Formerly Equest Therapeutic Riding Center
Carlisle Academy for Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports transforms lives through horses. We provide a continuum of distinctive services – rehabilitative through recreational – within an inclusive environment that fosters learning, growth and overall well-being.
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Welcome to Carlisle Academy

Thank you for your interest in our programs. Carlisle Academy is a New England premier integrative riding school, transforming lives through horses. Building upon the reputation and success of the Equest Therapeutic Riding Center, founded in 1998 on our farm in Lyman, Maine and impacting the lives of hundreds of children and adults with disabilities, Carlisle Academy is strengthened by an integrated mission and expanded program offerings. Our hallmark hippotherapy and adaptive programs are enhanced by the addition of para-equestrian sports, traditional equestrian education, and field training courses. You will find much information about the life-changing work that we are privileged to do each day, in partnership with the horse.

We hope to see you here!
Sarah & Nick Armentrout, Co-Founders

An Integration of Services – Rehabilitative through Recreational

Clinical Treatment & Adaptive Curriculum Programs

  • Hippotherapy
  • Pre-Hippotherapy
  • Clinic-Based PT/OT Treatment Only
  • Equine-Facilitated Therapy Groups
  • Equine-Facilitated Wellness Groups
  • Adaptive Riding

Recreational & Competitive Programs

  • Para-Dressage
  • Recreational Lessons
  • Jump Days
  • Sport Vaulting
  • Group Classes
  • Competition and Performance Teams

Training & Service-Learning Programs

  • Ongoing Clinics
  • Intensive Courses & Training Programs
  • Clinical & Educational Internships
  • Service-Learning Apprenticeships
  • Mentoring & Consultation

Carlisle Academy provides an integration of services, from rehabilitative through recreational, traditional to transformative.

Participants come for a variety of reasons, according to ability and interest, and Carlisle’s curriculum is designed to meet each person’s specific needs through highly individualized riding or treatment plans. Throughout all the programs and with the help of exceptional and dedicated staff, the horse is a source of health and wholeness.


Family-Centered Programming
By creating inclusive, Family-Centered Programing,Carlisle Academy has been able to support the changing needs of the whole family and create a richer learning environment for all involved.

Recent News

Carlisle represented on MPBN’s Maine Calling Radio show

Our Therapy & Adaptive Program Director Susan Grant was recently on MPBN’s Maine Calling Radio show. Sue answered some tough […]

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Our Charitable Partner

Carlisle Charitable Foundation

An independent 501(c)(3), supporting scholarship needs of the Academy’s participants.

Pioneers in Transformative Riding ~
the horse as a source of health & wholeness.