Agape is a Greek word that means "unconditional love." Open year-round, our 13 acre facility is located in Cicero, Indiana and includes beautiful wooded trails for outdoor riding and educational opportunities as well as a heated indoor riding arena, a classroom, a viewing area for families and care providers, and much more. We believe the experience of coming to Agape is one for the entire family, and we provide a variety of activities and opportunities to explore for family members while visiting. Our state of the art stables not only provide shelter and warmth to our horses, they are used as an opportunity for students to learn about responsibility while helping to prepare their horses for each session. The outdoor riding area and trails provide a unique opportunity for students to interact with nature. Many activities are scattered throughout the trails to further produce sensory experiences. Our heated Indoor Riding Arena provides an outlet for students who wish to continue their sessions during the winter months. The classroom provides more opportunities for the students. Lessons and crafts that correspond with their riding sessions further develop new skills for students. Agape is happy to announce a new partnership with Bradford Woods to provide a second year-round location.
Our 13 Acre Farm
State of the Art Stables
A Heated Indoor Arena
Now Offering 2 Locations
Agape is a Greek word that means "unconditional love."
Open year-round, our 13 acre facility is located in Cicero, Indiana and includes beautiful wooded trails for outdoor riding and educational opportunities as well as a heated indoor riding arena, a classroom, a viewing area for families and care providers, and much more. We believe the experience of coming to Agape is one for the entire family, and we provide a variety of activities and opportunities to explore for family members while visiting.
Our state of the art stables not only provide shelter and warmth to our horses, they are used as an opportunity for students to learn about responsibility while helping to prepare their horses for each session. The outdoor riding area and trails provide a unique opportunity for students to interact with nature. Many activities are scattered throughout the trails to further produce sensory experiences.
Our heated Indoor Riding Arena provides an outlet for students who wish to continue their sessions during the winter months.
The classroom provides more opportunities for the students. Lessons and crafts that correspond with their riding sessions further develop new skills for students.
Agape is happy to announce a new partnership with Bradford Woods to provide a second year-round location.
Agape is a Greek word that means “unconditional love”. Cheryl Miller and her daughter Dawn were called to share unconditional love when they expanded their enjoyment of horses and love for children by developing a summer riding program for children with disabilities using the therapeutic value of horses to rehabilitate.
As a result of parents’ requests and therapists who witnessed the summer success, Cheryl and Dawn founded Agape in 1986, but they continued to dream of a year round program. That dream became a reality following Dawn’s tragic death in 1992. After seeking God’s guidance, a farm just north of Indianapolis in Cicero, Indiana was selected for the start of a therapeutic riding center. In March of 1994, Cheryl established a full-time program, serving individuals and schools throughout central Indiana.
We believe that lives can experience healing and joy in an environment where unconditional love and the wonderment of a horse connect, creating a haven for unbridled hope.
Agape cultivates personal growth by strengthening the mind, body, and spirit through unique horse-facilitated experiences.
Our Core Values: The Agape Way
We promise all we serve – horses and humans – to strive for excellence. This is “The Agape Way.”
Trust and Respect
Creativity and Flexibility
Acceptance and Understanding
Patience and Kindness
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The Agape Team: We LOVE our jobs!
Each member of our team is here by choice. Driven by a passion for what we do, we are humbled by the miracles we get to be part of everyday.
Amanda is passionate about serving Agape. She is constantly inspired by the lives she sees transformed through the hope and love provided by the Agape team.
Cheryl is our fearless founder. She has dedicated her life to loving others. Committing over 28 years to Agape, she is the epitome of perseverance and courage.
As Program Director, Trisha is able to share her passion for teaching, as well as personal and professional development with both riders and instructors.
Deb coordinates our therapeutic riding lessons. She loves to see her students grow in confidence & strength, while developing relationships with wonderful volunteers and horses.
Jenny is our Chief People Person and master of wooing. She loves people! She grew up coming to Agape with her family and is truly passionate about our mission.
Lyn loves the process of hope and healing inspired by horses. She enjoys being “schooled” by our horses every day. She is also Canadian. We don't hold that against her.
Seeing the smiles on the kids' faces made Barb a believer in equine therapy. She is a PATH certified expert in driving and riding, a feat few accomplish.
Rachel is a true Oklahoma-born “ranch” woman. She is passionate and driven to see our riders healthy and happy. Ted is her favorite horse, and she is unashamed of that.
Cody manages the health and training of our herd. He has a passion for helping people excel in their strengths and proclaiming the Gospel.
Zach is Agape’s very own “Ron Swanson” of sorts. We recommend that every organization have one. He's very handy.
Luke is passionate about serving others and seeing them reach their full potential.
Joe not only cares for our herd, but he also portrays Hopalong Cassidy. He has performed all over the US and is a real cowboy.
Lindsey is a real cowgirl. She loves our horses and riders like none other. She also happens to be Jenny's sister.
Cassie joined our team in February and is having a blast getting to know our donors. She is the master of gratitude.
Tracy Heaton de Martinez
Tracy is a connector extraordinaire. She is passionate about serving and loving her community well.
Interested in joining our team? We’re always on the lookout for good talent!
Meet Our Horses
These are our partners in hope and strength. They are gentle giants that bring tremendous joy to so many each and every day.
COLOR: Chestnut, Flaxen Mane
JOINED AGAPE: 4/23/13
Auggie is one of the most playful horses at Agape with great instinct as a therapy horse. Before joining our herd, he was trained in dressage and was a trail horse. He is a good challenge for independent riders, always thinking and looking for more play time. Auggie was donated to Agape by the family of one of our riders and will hopefully be here for many years to come.
