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 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 became a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) Member Center.
Today, the program has grown from that handful of therapeutic horseback riding students on borrowed horses to a flourishing and well respected program serving more than 60 students annually, and includes 30 volunteers and six horses, and has a lengthy waiting list for services. In 2007 we expanded our services by adding Pony Partners, an equine-assisted learning, social and empowerment program for girls between the age of 8 - 11. A recent program addition was made in 2011 with the offering of Hooves, Paws & Claws, an animal-assisted learning program. Throughout our growth in program offerings, our core mission remains the same: to enhance the lives of children and young adults who face extraordinary cognitive, physical, emotional, and social challenges.
|Winter I: Horseback Riding||January 8 - February 15|
|Winter II: Horseback Riding||February 19 - March 29|
|Spring: Pony Partners||March 30 - June 15||Spring I: Horseback Riding||April 2 - May 10|
|Spring II: Horseback Riding||May 14 - June 21|
|Summer: Horseback Riding||June 25 - August 2|
|Fall: Pony Partners||September 7 - November 16||Fall I: Horseback Riding||September 4 - October 18||Fall II: Horseback Riding||October 22 - December 6|
The strength of our program stems from the dedication of our PATH Intl certified and Massachusetts licensed instructors and trained volunteers. We are continually cultivating relationships with like-minded organizations and collaborating with outside professionals for ongoing training to better meet the complex needs of our students.