At Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center, lives are changed one step at a time. With access to over 800 acres of land, both an outdoor and indoor riding arena, miles of natural trails, and wide open pastures in Northern Virginia, Simple Changes gives year-round riding lessons to individuals with disabilities, including autism, genetic syndromes, and cerebral palsy offering the exhilarating, therapeutic experience of bonding with horses and with one another. The sensation of independent movement buoys the rider's confidence and spirits; lessons that include following directions and completing tasks in sequence develop cognitive skills; and the act of riding greatly improves strength, balance, and posture. Riders learn in small groups, allowing for both personal attention and social engagement, and everyone receives a 50% scholarship. A North American Riding for the Handicapped Association premiere accredited center, Simple Changes also offers hippotherapy (physical therapy based around the unique movement of a horse) and serves wounded veterans through its aptly-named Horses for Heroes program. To so many riders, it's simple changes that make all the difference.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Fairfax

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian

Population(s) Served: Disabled

Schools They Work In: Southeastern Alternative School in Catlett, VA

Awards & Recognition

CVC #8506
P.A.T.H. Premier Accredited Center


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Budget (FY2010)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Simple Changes is: Less than $500k

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