The Coffee Creek Riding Center in Edmond has a mission to help children with disabilities gain strength, coordination, balance and self image by utilizing horses as motivators in therapeutic riding classes.
The center has been providing free therapeutic riding to the community since 1977. Mrs. Lucille Fancey is the founder of the educationally based therapeutic riding program.
Known to all as Mrs. F, she started out teaching English riding and jumping in the 1970’s. When an article appeared in the paper about the possibility of a center back in April of 1997, ten students and twenty-seven volunteers came out of the woodwork. The Coffee Creek Rising Center was born.
Over the years, the center has brought hope and improvement many individuals. The center is currently staffed by two full-time instructors and four class assistants, along with 180 volunteers. They serve approximately 280 students a year.
Whether it’s Ocean Rae, whose speech has developed tenfold, or Alahna, whose physical coordination has improved despite her Cerebral Palsy, the center continues to benefit many.
The center is funded by a combination of sources. That includes donations from organizations, businesses, and individuals, equipment grants, and designated funds from the United Way.
If you’d like to donate, you can do so on their website. And if you’d like to volunteer, you can fill out a form on their website. They accept volunteers aged 13 and up.