Saddle Pals

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Coming Soon

UCP Saddle Pals will provide weekly adapted horsemanship lessons to people with disabilities, age 4 and up. The program promotes growth, independence, and improved quality of life for program participants. As a result of learning to ride a horse, riders can improve coordination, balance, and posture. Likewise, it helps students develop better self-awareness and self-esteem.

Ways to Get Involved

Saddle Up! Sign Up to Participate!

Check back often for updates on when UCP will start to take sign ups. 

Become a Sponsor & Support Our Riders!

Naming Opportunities – $10,000 – $25,000 
– Covered Arena 
– Saddle Pals Rest Area 
– Shed 

Scholarships – $5,000 for 10 Students

Sensory Trail – $2,500 (limit 5)

General Donations 

Download the full list of sponsorship opportunities. 

For more information call Megan Laurie, Director of Development at 916-283-8312 or email 

Volunteer at UCP's Saddle Pals Program

Saddle Pals relies on volunteers! If you are interested in helping other live life without limits, enjoy being outdoors, and horses. This is the job for you. 

Join us for a volunteer orientation to learn more. 

 Learn more and register today.

Sneak Peek


Nationally Accredited Program

Nationally accredited by PATH International, UCP Saddle Pals promotes growth, independence, and improved quality of life for riders with developmental disabilities, helping them:

  • Develop a bond with UCP’s therapy horses
  • Learn responsibilities associated with riding a horse and animal care
  • Expand their knowledge and skills in a fun, supportive environment

After just one year of riding, Carlianne could walk without falling and climb onto her horse.


To learn more about Saddle Pals, contact:

Eric Ciampa
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