The history of Mephibosheth Farms Angelic Riders a therapeutic riding center in Marshville, North Carolina
Mephibosheth Farms Angelic Riders, Inc, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) PATH* certified therapeutic horseback riding facility dedicated to sharing the many benefits of horseback riding with children and adults who have physical, psychological and developmental disabilities.
The Angelic Riders program was founded in 2002 by Michael and Ruby Harris. After returning from one of their mission trips to Nicaragua, where they worked in orphanages and feeding programs, they felt a desire to help locally in some way. After reading about the many and diverse benefits of therapeutic horseback riding in a magazine, they realized they could help their community with the five horses they owned. Soon after reading the article and visiting other therapeutic horseback riding centers, Mr. Harris became a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped, now known as the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).
Mephibosheth, pronounced Muh-fib-uh-sheth, started out as a foundation Quarter Horse breeding farm, owned and operated by current executive directors Michael and Ruby Harris. The name comes from the the book of Samuel. Mephibosheth was Saul’s grandson who was lame in his feet. When David came upon the throne, Mephibosheth feared for his life. Mephibosheth thought that because of his disability and family David would kill him. However, David showed mercy and honored Mephibosheth by letting him sit at his table for the rest of his life. (2 Samuel 4:4, 19:26). Just as King David invited Mephibosheth to his table Mephibosheth Farm is a place where everyone is equal.
*Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International (PATH) is a nonprofit association designed to promote safety and progression in equine assisted activities such as therapeutic riding.
Find more information about PATH on their website: www.pathintl.org/