Special Events and Fundraisers

About Us

Therapeutic horsemanship teaches equestrian skills for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals who are "differently-abled."  The primary goal is to teach an appropriate equestrian skill with secondary benefits  relating to the individual's impairment.  In our Therapeutic Horsemanship program, participants learn about horses through riding, groundwork, handling, and taking care of their horse.  A PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor conducts the session with a leader and side walkers as necessary for safety.   The student learns adaptive riding skills, general care, grooming, and saddling. Lessons are individualized to the students' needs, and may include games and other activities on horseback. Emphasis is placed on helping the participant to become as independent as possible.  A physical therapist may offer some guidance about the activities offered. 

What is Therapeutic Horsemanship?

Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, Inc

501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization 

Founded: 2008

Board President: Don Newell

Director:  Leslie Vowles, PT, CTRI

Instructor: Jessica Temples, CTRI


Proud to be a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International Member Center.

Annual River Rat Paddle Challenge
The River Rat Paddle Challenge is our fabulously fun fall fundraising paddle race on the Ouachita River!  Participants from surrounding states, as well as our hometown heroes, will race for the finish line in hopes of making the Endom Bridge within an hour, then pushing past to the finish line at Lazarre Park in West Monroe.  Others will paddle at their own pace for a good time, or participate in group antics with their fellow "Rat Pack" members! This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and a ton of fun for all.  Click here for details.

Barn Show and Open House
This event is a great time for participants to showcase their accomplishments for friends and family while providing demonstrations for donors and the public. We typically have a great silent auction and sell new and used tack, barn items, and show clothes that we aren't currently using in the program.  Its a perfect time to come see what we are all about! Watch our Facebook page for event details!

Tim Anderson Horsemanship Clinics 
Tim Anderson is out of Sandhill Ranch in Vancleave, MS and has been training, coaching, and showing professionally for 20+ years. He primarily focuses on Versatility Ranch Horse and Reining.  He travels here to offer a fundraising clinic, annually.  Watch our Facebook page for event details!