Award for Therapeutic Riding activities in Hispanic America


In 2018, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees decided to award a new recognition to the Therapeutic Riding work carried out beyond our borders with the «INFANTA DOÑA ELENA THERAPEUTIC RIDING AWARDS FOR THE HISPANIC AMERICAN COMMUNITY».

This important distinction is aimed at highlighting the work carried out by individuals, institutions or groups of people who develop, promote, organise or promote Therapeutic Riding activities in any of Latin America countries.

These are Therapeutic Riding projects developed in continuity and which, regardless of their size and focused on benefiting a group and not a particular person, constitute a notorious benefit to people suffering from any type of disability, physical, mental or sensory.

After evaluating the proposals of 30 entities from 13 countries, the first Infanta Doña Elena Award in Therapeutic Riding for the Spanish-American Community went to the Mexican entity Fundación FICAE (Fundación Internacional de Cabalgantes y Actividades Ecuestres), for the globality and similarity of its project with the objectives of Fundación para la Promoción del Deporte Ecuestre in our country, but also for being a point of reference in the development of Equestrian Therapies in Mexico and throughout Latin America, with an influence in this field that reaches across borders.

The award was presented in our Annual Gala during the Merit Recognition Act, which took place in November 2019 at the Teatro Real in Madrid.


Fundación Internacional de Cabalgantes y Actividades Ecuestres - FICAE

Infanta Doña Elena Therapeutic Riding Award for the Hispanic American Community 2019

Fundación Internacional de Cabalgantes y Actividades Ecuestres was founded in Mexico in 2006 on the initiative of Marysol Taha, whose personal story led her to want to make Equestrian Therapies accessible to people with fewer resources.

Having directly experienced these benefits, she wanted to make them known and facilitate access to equestrian treatments in the state of Nuevo León, thus creating FICAE, Fundación Internacional de Cabalgantes y Actividades Ecuestres.

FICAE Foundation was born out of the need to support children and young people with disabilities, promoting the horse as a complement to rehabilitation, and having the commitment as an institution to offer social responsibility programmes that bring benefits to the community with quality therapeutic services at an affordable cost, either through scholarships to users, or adapted to their socio-economic capabilities.

Working with the aim of promoting recreational, therapeutic and integral equestrian activities in the humanitarian, sporting, educational and social fields, FICAE began to develop Equine-Assisted Therapy programmes, disseminating its benefits, holding conferences, training courses for instructors, horse-related events, and campaigns on animal welfare at its Instituto Internacional de Profesionalización Especializada.

Among its divisions, they have created the Centro de Rehabilitación Integral Familiar (Integral Family Rehabilitation Centre), where they also offer physical, psychological, psycho-pedagogical and sensory therapies, with a sensory stimulation chamber; or the Centro de Enseñanza e Integración Jibrantza (Jibrantza Teaching and Integration Centre), which offers children and young people a combination of school and rehabilitation, working therapeutically and academically, providing them with the necessary tools to include them in society.

In its evolution they have also created Equinolder, a programme for older adults with services of Equine-Assisted Therapy, Brain Gymnastics, Motivational actions and Occupational Therapy.

To date, it has 12 horses and of its 170 beneficiaries, 86% are on scholarships to facilitate their therapeutic treatment, holding events such as exhibitions, congresses, meetings, symposiums, charity races or sponsorships, which contribute to its funding.

They also have National and International Agreements with Universities, Governmental Entities, Civil Associations, Equestrian Associations and Equestrian Centres to work together and develop actions in favour of equestrian training for the benefit of Vulnerable Groups, such as the Law in Favour of People with Disabilities, positioning Equestrian Therapies at the highest level.

All these initiatives have led him to receive the Corresponsabilidad Social Award (Social Co-responsibility) from the Secretary of Social Development of the Government of Nuevo León State in July 2019.