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Storm Harbor Equestrian Center is a non-profit organization that is part of Slippery Rock University. Our facility is home to 12 horses and we serve over 300 children and adults with disabilities each year. 

The overall purpose of Storm Harbor Equestrian Center is to provide Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) for individuals with disabilities.  This means, each rider that participates in our program will learn basic riding skills while riding the horse, as well as basic horse care and maintenance while recieving therapeutic benefits.  In the summer and throughout the year we do offer Community Camps and other Special Events that are open to the public. (See Programs). This allows us to open up our facility to the local community and get young children and teens involved in our riding program.

Mission Statement
The mission of Storm Harbor Equestrian Center is to provide multidisciplinary professional preparation and research opportunities to university students through the medium of equine assisted activities for individuals with disabilities.

Vision Statement
Storm Harbor Equestrian Center will excel as a premier facility connecting the university and community through equine assisted activities.

Who Can Ride at the Storm Harbor?

We offer weekly riding lessons to individuals with disabilities and their siblings. Horseback riding is also available during field trips for special education students and group tours for other community organizations. Prior to riding at the center, individuals with disabilities must obtain a physician's signature on our medical form.

Individuals who do not have a disability and are current Slippery Rock University students may ride for the Intercollegiate Equestrian Team and take lessons at the center. For children in the community without disabilities, we offer youth horse camps on specified days.

What are the benefits of horseback riding for individuals with disabilities?

Research has shown that benefits of equine assisted activities may include improvements in:

  • Balance
  • Attention
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Muscle Symmetry
  • Self Esteem
  • Confidence
  • Speech
  • Plus, riding is fun!

Do you Offer Equine Classes for College Credit?

There is currently only 1 college class held at the equestrian center. Equine Facilitated Riding (ERS 165) is required for students in the Adapted Physical Activity Minor, and falls under the department of Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences. The class introduces students to basing equine handling and riding procedures, and includes practical experiences in working with individuals with disabilities during equine assisted activities.


(This class is currently not available) Introduction to Equine Science (ERS 205) is a liberal studies course that fulfills the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Enrichment block. Topics include basic information on equine evolution, genetics, anatomy, and biomechanics. Additional college classes may be held at the center in the future. 

Are you Affiliated with NARHA?

NARHA - North American Riding for the Handicap Association.

Storm Harbor Equestrian Center is a Premier Accredited Center with NARHA, the major organization in the country for equine assisted activities. All of our instructors are certified through NARHA. We are currently the only center with Premier status in Western PA!

Where are we Located?

View our Driving Directions to find out how to get to the center. We are located on Slippery Rock University's campus, across from the Football Stadium on Harmony Road, just past the SRU Womens Soccer and Softball Complex building. We are about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA.

How can I learn more about Storm Harbor?

Explore our web site to learn more about our programs and our facility. You may also schedule a tour of our center by calling 724-738-4010.