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Conference Facilities

BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre offers conference facilities and training rooms with capacity to host meetings and seminars for up to 150 people.

 

Bergmann Center Hallway

 

 

Bergmann Center Hallway

Facilities

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center is situated on 20 picturesque acres just outside the town of Harvard, IL, in northwest McHenry County.

The property features the following amenities:

  • heated indoor 160X60 riding/driving arena for year-round classes
  • heated viewing room
  • lighted 180x117 outdoor riding/driving arena
  • spring fed pond
  • large pastures and paddocks
  • indoor arena with premier rubber footing
  • handicapped accessible restroom
  • outdoor sensory track

Running through the property is the beautiful Piscasaw Creek, which originates in Wisconsin. The property also has a riding/driving trail through our large pasture.

In addition to providing ASTM-SEI helmets, we have a well-stocked tack room filled with every kind of tack from English to Western to adaptive equipment that will benefit all participants.

 

BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre

Our modern, state-of-the-art riding facility located in Poplar Grove, IL, was built in 2001-2002 and has been custom-designed to serve persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

The property features the following amenities:

  • two large indoor heated arenas (190x65 and 165x65) for year-round classes
  • temperature-controlled building which is 100% handicapped-accessible
  • spacious and comfortable viewing areas
  • plenty of parking in the large lot
  • drive-through front awning which allows easy wheelchair access
  • enclosed lunch room with refrigerator, sink and microwave
  • open viewing stand allowing onlookers to see and hear all class activities
  • conference room

The barn has 40 spacious box stalls for our large herd of seasoned, gentle-natured horses. Twenty acres of pasture provide ample room for grazing. Visitors will be impressed by the cleanliness of the well-swept aisles, the tidy stalls, and the easy-on-the-nose barn smells.

In addition to providing ASTM-SEI helmets, we have a well-stocked tack room filled with every kind of tack from English to Western to adaptive equipment that will benefit all participants.

 

Our Partners

 American Airlines     •    American Hippotherapy Association    •     Aurora Vet Center    •        Becca’s Legacy    •     Canine Companions        Capt. James Lovell VA Hospital    •    Department of Children and Family Services         Division of Specialized Care for Children     •    DuPage County Vet Center  •  Easter Seals    •     Experience Works    •    Families of the Fallen    •   Fort Sheridan First Calvary      Goldie B. Floberg Center    
                  The Gracie Center   Hines VA      Illinois Joining Forces      •  Illinois National Guard     •      Jesse Brown VA Hospital    •    Lake-McHenry County Veterans' Initiative     •    Madison VA Outpatient Clinic             McHenry County Adult Program    •   McHenry County College    •    McHenry County Veterans Assistance Commission   •     Midwest Center for the Blind  Milwaukee VA Hospital     •   The Mission Continues                  Mustang Heritage Foundation     •    National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification   •       North Boone School District      •     Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association     •    Oak Park Vet Center  
 Operation Support Our Troops     •   OSCAR Mikes • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl.      •    PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes  Provider Connections     •   PEAK Construction   •    Pioneer Center     Presence Saint Anne            Provider Connections     •    Regional Access and Mobilization Project    •       Regional Alternative School, Winnebago County     •    Rockford Career College    •     Rockford Passages Hospice          Rockford VA Outpatient Clinic   •    Rock Valley College     Salute, Inc.    Saint Coletta's of Illinois          Seguin Services, Inc.    •     Senior Community Services Employment Program                                                    Special Education District of McHenry County       •   Special Olympics of Illinois         Starlight Foundation       The Heart of a Marine Foundation    •    William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show                        Wounded Warriors