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Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center 

First Nonprofit Foundation awarded $20,000 to Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center in Middleburg, Virginia, to study the correlation between therapeutic riding instruction with observed physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits for participating riders, the majority of whom are currently children and adults on the autism spectrum. The Center will analyze data collected since the program’s inception, interviews with riders, feedback from their families, and comments from instructors and volunteers. The Center hopes this study might pave the way for therapeutic riding instruction to be covered by riders’ insurance companies.



Mission Statement

Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching, improving and empowering the lives of individuals with special needs—both children and adults—who can benefit from therapeutic riding and equine-related activities.

In addition, Golden Dreams serves as a hub for volunteerism in the area; provides a meaningful experience for our volunteers; educates the community about special needs individuals and the benefits of therapeutic riding; and provides care and a useful “second career” for horses in their later years.

Organization History

Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center was established at Baileywyck Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, in 2006. The nonprofit program combines the founders’ love of equines with their belief in giving back. Since commencing operations, Golden Dreams has made a difference in the lives of many children and adults in Middleburg and the surrounding communities.

"It has been a pleasure to work with First Nonprofit Foundation and all connected with the grant process. The application process was straightforward and not overly burdensome."