CKRH Mission Statement
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope is dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse.
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Central Kentucky Riding for Hope began in 1981 as a collaboration between Dr. Peter Bosomworth, who at the time served as Chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and a collection of area horse enthusiasts. The team initially borrowed horses to assist four participants.
The original objective was to offer an alternative to traditional machine-based/table- top therapies by using the three-dimensional movement of the horse, which is more comparable to a human’s natural stride. The pilot program proved so successful that we were given use of a converted tobacco barn at the newly established Kentucky Horse Park. Continuing to grow as a seasonal program running May-October, we became accredited through the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) in 1987 and achieved the Premier Accredited Center status by 1998.
During this time, programming developed rapidly, and interest in our therapeutic activities grew beyond what a seasonal program could maintain. The CKRH Board of Directors saw the need to provide year-round services and undertook a $4 million capital campaign in 2005. Our in-door facility was completed in 2011 enabling us to provide programming without limitations from weather or time of day.
Community partnerships have been key to the evolution of our programs. In addition to providing Hippotherapy with the renowned Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital since 2002, CKRH has been an alternative learning location for the Fayette County Public Schools system since 2014.
We serve active military and veterans through various partnerships, including the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Veterans Treatment Court. We also collaborate with the Bluegrass Care, Navigators, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, Easter Seal Cardinal Hill and KVC Kentucky to provide Equine Facilitated Mental Health activities.
Other programming includes our core curricula in Therapeutic Riding and Therapeutic Horsemanship. CKRH remains the only PATH Intl. Premier Accredited program serving the 10 counties of Central Kentucky.
Since 1981, CKRH has served thousands of people living with disabilities. Thanks to the generous support of so many, we continually bring the healing power of the horse to people living in a world focused on what they cannot do so that they have activities that they can do.
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