The Retreat at Beckleysville offers recreational, competitive, and therapeutic riding for people of all ages and abilities in a safe environment with minimal cost. Riders come from all over Maryland and Pennsylvania to enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere and the enriching approach of trained volunteers.
We are also dedicated to preserving the health and longevity of horses who have retired from our therapeutic program and others. Long after they are able to support our riders, they are nutured, loved, and cared for by adults and children who continue to learn from them.
Interested in volunteering or helping The Retreat? Find out how here.
Mary Shunk, Director
An accomplished equestrian herself, Mary Shunk is the founder and director of The Retreat at Beckleysville. Mary's passion for enriching lives through horseback riding has made The Retreat what it is today. Mary has been teaching individuals with special challenges for over 35 years. She is a Certified Advanced Instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, co-director of Equestrian Sports for Maryland Special Olympics, and Head Instructor with 4-H Therapeutic Riding of Carroll County.
In 2017, Mary was the recipient of the Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. Per the Maryland Million website, this award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility - qualities which serve as inspiration to others. Click here to learn more about Mary's recognition.