About Us

Located at Willow Farm in Centerburg, Ohio, and situated on 40 tranquil acres in scenic Knox County, The Shane Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities.

Founded in 1993 as Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. by Karen and Joel Sanchez, The Shane Center is Central Ohio’s original therapeutic riding program and has a reputation for providing safe, quality, family-oriented services that are second to none. We are a proud Premier Accredited Center of PATH, International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), who has been a global authority, resource, and advocate for equine assisted activities and therapies since 1969.  Their mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.  Only those centers that adhere to the strict PATH guidelines can be accredited, and The Shane Center passed with a score of 100%. 

Since its inception, no client has ever been denied services due to their financial circumstances. The Shane Center’s vision is to provide sustainable, exceptional equine programs that remain responsive to community needs, which are collaborative with community partners, and progressive in standards and effectiveness.

From its humble beginnings, Willow Farm has evolved into a beautiful therapeutic equestrian facility due to the efforts of the board members, the staff, the volunteers, and the families whose lives we touch.  Providing exciting and innovative therapeutic equestrian services with high quality programming has always been our goal.