Please Help Us to Continue to Provide a "Forever" Home for our Center!!!!!
Jireh & Finnegan
Chris & Spirit
We wanted a center where we can make everyone feel safe and a part of a family. We watch JJ who has cerebral palsy, get all excited as we take him from his wheelchair and place him on the horse in front of our volunteer Gary who rides with him.
Chris and Mary's Story ......
We get to know the students and their families and encourage them each week as we see the improvement that is made. We have seen Scotty, who is autistic, go from a very shy and insecure 6 year old with weak core muscles and slow motor skills to a confident 9 year old rider sitting up straight and riding the horse on his own. His physician has stated that the improvement in his muscle strength is attributed to his riding. His social skills and empathy have greatly improved as he has bonded with Finnegan, one of our therapy horses.
Chris Davis and Mary Kingslien started the center in 2009 to help the special needs community. Chris has been involved with horses since she was knee high to a grasshopper. She became involved with the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Center in 2004 and fell in love with the program. She moved back to Florida in 2008 and became a Certified PATH instructor ... and their journey began. Mary was raised on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to work with the horses and children. Her life has been in corporate America and she is an ordained minister.
A Non-Profit Organization
JJ & Gary
Scotty & Finnegan
Mary & Anthony
Our mission has always been that we will never turn a student away because they could not afford the lessons. We have provided scholarships over the years to allow them to benefit from this beautiful program. We take great pride in what we have accomplished over the last 5 years and we know that there is so much more we can do in the future. We are ready and willing and feel very blessed to be able to provide this program to the community.
We have seen Jireh, who has been with us since August 2013 and is none verbal, other than to her parents, actually speaks the name of the horse to her instructor Chris. Each day we have a lesson with these beautiful individuals we see smiles and a sense of pride beaming from them as they can hold the reins by themselves or circle a barrel. Words cannot describe the happy faces of parents as they watch there child accomplish a task that they thought would not be possible.
In June of 2015 with everyone's help and support we were able to purchase our "Forever Home" for our center. The property needed a barn, fencing, water to the pastures and so much more. We are so proud of the progress we have made to date. We have completed fencing to have three pastures, built an arena and built a barn for our angels. We are not yet complete on the barn project as we still need water and electric so we can run fans during the hot summer months. All of these projects have been funded through the generosity of caring individuals and one of our sponsors Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robins Foundation. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the community to enable us to continue our work. Our sessions for the students are at a minimal charge to make it affordable to families. Healing Touch covers around 75% of the actual cost to provide our program to the community. That is why without the help and support of our community this wonderful program would not be able to continue. We reach out to those who want to help make a difference in the lives of a special needs child/adult... . Who want to pay it forward and help those less fortunate than ourselves. Please join us in making Healing Touch a place for where healing and happiness can be brought to this special group.