Hello and welcome to Kopper Top Life Learning Center. Kopper Top children and adults with, and without, special needs or disabilities.  The mission of Kopper Top is to empower, enable and enhance the quality of life for individuals with special needs using animal-assisted recreational therapy activities. Our therapy services offer educational experiences designed to increase self-confidence and improve quality of life. 

Contact us today to learn more about our organization, our services, or how you can volunteer.

Our Services

Healing HOOVES

Healing HOOVES is a horseback riding program for children and adults with and without disabilities. 

With the help of the program’s horses of all shapes, sizes, and breeds, individuals learn about the care, handling, and riding of horses. 


Kopper Top is a volunteer-run organization.  We depend heavily on the help and support of dedicated individuals who are committed to giving of themselves to our program — to the people we serve and the animals that help carry out our programs.

Healing PAAAWS

Healing PAAWS is a portable animal-assisted therapy program.  Dogs, cats, and rabbits visit people in the community. Our therapy crew makes regular visits to many different nursing homes in the Burlington / Greensboro area of North Carolina.

Special Olympics

Kopper Top has the privilege of training athletes for the equestrian competition of the Special Olympics North Carolina games held annually in Raleigh, North Carolina.  If interested in training and competing in the upcoming Special Olympics of North Carolina (Equestrian), please contact us today!

Camp FreeSpirit

Camp FreeSpirit is a half-day summer day camp designed for children ages 2 and up.  Campers learn about the care and handling of horses, as well as horse sense and safety. By the end of the week, they have learned how to groom, tack, and ride!

Other Services

Kopper Top offers additional
services including:
Vocational Training
Internship Opportunities
Birthday Parties
Farm Tours
Community Service Opportunities 

Support Our Mission

Kopper Top Life Learning Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable corporation that is governed by a volunteer board of directors.  

All Kopper Top clients are charged a fee for lessons that is discounted in order to make therapeutic riding affordable for our families. The fees charged only cover a minimum of our operating costs.  A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. 

 In order to meet our operating budget, fundraising events, gifts, grants, special events and donations have to account for the largest majority of our annual revenue. Please contact us for any questions you may have about ways you can support Kopper Top. Donations are vital to our success, and every dollar counts! We are truly grateful for the support of the entire Kopper family!