Author Archives: NAPLES THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

PATH International Fact Sheet

Mission Statement: The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. PATH Intl. Vision Statement: PATH Intl. is the global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies … Continue reading

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Claire Canfield and the Naples Equestrian Challenge

A horse is a horse, of course, of course. Unless, of course, that horse is one of 10 used for therapeutic purposes by the Naples Equestrian Challenge, an innovative nonprofit that offers children and adults with special needs the opportunity … Continue reading

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With help from the horses, and NCEF, bright kids bloom with love

Diana Buchheit loved her newborn son. She reached out to hold and hug him, everyday, multiple times a day. But for six years, she never received affection in return. She could hardly make any physical contact with her son, Joshua, now … Continue reading

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A Message from Our Path Certified Instructor – Lea Haven

I have been teaching many years at NEC and I continue to be amazed by these awesome animals we use in our program.  Yes they are all great for the therapeutic riding but when we work with our many outreach … Continue reading

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Naples Equestrian Challenge Announces Arthrex as Champion Sponsor

Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) announced today that Arthrex has become its Champion Sponsor with a generous three-year financial commitment to NEC’s existing programs and events as well as a substantial donation to NEC’s Barn Raising Capital Campaign that will fund … Continue reading

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A CLOSER LOOK AT: Camp Rusk Foundation

Ask Camp Rusk Foundation president Robin Shearer about her goals for the fledgling nonprofit, and she’ll tell you her ambitions in no uncertain terms. The group was established to solve three major problems in the equine industry: lack of affordable … Continue reading

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Staff Baby Photos

In honor of August’s “Rider Month” on our Facebook page, we have decided to a have a little contest. Below are the baby photos of all of our NEC employees, with a number below each photo. The first person to … Continue reading

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NEC and volunteer Davis Vertin get coverage in Spotlight Magazines

Davis Vertin, 17, walked slowly beside the young man and his horse. Vertin was responsible for the safety of both the rider and the horse. It was Vertin’s volunteer day at the Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) where riders from two … Continue reading

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NEC gets coverage in Natural Awakenings Magazine

Zach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told … Continue reading

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In Memory: Warren Dunn – A Wonderful Volunteer

NEC lost one of our volunteers this week. Mr. Warren Dunn passed away after a long illness.  Warren would come and sidewalk with the riders every week.   He was easy to spot being over 6′ tall and loved to … Continue reading

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