Do you love horses? Do you have a passion for those with special needs or our communities' underprivileged youth? Do you wonder how you can make a difference? Chasing Dreams Equestrian Center would like to invite you to come learn more about our program and all of the ways you can get involved! No prior horse handling experience or special skills are necessary - just a heart willing to serve.
Because our volunteers are the backbone of our program, we want to always make sure they feel appreciated for the love they show Chasing Dreams. We utilize a volunteer time tracking app that awards points for time donated to the program and allows our volunteers to "cash in" their accumulated time in exchange for something special. We hope you will join us on August 25th to learn more about our program, the people we serve, our goals, and our beautiful equine heroes! - Be sure to download our Volunteer Registration package (on our "About" page) to complete and bring with you.
Chasing Dreams EC is located at: 2017 Gregory Rd, Orlando, FL 32825. If you have questions, feel free to call us at: 321-274-2044 or email us at: Sally@ChasingDreamsEquestrianCenter.com
Chasing Dreams Equestrian Center, Inc., has been awarded a Bronze level Seal of Transparency by GuideStar!
We have been blessed to serve such great people and to be growing so rapidly. The need in our community for equine therapy and riding programs for our underprivileged youth is great.
We are currently searching for a second full-time horse for our program. Our dream horse will be between 15.-15.3 hands, 15yrs or younger, stocky build, sound, quiet temperament and loves people, trails, being groomed and lots of love and attention. These diamonds in the rough are often hard to come by and rarely affordable for a non-profit therapeutic riding center. If you know of someone who has a possible perfect fit for our program, for sale or as a donation, please contact Sally Cole at:
Spring Session - March 26, 2018 thru May 18, 2018
Registration for the Spring Session has begun! Classes will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays. For information on specific class times available, please contact Sally@ChasingDreamsEquestrianCenter.com. Download the Rider Registration Form on our webpage and email to ARosson@ChasingDreamsEquestrianCenter.com . A Non-Refundable Registration Fee of $25 and completed registration form is required to reserve your riding session time.
Chasing Dreams is committed to supporting the equestrian dreams of Central Florida's special needs and underprivileged youth - scholarship funds are available! Chasing Dreams strives to make riding and equine activities available to all youth and special needs kids - please contact us if you have concerns regarding financial hardships that may otherwise prohibit your child's involvement. We never want to turn away a young horse enthusiast!
We've reached the half-way point to our first official therapeutic riding session and feel so blessed for the dreams that have been harnessed and for the strength and courage to chase new dreams.
In the beginning, we were fortunate to have been provided with an awesome therapy horse that was perfect for our riders. Zoomer, an absolutely sweet and steady quarter horse mare, was on loan to us indefinitely while we searched - what seemed to be the ends of the earth - for a dream therapy horse of our own. Fast forward more than 2 months when we meet Bella. We knew almost instantly our dream therapy horse was found! Sally, Jessica, Summer and I were so excited to bring Bella home as Chasing Dreams' very own Equine Hero. Bella has settled in wonderfully and began tackling her new job without hesitation. We are so proud of our beautiful girl and look forward to many years with her.
We have just concluded our first fundraiser, setting a goal of reaching $2500 by November 15th. With a generous gift of $350 in matching money, we were able to raise over $1600 towards our goal! Although we didn't reach our goal by the November 15th deadline, we are inspired by all of the encouragement and support from our riders, parents, volunteers, and family, so we'll continue the Chase! Donations can be made by sending a check to our office address (3227 Jan Drive, Orlando, FL 32806) or can be made via the PayPal "donate" button on our Facebook page. Chasing Dreams is an all volunteer program and all money will go towards care of our equine hero and into a scholarship account that will support riders who would otherwise be unable to participate in our program. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and support a special needs or underprivileged dreamer today!
If you haven't already, pin this website to your "favorites" page and check back frequently for more updates! We'll be posting our schedule for 2018 and information on how to register as a rider or volunteer.
Most of all - thank you for making the dreams of our riders come true by supporting our organization. Without you we would not be able to do what we do!
In September we started our program with two riders and a borrowed horse, Zoomer. We owe a big thanks to friends and family who supported us as we worked to get the program up and running, and a HUGE thanks to Suzanne Munchow for welcoming our program to her barn with open arms. We are operating at Double R Ranch (formerly ManeStay Stables) at 2017 Gregory Rd, in Orlando, Florida. If you'd like to learn more about our therapeutic riding program, or would like to become a CDEC volunteer, please give us a call or you can email us at ARosson@chasingdreamsequestriancenter.com or Sally@chasingdreamsequestriancenter.com .
The dreams of two long life friends are beginning to take shape as we take this big leap of faith and step out on our own to share our love of horses with our community, friends and family. We hope that you will follow along with us as we endeavor to embrace, nuture and encourage fellow horse lovers, those with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, veterans and others who may be struggling with PTSD, to boldly chase their dreams through equine related activities.