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Organization History & Mission

The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1990 by Mary Ann Evans, Ph.D.  We are a Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), the highest international rating.  The Program has 11 Board Members, 21 Advisory Board Members, and 8 employees.  60 people volunteer 11,500 hours annually. The Program serves 70 students each week and over 300 annually.
Our mission is to provide quality equine-assisted activities to children and adults with physical, cognitive, social, emotional and or other life challenges, regardless of their ability to pay.