adaptive therapeutic riding

About Us

We are an inclusive community of trainers, volunteers, and instructors serving children, teens and adults that come from all walks of life, all ages, all abilities and all geographies surrounding the greater Atlanta area. Through our Therapeutic Program, we serve individuals with a broad range of physical, cognitive and emotional abilities and all socioeconomic backgrounds.  Through our School and Boarder Programs, we provide opportunities for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders to excel in the sport of horsemanship. 

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower individuals of all abilities through life-changing relationships with horses.

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Our Story

Although established in 1999, Chastain Horse Park's history and importance in the community date back for generations. The original stables were built as part of the park plan in 1939 offering riding lessons and horse boarding for local residents while serving as a popular destination for horse show competitions.

 

After years of disrepair, in 1992 our founder proposed a plan to rebuild the facility. Her vision was to create an acclaimed equestrian center which would operate as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization specializing in educational and therapeutic programs for students with mental, cognitive, emotional and physical impairments and outreach programs for children-at-risk, along with riding lessons and boarding services for the general public.

 

In spring of 1998, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell signed off on a 20-year lease for the facility to be privately operated. Today, Chastain Horse Park ranks among the region’s premier equestrian facilities having served hundreds of children and adults of all ages and abilities, from all walks of life. Its' facilities house three barns and four arenas for therapeutic riding lessons and Hippotherapy, a riding lesson program, summer and holiday camps, pony birthday parties, and celebratory events.

In 2020, Chastain Horse Park's Board of Director's launched the "Healing Through Horses Capital Campaign".  This campaign was designed with an eye to the future and the ambitious goal of doubling the therapeutic program.  As part of this campaign, a Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, new Community Barn, expanded outdoor space for the horses, a new Therapeutic Arena and other ancillary structures will assure that Chastain Horse Park is prepared to meet the needs of the community.

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