A Huge Thank You to our Gala Committee & Volunteers

THANK YOU to the amazing Gala Committee and dedicated volunteers! Your hard work and passion transformed our beloved center into an event venue and put on a gala for the ages!!!

Special thanks to:

Alexis Gottschalk, Amy Ripley, Andrea Raub, Ann Call, Anna James, Annie Quirk, Barbara Donovan, Barbara Roth, Bonny Griebstein, Brian Mathews, Capri Filippenko, Charles Vitt, Cherie Garcia-Day, Chris Hangen, Christine Tomacci, Cindy Moore, Clara MacDonald, Colin Finnegan, Danielle Coburn, Deborah Peary, Diane Morabito, Elena Halper-Schilt, Elizabeth Stokes, Em Dodge, Eric Legare, Gail Stern, Gail Pohlman, Gayle Jackson, Haley Mathews, Jack King, Jane Griebstein, Jennifer Wiseman, Jim Taylor, Jim Pire, Joan Saunders, Joel Browning, Jordan Case, Kelli Jackman, Kelly Pire, Kim Kellogg. Laura Fend, Laura Newell, Leilah Moses, Linda Parsons, Lindsay Kayser, Lisa Browning, Lisa Dominiak, Lisa Powell, Lorna Lyle, Mackenzie Finnegan, Madelaine Babb, Margo Garner, Mari Parino, Marilyn Schumacher, Melaine Dillon, Michael Stern, Michelle Bushong, Mikha Diaz, Nicole LeBas, Noelle Filippenko, Ola Alani, Orion Filippino, Paula Newton-Molgaard, Peggy Huston, Penny Sinder, Peter Molgaard, Rachel Bloom Walters, Rebecca Wernicke, Rebecca Weston, Renee Dyer, Rita Akol, Robin Lim, Sam Parino, Sara Damron, Sarah Moses, Scott Parsons, Shazia Malik, Terri Troise, Tess Casey, Theresa Vitt, and Wendy Clark.

BTC, Orinda; Clipped Wings; NCL Alcalanes; NCL Lamorinda; Scouts of America: Troop 303.

I aspire to a complete list, but in the event that I have missed recognizing you and/or your organization specifically, I apologize! Please know that your contributions were felt and valued!

Check out more photos here!!!

A Huge Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors!

This past Saturday, June 1st, Xenophon had the pleasure of hosting our 31st annual gala – for the first time at our incredible and lovingly constructed center. Xenophon has been at 60 Don Gabriel Way for 26 of our 31 years, and every inch of this space is a testament to our committed community of volunteers, staff, donors, clients and board members. Over the next few days, we will be thanking the devoted teams and individuals who worked tirelessly to make this evening such a meaningful one for us all. To start, we want to recognize our generous sponsors. Many of the names on this list have been dependable and dedicated sponsors year in and year out, making our annual galas such consistent successes! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your unwavering support of this annual event and the fundraising goals its represents!

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center Staff Elevates Expertise at PATH Region 11 Conference

Over the past weekend, the dedicated instructors and therapists of Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center embarked on a journey to Fallbrook, CA, to participate in the prestigious PATH Region 11 conference.

The PATH Region 11 conference serves as a vital platform for professionals in the therapeutic riding community to come together, exchange ideas, and collaborate on best practices. For Xenophon’s team, this gathering represents more than just a networking opportunity; it’s a chance to tap into a wealth of collective wisdom and experience. By engaging with fellow professionals, sharing insights, and learning from diverse perspectives, Xenophon’s staff enrich their own practice and contribute to the advancement of the field as a whole.

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center has long been recognized for its unwavering dedication to the well-being and development of its participants. Central to this commitment is the belief in the continual improvement of staff expertise. By investing in ongoing education, Xenophon ensures that its instructors and therapists remain at the forefront of their field, equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques to deliver exceptional services.

Boys Team Charity of Lamorinda Teams Up with Xenophon to Enhance Riding Experience

In a heartwarming display of community support and generosity, the Boys Team Charity (BTC) of Lamorinda recently joined forces with Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center. Boys Team Charity is a volunteer service organization dedicated to developing an altruistic spirit in young men through active participation of parents and sons in philanthropic projects in their communities. BTC was founded by families that wanted to teach their 7th-12th grade boys the importance of giving back and making a difference in their local community and family relationship. Their collaborative effort at Xenophon was aimed to enrich the experience of riders by installing much-needed chalkboards in Xenophon’s covered arena.

The addition of chalkboards to Xenophon’s arena is more than just a physical upgrade; it symbolizes a commitment to enriching the lives of riders. These chalkboards will serve as versatile tools for instructors, enabling them to introduce interactive learning activities during riding sessions. From drawing diagrams to playing educational games, the possibilities are endless. Moreover, the presence of chalkboards opens up avenues for creativity and expression among the riders. Whether they use them to practice spelling, engage in group activities, or simply unleash their artistic talents, the chalkboards offer a medium for self-expression and exploration.

The collaboration between Boys Team Charity of Lamorinda and Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center is a shining example of the positive impact that community partnerships can have. By generously donating their time, resources, and expertise, BTC has demonstrated a profound commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

We did it! We were able to bring Beau (Windsong) home!

This past month, Xenophon ran a Go Fund Me campaign to help us purchase a new horse for the center. Thanks to the generosity of so many, we were able to purchase Beau, also known by his registered name of Windsong. We cannot thank our supporters enough! This was a huge purchase for the center and was only made possible through so many of you who contributed!

