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Our Goals

To reach members of our community who were previously unable to consider riding due to physical or mental disabilities, who are interested in furthering their knowledge of horses and are interested in learning to ride horses in a safe, non-stressful environment.

To provide an outlet for the recreational and developmental needs of school-age children and adults.

To promote an “I can do it!” attitude for those who have previously been limited in their abilities.

To offer, for those who are interested, the opportunity to compete in Special Olympics Horse Shows, and ACORD(American Competition Opportunities for Riders with Disabilities) shows.

Leslie Jacobs

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Mission Statement:

“The mission of Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center is to provide equine related activities to individuals with special needs. Children as young as 3 years old may participate, as well as adults who desire to strengthen their physical bodies, build their self-esteem, gain a sense of independence, learn new skills & make new friends.”


Our family has owned horses since December, 1992.

Leslie has taught able riders since 1995.

We sent a horse to the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta & volunteered as workers, aiding in horse care & rider needs.

We attended the Special Olympics State Horse Show from 1996-present working with riders having various needs.

We have been individual members of the NARHA since 1993.

We have volunteered at A.C.O.R.D. (American Competition Opportunities for Riders with Disabilities) shows since 1998.

Leslie has attended three Special Olympics Coaches Training classes, specifically for coaching equestrians & is an Advanced Equestrian Coach.

Leslie worked at the Special Olympics World Games in Raleigh, NC & was responsible for two riders and their horses.

Jacobs’ Ladder became a Member Center in the NARHA in January, 2000.

In January 2000, there were only 14 other therapeutic riding centers recognized in the state of GA.

Leslie has successfully completed her Registered Instructor Certification from NARHA

In April, 2003, Jacobs’ Ladder passed its’ Accreditation to become a NARHA Premier Center.

We became members of the Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce in September 2002.

We are now a Lowndes County United Way Agency.

We attend several horse shows yearly.

In the summer of 2011, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
voted to rename the organization. It is now the Professional Association of Therapeutic
Horsemanship International, which more correctly encompasses the full scope of the


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