Welcome to Free SPIRIT Riders

"Gathering of the Clan"Mark your calendar for the Gathering of the Clans Irish music event to benefit Free SPIRIT Riders therapeutic horsemanship program. The date is Friday March 6, the entertainment will be from 8 to 11 PM at the Horning Center on Marian University Campus, 45 S National Avenue, FdL. The event will include a Silent Auction, Purses 4 Ponies, 50/50 raffle and snacks.
Ticket are $15 each or 2 for $25 in advance at Mike’s Music on North Main Street or Wegners Office Supply on Court Street (both in Fond du Lac). Tickets will be $18 each or 2 for $35 at the door.

Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys performances are equal parts true Irish folk music and charismatic entertainment in the likeness of Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners.

The Multi-instrumentalists Aaron Baer (banjo, accordion, mandolin, vocals) and Jeremy Wood (guitar, tins, uillean pipes, vocals) head the band with Paul Wisneski and upright bass Jason Baer. Dale Devries (vocals) leads the crowd to become part of the show by offering bar-wide toasts and singing and dancing and with the patrons.

Matt Miller, President of Oshkosh Irish Fest states “Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys have been playing our festival since we started in 2009. We call them our “house” band and keep bringing them back because our crowds absolutely love them. Heart beating, foot stomping, hand clapping, and everyone singing along….this is what makes this band so great and so much fun. They have added a lot of fun to our fest.”

And… Coming up in April:

PATH Intl. Mentor Training Workshop Hosted by Free SPIRIT Riders, Inc.

April 17 & 18, 2015 | With Evaluators Lorrie Renker and Marni Mansfield | Fee: $325 Registration deadline: 3/10/15 | Download: Mentor Training Workshop Brochure


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Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders, Inc is a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities from Fond du Lac and the surrounding area through safe, therapeutic interaction with horses.


To provide active therapy.
To provide a valuable experience that is enjoyable though challenging.
To promote the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, psychological and learning disabilities through equine-facilitated activities.

Type of Organization:

501(c)(3)Non-profit corporation.

Eligible Individuals:

Any one over two years of age with a diagnosed Developmental, Physical, Visual, Cognitive, Emotional, or Social Disability.

Rider Fee:

alyssa and tanner outdoor arena$30 per 45-50 minute hour riding class or $15.00 per half hour grooming class. Riders are encouraged to have our services written into the Family Support Program, CMO, COP or CIP treatment plans.  Riderships and partial riderships are available based on family needs and income. 

Our season runs from early May to November. Classes are usually scheduled in mid to late afternoons and early evenings.  A typical season will have classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 4, 5, 6, and 7 PM with up to 5 students per class time. More classes are added when school is out for the summer, with daytime classes on Wednesdays at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00 NOON.

Major Benefits of Horse Related Activities:

Improves muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination,  motor development, emotional and psychological health.

Primary Funding Source:

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 11.42.21 AMGrants, Organized Fund Raising, Fee for services and Individual Contributions.


Help in a variety of ways: fund raising,  newsletter production, gardening and landscaping, office work and more.  Must be 14 years old or older to work with horses.

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