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Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program is a non-profit 501(c)3 equine facilitated therapy program for the benefit of people who happen to have disabilities.

Our mission is to provide Equine Facilitated Therapy for the Mind, Body and Soul. Since 1982 therapy has been available to anyone with a physical, mental and or emotional challenge. As a non-profit organization, Freedom Hills exists through the efforts of volunteers, donations, fundraisers and sponsors. Our program is a Premier Center with PATH, a Maryland Horse Discovery Center and a Maryland Certified Program for Farm Based Education.


We are qualified to work with:

  • Veterans’ Issues
  • Down Syndrome
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Deaf, Blind, Mute
  • Paraplegia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Alzheimer
  • Mental Challenges
  • Head Trauma
  • Quadriplegia
  • Amputee
  • “At Risk” Youth
  • Autism
  • And More!
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Equine Specialist

Executive Director, Renee Dixon, has been offering quality riding lessons and sharing her knowledge and love for horses to children and adults since 1982. Renee holds a BS in Equine Studies, Advanced Certification with Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Centered Riding Level 3, and Parelli Level 2.


  • Laura Peyton-Holt, President
  • Patrick Dixon, Vice President
  • John Kozakowski, Treasurer
  • Jessica Mitchell, Secretary
  • Roger Hucker
  • Victoria Hucker


  • Fred Stone


  • Sara Colenda
  • Dr Susan Gell
  • Dr. John Lee Jr., D.V.M.
  • Dr. William Riddle Jr., V.M.D., Ph.D.
  • John Wallach
  • Jennifer Metz
  • Orsolya Herbein
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