SADDLE UP RIDING CLUB INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   65 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Sports

Location: 18217 Gulf Blvd % Kellie Sipos Redingtn Shor FL 33708 USA

Mission:
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I have loved our experience with saddle up club. We have enjoyed the mommy and me horsey class since my daughter was a 2 she is now 4. The genuine love and passion for animals and children is really felt every time we go to the farm. We always have so much fun and leave with more knowledge than we came with. THANK YOU Saddle Up for letting us experience a little bit of farm life.

Sincerely....Mel Wallace

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The excitement my daughter feels when she is riding a horse and interacting with other kids and animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cant really think of any changes to make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been a joy to see the excitement in Kailea, my granddaughter, when she knows it is time for her to ride Flip, the horse she has been riding for quite a while now at Saddle Up Riding Club. It not only gives her something to look forward to, but it has been really helpful in stabilizing Kailea. Kailea has had many challenges, but this is one adventure she really looks forward to every week. We truly do appreciate the opportunity she has been given.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Kailea

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Supply funding to make operations easier so that the focus could be more on the recipients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend of mine is a new volunteer at Saddle Up. Each and every day spent there is a rewarding experience for her. She enjoys working with both children and adults and especially enjoys the joy that horseback riding brings them. She enjoys helping the riders build confidence and especially loves the looks on their faces when they know they have accomplished something new. If I lived closer I would love to volunteer for this organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not personally experienced results with this program unless you count the joy it has brought my friend. As I stated earlier...each and every day is rewarding for her. I look forward to visiting her soon and checking out the facility for myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would only ask for more donations to keep this great organization up and running!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at Saddleupridingclub for about 2 years. I am a disabled veteran at 100%. Since that time there are several things I can do including using the horses to talk about whatever is bothering me. They won't tell anyone. I have also been able to decrease some of the medications I take & been able to STOP some altogether.
I am getting more involved in the Veteran programs and able to talk to too my fellow Veterans about how they can help & be helped as well. TRY IT YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED

Linda F.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Using the horses for counselors about problems I have, they listen and DO NOT PASS judgement or tell anyone. Able to decrease some medications & get STOP some altogether

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get the word out to more people to give the program a try. Some people have never been around horses or animal therapy, this program is a good place to start.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have to say that Saddle Up Riding Club is a wonderful non profit organization! My daughter Karli has been taking lesson there for about 3 years now. It's amazing what she has accomplished. She has had some wonderful trainers. The trainers are very loving and caring. I know that Kellie has poured her heart and soul into this wonderful establishment. They do wonders for the special needs people and the veterans of this great country we live in. I highly recommend SURC. Wonderful and caring people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that they have given my child the confidence she needs. She is definitely in her happy place when she's there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been a rider at Saddle Up for three years. Saddle Up has been there through many changes in our lives, and has seen Kailea through many ups and downs in her health, and in our lives, in general. I could go on and on about the advancements my daughter has made as a result of Saddle Up, like her balance, her stability, her core strength, and her mobility. But, when you have a little girl who has been through as much as mine has, I'd much rather tell you about her smiles.

Kailea has very limited ability to communicate. She has some general signs that I understand, but for the most part, I am able to understand less than 1% of the things she wishes to tell me. She has been signing "horse" for a couple of years, though. She walks up to strangers on a daily basis just to sign "horse." Riding at Saddle Up is something that brings her such joy, she wants everyone to know about it. She signs "horse" every morning to me, asking if it is the day she will get to go see the amazing horse she is so bonded with, Flip. When Saturday comes around, I know she would dart straight out the door in her pajamas if I didn't hold her back.

Kailea has a condition which causes countless health problems, and will likely cause many more as she grows older. To have an organization which has done so much for my child is priceless. To have that day when my child is so excited to be doing horse therapy, and not thinking at all about stenuous therapy appointments, or doctors and procedures, means the world to me as a mom.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish to see this organization be able to grow so that it can help even more riders see the benefits my daughter has experienced.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Saddle Up has given me every welcome as a volunteer, just to see the riders smiles of happiness tell the story of an amazing experience everytime they are on a horse, incredibly fulfilling.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm a side-walker, walking alongside the rider for safety and enjoy interacting with the riders who are always so happy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing to suggest at the moment

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Tina Hernandez and I am actually a parent of a volunteer. My son "Brandon" had the opportunity to train and participate as a volunteer this past school year. This was a wonderful experience for him for many reasons. He was taught compassion and patience working as a volunteer horse walker used during their theraputic riding sessions. I wish that when Brandon was younger we would have known about the program as a student with mutiple disabilities and traumatic experiences he as endeared I believe that his experience would have been even more magnified. Brandon is now 17years old and has been employed for 7months and dual enrolled at our local college. Thank you Saddle Up for being a part of his learning process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally watched my son grow from this experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't have any suggestions at this moment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great experience for both the volunteers and participants. It really amazes me how much therapeutic horseback riding can help disabled people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been a volunteer and seen the results for myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perfect.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a part of Saddle Up Riding Club for over a year. When I was making a decision, as part of a New Year's Resolution, I knew that I wanted to work in my local community serving others. I found SURC in my own backyard, well actually down the street. It is such a joy to see our clients smile everyday, increase their balance, and overall improvement in their health.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping others, losing weight, a sense of personal satisfaction, have increased my horse handling skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Dedicated time for volunteers to ride horses.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Satisfied, an overall sense of calmness from a hectic work week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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