Cope’s Hope Equine Assisted Services was established in 2021 Eric Wright and his wife, Debbie. The inspiration came from their daughters, Ella and Elsie. Click for News Story

Ella was adopted from Ukraine when she was 17 months old, and she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  They didn’t know if she would be able to walk so we immediately started looking into alternative therapies for her, and stumbled upon equine assisted therapy, also called hippotherapy. They embraced it. Ella started riding when she was three, and she is now 19 years old.

When the Wright family’s second daughter, Elsie, was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neuro-genetic disorder that is often misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy, the benefits of horses as a therapeutic modality were clear.

Cope’s Hope has received its own certification as a member of the PATH organization, allowing the organization to operate formally as an equine assisted services center.

The Wright family hopes to expand their services in the future, and recently hired a part-time certified therapeutic riding instructor in training who lives off-site.