This is what Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding is all about!


WOTV4’s Maranda meets Equest Centers’ unicorn!


John Agar, Rider ~ Equest Center from a FIRST HAND perspective at the Black and Blue Ball 2014.
Amazing speech by Equest Center Rider John Agar at the Black and Blue Ball. This annual event hosted by the the Sparta Moose On Bikes (MOB)  with entertainment by the OTC Band benefits Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford, MI. The center provides therapy using the horse as a catalyst to children and adults with a wide range of physical mental and emotional disabilities. For more information see www.equestcenter.org


Jeff Agar, Equest Center Board President. John Agar becomes an official Moose On Bikes (MOB Member)
President of the Board Jeff Agar speaks at the Annual Black and Blue ball to benefit Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. John Agar becomes an official member of the Moose On Bikes (MOB).


Ms. Marissa Freyling ~ Equest Center from a FIRST HAND perspective.
This amazing young woman has experienced Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in most every way possible: as a rider, a volunteer, a lead volunteer, an owner of a retired Equest horse, as staff member-volunteer coordinator and Equest ambassador. She is an amazing young woman with an attitude of love, hope and gratitude in her heart. Such an inspirational young woman. Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford, MIchigan provides therapy to those with physical, mental and social/emotional disabilities using the horse as a catalyst.

Equest Center featured in the Grand Rapids Family Magazine!  “Lending a Healing Hand…and Hoof!” PAGES 22,23,24 Feature article in the GRAND RAPIDS FAMILY MAGAZINE Spring 2014


BEAUTIFUL Story about one of our Equest Riders….”When Love is Tarnished and Bent” Dec 12, 2013 http://texasnorth.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/when-love-is-tarnished-and-bent/


Equest Center Preparing for Annual Holiday Horse Show Dec 6, 2013 Grand Rapids Press http://www.mlive.com/rockford/index.ssf/2013/12/equest_center_preparing_for_an.html 


Saddle Safari Discovery Trail by BAUDVILLE’S HELPING HANDS 2013 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/current-projects/


New Trail At Equest Center provides “Therapy Disguised as Fun!” November 1, 2013 Grand Rapids Press http://www.mlive.com/rockford/index.ssf/2013/11/new_trail_at_equest_center_pro.html


Grand Rapids Business Journal ~ Anniversary Gift of Giving Oct 25, 2013 http://www.grbj.com/articles/78170-anniversary-gift-of-giving


Allison’s Story “Our Big Reveal Was Kind Of a Big Deal!” …Blazing the Sensory Trail October 25, 2013 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/saddle-safari-discovery-trail-our-big-reveal-was-kind-of-a-big-deal/


Local Company Donates 1,400 Volunteer Hours to Create a One-Mile Sensory Trail. Rockford Squire, October 24, 2013

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New Sensory Trail In Rockford offers Therapeutic Horseback Experience, Grand Rapids Press Oct 24, 2013 http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/10/new_sensory_riding_trail_in_ro.html 


“E:60 John Agar” Equest Rider Johnny Agar and his father, Equest Board President Jeff Agar in a FANTASTIC ESPN piece “The Last Mile”  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10072765

Therapeutic Riding Trail Opens Doors for Children, WZZM 13 October 16, 2013  http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/271066/0/Therapeutic-riding-trail-opens-doors-for-children


Equest Center’s Saddle Safari Discovery Trail Grand Opening and Dedication ! WOTV8  News October 16, 2013 http://www.woodtv.com/news/local/kent-county/equest-center-therapy-trail-dedicated


Saddle Safari Discovery Trail Prepares to Open at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding Grand Rapids Press Photo Gallery  http://photos.mlive.com/grandrapidspress/2013/10/saddle_safari_discovery_trail_3.html


Maranda on “Where You Live” . Therapeutic Riding : Good For the MInd October 15, 2013


Kaela’s Story ~ “My Fantastic Day as a Volunteer” … Blazing the Sensory Trail September 3, 2013 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/equest-workday-7-my-fantastic-day-as-a-volunteer/


Mikki’s Story ~ “Painting Raking, Riding” …Blazing the Sensory Trail  September 3, 2013 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/equest-day-5/


A Taste of My Town Rockford: Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, WZZM13  August 18, 2013 http://origin.wzzm13.com/news/article/265154/14/Taste-of-My-Town-Rockford


Kelli’s Story~ “Digging and Building Up” ..Blazing the Sensory Trail Day 5  http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/equest-day-5/


Rockford Review ~ Construction at Equest Center 2013 http://www.rockfordconstruction.com/projects/general-trades-projects/equest-center


Does YOUR horse have what it takes to be a Therapy Horse at Equest Center? Watch this and decide for yourself…


