​Meet Shiloh

For the past 20 years, Maria has participated in hippotherapy. She has been riding at Equestrian Connection since it began in 2001. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Maria and her parents, Mary and Bob, drive from Algonquin for their therapy ride. They feel it gives them quality time together along with physical and emotional benefits Maria experiences. Maria and her mom feel her lesson not only makes her legs loose and stronger but it also makes Maria, "better, happy, and talkative." We asked Maria's parents why they keep making the long drive to Equestrian Connection, they responded by saying, "it has become family" and, adds Mary, "For me, it's trust."

Equestrian Connection's First Original Member

Shiloh was abandoned at a farm in Libertyville. A women called up Diana Schnell and asked if she would like all three horses. At the time Diana only had one stall opened and could only take one. Shiloh came right up to Diana when she got there. Once Diana saw her, she decided that Shiloh was perfect for Equestrian Connection.

Shiloh use to give thousands of therapy rides, but after turning 30 years old we decided to retire her after all her hard work she had done since joining Equestrian Connection in 2004. Shiloh continues to greet staff, volunteers and clients every day.

Clients like Maria and Horses like Shiloh can always use your support. Click Below To Download The Form To Adopt-A-Rider or Adopt-A-Horse

One Of Our Original Equestrian Connection Clients


Meet Maria