Cecropia Strong partners with Windrush Farm to offer equine-assisted services

Cecropia Strong is a Marblehead-based charity that offers aid to those with physical disabilities. Windrush Farm in North Andover provides quality equine-assisted services for children and adults facing physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Cecropia Strong and Windrush Farm are proud to announce new grants for therapeutic horseback riding for adults with disabilities. Riding has always been an elite sport, reserved for those with money. But now, with these need-based grants, anyone can take lessons.

From left, Cecropia Strong President Julie Hahnke poses with Windrush mustang Guinness, Windrush Farm CEO Janet Nittmann and Windrush Barn Manager Caitlyn Campbell. COURTESY PHOTO

Therapeutic horseback riding provides the opportunity to participate in an enjoyable activity which helps improve balance, muscle strength, coordination and posture. At Windrush, certified instructors and caring volunteers assist the riders as they learn new skills in the arena or enjoy a ride out on the trails around the farm. One of the best things about horseback riding is the freedom it offers — riders can explore the woods and fields which are usually off limits to anyone with a disability. Now, financially-challenged adults with disabilities can apply for a grant to ride at Windrush Farm.

“Windrush Farm is such a wonderful organization to partner with,” said Cecropia Strong’s President Julie Hahnke. “I rode there in 2018, but the cost is too prohibitive for the financially-challenged to manage. Our grants reduce the overall session fee by two-thirds, making it a more reasonable option. Everyone should experience the joy of riding the Windrush horses.”

“We are extremely grateful to Cecropia Strong for selecting Windrush Farm as their partner for the new grants,” said Windrush Farm CEO Janet Nittmann. “We very much look forward to welcoming new riders to the Windrush community.”

Windrush Farm will accept grant applications from adults with a physical disability who would like to participate in the spring session of therapeutic riding lessons at Windrush Farm in North Andover.

Relevant details: minimum age 18 years and the weight limit is 185 pounds. Riding lessons are in a group and a physician’s statement will be required.  Donations are always welcome. 

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