Participant Scholarships

Southern Reins is committed to providing financial assistance to children and adults with disabilities and hardship who otherwise do not have the financial means to take part in our program, and who meet requisite criteria. Through the generous support of donors who contribute to our Scholarship Program, we are grateful to award full and partial scholarships so that they can take part in equine-assisted activities offered at the farm.

Scholarship Policy


Scholarships are available to participate in one (1) 10-week adaptive riding session consisting of a 1-hour, semi-private, or 30-minute private lesson each week.  Lesson sessions are offered in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  Applicants are required to provide their completed scholarship application participant application, and a physician’s referral form at least two weeks before the start of each lesson session. 


Our Scholarship Committee, comprised of members of our Board of Directors and staff, reviews all applications and selects scholarship recipients based on need and merit.  If an applicant is not selected, they may reapply for future sessions.  Scholarship awards are only available for one session per year. Scholarships are not awarded in cash; they are awarded solely in the form of one lesson a week for the lesson session.


Any new participant who is awarded a scholarship must have all paperwork, including physician’s referral, new participant assessment, release of liability, medical consent and photo release. The assessment will be scheduled prior to the start of the session. It is the sole discretion of Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy to retract a scholarship if there are any contraindications or if the program is not deemed appropriate for the rider by the Program Director upon the conclusion of the assessment.


*At the end of your session, we also require a parent/caregiver testimonial to share the positive benefits you may see as a result of participating in the program. Failure to provide a testimonial may affect your eligibility for future scholarship funding.


  1. All scholarships must include a Participant Application.  CLICK HERE to view/print our Participant Application Package.

  2. Deadline: Scholarship applications must be submitted on time.  Any application received after the application deadline will not be considered. Scholarship applications must be completed in full for consideration. All applications should be emailed to kendall.christian@southernreins.org, or faxed to 901-328-6328.

  3. Eligibility: Participants may receive financial assistance for one session per calendar year. 

  4. Participation: If a rider receives a scholarship and misses more than 25% of their lessons, unless there is an unforeseen medical or emergency situation, they will not be eligible to re-apply for another scholarship from Southern Reins. Further, if a participant is a no-show or cancels within 2 hours of the scheduled lesson time for two or more lessons, the scholarship will be forfeit for the remainder of the session.



  1. Funding is dependent on the availability of funds at the time of scholarship application

  2. Participant need is required, including a case for support

  3. Participant commitment is required for the riding session to arrive on time each week

  4. In order to serve as many individuals as possible through a therapeutic riding scholarship, Southern Reins limits the number of scholarships to one session per calendar year

Special thanks to our 2021 Scholarship Fund Donors:

Baptist Memorial Health Care

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Stephanie and John Drouillard

Nancy Kirksey

Kim Robbins

Beth Share

ECHO Foundation

First Horizon Foundation

Collierville Community Fund

Jenny and Wilbert Bynum

CLICK HERE to view donors to the Nick Vergos Scholarship Fund

Thank you from all of us at Southern Reins