Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine, has been named New England’s hub for disabled equestrian sport and young rider programs through training camps and clinics.
Carlisle built on the success of its therapeutic riding center and expanded from its hallmark hippotherapy and adaptive programs to para-equestrian sport, Pony Club, traditional equestrian education and field training courses.
Carlisle’s new designation as a National Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence was made by the U.S. Equestrian Federation and the U.S. Para-Equestrian Association.
As a Center of Excellence, Carlisle aims to attract new riders to para-equestrian dressage by working in partnership with the USEF high performance programs.
The goal of the Centers of Excellence program across the country is to develop athletes to a level where they can represent the U.S. in international competition, at the Paralympic Games and ultimately win medals. This is done through education programs, clinic opportunities, and grass root development.