Mounted Angels Therapeutic Horsemanship is a non-profit organization that formed to provide free riding lessons to disabled children.
We provide FREE horseback riding lessons and therapeutic services to children with physical, emotional and/or intellectual challenge. Through community support and
volunteers, it is our goal to provide therapy to any child in need in the Western Illinois area and beyond. The Pike County Fair Board provides their facilities at
Pleasant Hill at no charge.
Riders must have forms completed by their doctor and parents in order to ride. If you would like to be a part of Mounted Angels, please go to our Forms page for the necessary paperwork.
Each June, the Mounted Angels hold a training program to orient and train 40 volunteers and horses. Mounted Angels has no paid employees and relies solely on donations and volunteers for all activities. All horses for the program are provided by volunteers at their owner's expense. We can always use more volunteers. Join us! Go to our Forms page for the necessary paperwork.
Mounted Angels was started in 1989. Mounted Angels was started when Judy Schlieper worked at the Pike County Health Department and was required to do a project to complete her degree in nursing. Judy had an interest in horses, having raised them with her husband Ed. She was also interested in the emerging field of equine therapy, where horses were used to help disabled children master new skills. So, for her project, she chose to start a therapeutic riding program. Judy held meetings and started the process of bringing together horse people from the community, along with health professionals and parents of disabled children.
Mounted Angels is a Spirit Horse member center. Judy and Dennis Douglas are both trained instructors with Spirit Horse. The instructors and volunteers attend training throughout the year to stay current in the field of Therapeutic Riding. artha Sheppard serves as the coordinator and assists with lessons. The current Board of Directors includes: Judy and Dennis Douglas, Sara and Bobby Gresham, and Lanny and Darla Lemons.
c/o Martha Sheppard
10362 465th St.
Pearl, IL 62361