Shopping for The Shane Center!!

shoppingDo you like to shop?! Would you like the convenience of having those everyday items delivered to your door like paper towels, toilet paper, etc. instead of wrestling them into a cart, and into and out of the car? I know I do!

The Shane Center is participating in an exciting new fundraising program!  We now have our  own shopping website featuring thousands of partner stores like Walmart, JCPenney, Best Buy, Apple, Home Depot and many more. When you make a purchase on WWW.Shop.COM/shanecenter, The Shane Center receives royalties and YOU earn up to 35% cash back on qualified purchases. In addition, YOU  earn 0.5% cash back on the purchases of everyone you refer to our website.  BothThe Shane Center  and YOU GET PAID WHEN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHOP!
Now, you can take advantage of the ease and convenience of Internet shopping to buy the products and services you want, while feeling good about helping one of your favorite organizations.
Getting Started is Easy! 
1)Visit our website at
2)Register as a Preferred Customer
  • * Click “Sign in” in the upper right hand corner
  • * Enter my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for "Were you referred by a friend?"
  • * Select the “No I am a new customer” option
  • * Follow the prompts
  • * You are now eligible to earn up to 35% on qualified purchases
To Go Shopping
  • * Use the search box at the top of the screen to find a specific item or type of product you’re looking for
  • * Use Shop Partners to find a specific partner like Best Buy or WalmartUse “Shop All Departments” to shop via category
  • * Use Hot Deals to find special deals and coupons to save even more money
  • * Look for the money icon to find out exactly how much cash back you’ll earn from purchases made from that store or on a particular product
Thank you in advance for your support!

Karen M. Sanchez

Internships at The Shane Center

Summer InternsThe Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship's relies heavily on the many volunteers who dedicate their time helping from week to week. In addition to the volunteers, The Shane Center welcomed three new interns for the spring and summer session! Katie Luciano, Ian Coburn and Krystina Carter are all students at The Ohio State University and are in the process of completing their undergraduate degrees in Animal Science.

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Big Changes for Central Ohio's Original Therapeutic Riding Program!

 Ben We are very proud to announce that Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. has changed its name AND has achieved international accreditation through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). PATH has been a global authority, resource, and advocate for equine assisted activities and therapies since 1969.

As of January 27, 2014 Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. officially became The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., and as of May 20, 2014 The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship became a PATH Premier Accredited Center after scoring 100% on the site visit. Founded by Karen and Joel Sanchez, Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. has a strong reputation for providing safe, quality, family-oriented services that are second to none. Located at Willow Farm in Centerburg, Ohio and situated on 40 beautiful acres in Knox County this non-profit organization has been fulfilling its mission of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities for the past 21 years.

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Remembering Blaze

BlazeTannerIn my experience, most animals have their own unique personalities. Not all of them are extroverts like my childhood horse Shane was, but they all have something special to offer. Different horses bond with different students, just as the students bond with different horses. All of my horses have a place in my heart, but there's one in particular who really stands out. 

Blaze's owner had him since she was a little girl. As payment for some work he did, her father picked him right off a trailer that was heading to auction. Many of those horses are shipped off to Japan as meat, so Blaze got lucky. As the little girl grew older and moved on to more challenging horses, other kids started riding Blaze in 4H. As the years passed, Blaze needed a less demanding job so he was offered to our program.

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Dreams of the Future

KarenKevinIMG 0013When times get a little tough, as they are right now for many people, it's more important than ever to hold on to our dreams of the future. Here at the farm, we've had both challenges and triumphs over the last few years. The important thing is to never lose sight of the kids our therapeutic programs serve. Thinking of the impact riding has on their lives fills me with hope that this farm won't just survive, but thrive.

When we first started out with 40 acres in 1993, I was definitely naïve. We had no fences or pastures, but I figured we'd have everything built in five years. Since we only had outdoor facilities, we'd put on raincoats and work regardless of the weather.

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Shane, One Very Cool Horse

There's a special garden here to mark the final resting place of my childhood horse named Shane. He came into my life when I was nine years old and stayed in it for about 36 years. During that time, he taught me just about everything I needed to know about horses. Most importantly, he showed me how to be brave and listen when he had something to communicate. 

Shane was always keen on people,

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WinnersWhen I was very young, when the grown-ups would ask: "What do you want to do when you grow up?" my first answer was that I wanted to be a vet. I knew even then that I wanted to do something that made a difference – and of course I loved horses. One of my earliest memories is of tagging along with my mom when she took riding lessons, pestering her with, "I wanna ride! I wanna ride!"

My first horse, Shane, came to me when I was nine, and together, we got involved with 4H and Pony Club, with lessons and showing. While my vet ambitions eventually evolved into a desire to be a classroom teacher, it wasn't until after I had completed a 

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