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.
EEU BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ken Mertens President
Bobbie Hirsch Vice President
Pam Mellon Treasurer
Sandi DeVries Secretary
Miriam Hill Recording Secretary
Board Members Advisory Board Members
Dennis Alderson Pam Phillips
Jeff Ewing Linda A. Rooda
Dani Hahn Rita Wineinger
Brandi Beckwith Instructor
Lisa Way Instructor & Equine Manager
Linda Hoelsher Barn Manager
Sue Dickson Volunteer Coordinator
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.
WHEN AND WHERE TO RIDE
Lessons are held April through October. Our facility offers:
- Indoor Arena
- Outdoor Arena
- Viewing Area
- Tack Room
- Mounting Platform
- Safety Headgear & Stirrups
- Adaptive Equipment
For more information on dates and events visit our EVENTS PAGE or visit us on
If you have any questions please visit our CONTACT PAGE for information on reaching an EEU representative.
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Winston S. Churchill