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2016 Fall Session Sign Up:
Sept 19th - Nov 18th
(10 week series)

Classes in Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Rrecreational Riding, Interactive Vaulting, Equine Assisted Learning and more. Read Press Release.

Welcome, Marla Bowman!
Our new program director and head instructor. Learn more about Marla.

Therapeutic Riding: "It's about horses, and much more" by Steve Card, News-Times article, August 21, 2015

2016 Rider's Packet: PDF | Word

2016 Summer Session Sign Up: PDF

NEW! Riding Session Offerings Including equine facilitated learning and psychotherapy (EFL/EFP) and interactive vaulting. Learn more.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! No experience needed. See details.

Videos! Volunteering | Alex Learns Horseback Riding | The Lift Chair


Spring 2016:

Wow, the last year has flown by and we have a lot of changes this spring. First and foremost we welcome Marla Bowman, who has joined the team as our Program Director / Head Instructor. Marla is a P.A.T.H. certified Advanced Instructor, an Equine Specialist in Mental Health, and an Interactive Vaulting Instructor.

We are adding new classes this spring besides offering Therapeutic Horseback Riding. These new classes include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EFL) as well as Interactive Vaulting. We will also be offering Recreational Riding for beginners of all ages and abilities.

We again had a very successful "Hearts for Horses" Benefit Auction at the beautiful Oregon Coast Aquarium on January 23rd and would again like to thank all of our sponsors and donors. Look for this fun event in January 2017!

We said Goodbye to Walt and Tucker, two of our favorite Equine Therapists. They retired back to their forever home in North Bend.

We welcome 2 new horses: Warrior (who's barn name is Dancer) is a very kind boy and a beautiful Paint, and Quick, a pretty chestnut Quarter Horse who is becoming a favorite.

Be sure to check our Calendar for upcoming events!

This year looks to be our best year yet! We look forward to seeing you!

Until next time, Happy Trails!

Amy Cline
Executive Director
Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding
Phone: 541-961-4156



Bright Horizons
is featured in The Oregonian

"For disabled youth, few activities offer the physical/emotional benefits of horse riding therapy"
Thursday, September 02, 2010


The Ramp and Lift Project is officially accomplished!

On July 26, 2010, Bright Horizons realized a dream that was three years in the making – the installation of a Sure-Hands lift that will enable us to serve riders who utilize wheelchairs and are not able to transfer independently on to our horses.

Coupled with our recently completed ramp and mounting area, we will now be able to expand our programs to an entire new group of riders who have previously been excluded due to lack of accessibility.

The Sure-Hands Lift and Ramp
The Sure-Hands life and ramp
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The ramp and lift is the result of many donations of cash, materials and manpower which demonstrates what can be done when many sources collaborate to make things happen. The final lynchpin in the effort was the donation of the lift mechanism by Atonement Lutheran Church. They graciously donated the lift which had been utilized by a parishioner who had passed away. Funds for the overhead support rail and installation were made possible by a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund. The ramp was constructed with materials donated by ProBuild Lumber with the generous donation of design and installation work by Mark Hanrahan. Of course the backs and hands of many Bright Horizons volunteers were also necessary to complete all of the work necessary for this project.


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