Since the prevalence of autism appears to be increasing, there is a specific interest in research with students with autism. Dream Catchers’ initial research has shown that therapeutic riding benefits children with autism. In 2011, Dream Catchers’ research team’s preliminary study of 21 autistic children showed positive benefits of behavior which was reflected in the children’s classrooms. Partnerships between school systems such as York County and Williamsburg-James City County provided opportunities for students to ride during the school day. These partnerships played an important role in the research efforts. The research team presented their findings at the PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Conference in Lexington, KY and the Council for Exceptional Children’s spring 2012 conference in Denver, CO. Their study has also been submitted for publication to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.