GEC Outreach Programs and EventsBeth Hartka

Graham Equestrian Center is an nonprofit educational organization that promotes the joy of horses to a diverse community, regardless of income or ability, through riding and therapeutic horsemanship activities, while preserving the open space of Gunpowder Falls State Park.

Thus, we are here to share our peaceful location and kind horses with people who can benefit from it (well, everyone can benefit from it!) but particularly differently abled children and adults, and persons struggling with addiction, homelessness, trauma, or emotional withdrawl.

GEC’s outreach activities can come in many forms, such as:

  • Horse Discovery Days – free and open to the public the first Saturday of every month (April through November), children and families can interact with the horses by petting and grooming them
  • Programs designed for specific audiences, such as for Veterans or those recovering from addiction – these can be one time visits or a series of visits. Most will start out with a program similar to Horse Discover Days (above) and can over time progress to led ‘pony rides’ and eventually riding lessons where participants ride independently under the supervision of an instructor.
  • If desired other activities can be added such as helping staff with barn chores, learning how to braid manes and tails, how to wrap legs, or hiking on the trails.

GEC also hosts groups such as Scouts and provides field trips for home school groups, churches and schools.

To find out more about how GEC can provide an enriching and emotionally positive experience for your group, please contact us via email @ [email protected].

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