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 2017 Special Olympics, is a great way to see what this program is about.

The 2017 show  was held on Saturday, July 8. Please contact us for information about our 2018 program.

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.

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Video From Our 2016 Special Olympics Program

Special Olympics
2017 Sponsors

Special Olympics North Carolina

Platinum Sponsors

Mountain Island Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
The Worrell Network Office, Northwestern Mutual

Gold Sponsors

Carolinas Rehabilitation (a part of Carolinas HealthCare System)
Horne Heating & Air Conditioning
Star Bright Pharmacy

Silver Sponsors

Acu-Care Clinic
Omni Wellness Center
Helen Adams Realty (Angie Godley Bright and Judy Godley)

Bronze Sponsors

Coulwood Tire & Auto BluHawk Wealth Management
Century 21

Food & beverages provided by:

Stanton Enterprise McDonalds
Edible Arrangements
Harris Teeter
Cooks Presbyterian Men of the Church


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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.