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Ellen Reisel

Founder and Fundraiser at Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center

Travels from Kibbutz Grofit Israel

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Ellen Reisel is one of the founders, as well as Supervising Psychologist and Fundraiser, of the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center (RMTRC) established in 1996, and located in the remote southern Arava desert at Kibbutz Grofit.

Since its establishment, RMTRC has become a unique center of green pasture in the desert terrain which features 26 horses that were bred and raised at the facility as well as a handicapped equipped playground and bathroom facilities, a learning center, and an after-school center for children with special needs. RMTRC has grown in enrollment from 15 riders in the initial phase to over 200 riders in the 2011-2012 term.

RMTRC prides itself on having a special “Day of Studies Program” in which Pre-K, kindergarten, elementary and high school students of special education classes and after school programs attend with their teaching staff.  Every child receives a weekly therapeutic riding session planned to meet his/her specific needs in individual or group riding. Depending on ability, the riders also get to care for the animals in the petting zoo and partake in ranch work. RMTRC has an outstanding team of professionally licensed therapists who receive ongoing supervision as well as support from our many devoted volunteers.

Ellen, mother of three and grandmother of Omri (8 months old),  is a developmental psychologist by profession, who has tremendous faith in the rehabilitative and curative effects of therapeutic riding. Furthermore, she continues in her efforts to aide the ongoing service provided at RMTRC by fundraising for the program in Israel and abroad.

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