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Silver Spur

Therapeutic Riding Center

P.O. Box 644
New Harmony, Utah
84757
phone (435) 535-1644
contact@silverspurridingcenter.org

About

Silver Spur

Therapeutic Riding Center

Mission

Located in beautiful New Harmony, Utah, the Silver Spur Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities one ride at a time.

Therapeutic Riding:

Tracing its origins to 1875, equine assisted therapy (EAT) has helped people with a wide range of disabilities, including autism, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, amputation, developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities. The benefits can be an improvement in balance, posture, motor coordination, concentration, self-confidence and self-esteem. At the Silver Spur Therapeutic Riding Center we tailor each program to the participant’s individual needs.

Inspiration for Center

Our director, Debra Kermott, studied music education and music therapy in college, with an emphasis on children with handicaps. She served as a student teacher in a facility specializing in children with handicaps, and she imagined a future as a special needs teacher. After college she taught junior high school music for ten years.

Then life happened; she married, started a family, and embarked on a frequent-mover plan with husband Gary. Her teaching career was put on hold. But when Gary recently retired she started to devise a plan which would allow her to combine her love of horses and her desire to assist people with special needs.

Debra volunteered at the Shea Center, a PATH certified center in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. The staff and volunteers at the Shea Center were great, and when Debra indicated a desire to start a center in southern Utah the staff and volunteers at the Shea Center offered tremendous encouragement and advice.

Our research revealed that there are three PATH certified centers in northern Utah but none in southern Utah. Debra then reached out to potential board members, and each one gave an overwhelming positive response to the idea. The plan was starting to come together.