CANTER is listed as a Qualifying Charitable Organization. Therefore, your Donation to CANTER qualifies as an Arizona Tax Credit.
C.A.N.T.E.R. is a non-profit 501-3c Therapeutic Riding Program that runs solely on its volunteers. If you’re 14 years or older, are available in the mornings during the week and interested in giving back to the community of children and families with disabilities that live within, then consider C.A.N.T.E.R. for your volunteering needs. Our volunteers share in the success of our students, meet the challenges of new experiences, and make a difference in the lives of others. We will train you to work alongside horses and riders.
CANTER needs volunteers!
Love horses and kids? Could you volunteer a few hours each week for a very special cause? CANTER, a non-profit organization and the only Premiere PATH certified therapeutic riding program in Cochise County, needs dedicated horse handlers and side walkers to support our students with disabilities and special needs. No previous horse experience is necessary. Volunteers (14 to 99+ yrs old) are the linch pin that keeps CANTER moving forward with its mission.
CANTER operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 7388 Chief Joseph Drive in Sierra Vista. Call Volunteer Coordinator Daniela Artis at 520-732-0290 for more information.
Taking the Reins
There’s something about horses
CANTER is accredited by PATH International, the national organization that sets the standards for therapeutic riding centers throughout the country. CANTER is one of only five Premier Accredited riding centers in the state of Arizona. This accreditation results from on-site inspections by PATH International in which our programs, instructors, horses, facilities, volunteers, and documentation are reviewed.
The Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic Equestrian Resources (CANTER) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic riding. CANTER's vision is to serve all eligible individuals in Cochise County, using multiple instructors with diverse skills and training methods to safely and effectively meet the specific needs and requirements of its students.
CANTER was founded in 1993 to provide Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) to individuals with disabilities in the Cochise County area. When our program began, horses were brought to a temporary riding facility hosted by a volunteer. In 1998, 17 acres of bare land were donated to CANTER by a stroke patient who was a client of CANTER. Over the next four years, land was cleared, fenced, and a riding arena was established. Stables were erected for the horses; an office, tack room and classroom were added. In 2002, a manufactured home was placed on the property allowing a full time horse steward/caretaker to reside at the facility and care for the horses and grounds. Today, the facility is home to eight specially trained CANTER therapeutic riding horses.