Equine Healing

“When I bestride him, I soar; I am a hawk.” William Shakespeare understood the powerful relationship between rider and horse, as he wrote in Henry V.

So too did a trio of Jackson women who in 1993 founded the Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association. Starting with a couple of steeds and a handful of volunteers, the founders began healing with horses. Over the years, they built up their program and built their own arena on the Moose-Wilson Road. Now, the Therapeutic Riding Association offers equine-assisted therapeutic and educational activities for all ages of riders with disabilities regardless of economic status, from three-year-olds to septuagenarians.

At its core, the Association nurtures the natural connection between horse and rider. “At Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association, we harness the unique bond between a horse and its rider to empower our students with confidence, strength, and independence,” the organization writes of its vision. “With limitless physical, psychological, and emotional benefits, therapeutic riding is a gift to everyone involved.”

The Association’s profound effect on the community will be celebrated and perpetuated tonight at its annual fundraiser, Stomping the Divots. A highlight of the summer social calendar, festivities begin at 5pm at the Melody Ranch Polo Fields with a polo match and a demonstration of therapeutic riding. Dinner by Bistro Catering and dancing to the Richard Brown Orchestra follows. And bountiful silent and live auctions offer plenty of enticing ways to support the nonprofit. Whether bidding on a Caribbean getaway or stomping grass patches back into place, patrons can have a great time while supporting a great cause tonight.