Sunrise Center's mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with special needs by using equine oriented activities for cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being.



The Sunrise Center Therapeutic Riding Program was originated in 1997 and is still located in St. Anne, IL. This original location serves the greater Kankakee area. Realizing Sunrise Center was geographically limited and in need of a second location, Sunrise Center North Therapeutic Riding Program was established in Coal City, IL in late 2006. Sunrise Center North was created to provide services for the greater Will/Grundy County area. Currently, Sunrise Center North also has riders from Kendall and Dupage counties.


Sunrise Center North started with two borrowed horses and operated its program by boarding these horses at a local stable.  Since then, through purchases and donations, we have come to own three horses.

Our instructors are certified and operate under the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), formerly the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHtA).


Sunrise Center North provides services to 20 to 40 different special needs riders each year, totaling 325 to 475 lesson-hours each year. The special needs population has very limited activities that they can participate in and we are very happy to offer our services to any individual or organization that will benefit from therapeutic riding.


Our instructors and volunteers look forward to working with each rider to achieve his/her individual goals.  We accomplish this by customizing lesson plans which cater to the rider's own needs.




Hey ya’ll, Rhinestone here! I came to be a part of the Sunrise team around August of 2011 after finishing up my time at a hunter/jumper barn. I clock in at 22 years old and am known for my history of being a bit of a pickle to tame when I first arrived at my new home, and I can still bring back that stubborn nature at times. It may take a couple of tries, but once you show me who’s boss, there’s no way I am going to attempt to trick you into letting me be a lazy little paint pony and walk straight to the gait instead of trotting down the line.

Howdy partners, I’m Heidi! The staff at SCN knows me as the sassiest haflinger/quarter mix around, but when it comes to my riders, I’m all business. Since my donation by the Sains family in 2007, the program has counted on me to be a vehicle for anyone, ranging from the littlest of cowboys to retired cowgirls. Even though I am 17 years old, I can still go through the ringer and take on 5 lessons in one lesson day if need be. You can feel free to bring me treats anytime (Just don’t tell Kris, I’m supposed to be on a diet!)


As Sunrise Center North continues to grow, we will seek to add new disciplines to the program while continuing to service a wide variety of special needs individuals. Our goal for 2016 is to fully incorporate Horses for Heroes, Autistic Music Class on Horseback, and Seniors in Saddles into our curriculum.


Sunrise Center North is always in need of volunteers. No previous experience is needed, any new volunteer will be provided proper training and instruction how to work with horses.


Sunrise Center North is always looking for donations and goes through Paypal, which accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover Cards, no account required!

Any money you donate goes to caring for our horses, buying items to help better the program, and lower the cost for our riders with disabilities and special needs. We greatly appreciate any and all donations.

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