The McIntyre Centre receives much needed funds to purchase horses for therapeutic riding programs

By Julia Eyles on August 26, 2015


On Monday 24 August, the Harcourts Foundation presented a cheque for $9000 to the McIntyre Centre to help continue to fund their life-enhancing horse therapy programs.

Harcourts Foundation ambassadors Tara Painter and Julia Eyles were on hand to present the cheque to the McIntyre Centre CEO and Chairman, Jankees Van der Have at the Pinjarra Hills centre, located on Moggill Road.

Harcourts Solutions sales consultant, Sam Hunter applied for the grant on behalf of the McIntyre Centre and was also in attendance.

“I’ve seen first-hand how valuable the therapeutic riding programs the centre provides are to both children and adults with disabilities”, says Mr Hunter.

The centre provides therapy to around 200 children and young adults with disabilities each week. The centre is able to provide these life-enhancing programs thanks to the support of 30 horses, trained riding-for-the-disabled coaches and a large and dedicated volunteer workforce.

Their horses are the keystone of the centre’s activities, and numbers had recently begun to dwindle due to the retirement and injury of some horses over the past 18 months.

The centre’s programs give children with a disability the rare opportunity to experience life outside the home or classroom, to socialise and make friends, or use their bodies and minds in a safe but challenging environment.

“Many don’t belong to a community group or enjoy activities that are available to their mainstream peers”, says Mr Van der Have.

With the help of donors like the Harcourts Foundation, the centre, which was the first of its kind in Australia, has been able to purchase suitable horses to continue this important work within the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich regions.