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McKeever's First Ride



An Introduction to 

Therapeutic Riding 

A Program of 

OPAF and the First Clinics 



Dan McKeever 







McKeever’s First Ride celebrates the life and legacy of Dan McKeever. A pioneer in the orthotic and prosthetic field, Dan understood the needs and challenges faced by amputees. He pushed for technological advances and encouraged these men and women to defy the odds and reach for their dreams.

As a Colonel in the Army during WWII, Dan developed a deep respect for soldiers especially those wounded while serving their country. He would have certainly been proud of those who participate in McKeever’s First Ride Clinics and the Horses for Heroes Programs across America.

Dan McKeever had a keen mind, a hearty laugh, and a big heart. A graduate of Georgia Tech, he received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award and was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame.


Through his confidence and compassion, Dan enabled others to tackle problems and overcome obstacles. His legacy will live on through McKeever’s First Ride as amputees experience the physical and emotional benefits of adaptive riding and equine activities. We intend to celebrate his life and the human spirit. 

Join us! Won’t you? 

A day to enjoy horses and celebrate adaptive riding and horse care 



McKeevers First Rid

Mission Statement 

Our Mission is to showcase the powerful physical and emotional benefits of working with horses 

´ to individuals in the O & P community 

´ to amputees of any age 

´ to wounded warriors 

And to children and adults faced with physical challenges or spinal cord injuries. 

With the goal of promoting 

´ personal achievement 

´ physical fitness 

´ social interaction 


What Are Equine AssistedActivites andTherapies

Equine-Assisted Activities are mounted and unmounted activites with horses that can foster balance, core strength, andmental well-being. 

Equine-Assisted Therapies involve riding or interacting with a horse for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Psychotherapy. 

Even a single session of equine-assisted therapy can profoundly impact recovery, well-being, and health! 

To learn more about centers near you providing these opportunities go to 

OPAF is the official philanthropy of the United States Orthotic and Prosthetic community. It was founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games and it has gone on to develop and implement world class adaptive sports/recreational clinics for amputees and those with physical challenges. 



These clinics include:
First Volley™ (Tennis)
First Dive™ (Scuba)
First Swing (Golf)
First Swim™
First Dance™
McKeever’s First Ride™





First Clinics are offered at NO CHARGE to clinic participants. 

OPAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by donations large and small. 

Your donation is tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. 

For more information go to 

or call OPAF at 215.752.5756. 


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aida : re: McKeever's First Ride commented on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 5:23:18 AM
I used to ride the horse when I was a kid, but I always wanted to learn it professionally.
LesleaN : re: McKeever's First Ride commented on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 3:55:15 AM
I wish you good luck with your hard work here. There is no doubt that you are doing hard work here. Please keep me updated about any news or changes.
xyliwyqupa : re: McKeever's First Ride commented on Monday, February 25, 2019 1:04:26 AM
My first ride of the horse is amazing and I remember that ride and that time I was just fourteen. That was a new thing for me and the best dissertation writing service that the horseman gives me how to control.
opaf : re: McKeever's First Ride commented on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:55:58 PM

Awesome event!

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