Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center has been serving people with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities of all ages 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--all built through the generosity of people in our community.
The center offers equine-assisted activities including therapeutic riding and carriage driving, hippotherapy, equine-assisted learning, and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Equine activities can build the rider's physical strength, improve balance and motor skills, develop confidence and self-esteem, and improve social skills and life skills, all while enjoying the freedom and independence an additional four legs can offer. These therapies encourage equestrian skill building while supporting individual goals. Goals may include riding independently at the equestrian Special Olympics, a competition for those with cognitive disabilities, or as as a paralympian for those with physical disabilities. The objective is always the same for the human athletes: to be recognized for their capabilities, not for their disabilities.
Equine-assisted learning and psychotherapy are both unmounted activities using the horse as a partner in teaching life skills which, in turn, help the participants acquire developmental assets. Investing in these assets provides a foundation to build both academic and/or life success. The programs 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 February, the Vinceremos Auction Committee holds a benefit dinner and auction to raise funds 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 those 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, first words, or the twinkle in the eye and the smiles on the faces of both riders and their supporters.