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I am National Ability Center: 30 Years

Since its founding in 1985, the National Ability Center has touched countless lives. These are just a few stories from the past 30 years.



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I am National Ability Center: Missy Cowley

Born with Spina Bifida, Missy Cowley has been skiing with the National Ability Center from a young age. She is unstoppable!

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I am National Ability Center: Taylor Davis

Born in South Dakota, Taylor E. Davis was adopted by a couple living in Salt Lake City.  He grew up fly fishing, rock climbing and skiing in the mountains of Utah.

At the age of 18, Taylor enlisted in the United States Marine Corps., and spent the next four years assigned to 1st Battalion 1st Marine 1st Marine Division as an Infantryman. His first deployment was in 2009 on the 13th MEU on the USS Boxer supporting  counter piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden.

While on deployment, Taylor was injured; fracturing his spine, herniating nine disks in his back and receiving a blast wound. He left the Marines in 2011 to pursue his civilian career. Taylor entered helicopter pilot school, earning three licenses. He then attended Salt Lake Community College and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Geographical Information Systems/Environmental Geology.

While in school, Taylor worked as a fly-fishing guide and a wilderness therapy guide.

He also participated in a ski event at the National Ability Center and found that being outside and active in the Utah mountains he had grown up in, helped his PTSD. After two years of participating in programs, Taylor applied to work for the National Ability Center. He then joined our staff as the National Ability Center’s military and group program supervisor, a position allowing him to connect with, and give back to, veterans every day.

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I am National Ability Center: Ali Steenis

From an early age, Ali Steenis was fearless. Whether climbing the monkey bars despite protesting teachers or racing any boy who dared to challenge her, Ali, who was born with a visual impairment, never let her lack of sight get in the way. Her independent spirit grew when Ali’s parents enrolled her in therapeutic horseback riding lessons. She found her passion in horses within the supportive world of therapeutic riding, and with the desire to compete alongside able-bodied peers, Ali transitioned out of therapeutic riding and into dressage.
Ali received her first guide dog the summer before her senior year and graduated with honors, going on to attend Seattle Pacific University for business management. Following her freshman year, Ali discovered the National Ability Center, and was accepted into their COACH internship program. Taking a leap of faith, she moved to Park City for a summer that would change her life.


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National Ability Center Story: Madi & Ashlee

Madi has excelled with National Ability Center in our programs and and COACH Intern. Watch her story and see how opportunities for recreation, education and community can make a positive impact for individuals of all abilities and their families.

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National Ability Center Equestrian Participants: Ava & Bridgy

Watch the story of two of National Ability Center’s Equestrian participants. Learn how community, recreation, therapy and horses can change the lives of individuals of all abilities.

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National Ability Center Athlete, Anna Beninati’s Story

Anna Beninati, National Ability Center Athlete and 2018 Paralympic Hopeful tells of her experience learning to ski and becoming an athlete after the loss of her legs.

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National Ability Center & Team Utah Athlete: Nicole Roundy

Nicole Roundy is a snowboard Paralympian who trains with the National Ability Center and Team Utah in Park City, UT at Park City Mountain Resort. Here is a quick look at how she got involved with the snowboard program at the National Ability Center. |

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Equestrian Programs

The National Ability Center’s Equestrian Program offers three different forms of Equine Assisted Activities or Therapy (EAAT). Adaptive Horseback Riding, Hippotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) take place six days a week throughout the year, thanks to the heated 17,000 square foot indoor arena and barn.

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