Hope Therapy started as a dream shared by Marianne and Rebecca (Becky) Davenport, a mother-daughter team with a desire to help others. Marianne, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and Becky, an occupational therapist, both with extensive horse experience, founded Hope Therapy in 2001. Their commitment to high quality services and excellent programs led Hope Therapy to become the only Premier Accredited Center in Northeast Florida by meeting the high standards set by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Throughout the years, they have maintained this accreditation by continuing to meet the standards and passing on-site inspections.
Nestled in Middleburg, FL, the farm is a serene 12-acre property with a wheelchair accessible mounting ramp, outdoor riding arena, and a sensory trail for our clients. In our riding arena, you will find colorful cones, a basketball hoop, letters, and a ring-toss game. The sensory trail has ground poles, barrels, and many hidden surprises, waiting to be found by our clients. To best set our clients up for success, we have adaptive equipment, such as loop ladder reins and activity boards. We also have picnic tables and Adirondack chairs for our client’s families to enjoy as they watch their family member’s sessions. Sessions are individualized and typically one on one with our occupational therapist or therapeutic riding instructor.
Check out some of the places we’ve been featured:
Florida Times Union, “Clay horse-assisted therapy nonprofit expands to St. Johns ‘healing place.'” – Article
Channel 4 News Article with Mary Baer Fiorentino
Florida Times Union, “Horsing around as therapy gives aspiring cowboys hope” – Article
Florida Times Union, “Horses provide therapy” – Article
Clay Today, “Hope Therapy helps riders medal in Florida Special Olympics” – Article
Florida Times Union, “Hope Therapy in Middleburg provides horse-assisted therapy to
children and adults with special needs” – Article