About Us






EEU provides educational and therapeutic riding instruction for people with special needs of all ages. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity, governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Please take some time and explore our site. You will find information on volunteering, how to become a student, our upcoming events and ways to donate to EEU.


Ken Mertens     President

Sandi DeVries  Vice President

Pam Mellon       Treasurer

Miriam Hill       Secretary


Board Members               Advisory Board Members

Jeff Ewing                         Pam Phillips

Dani Hahn                        Linda A. Rooda

Michelle Marovich         Rita Wineinger

Eileen Meingasner

Jeffrey Perz

Carol Presdorf


Non-Board Personnel

Brandi Beckwith       Instructor

Lisa Way                      Instructor & Equine Manager

Linda Hoelsher        Barn Manager

Marie Podrebarac   Volunteer Coordinator

Sue Dickson               Instructor in Training



EEU began in 1979 and became an affiliate member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) in September, 1986.

PATH Centers just as other professions use accreditation and licensing systems to improve the well-being of their industries, therapeutic equine professionals have a distinction of their own thanks to PATH’s Premier Accredited Center Program. The Premier Accredited Center Program offers PATH centers the chance to demonstrate their excellence in providing quality, professional equine assisted activities. This voluntary process recognizes PATH centers that have met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system, in which trained volunteers visit and evaluate centers in accordance with PATH standards. Centers that meet the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards become a Premier Accredited Center for a period of five years. Centers must renew that accreditation by the end of the fifth year.


Additionally, EEU has been an affiliate agency of the United Way of Porter County since 2003.


Lessons are held April through November. Our facility offers:

  • Indoor Arena
  • Outdoor Arena
  • Restroom
  • Viewing Area
  • Tack Room
  • Pasture
  • Mounting Platform
  • Safety Headgear & Stirrups
  • Adaptive Equipment

For more information on dates and events visit our EVENTS PAGE or visit us on facebook_logotwitter imageinstagram



If you have any questions please visit our CONTACT PAGE for information on reaching an EEU representative.

DSC_0063DSC_0095“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”  Winston S. Churchill