Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center improves the quality of life for individuals with physical, emotional and developmental needs by providing evidence-based therapeutic riding, equine assisted activities and advancing effective practices through professional education and research.
Founded in 1993, Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization that provides a wide range of equine assisted activities and therapies.
In 1993, two nurses from Cumberland Children’s Hospital opened a therapeutic riding center that became known as Dream Catchers. A retired Quarter Horse barrel-racing champion named Red Jet and a retired Thoroughbred steeplechaser named Voo carried children with special-needs children to small and large victories as they improved fine motor skills, self-esteem, self-worth and gained confidence as they mastered both simple and complex tasks like placing rings on poles and reining. By 1996, Dream Catchers provided 35-40 lessons each week. The hospital was sold, and Dream Catchers relocated to a leased facility in 2002.
In 2004, Susan and John Sikich gave Dream Catchers a permanent home on 22 beautiful acres held in trust by the Cori Sikich Foundation, in memorial to their daughter, Cori Sikich, an accomplished equestrian who lost her life to an eating disorder. The Sikich family knew what an incredible impact horses had on Cori’s life and found a way to honor her when they discovered Dream Catchers.
Dream Catchers and the amazing impact of therapeutic riding found its way into the hearts of Angie and Wade Johnson, MD. As a trustee for the Roy R. Charles Trust, Angie with her husband Wade decided Dream Catchers was worthy of significant support. In 2006, they directed the capital improvements resulting in the state-of-the-art facility as it stands today.
Dream Catchers now provides approximately 4,000 lessons each year for students aged from 4 to 100+ with a team of 15 horses and more than 13,000 volunteer hours. Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) Premier Accredited Riding Center. This is an accreditation shared by less than 25% of PATH centers in the world. In 2015, Dream Catchers received a score of 100% in the reaccreditation process for Premier Status with PATH Intl. For more information about our programs, click here.