Riders Up! at Lake Fork Stables

Horses Helping Kids

Who We Are

Riders Up! at Lake Fork Stables, a 501c3 nonprofit, provides free and reduced rate riding lessons to low-income, autistic, military and foster children.

Our mission is to provide access to horses for all children teaching them horsemanship as well as life skills. From the child of a single mother to the autistic child needing a constant in their life, we are here for them all.

No matter what program they participate in, every rider at Lake Fork Stables is a Riders Up! kid. Our goal is to provide a welcoming and fun atmosphere where children feel safe and are excited to learn. Our riding program covers all aspects of safe horsemanship.

Thoroughbred Aftercare is an important part of our mission. Using retired racehorses as lesson horses helps to ensure that they have second careers after racing.


Years of Serving the Community

Kids in our Programs

Lesson Horses

How You Can Help


Can you drive a tractor? Groom a horse? We can use your help!


Our programs depend on the generosity of the community and donors like you to stay in operation.


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Our Programs

Riders Up! includes the following programs for children.

Free Riding Lessons

Free lessons are provided to families on a government program such as Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, etc. or by providing proof of income. 

Horse Boy Method

Horse Boy Method inspired sessions are provided free of charge to children on the autism spectrum.

Horses 4 Heroes

Half price lessons are provided to members of Horses4Heroes. These lessons are $25 per for military and first responder families.

Foster Children

Half price lessons are provided to children in the foster care system.

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