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
Want to get involved?
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.
Partnering with horses and giving people opportunities to learn is the best job in the world. And lucky me, I even get paid to follow my passion!
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.
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.
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.
Tracy Heaton de Martinez
Tracy is a connector extraordinaire. She is passionate about serving and loving her community well.
As the Bradford Woods Site Coordinator, I love seeing new riders fall in love with the Agape way and our new location. I love being able to help each rider achieve their goals and form new relationships.
I have 3 fur babies Nick and Shawne (horses) and Rosco (black lab). When I am not at the barn I am usually camping or boating with my friends and family or at an antique tractor pull with my husband
Sara began riding at the age of 7 and has loved it ever since. She was considered the weird horse girl for a long time while growing up.During her time away from the herd, she does eventing and loves the thrill of it all.
I love hanging with my boys, (husband, son and horse). I also enjoy baking when I’m not busy doing horse stuff.
Trisha is our calm and compassionate instructor extraordinaire. She has 3 awesome kids who are the best barn sidekicks around Cicero.
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: 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.
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 joined the Agape family in September of 2004 and passed away on January 22, 2015. He is deeply missed and was a very special horse. We are grateful for 10 years we had with Seth.
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.
JOINED AGAPE: 10/11/14
Butterbean’s former career included reining, 4-H and giving riding lessons. He has become a fast favorite at Agape because of his sweet nature and willingness to play just about any game his students ask of him.
BREED: Missouri Fox Trotter
JOINED AGAPE: 6/20/14
Before joining the Agape herd, Dusty was a trail horse, fording streams and climbing mountains! Well, really big hills. This is Indiana. He loves the great outdoors and is always ready to take his riders out for some fresh air. Besides his beautiful mane and tail, his riders really love his super smooth flat walk.
BREED: Coming Soon
JOINED AGAPE: 12/2014
Hailstone has been a therapy horse for over 15 years and has developed a keen sense for what his riders need. In fact, this is his second time at Agape! One look into his big, dark, knowing eyes, and there’s no doubt about his wisdom.
BREED: Missouri Fox Trotter
JOINED AGAPE: 6/16/14
Gunner loves people so much that his riders don’t need a lead rope to get him to follow them. He is a real people pleaser and loves to play games. When he is working, he pays very close attention to how his riders feel and always gives his best to let them know he’s in it with them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you interested in riding?
Think carriage driving could be for you or someone you know?
Our Board of Directors
Cheryle Cosgrove, Chairman
Partner, Cosgrove Partners
Sara McClammer, Vice Chairman
Partner, Bennett & McClammer, LLP
Steve Petrick, Treasurer
Sales Representative, Sealed Air Corporation
Ben Wire, Secretary
Indirect Lending Manager, FORUM Credit Union
AVP, Regional Controller, Duke Realty
Conditioning Specialist & Facility Dir., Hoffacker Health & Fitness
AVP Loan Administration, Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union
Charles A. Hyde
President & CEO, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Exec. Client Liaison, Capstone Capital Advisors, Ltd.