Friends of WHOA
"With reins in my fingers and stirrups beneath my toes, when I ride . . . my ability is all that shows." — Banbury Cross
What makes a successful WHOA volunteer? Reliability, flexibility and a desire to learn and help others. No previous experience with horses or disabled individuals is necessary to become a volunteer. WHOA does ask that volunteers be over the age of 14 and that new volunteers attend Volunteer Training to become acquainted with the program, horses, staff and their volunteer position.
How can you help?
White Oaks is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization located in Morrison, Illinois that offers equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs.
The following are ways you can help: Financial Contribution, Birdies for Charity, In Kind Contribution, Horse Donation - and More!
Students at WHOA
Equine Assisted Activities | Therapeutic Riding | and More!
Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Vision: WHOA believes in serving the needs of others. This need is expressed through the connection of horse-facilitated experiences in the company of individuals with disabilities. Equine interactions assist in the growth, learning, & healing of individuals well-being, which enhances the family & community units.
Mission: White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center provides equine assisted experiences to enhance the quality of life & cultivate personal growth through therapeutic, educational, recreational, & social development for persons with disabilities ages four through adult. Interactions between horses and students have the ability to improve physical capabilities and skills, as well as social interaction, emotional stability, spiritual well-being, along with mental focus and processes.
What WHOA is about
White Oaks is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, established in 1995 for the purpose of providing recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities. WHOA programs improve physical capabilities and functional skills as well as furnish students the opportunity of added leisure time, physical activity and social interaction. Therapeutic riding is made possible through the assistance of dedicated, trained volunteers who help with horses and riders, stable maintenance, special events and fundraising. White Oaks provides, but is not limited to, programs for people, ages four through adult, who are physically and mentally disabled. Basic instruction is given in grooming, tacking, horsemanship, and riding skills. Classes include mounted exercise, reinforcement of learning objectives, games, trail riding and a great deal of fun for all involved! Classes begin in April and run through the end of September. Both day and evening hours are available. All classes are taught by Certified Instructors.