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The Island Hub of Grand Isle, owned by Keith & Pat Hansen and Francis & Jean LaFromboise, presented CHAMP with a check for $3325.00. This generous donation will assist children and adults with special needs who live in the Islands to participate and reap the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.

   1. CHAMP is a place where children and adults with special needs can be themselves. Riders can bond with a special horse and develop lifelong relationships. CHAMP is a place where they can be independent. They can leave behind their crutches, wheel chairs, and therapies and ride a horse. The riders at CHAMP are learning essential life skills, such as talking, signing, walking, focusing on their lesson and interacting with their horse, the instructor and volunteers.

Thank you Island Hub for helping CHAMP "change lives one ride at a time!"



Thank you and the Island Eagles so much for your support! We will put the $1000 you raised and donated to us to good use for our special riders.

- Mary Willmuth
President, CHAMP Board of Directors

Saturday, September 13, 2014 | South Hero, Vermont

2014 CHAMP Trail Ride

View photos from last years Trail Ride

Click here to download Trail Rider Sponsor forms for 2014

Click here to download Trailer Rider Participant Package

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

On Saturday, September 13, Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program will host the CHAMP 18th Annual Benefit Trail Ride in beautiful South Hero.

In addition to being a wonderful opportunity to spend the day enjoying the scenic beauty of the Lake Champlain Islands, the Trail Ride is a key source of funding for CHAMP.

Why does CHAMP need to raise money? Did you know riders pay only 25% of the actual cost of the lesson? The remaining 75% is raised by our fundraisers and grants. Think of the four legs of a horse - riders pay for one leg and CHAMP needs to raise money to support the other three legs! We hope you will be excited about helping us raise funds so we can continue to offer fun and therapeutic lessons at low cost to all our riders.

The only requirement for a rider to participate in the Trail Ride is that they raise pledges totaling $100 or more. These riders will also receive a CHAMP Trail Ride T-shirt, and a great lakeside picnic lunch. Riders collecting over $250 will be qualified for additional prizes. All money and pledge forms must be turned in by the morning of the Trail Ride on September 13, 2014.

Trail Ride participants must bring a current negative coggins and rabies certificate for your horse. We encourage all riders to wear an ASTM-approved riding helmet.

Please consider participating in our Annual Benefit Trail Ride. You'll see why riders return year after year for this fun event. With your help, we can continue to change lives, one ride at a time.

If you have any questions please call Jean at (802) 372 4087 or email info@vtchamp.org.

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!"

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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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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