Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. is governed by a volunteer board of Directors, managed by an experienced and dedicated program director, and further assisted by the most wonderful group of volunteers who support our daily operations.
In spring of 2001, Emerald Hollow Farm began as a small boarding and rescue farm, taking in older and unwanted horses who needed a forever home. After a few years we added a horseback riding lesson program for children and adults. In the spring of 2010 we were contacted by Latham Centers and began a weekly therapeutic riding program. It was then that the magic happened as we watched the horses we loved so much bring such joy and self-esteem to individuals with special needs. In addition to learning to ride, the students also learned how to safely handle and care for their mounts and we watched the bond between student and horse grow even deeper. Shortly after Latham Centers began riding with us, we were contacted by Cape Abilities to run a similar program for them. In addition, we began to be contacted by families and individuals who were also interested and in need of a therapeutic riding and horsemanship program.
Due to the wonderful results and the tremendous response from the riders and their families, by 2014 the therapeutic program had grown to the extent where additional staffing, volunteers, and equipment was needed and we began to pursue the dream of finding like-minded and like-spirited individuals to help us form a separate, nonprofit corporation that would allow us to assist countless other riders with special needs. Six wonderful men and women stepped up to the challenge and volunteered their time and talents to serve as Board of Directors and in May of 2015, "Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc." was established.
The board's first goal was to find a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor to aid in our new endeavor and it was then that we met Liz Adams. We cannot even begin to express how excited we are to have Liz on our team. Her qualifications are truly too numerous to list and far exceed what we had ever hoped to find in a candidate, but her love of equine assisted activities and her belief in the countless benefits it brings to individuals with special challenges matches ours, and we cannot wait to see our plans unfold under her guidance and expertise.
We are excited to share that in December of 2017 Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center became the first PATH International Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center on Cape Cod. Additionally 2017 saw an increase of 45% in ridership and a total of 117 trained volunteers.
Meet Our Program Director
Elizabeth “Liz” Harris Adams joined Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center in 2016 as Program Director of our Equine Assisted Activities Program. Liz, a native of Cape Cod, has been working off Cape for 19 years building her education and training in the field of Equine Assisted Activities and is one of thirty Master Therapeutic Riding Instructors in the country certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Liz has been faculty at two universities where she taught Equine Assisted Activities and was program director at two large therapeutic riding centers. She is also faculty and evaluator for PATH Intl. instructor certifications, an accreditation site visitor for PATH Intl., an Interactive Vaulting Instructor and a lifelong horsewoman. Over the years Liz has given numerous presentations, published several articles, and is delighted to be sharing the benefits of Equine Assisted Activities with students of all ages on Cape Cod.