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HorsePower Therapeutic Riding Accepts $15,000 Foundation Grant

HorsePower Therapeutic Riding in Maple Park, IL, has the honor of gratefully accepting a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.  This grant is an extension of their generous support of our programs and is to be utilized for the purchase of equine shelters and office computer equipment.  We thank them and sincerely appreciate the support, which will improve our horses’ well being as well as our office efficiency.  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. For more information, please visit

HorsePower Therapeutic Riding provides dynamic and healthy recreational experiences in which individuals with special needs are able 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.


John Cain, Chairman of the HorsePower Board of Directors

Carrie Capes, Co-Founder and Program Director


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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…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

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

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

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