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ABOUT US

 
Our Story

Reins of Life (ROL) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1978.  That year, Reins provided 32 hours of therapeutic riding lessons for 16 riders. Classes were held in the backyards of friends of ROL. From 1978-1991 Reins used borrowed arenas, equipment, and tack to provide services to individuals with disabilities of St. Joseph County, Indiana.  Dedicated volunteers transported borrowed horses by trailer to the lesson sites each day.  In 1991, the organization found a permanent home when Nancy and Lloyd Taylor donated twenty acres of their land on Quince Road, near Lydick.  Reins of Life now serves over 500 riders with 3,000 hours of lesson time annually for residents of 11 counties in Indiana and Michigan.

An unprecedented opportunity to expand the organization’s services came in June of 2007 in the form of the donation of a 46 acre property in Michigan City.  Royal Acres Equestrian Center was donated by a Chicago couple, Todd and Janice Much, and was valued at $2M. Therapeutic riding lessons began in Michigan City on September 10, 2007 with 16 riders in the first session.  The ROL Michigan City barn has since tripled in ridership with riders coming to us from mainly La Porte and Porter County. 

OUR MISSION

To improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy.

OUR VISION
  • To promote the mental, physical, emotional, and social growth of all involved in the program

  • To educate the community regarding the benefits of riding as therapy, and the abilities of children and adults with disabilities

  • To improve the attitudes of society toward persons with disabilities

South Bend

55200 Quince Road South Bend, IN 46619

P: 574.232.0853            F: 574.232.1104

  • 30 Acres

  • 5 Pastures with Run-in Shelters

  • Stall Barn with Heated Indoor Riding Area

  • Activity Room and Offices

  • Hay Barn with Heated Feed Room and Horse Treatment Area

  • Outdoor Riding Area

  • Accessible Playground

  • Nancy's Trails : Sensory Riding Trails

FACILITIES

 

Michigan City

9375 W. 300 N. Michigan City, IN 46360

P: 219.874.7519

  • 46 Acres

  • 5 Pastures with Run-in Shelters

  • 16-stall Barn

  • Heated Indoor Riding Arena

  • Offices and Lounge Overlooking Indoor Arena

  • Wooded Riding Trails and Creek

  • Stocked Fish Pond

VIDEO GALLERY

 

Hear their Stories

DiDi's Story- 2019

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Hear their Stories

Jeanine's Story- 2019

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Autumn Kuespert

IUPUI

MSW Program

Master's in Art Therapy, Counseling & Therapeutic Recreation

Hear their Stories

Miracles Big & Small- 2018

Hear their Stories

The Story of Two Families- 2017

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Destiny Nugent

Purdue University - NW

BSW Program

Hear their Stories

Lauren's Story- 2016

Hear their Stories

Susan's Story - 2015

Hear their Stories

Lainy, Brennen, Lilian - 2014

Watch How We Make a Difference

Lily's Story - 2013

Watch How We Make a Difference

Jay, His Grandfather, & Boomer - 2011

Watch How We Make a Difference

Compilation - 2010

COVID 19 RESOURCES

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South Bend

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Michigan City

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THE ROL TEAM

Dorota Janik

Executive Director

Christine Flowers

Program Administrator & Volunteer Coordinator (South Bend)

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Aly Olson

Assistant to Executive Director, Internship Program Manger & Instructor 

Amanda Bubb

 Lead Instructor (MC), Vaulting Instructor, Driving Instructor & Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

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Holly Byers

Lead Instructor (SB), Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning, ROL Veterans Team Instructor

Daniele Charriere

Instructor & Vaulting Instructor 

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Heather Cortelyou 

Equine Care Coordinator (MC)

Braelyn Troup
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Teckla Lane

Feeder Coordinator (SB)

Marilyn Steinhiser

 Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

(MC)

Ronald Messer

Maintenance 

(South Bend)

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Neil Novak 

Maintenance & Special Projects

(Michigan City) 

ROL Interns

Jessica Milton

Animal Behavior Institute

Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Kylie Blake

Butler University

Health Sciences

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Lorei Munoz

Ivy Tech

Business Administration 

Toni Chesney

University of Southern Indiana

Associates in Occupational Therapy 

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Elyse Paul

University of Notre Dame 

Non-Profit Management | Masters Program

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Catherine Coggeshall

University of Notre Dame

Non-Profit Management | Masters Program

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Caleigh Bouchie

University of Southern Indiana

Associates in Occupational Therapy

Barn Animals

Gracie

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Oreo

Robin

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Seabiscuit

EQUINE-PARTNERS

Bud

Bud

Fay

Donkey

Sunwood Darn Im Cute

“Donkey Dar”

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Bonbon

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Sully

Rocky Road

Bandit

Bandit

Dee

Andromeda “Dee”

Pongo

Pongo

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Elegant Ed "Ed"

Duramax

Duramax

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Willow

Chocolate

Chocolate

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Gigi

Domino

Cocoa

Chocolate E-spar-esso “Cocoa”

Ace

Aces High "Ace"

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Cowboy

Friday

Friday

Presley

Presley

Shadow

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Echo

Jenny