Miracles Therapeutic Riding Center was founded in 2006 by PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Instructor and Executive Director Chris Griffith. For many years, Chris taught lessons and handled the day-to-day operations on her own. Between the years of 2015 and 2018, our program began to grow, bringing on four new part-time instructors and introducing two new horses to our herd. In 2016, the organization officially transitioned to a 501(c3) non-profit and formed a Board of Directors consisting of individuals that make up all aspects of Miracles, from horse owners to volunteers to the parents of riders. This diversity will allow the mission of our program to be viewed from all perspectives in order to ensure that we keep everyone's opinion close-to-heart as we develop in the future.
Our program exists solely on the generosity of those around us such as our volunteers, riders, rider's parents, and many other important supporters in addition to our horses of course. We are fortunate to have a safe haven to call home at M & M Equestrian Center in Lafayette. There, we have the capability to teach lessons year-round in both indoor and outdoor arenas, or take a trail ride around the property. Our horses have vast acreage to run and play in their free time, and have wonderful care and attention from the stable hands at M & M. We are so thankful for the opportunity to have such a fantastic support system behind our program.
All of the therapeutic instructors at Miracles are certified by the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl. Our hippotherapists are certified Physical Therapists (PT), Occupational Therapists (OT), or Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) who have been additionally trained and certified to use a horse as a treatment modality in a therapeutic riding setting.
Miracles Therapeutic Riding Center's mission is to provide a safe, quality program that serves special needs persons of all ages, disabilities, and conditions in Denver and the surrounding community using therapeutic horseback riding and other equine activities. This program builds strength, improves balance and coordination, and helps individuals achieve higher levels of concentration, confidence, and self-esteem. Miracles also provides a safe, rewarding and fun experience for all of its participants. We also provide a secondary benefit to the community which is the opportunity for organizations and individuals to volunteer their time and energy in the delivery of this important program.