How It All Began

Founded in 1985, Ride to Walk began with one pony named Freckles that Dr. Kristine Corn purchased locally and kept in the corrals behind her Pediatric Therapy Clinic.  Under her watchful eye, children rode up and down the driveway with a few volunteer sidewalkers.  Initially there were about five riders and their parents, as volunteers, leading and sidewalking.

In 1987, we were introduced to the manager of the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville and began to contract with the fairgrounds for facilities. During our time there, we broadened our base of volunteers and began fundraising, which allowed us to hire one full time staff member, three part-time staff and contract therapists to provide therapeutic input during each riding session. 

In 2002, Ride to Walk moved to the ranch we called home for 20 years, a 21-acre property off of Hwy 193 in Lincoln, CA. Acquiring our own property brought the vision of Executive Director Kris Corn to see children with all kinds of disabilities find recreation and therapy, increasing their abilities and quality of life.  The move allowed us to expand our program, accommodate more riders, and provide day camp programs for children with special needs in the greater Placer and Sacramento County regions.  Ride to Walk now had room to grow, increasing our ability to partner with other groups and organizations in the area to provide an atmosphere where the entire family of those we served could enjoy nature together. 

We opened the property to our neighbors for day use to picnic, enjoy catch and release fishing at our specially built, regularly stocked 6 acre lake, enjoy wildlife, and explore the many trails on the property.  Ride to Walk proudly became a model in the community by demonstrating what can be done for families living with special needs.