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Providing therapy to persons with physical, emotional, and mental challenges through a carefully structured program of equine activities.

Who are we?

Sonrisas is a secular, non-profit 501c(3) organization. We were created in 1983 as a project of the Junior League and became incorporated in 1987.

What do we do?

Sonrisas offers therapeutic horseback riding to those with physical, mental, and emotional challenges through a carefully structured program of equine activities.

What do we charge?

We do not charge for our services to the school program and veteran program. We do have a small fee of $20 per ride for Mosaic clients and $40 per ride for non-Mosaic clients.

Where do we get our riders?

Most of our riders come from SAISD schools, including the PPCD (preschool program for children with disabilities) programs. We also receive riders from the Small Schools Cooperative.

Who do we employ?

We employ one full time Public Relations Director, one Program Director, and part time PATH certified riding instructors and stock manager. We rely heavily on volunteers to help with our programs.

Who do we serve?

We serve riders each session with emotional, physical, and/or mental challenges. All of our riders are challenged in some capacity. We are the only local therapeutic riding center with this sole population. Our riders have a myriad of challenges including, but not limited to, sight and/or hearing impairments, ADD, ADHD, Spina bifida, speech-language delay, MS, Lou Gherig's Disease, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, emotional and behavioral disorders, PTSD and intellectual disabilities.

How are we funded?

We are funded by private and corporate donations as well as fundraisers and grants. We receive no state or federal funding.

How can you make a donation?

If you would like to make a donation please contact us for additional details or click the "Donate to Sonrisas" button below.

Board of Directors


Tommy Neal


Roy Robb

Vice Chairman

Karen Crouch


Opal Smith

Board Member

MD Shurley

Board Member

Executive Staff


Jeremy Vincent


Megan Kirkwood

Program Director

Kim Meyer

Chief Riding Instructor

Our Programs

Therapeutic riding involves teaching the rider the necessary skills and techniques. The emphasis is not only on the physical benefits of riding, but also on the development of the relationship between the rider and the horse. The self-discipline required to understand and control the horse instills a sense of responsibility and enhances task concentration in the rider. The autonomy associated with riding a horse also serves to promote the rider's self-esteem and positive body image.

Path Member

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is the primary organization that supports and promotes therapeutic riding in the U.S. and Canada. PATH provides program accreditation to ensure that standards are established and maintained, so that riding centers can provide a safe therapeutic riding environment. PATH also issues instructor certification in therapeutic riding. All of the instructors at Sonrisas are PATH certified, and we strive to maintain the highest safety standards.

Military Veteran’s Riding Program

To apply for the Military Veteran’s Riding Program, please download and complete the information packet.

High & Low Ropes Course

Sonrisas Trails will be building a state-of-the-art high and low element ropes challenge course adjacent to our covered therapeutic horseback riding center. This innovative concept and center will benefit the entire community. Everyone, young and old, those with disabilities and those without, will have a place at Sonrisas Trails. Studies have shown that the ropes therapy is very effective in the treatment of those with special needs, both young and old and is one of the leading therapies for those with PTSD. The addition of this new therapeutic course will not only enhance the therapy to our current equine clients but will also offer another therapeutic outlet to our Military Veteran population who have been physically, mentally or emotionally injured in the line of duty.
Sonrisas Trails would be the first facility of its kind in Texas that offers the combined equine and ropes therapy at no charge to those we serve or their families.

Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Improved balance and muscle strength
Improved coordination and motor planning
Stretching of tight or spastic muscles
Decreased spasticity
Increased range of motion of joints
Improved respiration and circulation
Improved appetite and digestion
Stimulates sensory integration
Improved visual spatial perception
Improved eye-hand coordination

Improved self-confidence
Improved risk-taking abilities
Development of patience
Emotional control and self-discipline
Expansion of locus of control
Development of respect and care for animals

Improved self-confidence
Increased interest in the outside world
Increased interest in one's own life
Development of patience
Emotional control and self-discipline
Sense of normality
Expansion of the focus of control


Each school year, Sonrisas serves between 80 and 100 riders through our School Program. We offer therapeutic horseback riding to those with physical, emotional, and mental challenges. Riding horses offers a myriad of benefits, including improved balance, coordination, and self-esteem. Riders also have improved appetite, better night's sleep, and less-labored breathing. What makes Sonrisas a unique riding center is that we offer our program FREE OF CHARGE to the riders coming through the school district!!. The Concho Valley offers no other service like ours with no charge to our clients or their families. The results are priceless; unfortunately, feeding the horses and the upkeep of our facility is not. We welcome any contributions and donations, which are all tax-deductible because of our 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization. We also rely heavily on our volunteers. Without them, we are unable to lead our horses or sidewalk our riders. Volunteers are truly the heart and soul of our organization. Join us today!

Types of Volunteer Positions:

Help at events
Leading horses
Sidewalking with our Riders
Various Office Needs
We ride for 1 hour sessions.

Volunteer for Sonrisas

You must be 16 or older to volunteer at Sonrisas Trails Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Depending on your age & physical strength, we may ask that you help us in areas other than our arena.

Volunteer Training will be provided for those interested in assisting with riding classes.Give us a call and we'll be able to train you individually. We would love to have you.

Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding Inc.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1093
San Angelo TX, 76902

Physical address:
5185 S Bryant
San Angelo, TX 76904

Call: 325.949.4837

Megan Kirkwood
Program Director
Cell: 432.413.3656
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