Carlisle Academy’s Veterans Program provides services for Veterans and Service Members. Carlisle Academy’s goal is to give those who have served our country an opportunity to learn or rediscover equestrian sports and successfully master a new skill, while providing a foundation for positive experiences and improved well-being. First piloted in the summer of 2008 under the PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Equine Services for Heroes Program to assist veterans in their recovery and reintegration back into their communities.
Carlisle’s Veteran Program has now expanded into farm-based enrichment programs, equine-assisted therapy, and recreational or competitive adaptive sport programs. Funding is provided through various supporting organizations, and all services are free to veterans, done in partnership with United States Equestrian Federation, PATH, International, USOC Paralympic Sport Club, Carlisle Charitable Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
With an integrative team of nationally certified instructors, occupational and physical therapists, and therapeutic recreation specialists, veterans may participate in any of our therapy or sport programs. Whichever program is chosen, all activities take place in the farm’s many arenas, which are accessible to riders/drivers with ramped mounting stations and mechanical lift if needed. The Academy is equipped with specially trained horses for driving and dressage, ground-based work, as well as recreational and competitive riding/driving.
Read an enlightening article by Glenye Oakford titled “Horses are Helping Veterans Find New Joy—and a Path to Equestrian Sport” here.
Channel 6 News put together a piece, titled “SERVICE AND SACRIFICE: HORSES KEY IN HELPING VETERANS HEAL”, to help spread the news about para-equestrian sport opportunities for veterans. Click to view.
For more information, contact the office at 207-985-0374, or email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.