August 2021

Mane Stream

For almost 50 years Mane Stream has provided programs for children and adults with special needs throughout central New Jersey, making us the second oldest program in the country. Founded by Octavia Brown on a backyard farm in Bedminster, Mane Stream has grown to a 12 acre farm in Oldwick with 13 horses serving almost 400 participants annually. In addition to our core programming of adaptive riding and therapy services, Mane Stream offers a summer camp for children of all abilities, programs for individuals living with cancer, senior adults with dementia, children coping with grief, individuals in recovery, school groups, scout troops and other community groups who can benefit from interaction with our specially trained staff and horses. Volunteers are an important and essential part of Mane Stream’s programs and we welcome everyone aged 14+ to be a part of our vibrant volunteer program.

To learn more about our programs and our amazing riders, clients, campers, staff, volunteers and herd visit our website at www.manestreamnj.org and check out our social media https://www.facebook.com/ManeStreamFarm/ or https://www.instagram.com/manestreamnj/ or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXA7kK3drgVzd3EOM9po7zA.


July 2021

Special Strides

Special Strides: Therapy, Recreation and Education on a farm.

Harvesting Hope… Breaking Boundaries… Realizing Potential.

Located on the beautiful 200 -acre Congress Hill farm, in Monroe NJ, Special Strides was established in 1998 to provide therapy, recreation and education utilizing the motion and e-motion of our amazing herd of 15 horses.

Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists provide specialized therapy services incorporating hippotherapy (equine movement), sensory motor processing, and functional skill training into every 45- minute therapy session. Our talented adaptive riding instructors adapt their teaching methods to meet the learning needs of our clients to allow them to follow their recreational pursuits and become the equestrians of their dreams. Our ground based educational model stimulates individuals to find their passions and confidence alongside the horse instead of on top; learning about grooming, leading, communicating and training.

All of this is possible due to the hard work of our dedicated staff of therapists, riding instructors, horse handlers, volunteer side walkers, office staff, our herd of 15 wonderful horses and our donors. We are a non- profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all the individuals who come to us needing our programs and services. We raise monies throughout the year to support our robust financial assistance program enabling 50% of our client base of 110 individuals to receive the benefit of therapy, recreation or education at Special Strides.

Individuals of all ages participate in programs and services at Special Strides. From 2 years to 82 years, you can find clients working alongside or on top of horses, exploring the wooded trails, interacting with our sensory motor play equipment and learning about themselves at every turn.

To find out more about or programs and services visit our website at www.specialstrides.com, call the office at 732-446-0945 or email us at [email protected] To see a video of Special Strides in action, click here!


June 2021

Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC)

Therapeutic Riding At Centenary (TRAC) is recognized as a Premier Accredited Center and Higher Education Member by PATH Intl. Our mission is to provide equine-assisted services (EAS) to individuals with special needs and to develop leaders for the EAS-industry.

TRAC is housed at the Centenary Equestrian Center, Long Valley NJ. Through our therapeutic riding and horsemanship program, we serve children and adults with disabilities. Through community partnerships, we also serve youth in our community who benefit from additional opportunities and support to achieve success. Through Operation Centaur, our well-established veterans’ program, we also provide the benefits of EAAT to military veterans and their family members.

Centenary University’s Equine Studies Department offers an 8-credit (2-Semester) Instructor Training course that allows matriculated and non-matriculated students to complete all practical requirements for the PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) application through TRAC. Students also prepare to succeed at the CTRI written exam with targeted test prep. We hold remote and on-ground open houses for our Instructor Training program. We strive to provide safe, effective and fun services, as well as great learning opportunities for student instructors!

For more info, contact Karen Brittle, Director of TRAC, at [email protected] or 908-852-1400, ext. 2174. Website: http://centenaryuniversity.edu/TRAC


May 2021

Special People United to Ride (SPUR)

SPUR, located at Sunnyside Equestrian Center, is home to the Monmouth County Parks System’s Equestrian Division in Lincroft, New Jersey.

All of us at SPUR are especially honored to be the HRH Center of the Month as we are celebrating our 40th anniversary!

Sunnyside Equestrian Center is a place where disabilities fade at the front door. Along with our talented instructors and over 100 dedicated volunteers SPUR is designed to enhance and nurture the “ABILITIES” of our amazing riders.

At SPUR we take great pride to be part of the HRH community. We believe at this difficult time it is important to support each other and our fellow centers. The therapeutic industry is the key to the health and wellbeing of the people in our communities that needs us most. Our hopes is that we will ALL continue to thrive because it is just too important not to!

Please visit our website at www.spuronline.org to learn more about the SPUR programs, our instructors, dedicated volunteers, the SPUR Board, and to meet our amazing herd of horses. Keep an eye out on the SPUR Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SpecialPeopleUnitedtoRide for information on our upcoming events.