“Windy” as he is affectionately called now at the center, is an 8 year-old Halflinger gelding. He arrived at the center 3 weeks ago and is undergoing his isolation period and has already started his training. According to our Barn Manager, Linda, he is completely settled in and is advancing rapidly in his training. He seems to love the job and his curious disposition makes him unflappable no matter what Linda “throws” at him.

Halflingers originated in Austria and were bred primarily for carriage work and to navigate the steep hills of the alps. As such, they were bred to have a calm disposition, which makes them perfect for therapy work. In addition, they are smaller in stature but with big bones, this also makes them perfect for therapy work: they can carry large weight loads for their size, while making it very easy for sidewalkers! Windy started out life with an Amish family. He is broke to drive (pull a carriage) and we anticipate him being a super candidate for long-lining for Therapeutic Services.

While we appreciate the older horses in our herd, many of them are often with us for only a few years before they need to be retired. Those horses that we have brought in at a younger age, Kiwi, GoGo and Ozzie, have been with our program for many, many years. We are hoping that Windy will be with us for a very long time as well.

Again, a huge thank you to all who made the purchase of this special horse a reality for Xenophon.

Our 2024 Drive Through Crab Feed Was a Huge Success!

On February 9th, Xenophon held its 4th annual Drive Through Crab Feed. Started during the pandemic as a creative fundraiser, it allowed people to enjoy the yummy goodness of great Dungeness crab in the comfort and safety of their own home. Despite people being venturing out to events, and despite many organizations returning to large scale crab feeds in gyms and social halls, the concept stuck. Many folks still like the option of picking up a delicious crab dinner and enjoying it in the comfort of their home. Now, they invite their friends over and have a crab party!

We sold over 800 pounds of crab! That equated to over 165 dinners, some with extra bags of crab. Sourced from Alaska, the crab was big, juicy and delicious. Paired with a yummy caesar salad and a fabulous baguettte from Semifreddi’s, it was the perfect meal. We heard nothing but raves from those who ordered the Anna’s Seafood fresh clam chowder. That was a hit! And of course, there were cookies included for dessert.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our neighbors, friends, parents, volunteers and staff who bought dinners. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who stuffed bags, ran dinners out to cards, and kept track of orders. Acalanes NCL took on the huge job of bagging 350 cookies. Even more importantly, thank you to our sponsors: Semifreddi Bakery, Eric and Megan Lindberg, Diablo Foods, San Ramon Safeway, Pleasant Hill Safeway, Clayton Safeway, and Walnut Creek Safeway. It would not have been a successful fundraiser without your generosity.


We are up and running again and so excited to see so many smiling faces at the center! Tuesday, February 20th was our first day of classes after the winter break. Our 2024 got off to a good start, despite the pouring down rain for the first two lessons. Our Tuesday volunteers took in stride and children were weighed, helmets were secured and all participants mounted for their first lesson of the season. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s lessons also went off without a hitch thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.

While the break allows staff to catch up on piling paperwork, we miss seeing everyone. It was fabulous to greet all of our volunteers at the pre-season trainings. But there is no doubt that the smiles on the riders’ faces were the highlight of the week. We thrilled in reconnecting to our returning families and getting to know new riders and their parents.

Welcome back! We look forward to an exciting and successful 2024!

Volunteer Training Part 2

Our second Volunteer Training Day was held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 and was another resounding success. We had over 60 volunteers come out to the center. The weather cooperated and while a bit brisk in temperature, we were fortunate to miss the Atmospheric River that hit on Sunday. Yet, again, our instructors did a great job imparting relevant information in an interesting and interactive manner, all of which stimulated great questions from our volunteers. The feedback was so positive, with many volunteers commenting on how much they learned. With such a fabulous cadre of volunteers, we are ready to open the 2024 season! Can’t wait to have everyone back here. A huge kudos to our staff for organizing and implementing such a great training.

Volunteer Training

Over thirty of our dedicated volunteers turned out for our first volunteer training of the season on Thursday, February 1st. We started out with a beautiful sunny day, but a few hours in that changed to a major rainstorm. They were not to be deterred! Rebecca, our Volunteer Coordinator, kept them moving smoothly through the scheduled workshops, covering such topics as Helmets and Experiential Activities, Mounts and Dismounts, Diagnoses, Horse Language, Holds, and Tack and Equipment. Our instructors, Haley, Laura F, Laura N, Annie, Heather and Jen presented a plethora of interesting information, providing hands-on opportunities with the horses and an immersion into the world of fine motor skill challenges that many of our participants struggle with!

We were so excited to see so many smiling faces. Xenophon requires a refresher training each year, and our volunteers always turn out in willing droves. The training serves as a reminder about safety protocols while also imparting new information. Many of volunteers have been coming to these trainings for years. Our volunteer, Diane, who has been with us for over 12 years said of today’s training, “This is the best one I have ever been to. It was a different universe. There was new information and the expertise of the instructors was amazing.” Annette, who has volunteered for Xenophon for over 10 years said that she always picks up 1-2 nuggets of information that she did not know.

We love imparting knowledge and empowering our volunteers to be the best at their jobs. For those who were unable to join today, we hope we see you out here on Saturday!

“Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied.” – Robert Noyce

Xenophon Staff….and Their Friends

Xenophon staff and volunteers got up close and personal to their mannequin friends during CPR training. They managed to turn a somewhat boring refresher course into a fun process with a little silliness and laughter. Thanks to our Barn Manager, Linda, for hosting the group in your beautiful home. Our staff are always working behind the scenes!