The M.A.R.E. Story
The vision began in 1990, when three local women dreamed of a better world for adults and children with disabilities. In September of that year, they joined forces to create: M.A.R.E. (Mastering Abilities Riding Equines).
With the belief in the healing power of the horse, Diane Hopkins, Mary Literilla and Dorothy Evans broke the trail for special needs children and adults in Kern County by allowing them to experience freedom of movement, freedom of spirit and freedom from judgment. Today, M.A.R.E. continues to provide “hope on horseback,” for exceptional equestrians in Kern County. M.A.R.E. is where miracles happen one stride at a time.
Beginning in 1992, MARE held premier accredited center status through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association which became PATH Int’l. MARE is currently a member center in good standing with PATH Int’l (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). MARE adheres to PATH Int’l therapeutic riding center accreditation safety standards and proudly employs PATH Int’l certified therapeutic riding instructors. MARE’s exceptional equestrians participate in weekly equine-assisted activities that are designed to provide improvement in performing daily living activities, and enrich their social and recreational experiences.