Bakas Equestrian Center
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Having Ben in the Bakas Program has been incredibly rewarding. Not only does it improve his balance and ability to ride, but his overall confidence with horses. Riding has also helped him greatly with his fear of heights. He climbs on things now that he would have been afraid of earlier. The staff is just wonderful and really work with him to make sure he gets a good and safe ride. I couldn't ask for a better program!

Susan P.
Mom to Ben


Welcome to Bakas

We are located at 11510 Whisper Lake Drive, Tampa. Florida 33626

Bakas “Horses for Handicapped,” Inc.  is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization whose sole function is to assist with the financial support of Hillsborough County’s Bakas Equestrian Center.

Bakas News – Straight From the Horse’s Mouth!

5K Trail Run a Huge Success!

The first ever 5K Bakas Trail Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk~Trot was a big success!  Runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers were on hand to raise money for the riding programs at Bakas.  5K participants loved the off road course through our wooded property.  Congratulations to our best overall runners – Marcus Quinones and Allison Hull.  Thank you to our main “Clydesdale” sponsor Guardian Trust and our “Arabian” sponsors OptiLife Chiropractic and Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy.  All of this would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, volunteers and participants.  We promise to make next year’s 5K just as fun!!!  For participant results click here.

Guardian Trust Sponsors our Bakas 5K Trail Run

Guardian Trust Logo HomeA tremendous “THANK YOU” goes out to Guardian Trust for sponsoring the Bakas 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk~Trot on November 1, 2014!  Click here to learn more about this great organization and the services that they offer.  Guardian Trust ROCKS!!!!!

Mark Your Calendar for the Bakas 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk~Trot

Bakas will be holding its first ever 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk~Trot on November 1, 2014 at our facility.  It promises to be a lot of fun and will raise money for the Bakas riding program!  All of the details can be found on the event website at  Sponsor, run or just come out to support our cause!

Thank You Dena Curbelo and Independent Resources for Your Generosity

Independent Resources Logo HomeDena Curbelo and Independent Resources has once again so generously produced the beautiful program for the Area 6 Special Olympics event at Bakas on April 4 and 5, 2014.  Dena and Independent Resources has been a long-time friend and supporter of Bakas and we are ever so grateful for all that they do.  Visit their website at

Citrus Park Landscape Nursery – Thank You!

Citrus Park Nursery Logo 300x59 HomeA big thank you to Citrus Park Landscape Nursery for donating plants to Bakas for the Special Olympics awards area and trail course for April 4 and 5, 2014.  Citrus Park Landscape Nursery rocks!!!!  Please visit their website at

Pastel Society of Tampa Bay Returns to Bakas

Lorraine painting at Bakas 300x224 HomeThe talented artists from the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay returned to Bakas in March to paint the magnificent horses and scenery at Bakas.  This is the second visit from the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay and the members so generously arrived bringing donations of supplies for the barn.  In addition, they presented Bakas with a one-of-a-kind portrait of our beloved horse Dawn!  The next time you are at Bakas, be sure to come inside and see this beautiful piece of art.  Thank you Pastel Society of Tampa Bay and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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