Therapeutic Riding

There are many benefits to therapeutic riding; while teaching riding and horsemanship skills, life goals are achieved by the students. It is more than just a pony ride — our students learn leadership skills, decision-making, and experience improved communication & teamwork while sharpening their cognitive skills. At Renew, our certified professional staff considers the student’s life goals, and seeks to incorporate these goals into the riding lesson. Each lesson is specifically catered to various learning styles including the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. While learning to ride, the riders are challenged physically and experience improvements in balance, muscle coordination, endurance, and strength. Riding a horse is a holistic way to learn and to be challenged on many different levels. We celebrate our rider’s accomplishments each week as they develop and grow not just as riders, but as people.

Sessions Include:

Winter Session – 8 weeks

Spring Session – 8 weeks

Summer Session – 5 weeks

Fall Session – 12 weeks


$35 half hour private lesson, $35 hour group session (includes 2-4 riders). Payment is due upon the beginning of each session or can be paid weekly. If you are interested in a scholarship for riding, please fill out the Scholarship Application below.

Please contact Shaina Strikwerda at 616.22RENEW ext. 3 or for more information on any of these camp options.

Day Camps

We are excited to offer a variety of day camps during the summer and on weekends throughout the year. Each camp is tailored to meet the needs of the specific campers while introducing and expanding knowledge of horsemanship. These camps are a ton of fun, as campers get to spend a longer period of time at the barn, while learning how to provide daily care for the horses alongside their friends and volunteers.

  • grief camp boy and horse

Camps Include:

Friday Fun Camp
these camps offer the chance for students to begin to learn the basics about horses and riding in a fun atmosphere (tailored for those on our waiting list and not participating regularly in weekly lessons)

Renew Riders
day camps for therapeutic riding students providing a chance to be in the barn for longer. A great way to incorporate barn and classroom activities into the day in addition to riding lessons

Volunteer Camp
a chance for volunteers to expand their education in horsemanship and working with people with disabilities, including a riding lesson

Growing Together Camp
this 3-hour afternoon camp experience is open to our therapeutic riding students and their siblings or friends, with the intent to work together while developing riding and horsemanship skills

Hoofbeats of Hope Camp
day camp specifically for children experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one

Boy & Girls Club Camp
serving the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland 

School Groups

By partnering with teachers and therapists from local schools, therapeutic riding lessons are available during the school day and incorporated as part of the class curriculum.  To date, we have served Holland Christian Schools, Holland Public Schools, West Ottawa Public Schools, Zeeland Public Schools, Fennville Public Schools and the Ottawa Area Center.  

Homeschool Partnership

Hamilton & Renew Therapeutic Riding Center Partnership

New in 2018 is a collaboration with Hamilton Virtual Schools to offer Therapeutic Horsemanship to homeschooled students.  Through their time working with the herd at Renew TRC, students develop an understanding of safe and effective horsemanship, riding skills, equine education, and barn management.

Please contact Shaina Strikwerda at 616.22RENEW ext. 3 or for more information.

Group Homes

Renew also offers programs to area group homes for adults.  We are currently serving groups of students from Benjamin’s Hope Life Enrichment program and adults from Harbor House Ministries in Jenison.

Participant Registration

Are you interested in participating at Renew? We would love to meet you! Here is how you can get involved as a rider:

  1. Email or call 616.22RENEW ext. 3 to schedule a barn tour and to answer any questions you may have.
  2. Complete the paperwork: Participant Application and Physician’s Statement are both due prior to the first lesson.

Thank you for your interest in Renew TRC. Please contact Shaina at for questions or for a copy of our Student Handbook.

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