Hugs has an amazing team of people dedicated to its success and continuity.
Rona Jacobs, owner of the Georgetown Equestrian Center and Hugs' leader, along with her fun-loving and knowledgeable staff are committed to helping children and adults in our community with disabilities. And, our indispensable regular and part-time volunteers keep our riders' horsey-sessions joyous and safe.
Our partnerships allow Hugs to do what it does best, provide life-changing equine therapy at no cost to its riders or their already overwhelmed families.
Hugs is a program of the Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (GCBDSN), a 501c3 nonprofit, and is Hugs' fiscal agent through which Hugs receives its nonprofit status. In addition, GCBDSN helps with fundraising and performs Hugs' financial administrative tasks at no cost to the Hugs program. This relationship allows Hugs to devote virtually 100% of your donations to putting a child or adult with disabilities on a horse for therapeutic riding, eliminating most administrative and facility costs.
Learn more about how our partners work with Hugs for our community's kids and adults with disabilities!
Hugs for Horses
Therapeutic Riding Program
has, since 1988, provided children and adults with physical, intellectual, and social/behavioral disabilities in our Georgetown community the healing power of horses to change their outcomes in life.
Rona Jacobs, owner of the Equestrian Center and renowned professional horse trainer and riding instructor, realized long ago that horseback riding provides a package of physical, psychological, and social benefits that are especially effective and valuable for people who are differently-abled.
Our horses help children and adults in our community with a variety of diagnoses: Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, emotional disabilities, muscular dystrophy, sight and hearing impairments, and spina bifida, to name a few.
The mission of Hugs for Horses Therapeutic Riding Program is to transform the lives of people with disabilities through effective, safe, and joyful therapeutic and recreational horseback riding and horse experiences, without regard to ethnicity, gender, religion, or ability to pay.
We take our mission seriously and turn it into action. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!