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October 12, 2017

Thirteen-year-old Alexander has a new friend, Safari, a two-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador…

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September 12, 2017

The Butts family has been involved with The Shea Center for 2 ½ years…

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August 8, 2017

Matteo Rosa is a cute, smiley four-year-old who has been riding at The Shea Center since last August…

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July 11, 2017

Jacoby Gonchar is non-verbal, but it’s easy to tell he loves riding horses at The Shea Center. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Jacoby, 5, has been riding at the Center for nine months…

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June 13, 2017

Alexandra Dail, 7, first rode at The Shea Center during a Camp Pendleton Exceptional Family Member Program event in 2016…

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May 9, 2017

Three-year-old Rowan Gensicke has been a Shea Center rider since April 2016. Diagnosed with autism, Rowan participates in hippotherapy…

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April 13, 2017

Jaxlee Barton, age 2, has been a Shea Center rider for nine months. Her mother, Emily, related that Jaxlee cried through the first two rides, but now she loves it!…

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March 15, 2017

Nathaniel Offenheiser, age 11, has been a rider at The Shea Center since August 2015 moving from hippotherapy to therapeutic riding….

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February 14, 2017

Now, through March 4, volunteers, riders, staff, and community members are participating in a campaign to raise funds to support financial aid and horse care at The Shea Center…..

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January 10, 2017

Clients and their families and friends experienced a fun-filled time during Rider Recognition Week in December……

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Carter Peddie is a copper-red haired little four-year-old girl with a big smile and a twinkle in her eye.

2017 Spring

She also has an extremely rare genetic condition called PURA Syndrome…

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Wheelchair, to Running, to Carrying His Bride Down the Aisle

2016 Fall

A story about Shea Center rider Kevin Whitney…

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Pink is her color.

2016 Spring

Wearing her signature pink cowboy boots, Lizzy has a ready smile that lights up her face….

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Our History...

Early Years 1979 - 1990

The Shea Center History - Orange County Riding Center, Inc. Sign
  • 45 Clients
  • 50 Volunteers
  • 5 Horses
  • $50,000 Budget

Middle Years 1991 - 2001

The Shea Center History - Fran Joswick Therapeutic Riding Center Sign
  • 100 Clients
  • 100 Volunteers
  • 10 Horses
  • $350,000 Budget

Recent Years 2002 - Present

The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding
  • 1,000 Clients
  • 800+ Volunteers
  • 22 Horses
  • $3.6 Million Budget