Carlisle Charitable Foundation (formerly Equest Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Through our mission, we promote the health and wellbeing of children and adults with disabilities by enabling their access to the area’s finest equine-assisted therapies and programs at Carlisle Academy in Lyman, Maine, a PATH International* premier-accredited center. For more information about Carlisle Academy, visit www.carlisleacademymaine.com.

Carlisle Academy provides safe and therapeutically beneficial programs. Through the employ of PATH-certified instructors, paid horse handlers, occupational and physical therapists, and trained therapy horses in the Therapy & Adaptive Program, Carlisle Academy serves a broad population with a variety of needs. Services include Hippotherapy, Adaptive Riding, Adaptive Carriage Driving, Interactive Vaulting, Integrative Horsemanship, Veterans Groups, School Groups, Elder Groups, and After-School Programs.

In addition, Carlisle Academy is the Official USPEA** Education Partner, working to develop consistent and equitable educational programs for riders, trainers, judges, and auditors across the regions which facilitate the growth and success of Para-Dressage sport and competition.


Carlisle Charitable Foundation’s roots go back to 1998 when the program was first established as the Equest Therapeutic Riding Center, co-founded by Nick and Sarah Armentrout on their Spring Creek Farm in Lyman, Maine. For twelve years, the program served the community with first-rate equine-assisted activities and therapies, providing services to over 500 children and adults with emotional, intellectual, and physical disabilities.

In 2011, with an eye to future sustainability, a new business model was adopted. Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, LLC, was launched, building upon the success of Equest while expanding into new areas of training and leadership and integrating traditional and para-equestrian education. Today, Carlisle Academy continues to be an industry leader, providing exceptional programming, innovative curricula, and sustainable business practices.

Under the new business model, the Equest Foundation also was launched in 2011, maintaining 501(c)(3) status and assuming sole responsibility for the philanthropic fundraising mission. A year later, in a move to better reflect the unique partnership between the two organizations, Equest Foundation became Carlisle Charitable Foundation. Despite the change of name, our mission remains the same: to raise scholarship funds for disabled children and adults participating at Carlisle Academy.

*Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
**United States Para-Equestrian Association