Welcome to 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center!

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Our wonderful volunteers assisting a client with exercises

Our Mission:  To enhance the lives of individuals with mental and physical challenges through equine-assisted therapy.
Our Vision:  To facilitate healing of the mind, body, and spirit through the grace and strength of the horse.
7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center serves clients with many types of disabilities including:
  • Autism
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • CP, MS, MR, MD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Amputees
  • Rhett Syndrome
  • Visually and hearing impaired
  • Veterans experiencing a range of physical and psychological disabilities.
7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, provides equine assisted therapy to physically and mentally challenged individuals.

Shoot For The Stars – Sporting Clays Classic – September 26, 2015

Shoot For The Stars - Sporting Clays Classic Fundraiser

River Breaks Ranch
7802 Durrett Dr
Amarillo, Texas 79124

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Proceeds will provide equine-assisted therapy for adults and children with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, and our “Horses Healing Heroes” Veterans Program.

Cost: $200 per shooter, includes steak dinners for two. Youth are welcome to participate with an adult. Additional dinner and festivity tickets $50 each.

“Star” celebration after shoot with steak dinner, drinks, horse races, music, auction, raffle and door prizes!!!

  • 2:00pm – Registration and check in
  • 2:30pm – Mandatory safety meeting
  • 3:00pm – Clay Shoot begins
  • 6:00pm – Happy Hour and horse races
  • 8:00pm – Dinner

For Registration, call (806) 355-4773 or fax registration form to (806) 367-9722


Registration Form (PDF)

Sponsorship Form (PDF)

Fox 14 – Shoot for the Stars

Our own Rachael Wade was a guest on Fox 14. She stopped by the studio to share information about our Shoot for the Stars fundraiser. We are having the fundraiser September 6th at River Breaks Ranch. The event will offer clay shooting for teams of four or teams of two, as well as a silent auction, a raffle  for an AR15 rifle, flat screen tv, a hog hunt and gun safe.

There will be door prizes, music, happy hour, horse races, and a steak dinner. All money raised goes to make sessions affordable for every client.

GaitQuest Satellite

7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center is pleased to announce a new collaboration with GaitQuest Therapeutic Horsemanship, located in Dumas, Texas.  GaitQuest is now a satellite of 7 Star.  It is also a PATH Int’l Certified facility and Colleen Vermeulen is a PATH Int’l Advanced Instructor.  We also want to welcome our new equine therapists, “Buddy”, “Gilligan, and “Maybelle.”   For more information please visit www.gaitquest.com or 7startherapeuticriding.com or call Rachael at (806)355-4773.

EAGALA Certification

eagalalogosampleSeptember has been a busy month at 7 Star, not only at the arena but outside of the arena!

Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapist Gwen Murphy and “go to guy” Pete Lucerio completed their EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) training and received their certifications!  YAY!


“Pete is shown here hanging on to the gate………..he is not fond of his picture being taken”

Gwen was already trained in EAP but she is now also certified through EAGALA.  Pete is now telling everyone that he is a “certified cowboy” but don’t let that fool you!  He received some very intense training during this two part certification course and we are so proud of what he has done!  His official title is Horse Specialist – EAGALa trained and certified!

Fun Day with Uniting Parents


On Monday August 19th, 2013 we had the honor of hosting a Fun Day at the arena for Uniting Parents.  We had a crowd of over 100 parents, kids, and volunteers and I believe a GREAT time was had by all.  Lol, even those volunteers who were out grilling the burgers and dogs had fun.554528_10200612866224327_1562422096_n


Besides great food, we had clowns, a jump house, and a demonstration of a therapeutic riding session.  We also had games planned but the kids demanded so much time watching the horse we sort of ran out of time!

A big Thank You to all of our volunteers!  Especially to Pappy, a clown from the Amarillo Shrine Unit and to Harmony, a clown that just likes to entertain kids.DSCN1085

We also want to say Thank You to our three volunteers from Pantex!  They really stepped up to the plate and worked hard!  HaliAnne Crawford, Melissa Phifer, and Daniel Holcomb had never volunteered at the arena but they answered the call when we said we needed help.


We had a LOT of over great volunteers from our regular group and ones that were new and got convinced there help was needed………..and it was!DSCN1093 DSCN1082 993675_10201000794876682_236405170_n

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Welcome Pardner Non Profit of the Month – July

We are very honoured and so excited to be named the Welcome Pardner Non-Profit of the Month for July 2013!  There are so many great groups and causes in Amarillo, it makes us feel very special to receive this honour.  To top it off our logo is proudly displayed on the Welcome Pardner web page along with the notice that we will be recognized at their monthly breakfast July 28th! http://www.welcomepardner.com/

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If you are not a recipient of DJ’s eblast then you need to head over to her web page and sign up!  It is a totally free service and it is chock full of information about event’s in Amarillo, job openings, resumes, and more!

Guide Star Exchange Gold Participant Award!

GX-Gold-Participant-M7 Star Therapetutic Riding Center has Reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

Amarillo – 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center today received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates 7 Star’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Rhonda Dittfurth, Executive Director. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Gold level of participation.

“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Dittfurth. “We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”

About the GuideStar Exchange

The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.