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Banbury Cross was founded in 1991 by Ralph and Carol Curtis. The program has since changed locations and leadership, however the work continues to be done on a daily basis and the program continues to grow and reach new riders each session. The center is located in Oxford/Metamora, Michigan, an area that is steeped in equine tradition and home to the Metamora Hunt. At Banbury Cross, we welcome students with physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive challenges into the program.

​Banbury Cross is a PATH International Center Member. The program has spearheaded programs with Oxford, Lake Orion, and Lapeer Community Schools' special education programs and has also been chosen as one of the select few centers to receive funding through the Wounded Warrior Project, which allows active and retired veterans to participate in our programs free of charge. Banbury Cross has also partnered with Lapeer County Mental Health to offer equine assisted psychotherapy sessions. Even as we continue to grow and diversify our programming, we are constantly assessing our participants needs and the needs of the community.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Oxford, MI
Status Active
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Horses
  4. Mammals
  5. Michigan
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  7. Therapeutic horsemanship
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