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SunCatcher's Horses are Gentle, Experienced, and have been Conditioned to the necessary equipment and commotion associated with this type of Riding Program. The warmth of the horse relaxes tense muscles; riding enables muscle groups to move in a non-resistant manner, consistent with human gaits. At the same time, a unique and special bond is formed between horse and rider.

Participants travel froImage - Megan and Lindam all over the Black Hills: Scenic, Box Elder, Porcupine, Creighton, Nisland, Newell, Hot Springs, Custer, Sturgis, Deadwood, Spearfish, Piedmont, Pine Ridge, Bison....

Equine Assisted Therapy:

  • Improves Balance, Coordination, Strength and Flexibility
  • Improves and Challenges Cognitive Abilities
  • Enhances Social Interaction and Feelings of Self-Worth
  • Lifts Spirits and Generates Smiles!
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  • Is a Non-Profit South Dakota Corporation with a non-taxable charity (501c3) status with the IRS
  • Is insured with Markel Insurance Company
  • Is a member of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), a national organization accrediting therapeutic riding centers and monitoring the quality and safety of the 800+ member-centers.
  • Works with certified instructors and licensed therapists, experienced in equine-facilitated therapy
  • Operates three days a week in Rapid City at our site south of the airport (23325 S. Airport Road)
  • Has Special Olympic Equestrian Training Sessions
  • Works with various facilities in the Black Hills area:
    • Children’s Care Rehab & Development Center
    • Black Hills Works
    • Golden Living TBI Center
    • Make a Wish Foundation
    • “Meeting the Need”
    • Dakota Abilities
    • Northern Hills Training Cntr
    • BH Special Services – N & S
    • Lutheran Outdoors Camps
    • BH Family Support
    • Youth & Family Services
    • Special Olympics
  • SunCatcher is funded primarily by Donations, Grants, & Sponsorships
  • Incorporates Volunteers: Staff & Office Personnel, Instructors, Therapists, Horse-Handlers, Sidewalkers, Chores Persons, Grooms...
  • Beginning our 17th year in service), SunCatcher has the active involvement of local groups and individuals - nearly 100 volunteers working with nearly 100 participants throughout the Hills in therapeutic riding sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Forms for those interested in participating or volunteering

Help and Items Needed! We rely on the generous support of volunteers, sponsors, grants and donations. Please look at our Wish List to see if you can help.

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SunCatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy
P.O. Box 3975
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709

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