Enhancing lives through equine activities
Buddy Systems, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit therapeutic horse-riding program that is committed to enhancing the lives of children and adults with mental and physical disabilities through engaging equine activities. We are a 100% volunteer-based organization. That means our team and our volunteers are here because they want to make a difference in the lives of others and in our community.
Our programs provide support and therapy for those who benefit from a non-traditional therapy approach. Buddy Systems, Inc. is the only therapeutic horse-riding program in Fresno to provide instructors that are certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Visit our RIDE page to find out more about our programs.
Helping people with disabilities reach new heights since 1994.
Herb and Joan Falk, owners of the San Joaquin Polo Club, saw that children with disabilities in our community needed a non-traditional way to heal and they also saw an opportunity for their horses to help. Herb and Joan Falk founded Buddy Systems in 1994 with just one horse and one rider and grew to three horses and many riders. After several successful years in 2009, Herb and Joan retired and suspended the program.
In 2012, Meghan Wilson and Ginny Parola picked up the reins of Buddy Systems, Inc. and have revived this valuable service program. Having a family member with a disability, Meghan immediately saw the opportunity to unite both her passions – working with horses and helping people with disabilities – in Buddy Systems. Meghan’s commitment and vision for Buddy Systems, Inc. have propelled the program to a whole new level, reaching and helping even more people than before.