My daughter has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Since she started riding at Sunny Brook Meadows she gained upper body strength, better posture, balance and independence. She won a blue ribbon for her riding abilities and she loves Miss Edna and Quincy the horse.
I speak with other riders and their families. They all share similar success stories.
I have never been to your acaenter, However I have a very dear set of friends who child suffers from MS. I myself have a veery indept background in Saddlebred horses, both as a owener and rider. I had 5 Saddlebreds and will have three shipd to Pa this spring. I have rode 5 gated for 4 yrs. these horses as well as any know how to take care of these kids. I could feel safe on any even allowing my Stalion to have a child around him he would rise or fall to the person around them and with your place I am sure it is the same I very much would love to see more places as yours and if all people could see the joys that these horses bring to kids the out pouring would be wonderful keep up your wonderful work
My daughter Lauren was diagnosed at age 3 with a rare form of MD, she always felt left when she started school and was unable to physically do the same things as her friends. She started riding at 5 and was immediately in love. The program has given her such a sense of accomplishment as well as a special love for the horses and volunteers. Lauren enjoys riding so much it does not realize she is not only riding but actually doing Pt too! Mainly because the volunteers' who make it some much fun for her. I can not say enough about what Sunnybrook has done for her and also for me.
What a blessing this organization is! As a volunteer, you expect to be on the giving end, but I was pleasantly surprised to get as much out of the experience as I gave. The staff is professional and friendly. Safety is a number one priority both for the riders and the volunteers. The facility is beautiful, with a huge indoor riding arena, and a pleasant waiting area for the family of the riders. You can't imagine the satisfaction of seeing an autistic child communicate with the world around him for the first time, seeing a child who is wheelchair bound gaining the strength and independence to ride by herself, or seeing a man who is blind confidently guide his horse around the arena. The folks at Sunnybrook make this and more possible for these special riders. Thank you all who touched my life during the time I was there. Thanks especially to Edna, who had the strength and courage to make this happen at her farm.
Review from Guidestar
One of the best experiences of my life!
SunnyBrook offers community, hope, healing, and joy to both volunteers and riders. As a volunteer, it is amazing to see the positive impact that horses can have on the physical and emotional healing of a human. You become part of a supportive and loving community as you get to know your fellow volunteers and the riders you help each week.
Review from Guidestar