About Us

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Mission: To promote the well-being of persons with disabilities through the provisions of horseback riding and other related activities within a safe and enjoyable atmosphere designed by professionals and implemented primarily by volunteers.


About Us: CIRT is a non-profit organization serving children, teens & adults (including U.S. Veterans) with mental, physical, emotional & behavioral disabilities, from Tazewell and surrounding counties, in a therapeutic comprehensive and recreational horseback riding program.


Our History: Early in 1983, a group of people from Peoria & Tazewell counties met to discuss the possibility of starting a handicapped horseback riding program for the area. In October of that year, CIRT began its first classes funded by seed money provided by 4-H.  Today, CIRT operates under the 4-H not-for-profit 501C3 charter & in accordance with the guidelines established under the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). CIRT moved throughout Peoria & Tazewell counties until settling at a permanent location in the spring of 1988 at our present location in Neumann Park at 305 Neumann Drive in East Peoria, IL (off Rt. 150). 


Enrich quality of life with a unique experience. CIRT is committed to the principle that persons with disabilities are entitled to the same opportunities and rights as their non disabled peers. Our program provides activities that enhance physical & mental skills, aids in mobilization, promotes socialization and communication; and builds independence and self-confidence. Skills developed lead to integration into typical community riding programs, as well as transfer to other activities of daily living.