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Carrying Forward

Honoring the teachings of Maxine and remembering her words and guidance.

As we mourn the loss of our beloved leader Max Freitas, we're inspired to carry on her legacy. Join us this summer for riding sessions and week-long camps, where we honor Max's dedication to inclusivity through equine-assisted activities. Together, let's continue her vision and impact countless lives.

Help us continue Max's legacy consider donating to Equi-Ed

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Enhancing lives through the therapeutic power of the horse since 1993

Equi-Ed provides year-round programs in riding and horsemanship, carefully crafted to maximize the therapeutic, social, and educational advantages of equine-assisted activities for individuals.


Our inclusive programs welcome students of all ages and abilities, offering opportunities for both recreational participation and competitive endeavors.

Maxine Frietas

Founder of Equi-Ed, Boss Mare & Our Fearless Leader

Maxine, lovingly known as Max (Boss Mare), peacefully passed away at Sutter Regional Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA, on her 71st birthday, April 5, 2024, joining her beloved husband and partner of 47 years, Larry Anderson, who preceded her in death on March 15, 2024.


Maxine and Larry shared 37 beautiful years in Calistoga, where their generosity, humor, and unwavering commitment touched the lives of all who knew them. Max's resilience and zest for life were evident throughout her journey, from facing breast cancer to embracing each day with joy and purpose. She leaves behind a legacy of dreaming big, working hard, and caring deeply for others, exemplified by her founding of Equi-Ed in 1993.


As the Executive Director and Head Instructor of Equi-Ed, Maxine dedicated herself to empowering others through therapeutic riding, a passion that stemmed from her lifelong love of horses and helping people. Her impact extended far beyond the stables, as she served as a counselor to at-risk students and pioneered equine science education at Santa Rosa Junior College.


Maxine's commitment to excellence earned her numerous accolades, including the 2011 PATH Region 11 Instructor of the Year award and the Sonoma County Horse Council's Equus Award in 2006 and 2024. Despite her remarkable achievements, Max remained humble and grounded, finding joy in the simple moments and cherishing the bonds she shared with her family, including her cherished dog Lucy, cat Louie, and beloved horses Harley and Cali.


Maxine's spirit lives on in the memories of those she touched and the legacy she leaves behind. Her passion, generosity, and unwavering dedication to making the world a better place will continue to inspire all who knew her. "I've had a wonderful and full life and I'm okay with what's next," echo in our hearts, reminding us to embrace each moment with gratitude and courage.

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