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Hanson Center - Horsemanship

The Hanson Center's therapeutic horsemanship program specializes in serving persons with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs. The program offers beginning and intermediate English and Western riding lessons for children and adults, beginning at age four.

Lessons are offered year-round in six week sessions, Monday through Saturday. Lessons are conducted in the Center's heated indoor arena, "Marcia's Place."

Therapeutic riding is proven to have many benefits for people with disabilities. Some benefits of therapeutic riding include improved coordination and muscle tone, improved respiratory system, stretching of contracted muscles, and increased self-confidence.

Organization Address

15 W 431 59th Street (59th & Garfield)
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Name and Position of Contact Person

Nancy Becktel, Volunteer Coordinator; Backup Contact: Leah Doweidt

Phone Number

(630) 325-5330

Email Address

NBecktel@Raygraham.org; backup: LDoweidt@Raygraham.org 

Website Address


Days/Hours Available for Service Learners

Various hours on Monday-Saturday.

Description of Service Learner Role

To help prepare horses for lessons and assist instructor with students during lessons.

Organization Requirements

Complete the application and include “Hanson Center Barn” on your application. Attend training session prior to start of volunteering.

Number of Placements Available



Contact Information

Career Services
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1140
Email: csc@cod.edu
Phone: (630) 942-2230
Fax: (630) 942-4596

Regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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