Front Range Exceptional Equestrians
June Program Newsletter
Resilient and Ready to Reopen our Therapeutic Riding Program
After two and a half months of following orders to stay at home,
many of us are anxious and ready to stick our necks out a bit, and get back to
some of our favorite activities.
We are excited to announce
that Front Range Exceptional Equestrians will be reopening
our therapeutic riding program the week of June 15th.
That's next week folks!
For safety purposes, we will be opening in phases
and following recommended protective procedures and practices.
Phase 1 - Summer 1 Session
June 15-July 9th
  • Mostly independent riders, to allow for greater social distancing.
  • Limited staff, volunteers, and visitors in the facility.
  • Temperatures taken, masks worn by every person.
  • Smaller class sizes of two participants per class, one volunteer per rider.
  • Hand Washing upon arrival and departure, cleaning of surfaces and tack.
  • Recommending "Vulnerable Individuals" to continue "Safer at Home"

More information will be posted on our website,
and staff will be reaching out by phone and email to participants
and volunteers in phase 1 with details.
We hope you all remain in good health, and we look forward to seeing you soon
as we slowly and safely gather back together in the arena
phase by phase, and step by step!
Contact us at (970) 443-5124 or email us at with any questions.
Participant Spotlight
Nicole Thomson
Nicole began riding in hippo-therapy when she was 3-1/2 years old. She switched over to therapeutic riding with Front Range Exceptional Equestrians at the age of 7 and has been riding with the program ever since.  
Nicole has always loved riding and looks forward to it each week. She has been especially sad that she hasn’t been able to ride yet this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. She is really looking forward to classes starting up again soon! When she does ride, she is never ready to dismount, and always asks for more.

Nicole is very social and loves her interaction with the horses, instructors, volunteers and other riders. Over the years Nicole has had several favorite horses. A couple of her favorites have been Cinco, Otter (Hunter) and Chance. The horses always seem to perk up when they see Nicole and she comes over to give them a hug and help with tacking. She loves to feed the horses their special treats at the end of class too.

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Over the years, Nicole has been involved in multiple types of therapy. The therapeutic riding has been the therapy that has helped Nicole the most over the years. When she began riding, she was barely able to sit up by herself on the horse. She has grown and improved physically, mentally, and emotionally over the years. Nicole is also more vocal while she is riding and there are times that you can hear her across the arena telling her horse to “Whoa”.

The last 2 years of high school, Nicole was able to participate in the Unified Cheer program at Fossil Ridge. She had a wonderful time and loved the social aspect of being part of a school activity. One of Nicole’s favorite cheerleading activities was to be up on the top of the pyramid (which she called flying).  Nicole has several activities that she enjoys. She loves swimming, going to water parks, riding roller coasters and taking trips. Her favorite vacation was going to Disney World, where she had a whole week of waterparks and amusement park rides. She is always ready for her next trip and adventure.
Volunteer Spotlight
Meet Paige Tibbets and Riley Kenline
Front Range Exceptional Equestrians is lucky to have two such enthusiastic and caring youth on our volunteer team. Riley and Paige always come to class ready to work, and never fail to put a smile on everyone's face.  Thanks Paige and Riley for your dedication to our participants and our program!  We appreciate you and we all look forward to seeing you both soon!
Paige - Paige is a friendly, energetic, crazy horse lover. Her current love is Sedona, a nine year old mustang but she will ride any horse. Paige is a working student for Cayla Stone. When not riding she is very excited to volunteer at Front Range Exceptional Equestrians because it combines her two loves of horses and people.
Riley - has been volunteering with Front Range Exceptional Equestrians for about a year and a half now. She learned about the therapeutic riding program through the National Charity League. This organization has given Riley the opportunity to combine two of her favorite things - Horses and Working with people with disabilities. Riley had dreamed of becoming an Equine Veterinarian, but through her journey as a volunteer with the program, she is now choosing a different path. Riley is thinking that she will specialize in Animal Focused therapeutic programs for people with disabilities. Her family is preparing to raise their first puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
 Help Provide a Scholarship
for One of our Participants in Need 
Simply by Shopping our Logo'd Apparel 
We have a perfect way for those of you that are interested, to help provide a scholarship for a participant simply by shopping for some fun Front Range Exceptional Equestrians logo apparel.  A super soft hoodie sweatshirt or casual but cool long sleeve tee perhaps?
Any and all profits from our logo merchandise go straight back into our program
to help raise funds to provide scholarships for participants in need of financial assistance.  If you are interested in purchasing anything, we've made it super simple for you!  Just click on one of the blue buttons below, which will take you straight to our secure website to shop.  We have small sizes through XL in most of our items, and you can pay directly online through a secure site. We will arrange for pick up at our office or the arena if you're a participant or volunteer or special delivery.  Thank you so much for supporting our program by wearing our merchandise out and about and/or buying something for someone special while helping in a positive way too! 
Soft & Comfy Hoodie Sweatshirts 
We have many sizes available and although it's summer, it's Colorado. We all know the temperature can change from one hour to the next.  You can always use a comfy new hoodie sweatshirt!
It's the trend right now too!
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Cute and Casual
Long Sleeve Tees
This would be perfect for those cool early morning activities,
or summer storms. 
Looks great with shorts too!
Great price and great shirt to wear while volunteering!  Would also make a wonderful gift for that special person,  all while contributing to a great cause.
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10th Annual Chipping Fore Charities
Golf Tournament
Are you ready to get back to your golf game?  Who do you know that might want to register to play in this annual tournament that helps local charities and non-profits?  All of the funds raised by each of the recipient organizations, of which Front Range Exceptional Equestrians is included, will benefit each individual program, allowing us to continue serving others throughout Northern Colorado.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses as well!  It's time for a little fun! Won't you join us?
Sponsored by the Downtown Club of Fort Collins.  Click here to get more info or to register to golf or be a Sponsor.  
Info on Tournament
Why does our Non-Profit Therapeutic Riding Program Exist?
Front Range Exceptional Equestrians has been offering therapeutic riding lessons to the Fort Collins community for over 30 years. Our desire is to help make a difference in the lives of those living with various disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Developmental & Cognitive Delays, Multiple Sclerosis, Emotional & Learning Disabilities and more. We have seen first hand how much our participants benefit from our therapeutic riding program. As a non-profit, we are only able to offer these equine assisted activities through the continued support of our community, and generous donors. On average, it costs approximately $4,000 per year to care for and feed just "one" of our therapy horses. If you would like to help us continue to provide our therapeutic riding lessons, we've made it simple for you or someone you know to make a quick, easy, tax deductible donation today.
You can help us Make a Difference in someone's life too!
Thanks for your support!
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Front Range Exceptional Equestrians
525 W. Oak St. B-15
Fort Collins, CO 80521
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