2650 Judes Ferry rd Powhatan, VA 23139
804-598-1543

About

Who Are We?

Mesa Vista Therapeutics (MVT) is a 501 (c) 3, EIN # 13-431-3387 charity. We serve traditional riders and riders with a variety of special needs including Autism, Cerebal Palsy, Developmental Delay, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Vision/hearing impaired, Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis. MVT is an all-inclusive program. When possible, challenged and able riders participate together.

MVT helps support its program by providing traditional lessons in the following disciplines: Hunter/Jumper, Hunt Seat, Dressage, and Western Pleasure.

Donate

Your tax-deductible contribution will help sponsor our students, feed and care for our program horses, facility maintenance and keep qualified instructors. Our EIN number is 13-431-3387.

Corporate donors may customize their sponsorship to meet their specific philanthropic marketing and / or employee interests.

What Makes Us Unique

  • We welcome students as young as 2 years old
  • Our investment in a draft horse cross allows us to takes students up to 250 pounds while others can only allow students up to 150 pounds
  • Wheelchair students of all ages are welcome
  • In addition to an outdoor riding arena, we have a large indoor riding arena (64 x 150 ft.) that allows students to ride year round in all types of weather
  • We have a classroom and snack room completed and have a physical therapy/massage room and offices under construction. All rooms are adjacent to our viewing area, overlooking the indoor riding arena

What is therapeutic riding?

Therapeutic riding is based on the three-dimensional, rhythmical motion of the horse which stimulates and works the muscles of the rider. The sensory-motor input received by the rider from the horse’s gait is almost identical to the human gait, allowing the gait of the horse to stimulate muscles used for walking, which can result in the rider gaining mobility.

Benefits of therapeutic riding

  • Increased range of motion and muscle tone
  • Improved gross and fine motor skills, balance and posture
  • Increased cognitive, speech and language skills
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased independence, confidence and self-esteem

Our Staff

Louis Quarles

Farrier
Andrea Cherry

Andrea Cherry

Director
Kelly Kersey

Kelly Kersey

Sr Managing Instructor

David Adcock

Assistant Manager, Instructor
Ella Wolf

Ella Wolf

Jr. Instructor
Helen Messenger

Helen Messenger

President, Manager

Dr Cindi Arledg

Equine Vet

Donations and Volunteering

How You Can Help!

Your tax-deductible contribution will help sponsor our students, feed and care for our program horses, facility maintenance and keep qualified instructors. Our EIN number is 13-431-3387.

Corporate donors may customize their sponsorship to meet their specific philanthropic marketing and / or employee interests.

  • Mail a donation to Mesa Vista Therapeutics
  • Donate via Paypal

Levels:

  • Adopt-a-Horse: $500 / month covers:
    • Feed
    • Annual Vet Check
    • Exercises
    • Grooming
  • Share Adopt-a-Horse $250
  • Adopt-a-Rider: $150 / month covers weekly lessons

Volunteering:

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities including (all levels of experience welcome):

  • Administrative
  • Event Staff
  • Farm Hand
  • Fund Raising
  • Grounds Staff
  • Horse Handlers
  • Maintenance
  • Marketing
  • Therapeutic Riding Assistance
    • Spotters / Sidewalkers
    • Leaders
  • Other

Non-Financial Donations:

We will provide a loving home to your:

  • Horse
  • Used / New Tack
  • Used / New Accessories
  • Used / New Farm Equipment

Your assistance will help us serve the Powhatan, Amelia, Cumberland, Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond Communities.

Thank You!!

"Neil has been riding with Mesa Vista since September '05...I can't believe it's been 4 years! .... Neil is a 7 and a half year old boy with beautiful blue eyes, strawberry blonde hair, a terrific smile and a goofy sense of humor. He also happens to have Down Syndrom, an autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing challenges. ... Since Neil's been riding, his therapists at school and in private practice ... have remarked on how much his core muscle tone and strength has improved.........

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neil
Angelastudent

"Derik has been diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger's and Sensory Processing Disorder. Riding is starting to increase his stamina and ability to do something for more than a few minutes. His self-confidence has increased and his ability to interact with other people. MVT has also been a great place to practice his social skills."

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AndreaStudent

"Wyatt will never be a loud person and riding is helping him develop strong self-esteem along with a voice. We saw progress from the first lesson and he continues to develop every time he has a riding lesson. For example, learning the 'click' for 'let's go' seems so simple, but it took encouragement for him to develop confidence in his voice to do it. There is nothing better for building self-esteem than sitting alone on top of a horse with the confidence to click 'let's go'."

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DarleneStudent