SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship to host groundbreaking ceremony for new education and visitor center June 8

SIRE was founded in 1983 and aims to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and educational outreach. (Courtesy SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship)
SIRE was founded in 1983 and aims to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and educational outreach. (Courtesy SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship)

SIRE was founded in 1983 and aims to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and educational outreach. (Courtesy SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship)

SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new education and visitor center June 8 at 10 a.m.

Located at 4610 Sloangate Drive, Spring, SIRE was founded in 1983 and aims to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and educational outreach. The nonprofit provides more than 10,000 instructional hours annually to riders with a variety of disabilities ranging from autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy to Down syndrome and psychiatric disorders.

"Just like the Spring community, we are growing and rapidly expanding our services to meet the evolving needs of our riders and their families," the release states. "This education and visitor center is made possible through a generous gift from LGI Homes to build it at no charge. This is just the first step in a much bigger dream."

The education and visitor center will feature an indoor area for riders and families to handle medical issues such as seizures, medications and feeding tubes; handicap-friendly bathrooms to replace the facility's existing portable toilets; comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces for observing therapy; a multipurpose lounge for families to use; and a kitchen, classroom, conference room and office space.

The new education and visitor center is just one component of a $3.5 million project to renovate the nonprofit's 37-acre Spring location, which will double the number of riders and families who can be served annually, upon completion. For more information about SIRE's renovation project, click here.


As of May 13, SIRE has raised $2.2 million to fund the project with the goal of raising $1.1 million more, which will allow the nonprofit to receive a $900,000 challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation in Tulsa to fund the remainder of the project. To make a donation to SIRE, click here. 281-356-7588. www.sire-htec.org
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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