Partners For Progress is a not-for-profit therapeutic riding program in Lake County for individuals with unique abilities. Participants at PFP work with a licensed Occupational or Physical Therapist to create outcomes and goals which are recorded and evaluated every 10 weeks by the staff and parents. Partners For Progress provides trained horses to participants in this elite riding program. In 2013, these horses gave over 15,000 hours of therapy to the participants of PFP. The specially trained and exceptional of quality horses at PFP allow for a greater success rate for participants. Riders experience physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits that help them achieve their highest potential.
This worthy organization has won the Grant Accelerator Award from The Tony Stewart Foundation, which was founded by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, owner of Tony Stewart Racing and co-owner of Stewart-Hass Racing. PFP will use the grant to support their Therapeutic Power Hour program, providing equine therapy for individuals with unique abilities.
“We created this competition to uncover terrific charities that are serving children and animals in innovative ways,” remarked Stewart. “The result is a collection of charities – large and small – with a common denominator of having a strong volunteer network and a dedicated staff to deliver programs.”
Partners For Progress has a small lesson staff of 8 and a dedicated group of roughly 110 volunteers. By partnering client, horse, volunteer, and community, PFP offers riding opportunities that challenge individuals with unique abilities to achieve their maximum potential and increase their quality of life.