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Cloud Dancers of the Southwest
Equestrian Therapy and Recreation for the Disabled
Albuquerque, NM

Founded in 1982, Cloud Dancers is a non-profit, Albuquerque-based recreational horseback-riding program for persons with disabilities. Cloud Dancers is a Member Center of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) and employs certified riding instructors who focus on our riders’ abilities. While many of our riders have very involved physical and developmental challenges (in the past few years, our riders have been challenged with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, multiple sclerosis, blindness, autism, and amputations), they have learned that, through riding, they can overcome many of the barriers they experience in their everyday life. Benefits to our riders include increased physical mobility, confidence, pride and responsibility.

Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers

SCCV is a group of dog owners in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who love their dogs and have trained them to visit patients in nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities. Founded in 1986, we now have over 60 members visiting in approximately 16 facilities throughout the Albuquerque metro area. Active in training and promoting therapy dogs, SCCV serves a variety of facilities including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, abuse shelters and more.