The Purdue Equine Assisted Programs (PEAP) Club was founded in the fall of 2007 as a Purdue University student organization to promote the goals and performance of equine assisted programs in our community, state, and across the nation. Equine assisted programs include therapeutic horseback riding, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated learning, therapeutic horsemanship, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, and other forms of horse-mediated activities. For more information on equine assisted programs, check out this presentation.
PEAP was originally founded as the CHAPS Equine Assisted Programs Club, which operated in cooperation with the CHAPS, Purdue's specialized therapeutic riding program. As such, CHAPS served as the working-model and beneficiary of most actions of the Club. With the CHAPS program now closed, the members have redirected (and renamed) the Club to better serve an ever-widening purpose.
Members of PEAP are involved in planning events, continuing education, and providing excellence in research and service of equine assisted programs and other horse-related activities. Many PEAP members regularly volunteer in lessons at area EAP centers. In addition, PEAP maintains a unique presence on campus by participating in Purdue events, such as the Student Activities Fair, Homecoming, and Spring Fest.
PEAP has been designed to allow members to achieve the Club purpose by acting on member interests, and all members are welcome to contribute to defining and achieving the mission of the club. If you have a special skill you feel would contribute to the club, please let us know! This could include hosting special events, arranging for clinicians and guest lecturers, website and newsletter production, fundraising, and promoting community awareness, just to name a few!
Current PEAP activities focus on: