Cheff Center: Augusta MI



Potential Students and Parents

About Us

Opened in 1970 as the first therapeutic riding center built especially for the purpose of serving those with special needs in the North America, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center strives to focus on what individuals can accomplish, not on what they cannot.

Today, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center serves riders of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

Mission Statement:

To enhance the lives of individuals who have special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies while leading the industry in education.

Why We Do What We Do:

It works!

The market for integrative therapies has been consistently increasing in the United States over the past 10 years.   This trend is supported by out of control healthcare costs, rising rates of preventable health problems, and changing national healthcare policies.  Doctors, hospitals, and patients are finding that utilizing an integrative healing approach produces tangible benefits ranging from preventative care to improved therapy outcomes, to savings on the bottom line.   According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, nearly 40% of U.S. adults are currently using at least once type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Our Clients Include:

  • Mentally and Emotionally Impaired
  • Visual and Hearing Impaired
  • Down Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • Brain Injuries
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
  • At-Risk Children
  • Senior Citizens
  • U.S. Veterans

Equine Assisted Therapies change lives.

Something truly magical happens when these clients and horses come together.

Therapeutic Riding and Therapy Services are offered to clients all year round with programs in both fall and spring semesters and camp programs in the summer. For immediate openings, call 269-731-4471.

Our Location

Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
8450 N. 43rd Street
Augusta, MI 49012
Phone: 269.731.4471
Fax: 269.731.2990

Cheff News

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet Natalie

Everyone who comes to Cheff has a unique experience that oftentimes has far reaching effects.  Today, we'd like to highlight Natalie. 

Natalie is currently our youngest client at the Cheff Center- begining her journey at only 14 months.  Click the link below to read her mom's thoughts on the experience. 

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Birthday Blessings

Since 2005, volunteer extraordinaire Kathy Keelan Pew, has donated her birthday to the Cheff (Ride-a-Thon) - to the tune of nearly $15,000 ($2,475 in 2016 alone!)
Each year, Kathy requests that if her friends and family wish to do something for her in honor of her birthday, that they support her in our Ride-A-Thon.

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What People Are Saying

The Cheff Center means a great deal to our Danny and to us, his parents. It's not only therapy for Danny, it's a place we can come where we're treated with respect and dignity -- like you're one of the family so to speak. There is no place else on earth that we have found outside of our own home we feel more comfortable and welcomed. The Cheff Center staff, and I mean ALL the staff, take the time and effort to understand what it takes to give each student and family the best service they can provide.
- Cheff Parent

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