About Us

‘No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.’

The Horses for Handicapped of Pinellas program is a private, non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting and teaching recreational horseback riding and care to the special needs citizens of our community.

Horseback riding is widely recognized as one of the most beneficial forms of recreational therapy disabled persons can receive. It develops self awareness, builds self-confidence, improves concentration and discipline. Horseback riding also improves posture, balance, and coordination as well as increasing joint mobility and core stabilization.

In 1981, our program was founded by  the late Gene Harris as a Kiwanis service project in partnership with Mary (Snakey) Urquhart’s 4-H/Girl Scout club. To this day, we operate 100% on volunteer staff and donations from the community. We serve over 75 riders and horse lovers each week.

We are located in west central Pinellas County in the city of Seminole, FL




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Our Equine Staff

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

Key members of our staff are our equine partners. We could not operate our program without them. Please consider a full or partial sponsorship to keep them fat and sassy.

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Calendar of Events

Keep up with the latest events, fundraisers, and competitions

Our riders participate in Special Olympic Events

Our 4H volunteers participate in 4H and other local Horse Shows

We hold virtual and in person fundraisers several times a year