Founded in 1999 by pediatric occupational therapist Lisa Kafka, Exceptional Equestrians has its roots in pediatric therapy.

Today we provide hippotherapy, adaptive riding and equine-experiential learning programs that promote physical health and development, communication, community integration, self-esteem, and achievement of functional skills.

With over 25 years of experience, Exceptional Equestrians offers:

  • A variety of progressive equine assisted therapies, which allows us to accommodate riders of varying abilities
  • Collaboration with a pediatric therapy clinic on campus
  • Gait and posture analysis as an objective measure of progress
  • A safe and prepared environment
  • Horses that are selected and trained for the task

One of the most comprehensive programs in the Midwest, we are the only center north of Milwaukee that meets these standards:

  • PATH center member
  • A hippotherapy clinical specialist with AHA and PATH certification oversees all programs, to
    – assess each rider
    – establish treatment plan, and monitor progress
    – choose the appropriate horse and equipment
  • A professional equine specialist with a degree in equine science selects, trains, and conditions all of our therapy horses

Our Mission:

To better the lives of people of all abilities through the healing power of horses.​

Our Vision:

Always building community connections to broaden our reach. Steadfast in our commitment to providing quality, affordable service to people of all abilities in Northeast Wisconsin in a family-oriented, natural environment.

Our Values:

  • Quality
  • Holding the highest standards in therapeutic horsemanship to nurture strength, hope, and independence
  • Diversity
  • Embracing each individual’s unique skills, abilities, and gifts
  • Community
  • Promoting inclusion through our commitment to affordable services
  • Fostering collaboration for efficient use of resources