How It All Began
Ride to Walk began in 1985 with one pony named Freckles that Dr. Kristine Corn purchased locally. Freckles was kept in the corrals behind Sierra Pediatric Therapy Clinic and began with rides up and down the driveway. We began riding at a volunteer’s arena once a week. 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 the four years we were there, we broadened our base of volunteers, 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.
Ride to Walk moved to its new permanent home, a 21-acre piece of property with a 6-acre lake, in Lincoln, CA. Although it has been a long time coming, the vision of Executive Director Kris Corn is to see children with all kinds of disabilities find recreation and therapy to increase the quality of life, at a permanent site. With this move will come the ability to provide day camp programs for the children in the handicapped community. The new property will help us to realize that vision as we continue to expand and grow and partner with other groups and organizations to provide an atmosphere where the entire family of those who are disabled can recreate together. Our efforts have led Ride to Walk to become a model to the community to demonstrate what can be done for these children and their families.