Written by: Marissa Freyling, Volunteer Coordinator “I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.” –Jane Smiley The passion for horses has run through Lisa Holznagel’s life from the very young… Read more »
Staff Spotlight ~Marci DeVries Equine Program Coordinator PATH International Certified Instructor Certified Secondary Teacher Summer Horsemanship Day Camp Coordinator Marci first came to Equest Center in 1997 as a volunteer while she was in high school. She was soon hired to clean stalls and, as time went on, became more and more involved… Read more »
Meet the New Volunteer Coordinator Marissa!! Marissa is also the lead volunteer on Thursday nights here at Equest. She is attending Grand Rapids Theological Seminary for her MA in counseling. Her pets include two horses, Mya and Royal, a dog named Maisie, and a cat named Lola. Her hobbies consist of spending time with her… Read more »
After much hard work and anticipation Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding’s NEW Website is up and Running! This new site has so many new features and capabilities~ whether you are looking for photos of your favorite therapy horse, registering for Summer Horsemanship Day Camp, looking for riding or volunteer forms, photos, checking dates, volunteer opportunities,… Read more »
We improve quality of life through equine-based therapy to physically, mentally and socially/emotionally challenged individuals. Our unique program integrates academic, social and physical skills, using the horse as a catalyst.
…Let’s make Equest’s kids fly! Help us bring Health, Hope and Happiness to our amazing riders!
…and love to be paid with carrots and hugs! Horses are a wonderful medium for relationships and for therapy in a natural environment. Riding therapy has proven to be a highly motivational and enriching therapeutic and educational modality for students to escape their crutches, wheelchairs & disabilities, replacing them with the gentle gait of a well-trained… Read more »
Equest Center’s Volunteers… We’re NOT just Horsin’ Around! Throughout the course of each week we benefit from the kindness and giving spirit of many volunteers at Equest. Individuals of all ages — from retired citizens to today’s youth come together to share their skills and devotion to better the lives of the challenged members of… Read more »
Partner with Equest Center! Equest offers the opportunity for riders to use their strengths, improve on their weaknesses and reach their personal and therapeutic goals in a fun, exciting environment. To put it simply – Equest provides therapy disguised as fun! The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity. Your support enables… Read more »