The exterior of the Therapeutic Equestrian Center and one of its residents (photo by A. Rooney)

Leslie Nice-Heanue, executive director of the Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC), has announced that the center’s annual fundraiser will take place at TEC on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Autumn Benefit celebrates the Therapeutic Equestrian Center’s commitment to servicing children and adults with physical and mental-health disabilities through horses. The event will feature festive food and drink, live music, and of course TEC’s family of friendly therapy horses. An extensive silent auction will include such tantalizing items as a seaplane ride up the Hudson, dinner at a Garrison estate with a private art collection, a Hudson River boat cruise with cocktails, and much more.

The Therapeutic Equestrian Center provides therapeutic and recreational riding for physically and developmentally disabled children and adults. The center also effectively preserves and utilizes open space for agricultural consumption by creating a sustainable green riding center. TEC is located in Cold Spring next to the property of Stonecrop Gardens.

Autumn Benefit tickets are $125 per person ($100 is tax-deductible). Tickets are available online at or by calling TEC at 845-265-3409. Tickets can also be purchased by mailing a check to P.O. Box 367, Cold Spring, NY 10516.

For more information about the Therapeutic Riding Center visit or contact the center’s office at 845-265-3409.

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