Providing services starting at age 4 to 99.
As the President and Founder of Rising Star Riders, I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in our 14 years of providing services in our community to children and adults with disabilities. I am confident in our ability to overcome the challenges we face in offering our program to the community.
One challenge is to raise enough money each year in order to offer the service for a nominal fee and to have enough money to provide the best feed and veterinary care to the animals we entrust with our participants. This is a service that I wish I could offer at no fee for all participants because I truly believe that every child/adult should have an opportunity to be out in the fresh air, in nature, and experience the true gift of the horse. We are seeking grants and larger fundraising opportunities to address our financial needs. One of our goals is to increase the number of participants in the program from 15 riders to 30 riders in the next year.
We currently have six therapy horses and our pony who is our mascot. We have four instructors at this time and 12 regular volunteers. Our fundraising efforts will need to increase and we will are always seeking individuals who have a desire to help in this area.
Why do we care about this program and what is so unique about using horses?
Horses offer participants an opportunity to resolve physical, emotional and behavioral challenges. The horse offers an experience unmatched by any other therapy in a joyous social environment. Interacting with the horses has been shown to increase client motivation and can increase self-esteem and self-confidence. Horses are non-judgmental and allow the participants to interact with another being unconditionally. Watching a small child control a 1,000 pound animal while smiling and giggling is one of the most rewarding experiences. There are several overall benefits for the riders and the volunteers and I believe that all of us are healing each and every day we participate in the program. I am honored and blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization.
Kelly McBride, LCSW
Founder and Executive Director