CALNET provides a networking system for therapeutic riding centers and individuals involved with equestrian therapy in California and Nevada. CALNET promotes professional standards for therapeutic riding and safe competition opportunities for equestrians with disabilities. CALNET was founded in 1985 and operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Ride On LA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic riding center with ranches in Chatsworth and Newbury Park, CA.
Ride On had the honor of being selected to manage the Equestrian Competition at the LA2015 World Games. The equestrian portion of the games saw 123 athletes from 35 countries competing in four disciplines: equitation, trail, dressage and a team relay. The World Games Organizing Committee selected Ride On in part because we’ve been running horse-shows for riders with disabilities at the LAEC for 18 years, partly because we put 200 individuals with disabilities on horseback each week, and partly because Ride On’s founders have experience with the unique challenges of this type of international, borrowed horse, competition. Ride On is also a USEF Para Dressage Center of Excellence.
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What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is horseback riding for people with disabilities - it combines equestrian techniques with concepts of physical therapy to teach the rider with disabilities traditional horsemanship skills and improve his physical ability. Each step a horse takes requires the rider to use his muscles to maintain balance and his mind to control the horse. Currently there are 99 therapeutic riding centers in California and Nevada and more than 35,000 equestrians with disabilities in the United States.
- Offers continuing education to therapeutic riding professionals
- Provides a communication network for dedicated professionals
- Managed the State Championship Horse Show for Riders with Disabilities - the largest show of its kind in the country
- Raises money to subsidize the costs for participants of the State Championships
- To foster communication amongst professionals
- To raise awareness of the benefits of therapeutic riding
- To give equestrian athletes with disabilities the same competition opportunities enjoyed by able-bodied athletes
- To promote the development of riders with disabilities on the West Coast and promote access to top level coaches and clinicians
- To improve judging standards for competitions for riders with disabilities
- To promote a progressive system of competitions, leading the rider with disabilities from local shows to regional, national, and international competitions