McKeever's First Rides have been held in Atlanta, GA, Waterloo, Iowa, and New York in the United States, as well as in Rome, Italy and Verona, Italy. Each site provides creative activities to allow amputees and O&P users to connect with horses and develop new skills for recreation, confidence building, and personal enrichment. Some facilities, like Gwinnett Fairgrounds near Atlanta, have offered "rain or shine" day long events, that included live music, and various demonstrations, in addition to horse-assisted activities.
Since our start, we have had 12 events. Click the button on the left to learn about them.
Who Is It For?
Youth with limb differences, as young as 2 years old have been thrilled to discover the joy of being around horses, and engaging in adaptive riding. Youth, teens, and adult participants with limb loss and limb differences have enjoyed many adventures at McKeever's First Ride events.
It is one thing to adjust to life with an orthotic or prosthetic device, but it is another thing to EXCEL in one's "new normal" life. McKeever's First Ride acquaints guests from 2 to 82 with adaptive sports in a venue well suited to accommodate those who use prosthetic/orthotic devices, and wheelchairs.
All Military Personnel
At McKeever's First Ride, we are eager to show all military personnel the gratitude and honor they deserve, for serving this great nation. Vets and active military personnel enjoy fellowship with one another, as they enjoy a day to relax and recharge.
McKeever's First Ride and OPAF are deeply grateful to the Sponsors who have helped make McKeever's First Ride events possible. Through their generous gifts and support, they have helped make our vision a reality--youth and adults with limb differences have found comfort and empowerment through connecting with horses and peers at MFR events.
McKeever's First Ride and OPAF are thrilled to recognize the people and organizations who have helped make McKeever's First Ride events a success across the US and in Europe.
We Are A First Clinic Of OPAF
OPAF is the official philanthropy unit of the United States Orthotic and Prosthetic community.