Special People United to Ride (SPUR) located in Lincroft, NJ, is a program
that brings the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to our community.

SPUR’s Mission and Purpose

Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, Special People United to Ride (SPUR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horsemanship. The Park System’s Sunnyside Equestrian Center provides a safe environment for students to enjoy the freedom of riding and handling a horse.

A dedicated group of individuals work together to staff the equestrian center year round. Instructors are certified by PATH International, the governing body of therapeutic horsemanship. In addition to the staff, over 100 volunteers help with programs serving more than 200 students with disabilities annually.

We serve riders with many disabilities including: ADD, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Blindness, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Scoliosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Tourette’s Syndrome.

Sunnyside’s professional team and trained volunteers help students work to improve self-esteem, social skills, balance, muscle tone and posture, and to process sensory messages sent to the brain. Riding a horse provides a variety of physical, emotional, and psychological stimuli.

Please refer to our program pages for more information
on the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship.

Through weekly riding sessions with PATH Certified instructors, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills.Sunnyside Equestrian Center is proud to offer the following Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for both groups and individuals:

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons

Equine Facilitated Learning

Active Duty Military and Veterans' Workshops

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Spring/Summer 2017 - "And the Award Goes To..."

Spring/Summer 2016 - "2016 SPUR Horse Show"

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Upcoming SPUR Events
Sun., Oct. 15th Thompson Park Day
11 am - 5 pm
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Sat., Oct. 28th SPUR Halloween Party
Sunnyside Equestrian Center, Middletown
Sun., Nov. 19th Hoofin' It for SPUR 5K Fun Run
Thompson Park, Lincroft