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    Our Mission

    Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports transforms lives through horses. We provide a full spectrum of distinctive services - rehabilitative to recreational, curative to competitive - within an inclusive environment that fosters health, learning, and overall well-being.
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    Integrative Therapies

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    Mental Health & Wellness Programs

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    Inclusive Sports

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    Accredited U.S. Pony Club Riding Center Program & Curriculum

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    Professional Education

Due to COVID-19, our Spring Semester is suspended until further notice. Check our News page for updates or Beauty’s Beat for messages of hope.


Thank you for your interest in our programs. Carlisle Academy is an inclusive community riding school as well as nationally accredited training center championing the advancement of integrative equine therapy and sports. 

Building upon the reputation of the Equest Therapeutic Riding Center, founded in 1998 on our farm in Lyman, Maine, Carlisle Academy is strengthened by an integrated mission and interdisciplinary program offerings. Over 20 years later, our mission remains – transforming lives through horses. You will find in these pages myriad ways horses teach us, heal us, and bring us joy.

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

Carlisle Today

Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports has been operating as a Premier Accredited Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl.) for over 20 years, and is a member center of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), a founding national center for the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Para-Equestrian Centers of Excellence, a recognized U.S.O.C. Paralympic Sport Club, and a designated U.S. Pony Club Riding Center, serving over 250 children and adults each year. These members of our community follow the age and ability continuum representing children as young as age 2 to Veterans, senior citizens and all ages of able-bodied and differently-able children and adults in between. Carlisle’s social mission serves the whole person in community.  

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