CALNET is the California Network for Equestrian Therapy, Unlimited.
It provides a networking system for
therapeutic riding centers
and individuals involved with equestrian therapy in California and Nevada.
CALNET promotes professional standards
for therapeutic riding and safe
competition opportunities for disabled equestrian. CALNET was founded in
1985 and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation run by volunteers. It is
an affiliate of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.
Contact information for CalNet and
other NAHRA centers:
CALNET provides a networking system for therapeutic riding centers and
individuals involved with equestrian
therapy in California and Nevada. CALNET promotes professional standards for therapeutic riding and safe competition
opportunities for disabled equestrians. CALNET was founded in 1985 and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation run by
volunteers. It is an affiliate of the North Amerian Riding for the Handicapped Association.
What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is horseback riding for the disabled -- it combines
equestrian techniques with concepts of physical therapy to
teach the disabled rider traditional horsemanship skills and improve his physical ability. Each step a horse takes requires the
rider to use his muscles to maintain balance and his mind to control the horse. Currently there are 99 therapeutic riding centers
in California and Nevada and more than 35,000 disabled equestrians in the United States.
Today CALNET :
- Offers semi-annual training clinics, continuing
education to therapeutic riding professionals, and provides a
communication network for dedicated professionals.
- Manages the State Championships Horseshow for Disabled Riders -- the largest show of its kind in the country.
- Organizes the only International Disabled
Dressage show in the United States - the Pacific Rim Show at the Los Angeles
- Raises money to subsidize the costs for participants of the State Chamionships.
- Publishes a Quarterly Newsletter.
- To foster communication among professionals.
- To raise awareness of the benefits of therapeutic riding.
- To give disabled equestrian athletes the same competition opportunities that the able-bodied enjoy.
- To promote the development of disabled riders on the West Coast and promote access to coaches and clinicians.
- To improve judging standards for disabled competitions.
- To promote a progressive system of competitions leading the disabled rider from local shows to regional,
national, and international competition.
For more information on CALNET, contact: Bryan McQueeney, President
21152 Chatsworth Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
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