STRIDE was established as an Alaska Nonprofit Corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) status in the winter of 1994 and offered its first eight –week therapeutic riding program the following summer.
STRIDE’s mission is to help exceptional Alaskans achieve new heights and discover new abilities through supervised therapeutic equestrian activities. STRIDE is committed to promoting therapeutic riding as an efficacious treatment modality for those who suffer from physical, mental or emotional disorders by developing community awareness of equine assisted/ facilitated therapy.
The population STRIDE serves ranges from those who are physically challenged to those with emotional or behavioral disorders. Though not everyone with disabilities can safely participate in therapeutic riding activities, STRIDE serves a broad segment of the disable community in Southcentral Alaska. Some of the conditions for which therapeutic riding has been proved an effective treatment are cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, sensory impairment (i.e. loss of hearing or sight), Down Syndrome, Autism, learning disabilities, psychological impairments, emotional disorders and interpersonal challenges.