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Updated 3-20-21











The Reins in Motion Foundation is a volunteer-based therapeutic riding program in Livermore, CA.

Reins presently has two PATH certified instructors, Katy Kempton and Shauna Ketcham, over 30 volunteers and about 50 clients attending weekly sessions at the ranch. We operate all year round.

We serve children as young as 2 ½ years old and don't age out, meaning we don't discontinue services regardless of the age of the rider. After certified instructors evaluate each new rider and discuss personal goals with the rider's parents, they develop individual lesson plans and track their progress, meeting with parents on a quarterly basis or as needed.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and life-threatening illness by connecting them with horses, animals, and outdoor education activities that promote healing and growth in all aspects of their daily lives.  


SonRise Equestrian Foundation is a non-profit organization, guided by Christian-based values, that makes a positive difference for youth living with social, emotional or physical challenges, including terminal illness. Participating children develop confidence, integrity, and responsibility through mentoring and peer relationships centered around the care and enjoyment of horses.



Exceptions Needs Network, or ENN, is a volunteer organization founded in 2001. We started as a group of parents of special needs kids. We wanted to reach out and help others deal with the tremendous demands we know all too well. ENN provides camp for special needs children. We rely on parent support to be able to offer these programs.

Camp Arroyo  
Since 2002 ENN has operated camps for developmentally delayed youth at Camp Arroyo in Livermore. Please visit the Camp Arroyo page for information.



The Quest System

Every Quest Camp:

  • Uses the successful Quest Camp Therapeutic System developed by Dr. Field and refined during the over 20 years that Quest Camp has existed. This system has been proven to significantly reduce the global impairment of the treated campers’ psychological disabilities.

  • Is a fun and active camp environment: Campers receive sports instruction and participate in physical activities, art, and games that help campers properly socialize and assimilate with their peers at school.

  • Is led by Professional Staff made up of licensed child therapists and/or psychologists. Quest Therapeutic Camps have least one Professional Staff member for every 24 campers.

  • Has a 6:1 camper to counselor ratio. Quest counselors are, at the minimum, college students who have experience working with children and often are working to earn degrees in psychology and child development.

  • Encourages neuro-cognitive skill building and a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic milieu via hourly individual assessment and feedback for each camper.

  • Provides four hours of structured small-group therapy per week.

  • Integrates parents into the therapeutic program by including home goals and points. Parents also participate in parent meetings, receive detailed camper assessments, and have access to an online therapeutic program.



Sunflower Hill is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to create a sustainable residential community for individuals with special needs – similar to senior living. Our community would not only support life-long living opportunities, but social, vocational, educational and recreational programs to ensure a full and productive life.


We have monthly Family Workdays in our Sunflower Hill Gardens. All are welcome to attend, however, we will have some garden activities planned for these days for the special needs individuals and their families, Activities include planting, harvesting, weeding, and more. For more information, Click Here.

Sunflower Hill has just launched a new internship position that’s designed for the individual desiring a deeper horticulture experience with an ultimate goal of employment in the field and leadership opportunities instructing our regular classes. For more information, Click Here.

SUNFLOWER HILL GARDENS PROGRAM–Special Needs Classes & Adult Day Programs

Special Education Post-Secondary Transition (PST) programs and Adult Day Programs are welcome in the garden on a regular basis on a weekday morning, most commonly coming once per week.

Regularly attending groups and programs from the Tri-Valley area have included, High School & Adult Transition Programs from Livermore Granada, Pleasanton Foothill, Dublin Valley, and Amador, and the RES Danville Adult Day Program. For more information, Click Here.