The History of Heartland Therapeutic Riding

When doctors suggested swimming or horseback riding to Jean Baum after telling her that her then 9-month old daughter might not walk, Jean decided to investigate therapeutic riding. Her friend Marge Allen invited her to a lecture by Lida McGowan who founded the Cheff Center for therapeutic riding in Michigan. After hearing Lida speak, Jean was convinced that Kansas City needed a therapeutic riding program. However, no one in Jean’s circle of equine friends was willing to take on the project. They were unnerved by the prospect of having children with disabilities on their property, much less riding horses. 

In 1981, Heartland purchased 27 acres at 133rd and Antioch, where the program grew under the leadership of Jean—and later Patti Kortkamp—who was asked by Jean to run things when Jean moved from Kansas to Virginia. Sandy Rose and Joni Roeseler, who are current members of Heartland’s Board of Directors, were both involved in the early years as volunteer coordinators.

In the mid-1990’s, real estate developers became interested in Heartland’s property. Eventually, the property was sold and Heartland moved further south to its current location at 19655 Antioch Road with 78 acres of land. The facility was specifically built for therapeutic riding and was formally dedicated in 1998.

Heartland is recognized as a PATH Intl. Premiere Accredited Center. Heartland was one of the first accredited therapeutic riding centers in the US. Today, there are more than 850 PATH Intl. accredited centers.  Jean recently said, “Heartland has become ever so much more than I ever dreamed it would be.”

Our Facility

Heartland is located on 78 beautiful acres of land in southern Johnson County.  The property includes:

  • Rose-Daniel Family Indoor Arena with arena heaters and observation area
  • A barn with 16 stalls, 7 tacking stalls, tack room, office space, and bathrooms
  • Indoor and outdoor horse washing stations
  • An outdoor arena with an observation area
  • Fahey indoor arena for warming up horses and events
  • Sensory land bridges and trails designed for hippotherapy
  • Groomed Riding trails
  • Brome hay field and storage barn
  • A home for our on-site horse and facility caretakers
  • Numerous grazing pastures with horse shelters

Barn Location: 19655 Antioch Road, Bucyrus, KS 66013

Directions:

  • From 69 Highway take the 199th Street exit
  • Go west on 199th for ½ mile to Antioch Rd.
  • Turn north (right) on Antioch Rd.
  • Go past the church to the next gravel drive on the east (right) side of Antioch
  • The drive is marked Rose-Daniel Dr. 
  • Please note that Antioch Rd. is NOT a through street from Overland Park to our location

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