our mission

Improving the minds, bodies and spirits of children and adults with physical, developmental
and emotional challenges through the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities.

our story

Founded in 2008 by Mary and Theron Simons, Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit organization located on 45 acres in Naugatuck, Connecticut. The property includes a stable, two riding arenas (as well as a covered arena currently under construction) and wooded trails for riding and carriage driving.

happyMary and Theron strongly believe in the power of the human-animal bond, personally experiencing the exceptional benefits of equine partnerships. So they committed themselves to creating a place for children and adults with special needs to explore their potential and strive to meet their personal goals – all in a compassionate and supportive environment.

Today, hundreds of program participants are referred to us annually by educators, therapists, family members and friends. As a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) member center, we follow the guidelines and standards the organization has established to provide safe and beneficial experiences.

our board

Theron Simons, Founder & Executive Director       Mary Simons, Founder & Executive Director

Fred Dlugokecki, Board Member & Attorney       

Peter LaTronica, Board Member       Kathy LaTronica, Board Member           

Deb Morrow, Treasurer       Lara Gardner, DVMBoard Member         

our staff

Rebecca Caruso, LCSWDSC_0849 (2)
Interim Program Director / PATH Certified
Therapeutic Riding Instructor/ESMHL Certified (Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning)

Nancy Moore
Barn Coordinator / PATH Certified
Therapeutic Driving Instructor

Amy Coulter
Therapeutic Riding Instructor/ PATH Certified/ ESMHL Certified (Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning)

        Hannah Garceau
        Barn Staff

Mary Ellen Kunz
Director of Development

Kasey Higgins
Therapeutic Riding Instructor/ PATH Certified / Interactive Vaulting Instructor

Imanol Echeverria
PATH Certified
Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Linda Greene
Office Manager