Friends For Tomorrow began in 1994 with one horse and the inspiration to provide physically and emotionally challenged young people with the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding. Founder and current Executive Director Diane Lesneski Auger solicited the donation of a horse, a site, and discounted board and feed, and began the program with just three participants in the spring of 1995. By the following fall, the program doubled, welcomed six students, acquired an additional horse and was certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).
Today, the program has grown from that handful of students on borrowed horses to a flourishing and well-respected program serving more than 44 students annually, with a significant waiting list for services. Our mission remains the same: to enhance the lives of children and young adults who face extraordinary mental, physical and social challenges through the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.
The strength of our program stems from the dedication of our PATH Int'l. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) licensed instructors and trained volunteers. We are continually cultivating relationships with like-minded organizations and collaborating with outside professionals for on-going training to better meet the complex needs of the children.
As a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, FFT depends solely on grants and donations.
Your contribution is tax-deductible.
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