In 1997, current Executive Director Amber Varner was hired by a fledgling nonprofit, Agape Institute, to be a trainer and barn manager. In 2003, Agape Institute was dissolved and Forward Stride was incorporated, its creation facilitated by Amber and a small group of fellow volunteers.
Forward Stride has had several homes throughout its history. We spent a short amount of time at two private facilities in Sherwood, then found a home at a barn in Wilsonville. Eventually we moved to a property in Beaverton at the old Fox Hollow Farms (pictured right). When our lease was up, we relocated to our current, custom designed facility off of Farmington Road in Beaverton, our forever home!
Founded to meet the demand for therapeutic horseback riding services in the Portland Metro area, Forward Stride is a haven of learning, growing, and healing for individuals of all abilities, ages, and walks of life.
Since its founding, Forward Stride has expanded its service offerings to include a variety of horse-centered activities and therapies. Our philosophy of safety and inclusion underlies all of our programs.