Welcome to HorsePower!

Mission Statement: HorsePower provides equestrian programs/therapies for individuals with physical, emotional, and/or cognitive challenges in a quest for personal independence, accomplishment, self-pride, and well-being.


Neighworthy Notes (that’s horse speak for check it out!):

  • Volunteer training will be held Thursday, October 26th, from 5:00 to 6:30 here at the barn! 
  • HorsePower is accepting donations of small square bales of quality grass hay. If you would like to gift the therapy horses with hay this upcoming holiday season, please contact our office.

  • Follow our tweeting pony on Twitter: hp_pony

HorsePower, formerly known as Handi-Riders, Inc., has served the Sioux Empire community since 1985 – that’s just over 30 years! We believe in the power of the horse that changes human lives.  HorsePower is a designed therapy, but the effect on our riders is pure magic.   The joy of our riders is totally contagious, and amazing things happen right before our eyes.  Rider’s stiff legs seem to melt into the warm sides of horses.  Cramped muscles relax and what is rigid becomes supple. Slumped postures morph into erect backbones, proudly showing off riding skills.  Children who have never spoken become verbal.  

HorsePower offers 3 traditional therapies. Please visit our Programs page for information on what program is right for you or your loved one. 

Sioux Empire United Way is proud to partner with many unique programs to meet the needs of the Sioux Empire. HorsePower is so honored to be a United Way Partner Agency! Thank you United Way for believing in us!

Some HorsePower History:

2010 was a milestone for the (then) Handi-Riders program in so many ways;  setting the stage for the 2011 expansion of the mission, and new name.  2010 was the 25th anniversary of opening our program to the Sioux Empire.  2010 was the year that we finally achieved our greatest dream – to heat and insulate our riding facility so we could expand our small summer program to a year-round fully functioning therapeutic riding facility, with scholarship funding available. 2010 was the year we truly OPENED NEW DOORS of opportunity.  Our most heartfelt thank you to all who made this possible.  Our long awaited goal has been due to the generosity of the people of the great Sioux Empire.  You are making a difference in lives, and we are so proud to be a part of this wonderful community of caring people. Handi-Riders Board of Directors and Staff carry on the dream of early founders, and especially the vision and leadership of a very special Hartford family who dedicated their lives to see this dream become reality.  It is impossible to count the hours of sacrifice of the family of Sally Griggs, including Beckie Joe Petterson, Mandy Jo Healy, and Kris Kalb.

  1. Good morning. ..I am from Northern Minnesota. ..researching equine therapy and am interested in getting one going up here in Badger, Mn. I would be very interested in visiting your facility if that would be possible? I would really appreciate visiting with you … do you accept visitors? Would appreciate hearing from you soon. .. Sincerely
    Barbara Holum
    24567 Co Rd 16
    Badger,MN 56714

    • Hi Barbara! Thanks so much for contacting us. I will pass your contact info on to our Executive Director, who will be in touch about setting up a time for you all to visit, and for you to come down. I am sure we would be quite open to that. Best of luck in starting your center!
      Marisa Draper

  2. Will there be a HorsePower show at the fairgrounds this year? If so, where could I find a show bill?

    • Hi Sadie! It does not appear that we will be having a show at the fairgrounds this year. We are working on plans for the Horse Show that will happen this year, and will announce it as soon as things are finalized! Please “Like” our Facebook page, if you haven’t already, as that’s likely where a lot of the information will be announced first! https://www.facebook.com/HandiRiders

  3. I have volunteered at your ranch before years ago and would love to do so again. I have my associates in adaptive PE and have always worked with horses and the physically and mentally challenged. If you have any openings I would love to join your team. Thank you, Michelle Morris.

    • How wonderful to hear from you, Michelle! Thanks for thinking of us again! We would love to have you volunteer again. I will pass your email along to our volunteer coordinator, Cairn, and have her get in touch with you. Thanks!

  4. Mary Lou jackson

    I have a 20 year old quarter horse gelding in excellent health, that I would be willing to donate. He use to be a show horse. He loves people. He hasn’t been ridden in a while but is a super quiet horse. I don’t have the time for him and I don’t want to sell him. He is lonely. His barn name is Hank. I also have several small square bales of alfalfa. If interested please let me know. I live outside of alcester.

    • Dear Mary Lou,
      Thank you so much for your message! We are always grateful when someone offers to start a conversation about donating their horse, and we want you to know your willingness to entrust us with your dear friend means a lot to us. I have forwarded your message and information to Tasha, and she or Rachel will be in contact with you to discuss details, the screening process, etc., to see if he would indeed be a good fit for our program. Thank you, very kindly, for your offer, and we will be in touch soon!

  5. I know a man who would love to help out and groom and exercise the horses. He is disabled and he loves horses would love to be able to help out and be around them and if possible be able to ride one again. If you dont do that can you point me in a direction of someone who could help him with that so he can help out and ride a little. Thank you

    • Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for reaching out to us regarding your friend. In our Therapeutic Riding program, that is what the participants do – they help as much as possible to groom the horses, tack the horses up, and then get a ride in. If he is interested in the program, all our Forms can be found on our website under “Client Forms”. Registration usually happens about 10 weeks prior to each session starting, and there is scholarship assistance available to those who qualify.
      Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
      Marisa Draper

  6. I’m a disabled veteran with PTSD. Do you guys serve veterans and if so how much would it cost me. Would I go through the VA Hospital.

    • Joseph,
      Thank you so much for reaching out to us. I am not sure if anyone has responded to your inquiry, but if not, the best thing I can suggest is to reach out to our instructor directly, and discuss the potential services we could provide. As far as if the VA would assist you with payment, I am afraid I am not sure. We would be happy to correspond with a contact of yours there, if you can determine if this is a service they would help to pay for. We do not bill to insurance, if that is what they are looking for. Please contact Rachel by phone or email: 605-251-1685 or Instructor@HorsePowerSF.com

  7. How does one get in to this program?

  8. Angie Garrabrant

    Hi..My son has ADHD really bad..to the point of almost being disabled..so I’m looking for something to help keep him occupied during the summer..something that would give him responsibility.. would it b possible if I wanted to bring my son out on a regular basis to learn the basics..taking care of, cleaning up after, feeding, brushing, and riding..could we do that kind of thing??

    • Hi Angie,
      Thank you for contacting us. I’m not sure if anyone has responded to you regarding our programs, but our summer paperwork was due March 31st. I am not sure if we still have any openings in the schedule or not, but I would encourage you to contact Rachel, our Head Instructor, to discuss this or any other possibilities for your son, with our program. You may do so by calling or emailing: 605-251-1685 or Instructor@HorsePowerSF.com.

  9. ridingteacher

    Hello my name is Robin bickner and I am from Worthington Minnesota. I am referred by dawn Jameison. I have contacted you before wondering if I could trade some volunteer services for pursuing path certification. I am self-insured, a certified teacher, and a lifelong horse woman. I have very very good references. Please let me know. 507-329-7866. Thank you.

  10. Teresa Timmons

    Hi my name is Teresa Timmons and my husband Reynold came out to look at the place I Teresa was with Hand raider when I was 9 and tell 18 or 19 stop going 2001 I like it and I’m still a hores lover

    • Hi Teresa! Thank you for your comment. It’s very nice to hear from a former participant. I’m sure a few things have changed at Handi-Riders/HorsePower since you last rode, but the heart and the hoofbeats are all the same!
      Wishing you all the best.

  11. Hi am wandering about signing my daughter up for volunteer services. I think that she would really benefit from this.

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