October 12, 2007 13:40 ET

NARHA National Conference Highlights Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2007) - In celebration of the historic bond between horses and people, NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) convenes its 2007 National Conference and Annual Meeting November 14-17 at the Anaheim, California Marriott, just two blocks from Disneyland.

The NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting is the largest event targeted at the ever-growing field of equine assisted activities (EAA) and therapies for people with physical, mental and emotional challenges. The conference features an impressive array of educational sessions presented by industry experts. It culminates with the annual awards banquet designed to celebrate the innovation, diligence and sometimes miraculous accomplishments of the very special people and horses who are partners in the EAA field.

The NARHA Horse Expo, a full day, out-of-the-classroom and into-the-arena experience, will be held at the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, in San Juan Capistrano, California on Saturday, November 17. The Expo will be packed with hands-on learning opportunities, equine demonstrations, presentations about equine health, and equestrian demonstrations for disabled and able-bodied riders -- a must for EAA professionals, horse lovers and people interested in learning what EAA is all about.

The NARHA website,, offers detailed information about NARHA and the conference, as well as online registration.

About NARHA:

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association was formed in 1969 to promote equine assisted activities for individuals with disabilities. With over 700 member centers, a total of 38,600 children and adults find a sense of independence through involvement with horses. These member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic horseback riding, a center may offer any number of equine assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work, or stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful equine assisted activities programs for individuals with special needs. There are more than 29,000 volunteers, 3,200 instructors, 5,800 therapy horses, and thousands of contributors from all over the world making a difference in people's lives at NARHA centers.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Anthony Chavez
    Conference Coordinator
    800-369-RIDE (7433)
    Email Contact