Shires Program

Dreams come true…

Ashley Schilling dreamt of a day that she would be able to help children learn about the difference that a Shire horse could make in their life.

Ashley shared her dream with Priscilla Craig, her mentor, barn mom and owner of Passage Creek Stables. Jessica Bacot, a longtime friend of Ashley and Priscilla, shared their passion for these gentle giants.

These three horsewomen established the 501(c3) non-profit organization Passage Creek Shires and Friends (PCSF).

A new partner…

Several local organizations heard about PCSF and decided to partner with them to provide the community with a comprehensive program of equine therapy, adaptive vaulting under the guidance of the American Vaulting Association, and other equine-related activities.

The first organization to partner with PCSF was Verdun Adventure Bound (VAB). PCSF expands on Verdun’s challenges by offering vaulting,

horsemanship, and other equine activities with the Shire horses located at Liberty Hall Farm. PCSF offers activities at both Liberty Hall and Verdun.

Future programs…

In the near future, Passage Creek Shires and Friends will offer therapeutic riding and driving for the children and families of the surrounding communities. Therapeutic riding is designed to assist children and adults with special needs. Our therapeutic riding instructor develops individualized lesson plans to assist each rider attain their goals. Our therapeutic riding program will include barn skills, horsemanship and teamwork. Our therapeutic riding program will strive to meet the needs of our community. We are building our therapeutic riding program within PATH, International standards.

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