JFAR-JNF Project


About red mountain therapeutic riding center:

Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center at Kibbutz Grofit, located 45 minutes north of Eilat in the Arava Valley, provides horseback riding therapy to nearly 200 children with physical and mental disabilities, as well as emotional and behavioral issues.  Therapeutic riding has been used since the 1950s as a tool for improving the lives of people with a range of cognitive, physical, and emotional impairments.  Since its establishment in 1996, Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center has worked toward the development and advancement of this unique therapy in the southern Arava, making it accessible to the population of a remote region that lacks many other essential services.

Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, muscle tone, strength, posture, coordination, and motor development.  For individuals with mental and emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, self-esteem, and independence.  Riding normalizes and builds self-awareness within the patients.  A horse cannot tell that its rider has a disability, and its acceptance is unconditional.  At the same time, the rider feels a sense of accomplishment and control that can be lacking in much of his or her daily interactions.

About the jnf-jfar project with the riding center

Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center provides essential care for some of the most vulnerable in Southern Israel.  Yet one critical component of care is missing:  a bomb shelter to protect them from missile and terrorist attaches.  (The Center is wihin range of many of the recent terrorist attacks in the region).  Israeli law no requires all public spaces to provide protection against attacks.  Without a bomb shelter, Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center will be forced to close.

JFAR is working therefore with JNF to provide a bomb shelter Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center needs to ensure the safety of its riders and staff and to avoid a total shutdown.

The planned chemical and biological bomb shelter will meet the legal minimum size for a shelter and will be situated in a direct running route from the riding arenas and teaching areas.  The total cost of the project is $150,000.

Click here to read about our previous JNF-JFAR Project.