Lauren’s Story ~” Sunshine, Raking and Woodchips Gallore”…Blazing the Sensory Trail Day 4 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/work-day-4/


Maranda’s “Where you Live” filmed at Equest Center ~ Featuring Music Therapy on Horseback



Lisa’s Story ~ “Close Encounters with Bugs and Baduvillians”… Blazing the Sensory Trail Day 3 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/equest-day-3/


Falon’s Story ~ “And Then There was Brush”… Blazing the Sensory Trail Day 2 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/equest-workday-2-and-then-there-was-brush/


Cori’s Story ~ “Volunteering to Help Local Organization”…Blazing the Sensory Trail Day 1 http://www.baudvilleshelpinghand.org/work-day-1/


Horsin Around at the Derby – “SO GOD MADE A HORSE”  Created and Produced by Becki Agar.


SOCIAL SIZZLE WOTV 4 Horsin’ Around at the Derby and Grand ReOpening- May 4, 2013


Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding Chosen organization for support at the Grand Opening at Meijer Credit Union in Rockford,April 18, 2013     http://rockfordsquire.com/2013/04/18/new-meijer-credit-union-location-is-just-a-stones-throw-from-ten-mile/


Maranda ~ WOTV4 at Equest Center’s Annual Holiday Horse Show ~ Presented by Double M Farm  


Winter HorseFest at the Delta Plex Dec. 12, 2012   http://www.mlive.com/sports/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/12/horse-related_charities_to_ben.html


MIBIZ Article Feature Equest Board President Jeff Agar 2012


Equest Center Gallery Walk Presentation partnering with Barbara Butterfield’s exhibit and the Fredrick Meijer Gardens 2012


Horsin Around at the Derby 2012


Horses for Heroes Story and Photo Gallery in the Grand Rapids Press


Sr Ann Francis Thompson, Equest Instructor and Music Therapist Featured 2012  http://www.fsecommunity.org/featured-saft.htm


Amazing Story about Equest Board President and Equest Rider, Jeff and John Agar. 2012


THANK YOU – video starring our Riders at Equest Center!




Equest Center Joins ArtPrize ~ View Display at Children’s Museum September 29, 2011 Rockford Squire   http://rockfordsquire.com/2011/09/29/equest-center-joins-artprize-view-display-at-children%E2%80%99s-museum/


Blooger Photo w/ Equest Center article and pictures http://photojtwo.blogspot.com/2011/04/perfect-touch.html


Rockford Eagle scout project at Equest http://www.mlive.com/northeastadvance/index.ssf/2011/03/rockford_senior_attains_eagle.html


Eagle Scout/picnic tables http://rockfordsquire.com/2011/03/31/clinthorne-earns-eagle-scout-honors/


“JUST A HORSE” Horsin Around at the Derby 2010


United Way day of caring article w/ pic September 10, 2010


2010 Breakfast with the Bunny Article! http://www.examiner.com/article/breakfast-with-bunny-easter-egg-hunt-event-grand-rapids-mi


2010 Grand Rapids Community College Partners with Equest Center – Video http://www.wzzm13.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=122215


2010 VIDEO Grand Rapids Community College partners with Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding to Renovate Barns and house on new land! Therapy class video clips as well.



2010 Grand Rapids Construction Class RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY


Adorable Equestrian Rylie Mulder talks about riding Bubba November 2010



2009 Features Volunteers from Fifth Third Bank, Steelcase, Farmers Insurance and Foremost Insurance participate in a West Michigan United Way Day of Caring at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding http://www.corpmagazine.com/features/cover-stories/itemid/378/giving-back-the-state-of-philanthropy


Equestrian Malorie Fox website w/ pics at Equest and article http://www.maloriefox.com/Therapy_Page.htm


“IT’S THE CLIMB” Hoedown 2009


Equest Center photo gallery in the Grand Rapids Press 2009 http://photos.mlive.com/4469/gallery/equest_center_for_therapeutic_riding/index.html


2009 Article and Story in WZZM 13 News http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=114544


Maranda WHERE YOU LIVE At EquestCenter  2009


WZZM13 at hoedown 2009 http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=114544&catid=48


Article About the special Horses at Equest Center and our program in the Advance http://www.mlive.com/advancenewspapers/sports/index.ssf/2009/07/love_of_horses_a_big_part_of_e.html


Grand Rapids Community College Make a Difference Day at Equest Center 2009 http


Amazing Story and Video (Embedded in story) of Patrick Bement, who was in a serious car accident and was mistaken for dead. Hear his story and how Therapeutic Riding


Article about Equest Center Board Member Rachel Mraz 2008 http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/features/horse.aspx


Brian Kelly photo essay 2008 http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/features/essayequest111308.aspx