Special Olympics at Shining Hope Farms


Shining Hope Farms together with the Special Olympics of Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties offers a Special Olympics Program.

This video, from our 2016 Special Olympics, is a great way to explain what this program is about.

The date for this year’s show is Saturday, July 8, 2017. Please contact us for more information and to register.

Riders receive four complimentary weekly lessons sponsored by The Special Olympics and the program culminates in a Regional Equestrian Invitational Horse Show at the Mecklenburg Farm. Participants include individuals from Gaston, Mecklenburg, and surrounding counties. The event enables participants to show off their talents with family and friends, to bond with their teammates and coaches, and to have a good time.

The riders are amazing to watch as they steer through obstacles such as weaving cones, crossing a bridge, riding through a gate, going around a barrel, backing their horse through two narrow poles. Classes have included showmanship, equitation, dressage, and working trails available for both independent and supportive riders.

GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant

Video From Our 2015 Special Olympics Program

Special Olympics 2016 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Wells Fargo
The Worrell Network Office, Northwestern Mutual

Gold Sponsors
Cannon Cassidy
Horne Heating and Air Conditioning

Silver Sponsors
AcuCare Clinic
Star Bright Pharmacy

Bronze Sponsors
Coppa Coffee
BluHawk Wealth Management
Chris & Sarah Allen
Stanton McDonalds of Callabridge Ct. and Northlake
Harris Teeter
Edible Arrangements

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Your contribution of time or funds to Shining Hope Farms will make a direct difference in the life of a child or adult with disabilities.