Annual Benefit Trail Ride Supports  SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship  

Cat Spring, Texas (Sept. 9, 2019) — Bring your horse, your enthusiasm and an appetite and join SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship supporters for Saddle Up for SIRE, the benefit trail ride, silent auction and barbecue lunch, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 19, 2019, at 7IL Ranch in Cat Spring, Texas.

Now in its 27th year, the event funds weekly interactive horsemanship programs for nearly 300 children and adults with special needs and underwrites health and nutritional support for SIRE’s more than 30 specially trained therapy horses.

Trail riders will meander over 7IL Ranch’s 40 miles of gently rolling, sandy trails—some leading through the woods and across shallow creek crossings—and compete for prizes in the “Most Outrageous Costume Contest.”

Rider registration levels start at $75 for a ticket, t-shirt and barbecue. Non-rider enthusiasts can also help SIRE by participating as a Virtual Rider and creating their own fundraising page or donating via a SIRE client rider’s page.

Everyone will enjoy a barbecue lunch catered by Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, mingling with the horses, riders and their families; shopping at the silent auction; face painting; pumpkin painting; other games and learning more about how therapeutic riding benefits people with special needs.

To attend or donate to the event, please visit and click on the teal blue oval highlighting Saddle Up for SIRE. On the site, supporters can:

  1. REGISTER to bring their own horse and ride at their own pace
  2. BUY lunch tickets
  4. SET UP a personal fundraising page or a team page for your barn or equestrian group

Please contact Beth Burroway at or 281-356-7588 for more information.

Who is SIRE?

The mission of SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities, therapies and educational outreach. A nonprofit organization founded in 1983, SIRE is recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International as a Premier Accredited Center and serves almost 300 riders in weekly lesson programs. At three Houston-area facilities—in Hockley, Fort Bend and Spring, Texas—SIRE owns and maintains more than 30 therapy horses and conducts specialized instructor training. The most common diagnosis for riders served is autism. Although riders’ ages range from three years to senior citizens, the greatest percentage of riders is children. SIRE also has a strong connection with the military and wounded veterans. For more information about SIRE, visit or call 281-356-7588. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.