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SMA Teen Horseback Riding Summer Camp: Dulles Town Center Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Sun, Feb 23, 2014

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Topics: Horseback riding camp northeast, riding summer camp, Riding Camp, camp fair, Dulles Town Center

Chester Co. PA Camp Fair: Read about the Date, and Venue of the Event.

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Horseback Riding Summer Camp will attend the Chester County Summer Adventures Camp and Activities Fair.  Here are the details: 

Jump start your summer planning with a night of food and fun! Explore camps, activities, and local vendors with your child and decide on a great summer! Admission is free!! 

2014 Fair details

      January 27, 2014
      5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Topics: Teen Horseback Riding Summer Camp, riding summer camp, Teen summer camp, Riding Camp, camp fair, Chester County, PA Camp Fair

Pam and Biff Launch a New Website for their Horseback Riding Program!!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Nov 6, 2013

Pam and Biff have created a new web site for Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program called Horsepower!

Therapeutic Horsemanship

In 1980 Pam Hayes-Houldin, in conjunction with PRIDE (then Easter Seals) and the local community, started Huntingdon’s first equine assisted therapeutic program to help clients with many types of disabilities.  Over the past 30 years hundreds of riders have participated in and have been helped at Horsepower Farm through the widely acknowledged benefits of equine activities.


The horse is used to help meet the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of riders with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills.  This may include, according to a riders’ ability: handling, grooming, tacking, riding, and developmental vaulting.   Activities exercise both “mind and muscle” and can help improve

  • mobility
  • balance
  • posture
  • muscle strength
  • coordination
  • learning
  • language development
  • concentration
  • social interaction
  • behavior control
  • self confidence and esteem

Therapeutic riding has many positive benefits including interaction and connection with horses, volunteers, other riders and the instructor. These experiences hopefully will enrich and have an impact on all aspects of the riders’ life.



All of the horses at Horsepower Farm are especially trained to work with riders with special needs. The horses used in the program must meet very strict behavior and movement criteria, having both sound mind and body. Additionally, as needed,  each rider will have trained volunteers as a leader and side-walker. But as a student progresses, we encourage independence and hope to empower them with the ability to ride alone safely. In order to participate in the Horsepower Program and to help personalize goals, all riders must be referred by and have forms completed by parents, school teacher, Physician, Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapist, and/or Social Worker.


Pam Hayes-Houldin was raised on a horse and dairy farm and has been working with horses her entire life. As an instructor, she became very interested in therapeutic riding and decided to pursue that field.

Pam trained at The Cheff Center for Riding for the Handicapped in Augusta, Michigan and then became qualified as a Master Instructor through the Pennsylvania Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship ( and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International ( Pam has been involved with the Pennsylvania Council for many years, is currently the President of the Board of Directors and  is on the faculty for the Instructor Training Courses. She also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from  Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA for her work in therapeutic riding.  When she is not teaching, she continues her own education and broadens her knowledge by attending varied seminars and clinics around the country.


Huntingdon County PRIDE (, which has many programs for those with special needs,  continues as the support organization for the Horsepower Program and is instrumental in the success of our therapeutic riding activities. For those interested in taking part in Horsepower’s equine assisted therapeutics program, you may contact Pam Hayes-Houldin directly, or the Huntingdon PRIDE office.

Pam Hayes-Houldin 
9794 Old Hawn Rd.
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814 667 2497

PRIDE office
1301 Mt Vernon Avenue
Huntingdon, Pa 16652

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