About PRDA - History, Mission, Benefits, Staff & Sponsors

Pacific Riding for Develping Abilities (PRDA) has a long history of providing therapeutic riding to adults and children. Our mission and objectives are based around improving the quality of life for others. There are many benefits of therapeutic riding and it has been used for many decades. Our two-legged and four-legged staff are an incredible team. We rely on our valued sponsors to make our programs possible.


We were established in 1973 to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities. For over 48 years, we have been giving such children, youth, and adults the chance to bond with horses, make lasting friendships, have fun, and receive therapy through specialized programs designed to meet each person’s individual needs. Learn more about our history.

Our instructors have a wide range of certifications and backgrounds. All instructors are trained and have certification in Therapeutic Riding or are in training to become certified. PRDA also operates with the assistance of 130 well-trained and dedicated volunteers.

Mission and Objectives

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with diverse abilities. Our mission is based on inclusiveness and welcomes riders and volunteers of all abilities. PRDA is recognized as a leader in providing equine-assisted therapeutic activities and educational opportunities in an environment that is safe, fun, and effective. Learn more about our mission & objectives.

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

PRDA provides a caring and welcoming environment, and we pride ourselves on being a safe place for people to experience new things. We want our riders to feel like they can challenge themselves knowing that there is a strong support system in place for them should they require help. Learn more about the benefits of therapeutic riding.

History of Therapeutic Riding

Equine-assisted therapy has long been recognized as an excellent means of providing physical, psychological, social, and recreational benefits to children and adults with all kinds of abilities. Balance and coordination, increased confidence, group activity, and excitement of movement "free of any mechanical aids" are some of the many benefits. Learn more about the history of therapeutic riding.


Our 2-legged and 4-legged staff are integral to the programs we offer at PRDA. We’d love for you to meet us and learn more about our staff.


We couldn’t do what we do without our sponsors and those who support our programs and services. Learn more about our sponsors and donors.

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