Sunday, July 19, 2015


Tom Flanagan, Executive Director of Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center told Kiwanis about the 12 year old service to children and adults with special needs.  Edelweiss is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people with special needs. Through the rider and horse relationship they offer opportunities for people to nurture independence, confidence and trust in a safe and stimulating environment. The center is located on 100 South behind Covance Stall Farm.  

Edelweiss has clients from age 5 to 90 who are challenged with autism; physical limitations; and hearing, vision, and psychological challenges.  They have Therapeutic Driving, Therapeutic Riding, and Veteran’s programs.  Therapeutic Riding is about much more than giving people with limitations the chance to ride. It is more than the healing benefits brought by simply being outside in nature. The rhythm and balance of horse riding meet physical and internal needs.  Therapeutic Driving is about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing, and driving skills to children and adults using teamwork.  The Veteran’s Program assists military veterans by providing leadership and guidance for equine assisted activities. Classes and programs begin in May and continue through October.

Edelweiss has a $2,200 per week cost to feed the horses.  In addition many volunteers are need to assist in the therapy.  If you are interested in classes, giving financially or volunteering you can email them at, call 317.759.9444, or see their website

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Greenfield Kiwanians perform service projects to help people and organizations. We also perform service projects to raise funds to support Riley Children's Hospital and many local charities.