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EquiCenter Expands Facility to Accommodate Growing Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Honeoye Falls, June 19, 2024 – EquiCenter, Inc, a not for profit organization that harnesses the power of horses and nature to enrich the lives of participants of all ages and abilities, will break ground for an expanded equestrian center, including a second indoor riding arena, on June 25 at 2pm at its 200-acre ranch at 3247 Rush Mendon Rd, Honeoye Falls.




Serving more than 190 participants per week, the equine program has outgrown its facilities, resulting in a significant wait list. 40 full and part time staff, 200 volunteers, and more than 35 horses work together to make EquiCenter’s equine program possible. The new 17,000-square-foot structure will enable EquiCenter to double the number of participants it serves in its adaptive riding and horsemanship (non-mounted) programs, addressing the current demand and reducing the waitlist.


EquiCenter proudly holds the distinction of being the only center in the Rochester area with premier accreditation from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), an organization setting professional and safety standards for equine therapeutic programs worldwide.


“We are deeply moved by the incredible support that allows us to build our new indoor arena,” says Katherine Hatch, Executive Director. “This expansion is not just about accommodating more participants.  It's about enriching lives and strengthening our community through the power of the horse.”


For more information or to plan coverage for the event, please contact Sarah Disque at sdisque@equicenterny.org.




About EquiCenter, Inc.  


Founded in 2004, EquiCenter has grown from a small adaptive riding program to include Mission Mustang Ⓡ, a wild mustang gentling program for Veterans as well as therapeutic horticulture on its three-acre farm. Our innovative programs incorporate a wide range of outdoor activities and learning experiences serving over 1,500 participants from more than 30 area organizations including Rochester City Schools, Area Veteran Affairs Medical Centers, AutismUp, local colleges and other organizations that serve our community. EquiCenter’s impact also extends beyond our facility. In 2023 EquiCenter grew over 10,000 lbs of fruits and vegetables on our farm. This produce was used in our farm-to-table culinary arts classes and donated to local hunger relief organizations.  


To learn more about EquiCenter and its programs, visit www.equicenterny.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.



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