Imagine a place where children with special needs can be themselves. They can bond with a special horse and develop lifelong relationships. Imagine a place where these children can leave behind their crutches, wheel chairs, and therapies to soar to freedom. Imagine a place where dreams really do come true. When children ride their horse, they become independent. They fill the arena with signals or commands to "walk on" or "trot" and the air is filled with laughter and shrieks of glee. Most of all, the children at MTRP are learning essential life skills, such as talking, signing, walking, and focusing on their therapies without realizing it.
Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization offering therapeutic horseback riding services to children (age 2 1/2 to 18) with special needs in Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin.
Our mission: Improving the lives of children with special needs through equine facilitated activities: providing individualized care to maximize the child's potential.
Share Your Heart!
Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s community program that raises funds for children’s charities – and Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program is in the running to be a beneficiary.
Heart of Canal Street has raised more than $14.6 million for hundreds of area children’s charities since 1994. The program began as a way to carry on the Potawatomi tradition of nurturing younger generations so they grow to lead healthy, productive lives. Giving has always been at the heart of the program. Now, it’s in our name.
Half of each $3 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year! Share your heart by playing the Canal Street Bingo game now through December 10. Visit paysbig.com/heart to learn more.