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Eos was founded in 1992 by now Executive Director Debbie Smith. She learned about therapeutic riding when she was recovering from a back injury and understood how riding can benefit people with physical problems. With a modest amount of money donated by friends and businesses in Millville, PA and a great deal of determination, she began the program with six riders and two ponies that she owned. Eos was also incorporated in that year. In 1993 Eos became an IRS tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are also registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.
Eos has experienced steady growth with increasing demand for our special type of therapy. Our more than ten-fold increase in riders has required us to own twelve horses and ponies. The first six years of operation were done outdoors in a riding ring and small outdoor trail. In 1997, Eos was awarded a Columbia County Community Development Block Grant that provided most of the funds to construct an indoor riding arena so that we could operate a longer riding season and even in inclement weather. The 1998 season saw the first operations in the new arena and nearly doubled the number of riding sessions from the previous year. In 1999, a heated waiting room and accessible rest room facility were added to the arena. Also, that year saw the increase in the number of riding sessions by another fifty percent over 1998. Eos now provides over 2340 therapeutic riding sessions annually to ninety riders. This growth has been possible through the hard work and devotion of hundreds of people, the vast majority of whom labor as volunteers, as well as generous contributors.
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center has been making miracles on horseback for over 23 years. We are located in the rural Bloomsburg Area in Central PA.
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center exists to improve the health, well being and quality of life of children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges by providing individualized therapeutic and recreational horseback riding activities conducted in a safe, professional and caring environment.