit organization funded through the generosity of foundations, private contributions and special events. Each year in February, the Vinceremos Auction Committee holds a benefit dinner and auction to raise the funds that are necessary to operate the center and to continue sharing the joy of horses with these deserving athletes. We are thankful for the kind donations of many who help to make this evening a success and a lot of fun. We are fortunate that these contributors are inspired by the rewards that equine assisted activities make possible for our participants; a rider's first steps or their first words,"walk on", the twinkle in an eye and the smiles on the faces of both riders and their supporters.
For more information about Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center please call 561-792-9900.