Welcome to Equi Star, Inc.!

Equi Star, Inc. is a local 501(c)(3) horseback riding facility specializing in helping disabled riders reach milestones in their physical development and communication skills. Through a variety of games and the natural gait of the horse, riders can experience an improvement in hand-eye coordination and balance. Speech can be improved through the simple physical activity, a need to communicate with their horse, and involvement with peers and volunteers. Therapeutic riding programs can also assist emotionally challenged individuals build bridges of trust. A boost in self-esteem often results from the confidence built through working with and riding a powerful animal like the horse.



Equi Star, Inc. was founded in 1994 by Miriam Smith. Miriam was a returning college student majoring in Human Services when she interned at a therapeutic riding center, an experience that inspired her to launch her very own program specifically for people with disabilities. The program started with one horse, a handful of volunteers, and a few riders. Equi Star, Inc. called a few local stables home before an area was purchased in Burt, NY. With a lot of community support, the wooded area with hardly any access and a little old barn began to morph in to the property you see today. Every year, Equi Star, Inc. seeks the expertise of volunteers as we continue to improve our facilities. An indoor arena was added, allowing our lessons to continue in all kinds of weather. More pasture fencing was installed to corral the growing number of therapy horses needed to fulfill our needs.

Over the years, the local Lions Clubs have left their "paw prints" on many aspects of our grounds and buildings, including the Lions shavings shed, tack room, and classroom. Eagle Scouts have come along with their own special projects, including bleachers for our cheering “fans,” an information center, a picnic pavilion, horse turnout sheds, and more.

The program has known great instructors and volunteers over the years. In fact, most of our instructors are “homegrown” and were volunteers who moved up the ranks to instructor level.


Since Equi Star, Inc.'s establishment in 1994, our mission has been to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through equine related activities.



To provide equestrian-related activities that offer therapeutic benefits for children and adults with varying conditions, including Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trisomy 21, anxiety, and more.

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We will give at least 24 hours notice, when possible, if class is cancelled. We guarantee notice 4 hours before classes.

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Mailing address:
Equi Star, Inc.
P.O. Box 25
Newfane, NY 14108
Street address:
2199 Fuller Rd.
Burt, NY 14028
Email address: [email protected]