Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center began formally providing therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults in the Inland Empire
Obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 2001 as a public charity.
The therapy program was moved from the City of Riverside to Mira Loma (now known as Jurupa Valley)
Became a full-time equestrian center for people with disabilities
- proven to improve self-confidence, physical fitness, cognitive thinking, balance, and self esteem.
- As the walking gait of the horse duplicates the three-dimensional movement of the human gait at the walk, riders who have difficulty walking or who are unable to walk without assistance, are gently moved as if they are walking. Sitting astride a walking horse for 30 – 45 minutes can improve balance, and the effort taken to stabilize on a mobile platform improves core and trunk strength, which also improves balance.
Queen of Hearts proudly announced its Equine Services for Heroes program – which is specifically designed to work with the needs of wounded veterans and first responders.
Queen of Hearts expanded to include unmounted equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning by partnering with mental health professionals and equine specialists certified in the EAGALA method of therapy.