Sonrise Equestrian Foundation
Rating: 4.94 stars 35 35 reviews 2,650
Animals, Children & Youth, Mental Health
PO Box 3097 Danville CA 94526 USA
SonRise Equestrian Foundation is a free, non-profit organization making a positive difference for children living with social, emotional, or physical challenges including terminal illness.
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Sonrise has helped our daughter in so many ways:
Her speech- she has to call out commands to the horses
Her motor skills- She has to have proper form and know how and when to work the reins. Also, latching and unlatching the horse.
Her ADHD- She has to pay attention & focus in the moment when on and around the horses.
Her Anxiety- She has to remain calm when she's around the horses.
Her Social Skills- She interacts with the volunteers & other kids. They have to work together.
I have been a happy volunteer with SonRise since its inception 10 years ago. It is a very special program making huge differences in the lives of children with all kinds of special needs, both physical and psychological. The results are immeasurable and the pleasure as a volunteer to see this difference is priceless. The best part there is no charge for any of the programs with SonRise-children ride the horses and receive consistent mentorship for free, and other community programs benefit from SonRise as no additional cost. Almost all of the staff at SonRise are dedicated volunteers and the program is run with tremendous financial accountability.
My daughter Veronica was 10 years old when she started pulling out her hair, eyelashes, and even her eyebrows. Talk therapy helped a little with her trichotillomania, and then a friend suggested Sonrise Equestrian. After a little bit of shyness around the people (the horses were no problem!), Veronica fit right in. The gentleness of the horses and the loving commitment of the volunteers were exactly what she needed. From helping brush and exercise the horses to cleaning stalls, then riding lessons on to being a volunteer herself, my little girl has grown into a wonderful, loving young lady. She hasn't 'pulled' for quite a while, and the program and people at Sonrise are a huge part of that. Thank you, Sonrise, for all you do!
Sonrise Equestrian Therapy has helped my Twelve year old Autistic son feel awesome. Sonrise offers free riding lessons to my son. He loves the connection he has with the horses there. The volunteers treat everyone like family and are so caring. I never met such loving people like those at Sonrise.
I am a volunteer Horse Handler and Travelling Tails volunteer..I love everything about Sonrise, the ranch, the people who work there, the horses are amazing and the kids are so sweet.
Sonrise is an exceptional non-profit organization. They do so much for developmentally disabled kids. It's incredible to see the children approach a horse with such trepidation, then to see them grinning ear to ear and laughing when they start riding. I've read a letter of gratitude from an autistic young man's parents who said the boy started speaking (to humans) for the first time after joining the program. And, all kids seem to come out of their shells around the horses. I feel privileged to have witnessed a tiny baby in a hospice program reacting to a mini horse's presence. It's magical!
Their mission is to "make a positive difference for youth living with social, emotional, or physical challenges, including terminal illness. Participating children develop confidence, integrity, and responsibility through mentoring and peer relationships centered around the care and enjoyment of horses." Sonrise Equestrian Foundation is doing just that, every week, every day. I'm so proud to be associated with this organization. When I saw the smiles on the faces of some of the developmentally challenged students when they mounted the mini horses, I knew what extraordinary people had created Sonrise!
I am proud to be a volunteer for Sonrise because I know that they operate under strictly meticulous ethical values in both operations and in working with the children. I am proud of the incredible patience and kindness that they show the children with physical and mental issues and with fairness to all. Sonrise leaders are are carefully chosen. The proceeds are carefully spent. The executive director and the board members are of outstanding character.
SonRise is a very special organization that changes lives for the better. I have observed it from the outside looking in and also experiencing it from the inside looking out as a volunteer, team leader and former Board Member. The Executive Director has been steadfast with her commitment to making SonRise the best possible with programming and safety for the kids in last 10 years. The staff, volunteers and board members are top drawer. The kids and their families are the benefactors of this great organization.
I could see that riding at Sonrise gave my autistic son such a feeling of pride and
competence. The volunteers are patient, kind and encouraging. They are so
experienced, and calm and clear in their directions, that they achieved amazing
cooperation from my son....who can have really difficulties with maintaining attention.
I'm deeply grateful for their work
SonRise is a wonderful place where kids who might not normally be able to have a horse experience can connect with horses on an intimate physical and emotional level. Kids learn to groom, ride and take care of horses. Seeing kids connect with such a big beautiful animal is a very moving experience. A child who may not have friends at school, has a friend in one of the SonRise horses. SonRise is a place where kids are not only learning valuable motor and social skills, but learning to love and appreciate animals as well.