COLOR: Fleabitten Gray
JOINED AGAPE: 1/14
Learn more about me soon....but trust me- I am awesome.
COLOR: Tri color paint
JOINED AGAPE: 3/4/13
Big Boy is one of the newest members of the Agape Mini herd. He is the youngest, yet biggest, of them all. He is training to become a driving horse and helps train our volunteers to handle minis. He is a sweet boy who loves attention.
JOINED AGAPE: 7/8/04
Darby has traveled all over Indiana in Agape’s “mini” van, visiting schools, churches, nursing homes, parties & more. He is a talented little guy - he is also trained to pull a cart. Always ready to please, he gladly dons his reindeer antlers to help Santa every year at the Agape Christmas party.
JOINED AGAPE: 6/14/13
Darla is one of the newest members of the herd and enjoys working with our younger riders. She has captivated us all with her pretty face and pony prance.
BREED: Quarter Horse
JOINED AGAPE: 10/5/10
Dolly started life as a cattle horse in Canada and then was a trail horse for many years before joining the herd at Agape. She is a versatile horse. She is willing to let independent riders learn more by doing for themselves and is also very careful with some of our more delicate riders.
COLOR: Brown and white paint
JOINED AGAPE: 1/31/04
With her beautiful paint coat and long mane and tail, Duchess is a knockout as she logs quite a few miles around the state of Indiana in Agape’s “mini” van. Duchess is a patient girl and loves to have her mane braided with ribbons and bows, being pampered at schools, churches, nursing homes, parties and more.
JOINED AGAPE: 11/1/12
Jim used to be a part of the Indiana Carriage Company and pulled carriages for weddings and other special events. Whatever he is asked to do, he does with a willing and gentle heart. He is a sight to behold when groomed to perfection at Special Olympics.
BREED: Quarter Pony
JOINED AGAPE: 10/1/01
Jitterbug has been at Agape longer than any of the other horses, he loves his job as a therapy horse. His previous career included barrel racing, pole bending and jumping. Even though he doesn’t compete in the speed events anymore, he is always up for a game and knows how to spell T-R-O-T!
JOINED AGAPE: 6/13/07
Littlefoot has a history of jumping and dressage work. As part of the Agape herd, he is our Go-To Guy for independent riders. He is a great teacher and had loads of patience. He loves playing games, whether he’s seeing who’s the leader in the barn or if he’s picking up cones and toys in the arena, trying to get the other horses to play with him.
JOINED AGAPE: 6/22/06
Prince is one of the smallest miniature horses in the herd, but has the biggest personality. He loves to run and play games in the arena with the other minis. He is also always ready to show students the differences in gaits and how fast he can lope - as long as his volunteer can keep up!
JOINED AGAPE: 11/3/06
Having been born in the wild, Randi’s freeze brand is always a conversation starter with students and visitors. Randi has participated in 4-H and many parades. She is a patient girl and has one of the smoothest trots. She is a great teacher for independent riders and takes great care of some of our most delicate riders.
JOINED AGAPE: 1995
Rosie is one of the sweetest minis you will ever meet. Her tiny stature and gentle nature make her a perfect fit for visiting nursing homes and day centers. She is a great listener and loves to be groomed.
JOINED AGAPE: 12/31/12
Sam started his career at Agape with little training, but a great big heart and willingness to learn and please. His gentle nature makes him perfect for working with our students who don’t ride. He helps build confidence and trust with those who spend time with him.
BREED: Belgian Draft
JOINED AGAPE: 12/1/12
Sandy has been ridden and driven in the past. She has proven herself as a stable girl, phased by nothing and interested in everything. As one of the two draft horses in the Agape herd, she is a wonderful match for our larger adult riders. However, she’s great with the little ones as well.
JOINED AGAPE: 9/04
Seth has many skills. He is not only patient with riders on his back but he is also great at pulling Agape’s carriage. He is great with independent riders and riders who need a lot of support as well. Seth is full of surprises. He’ll try to make you believe he’s super slow, but he will trot and prance for hours once you put on disco music!
COLOR: Black and white
Shady has a history of being a champion reining horse. He is great with independent riders and helps teach our younger riders. Being a western reining horse, he has a great mind and a smooth trot.
JOINED AGAPE: 3/4/12
Smokey has really found a niche at Agape, travelling to schools, community centers, nursing homes and churches as an Agape ambassador. He has assisted children in learning how to read and do math problems. He is always good for a laugh when he shows how curious he is and remains a patient teacher to all.
BREED: Quarter Horse
JOINED AGAPE: 7/22/13
Ted’s history is a bit of a mystery. He was rescued by one of our instructors a few years before joining the Agape herd. He has a keen mind and is interested in everything that is going on. He’s great for teaching independent riders and is patient with riders who need a lot of assistance.
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Our Board of Directors
Cheryle Cosgrove, Chairman
Special Education Teacher, Heritage Christian School
Sara McClammer, Vice Chairman
Associate Attorney, Hoover Hull, LLP
Steve Petrick, Treasurer
Sales Representative, Sealed Air Corporation
Ben Wire, Secretary
Indirect Lending Manager, FORUM Credit Union
Gregg Gordon, Esq.
Attorney At Law, Cremer & Cremer
Conditioning Specialist & Facility Dir., Hoffacker Health & Fitness
AVP Loan Administration, Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union
Charles A. Hyde
Dir. of Memberships & Engagement, Indianapolis Zoo
Exec. Client Liaison, Capstone Capital Advisors, Ltd.