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HorsePower Therapeutic Riding Receives Grant from the Community Foundation

HorsePower Therapeutic Riding, in Maple Park, IL, has the honor of gratefully accepting a$5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of DeKalb County and a $7,899 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. These grants are an extension of their generous support of our programs and will be utilized to increase accessibility of the HorsePower program to individuals who need greater assistance in mounting horses safely. A hydraulic lift is to be purchased with the grant funds, as well as adaptations to the mounting block and a new ramp. We thank them and sincerely appreciate the support, which will improve our safety and accessibility, as well as open our program to even more riders. Thank you!

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants
and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois. Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $80 million in assets and has awarded more than $63 million in grants and scholarships. For more information on the Foundation, visit

For more information on DeKalb County Community Foundation please visit

HorsePower Therapeutic Riding provides dynamic and healthy recreational experiences in which individuals with special needs are empowered to overcome challenges and learn new skills. Our goal is to provide creative, inspiring and challenging therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities, while harnessing the healing power of the horse. Communication, connection and teamwork between the student and their horse offer vital opportunities for cognitive, emotional, sensory, and social growth. There  are also physical benefits, such as core muscle strength improvement and better balance. Plus, the horse provides irresistible motivation, which allows students to achieve more in the saddle than other traditional sports and therapies.

HorsePower Therapeutic Riding strives to keep costs at a minimum for students and grants such as this one make it possible that potential students are never turned away for inability to pay. Scholarships are offered to families who qualify and demonstrate both financial and disability-related challenges.

If you’re interested in learning more about HorsePower, registering a student, becoming a volunteer or would like to make a donation, please visit our website,, or contact us via e-mail Or, you may phone us at 815-508-0804.

Carrie Capes, Co-Founder and Program Director

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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