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Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Utilizing Full Body Range of Motion Exercise


Lori Sarner, President, volunteered at Pegasus in 1986 and because of her background in Equine Therapy helped fund and then grow the organization into what it is today. Lori spent her first 10 years from 1986 to 1996 perfecting the program and educating the medical community on the merits of equine therapy. She grew the program slowly during that time before expanding the organization. In March of 2013 Lori Sarner was Honored with special woman of the year honors by the Riverside County Commission for Women and the Board of Supervisors. See Article.

Lori has worked with an Equine Therapy group in England, that met on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, whose major patroness was Princess Anne. Lori also worked with some of the Queens Horses. Her commitment, love and passion for special needs individuals and horses have helped Pegasus riders soar beyond limitations.

Pegasus started with only a couple of horses and four riders. We now have a stable of 12-14 therapy horses, over 120 volunteers, and over 175 active riders coming weekly to our facility, off of Cook Street.

Our riders come from all three of the Coachella Valley's Unified School Districts severely Multiple Handicapped and M/M classes. Pegasus provides the buses that transport these riders to the Riding Academy. Some of our riders are from Angel View Crippled Children's Foundation, Palm Springs Stroke Recovery Center, Desert Arc, The Braille Institute and others are referred from the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Autism Association, and ACT for MS, The Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Private Physicians, and physical therapists.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding © is a NON-PROFIT organization. We do not receive Federal government funding...the only government funding we receive is via those Coachella Valley Cities that offer a community grant program. We are governed by a Board of Directors and supported by a diverse group of professionals that are dedicated to our mission. Your tax deductable contribution can help!

At Pegasus we know...
The secret of success is to try,
The secret of love is to love,
The secret of life is to live.

Lori Sarner
President, Instructor

Click here to read more about Lori in the May 2012 issue of Desert Magazine.
Your donation will help provide a much needed arena roof, exercise and game equipment to help stimulate and motivate the children and adults.

"You can make a difference."


Lori Sarner
Chase Berke
Penny Carpenter

Carl K. Osborne, Esq.
Larry Patton
Karen Renberg
Dick Shalhoub

Peter Solomon
Timothy Vail, D.V.M.
Dick James
Cinthia Gosselin


Chuck Hodges


Lori Sarner - President
Karen Renberg - Vice President Operations
Karen Renberg - Secretary

Chase Berke - Vice President Equine Therapy Program
Carl K Osborne, Esq. - Legal Counsel
Cinthia Gosselin - Treasurer


Chris Brady
CEO and Owner, Animated Media
Technology Advisor

Lisa Brady
President and Co-Owner,
Animated Media
Social Media/Fund Raising Advisor

Sandy Cox, MFT LSP
Child & Adult Stroke Rehab.

Sheryl Singer Deeds, Ed.Psy.

Alicia Gomez
Hispanic Liason

Jay Forgeron, RPT
Fr. Andrew Green
Church of St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal

Gloria Greer
Founder, ACT for MS

I. Annali Hanna, M.D.

DeAnn Lubell
PR Director, Angelview Crippled Children

J. Alex Gomez
Hispanic Liason

Allison Przekop, D.O.
Child Neurology, Loma Linda, Director Pediatrics Movement Clinic

Robert D. Wilmeth, Jr., CPA
Abel, Krieger & Wilmeth

Ellie Weiner
High School Volunteer
Program Administrator

Michael & Kathleen Potts
Community Members

Betty J. Ludwick, M.A., Ed C.S.C., R.I.D. Certified Deaf Services Specialist


Robin Montgomery
Marketing / Fundraising Consultant

Albeth Paris Grass
Manager Special Events/PR Consultant

Virginia Davis
Stable Manager

Cheri Radley
SRC Coordinator


Christie Arban

Chase Berke

Geoff Binney

Pete Peterson

Larry Patton

Lori Sarner

Manny Valencia


Loretta Vlach

Bobby Turner

Geoff Binney

Maile Klein

Pat Krause

35-450 B Pegasus Court, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
(760) 772-3057

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~ 10 Freeway, Exit Cook Street
~ North on Cook Street
~ Cross Varner Road
~ Chase School Road turn right
~ Drive straight into Pegasus Ranch
~ Paved street turns into dirt road to Pegasus











Our horses are donated or rescued, they provide an important service to our special needs clients. Our Stable of horses carry on the age old tradition of serving mankind.

The horses go through extensive and constant training to ensure they are qualified for the theraputic program. All horses are evaluated before they are accepted into the program. Each week from October through May they carry riders through a series of exercises, routines and challenges designed to improve their well being and self esteem while having fun. This is no small order for a horse, but their sensitivity and extraordinary patience is evident when a rider is mounted on a horse.

Not all of our horses are pictured, some are camera shy.


Your donation will help provide a much needed COVER / ROOF for the arena.

"You can make a difference."

You Can Help!

To make a tax deductible contribution to Pegasus Therapeutic Riding:

Mail To:

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
35-450 B Pegasus Court, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
501(c) Non Profit for the Handicapped
Tax ID: 95-3774003
Ph: (760) 772-3057