Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program was founded by Debby Sabin, an Occupational Therapist, on Lovelane Road in Weston in 1988 with just five riders, one volunteer and three borrowed horses! A year later it was incorporated as a non-profit and in 1993 Lovelane moved to a new backyard barn, home of horse trainer Elsie Rodney. In 1995 it doubled in size and expanded to Debby’s backyard, where the program continued to grow.
With demand growing, a large wait list of children with special needs, and having created a reputation as a top quality therapeutic program, a successful capital campaign in 2004 enabled the program to move into a permanent home designed exclusively for the special needs population. The facility includes indoor and outdoor arenas, a therapy room, office space, horse stalls and access to outdoor trails.
Today, Lovelane provides services to 130 students a week in both mounted and unmounted programing with the help of 197 volunteers.
In 2019, 31 years after founding Lovelane, successfully ensuring Lovelane’s financial stability and creating the highest quality therapeutic program, growing Lovelane to its perfect size — 12 horses, 130 students, 197 volunteers, 17 instructors and a dedicated, loyal staff, Executive Director and Founder, Debby Sabin handed the reins to Associate Executive Director, Megan Donovan.
Today, Megan is committed to carrying on the high quality lessons Lovelane has become known for in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
Lovelane is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization and is an accredited member of The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International®.