Current ECHO Partner Programs
ECHO Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of our newest Partner Program: Saddle Up! of Nashville. Saddle Up! is the premier therapeutic riding center in Tennessee. Find out more about them at http://www.saddleupnashville.org/. We are very pleased to partner with such an outstanding organization!
ECHO Partner Programs
ECHO selects our partner programs very carefully. Partner programs must share ECHO’s philosophy of inclusion regardless of riders’ abilities, special needs, race, age or socioeconomic status. Successful partners must demonstrate a commitment to being fully integrated programs. In addition, we would need proof of liability insurance and demonstration of commonly held and reasonable safety standards for non-certified programs; if a therapeutic riding program, must demonstrate adherence to stated safety standards by certifying organization for program or instructor.
If a partner program offers a therapeutic riding program, they must have an appropriately certified instructor. Certifications that we would accept for therapeutic riding and hippotherapy would be: Path Int’l (formerly North American Riding for the Handicapped Association), EAGALA, American Hippotherapy Association, Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), and Special Olympics Equestrian Coach and equivalent international certifications, such as a Riding for the Disabled Association certification (United Kingdom).
For non-therapeutic programs, we encourage but don’t require certifications from programs such as USHJA Trainer Certification Program, Pony Club levels, Certified Horsemanship Association, British Horse Society, etc.