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CHAMP Re-accredited by PATH International


CHAMP has received confirmation that the program and facility has been re-accredited as a Premier Accredited therapeutic Riding Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International - PATH Intl. This is the highest level of review from the organization that sets the standards for therapeutic riding in the United States and internationally.

An all day site visit by a review team was conducted in November 2013 to assess the facility, the riding program and our compliance with all national policies and procedures. Re-accreditation visits are required every five years. CHAMP has maintained Premier Accreditation status for more than 15 years. Our CHAMP staff and instructors work very hard to meet and comply with PATH Intl standards and to prepare for the site visits. PATH Intl granted CHAMP re-accreditation for five more years.

Congratulations to CHAMP, our staff and instructors !

2014 Spring, Summer & Fall riding

have been updated and are listed on our PROGRAMS page.

have been updated and are listed on our CAMPS page.

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JUNE 21, 2014
3rd annual Memorial Horse Show, hosted by CHAMP at Good Hope Farm

2014 Horse Show

"When you live with physical, mental or emotional challenges, your world is full of things you can't do. That's what makes the CHAMP Memorial Horse Show so special. Once a year, these riders get to experience something they rarely do — competing and winning!"

Held in September, Date & Time TBD

The 17th Trail Ride was a success and much enjoyed by the all. It was a lovely crisp day through woods and fields and everyone had a great lunch at Eagle Camp. Many volunteers worked hard to prepare for and support the Ride. Champ is especially grateful to the S. Hero landowners who once again opened their land for the ride, and to the businesses who donated food and prizes. Riders raised over $11,000 for CHAMP.

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CHAMP at Good Hope Farm, South Hero, Vermont
Arrive at 9:00 a.m. to “hit the trail” at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for a fun-filled, scenic, eight or sixteen mile trail ride through South Hero’s vibrant, green meadows, bountiful apple orchards and cool cedar woods. The trail ride will also bring us down an old railroad bed bordering a beaver pond and a natural wildlife bog.  A buffet picnic lunch will be served on a grassy lakeside site at Eagle Camp where you may walk your horse down to take a cool drink from beautiful Lake Champlain.   During lunch, CHAMP volunteers are available to hold your horse while you take a break to eat and relax.

The trail ride is approximately sixteen miles round trip (most of the same trail is used on the return trip).  Ride the entire thing, or opt to trailer your horse home from the lunch site.  South Hero trails are fun to ride, whatever you decide you and your horse are able to do. Trails will be marked and you will be given a map to follow. The ride can be shortened considerably by staying mainly on the roads.

This is one of CHAMP’s major fund raising events and we hope that you are able to join us. For more information, call Jean at CHAMP at Good Hope Farm at 372-4087.

Our Mission

CHAMP is a non-profit, volunteer driven, PATH Premier Accredited Center providing year round horse assisted activities and therapy with dignity and respect for all.

CHAMP adapts and develops programs to meet the needs of children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges.

CHAMP works in partnership with other organizations to develop specialized programs.

Our Vision

CHAMP aspires to be a sustainable center and a leader in therapeutic horse assisted activities.


Transporting People with Disabilities…by Horse

Read about CHAMP in the recent issue of 'Transporting Students with Disabilities and Special Needs'. Click here to read, article on pages 4-5.

CIDER’s Volunteers Build their 50th Ramp Built at CHAMP!

CIDER and its volunteers know how important safe and independent access to facilities is for people with special needs and with mobility challenges. Since the fall of 2003 CIDER has generously built ramps in the Champlain Islands where needed so all can "get in and out" comfortably and with dignity on walkers and in wheelchairs. Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program - CHAMP, the therapeutic horseback riding program in S. Hero, completed their Program Room in the riding arena this winter. Finally a warm place to wait for lessons, do art activities or watch riders in the arena! The last essential need was a ramp for access. CIDER volunteer Jim Holzschuh designed the ramp and Dolf Wirsing built a sturdy ramp for the entrance. It was Cider's 50th ramp. Thank you CIDER for helping so many people in the Islands access so many places!

CHAMP Memorial Scholarship Fund Established by Generous Gift!

Dale Morway has generously donated money to Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program - CHAMP - in memory of Dana Louria, a long time island resident and horse lover who died this past year. This money is designated to be used for horseback riding scholarships for children with special needs. Thanks to this donation, a scholarship will be given this summer for a child to attend CHAMP's riding and art activities camp, Riding Creates, which will run July 8th to 11th. Should others wish to donate in memory of Dana, or other loved ones, a CHAMP Scholarship account has been set up NorthCountry Federal Credit Union. CHAMP hopes that this fund will grow and make future scholarships available for more special riders.




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