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 four year old daughter, Sophia, has been riding at Saddle Up Riding Club for a year. We found out about this organization from the Autism Speaks website. We did research on different forms of horse therapies and Saddle Up offered an exceptional accredited program in our area called NARHA, a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. As parents of Sophia, we wanted the best form of horse therapy for her in which instructors are certified and that is what Saddle Up Riding Club has provided. Every Saturday morning we look forward to seeing Sophia ride it is the highlight of our week. To watch our beautiful non verbal autistic daughter week after week riding.... well it never gets old. I am the proud mama always taking pictures and videos of Sophia riding. With so many limitations in Sophia's life it can be frustrating but not on Saturdays. Riding has given Sophia self confidence, improved her core muscles and addresses her sensory processing disorder in more ways than I ever thought possible. Sophia has a bond with the horse she rides, Roxy, there is a connection between them that is hard to express through words. I am so thankful to all of the volunteers that make it possible for Sophia and the other disabled riders to have this opportunity.

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

I have personally experienced the results of Saddle Up Riding Club as an observer. I watch the volunteers working hard week after week. I watch the riders having fun and improving week after week. My experience can be summed up in one word, graditude.

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

Offer equine-assisted activities and therapies five or six days a week. Hire more therapeutic riding instructors so they can offer more forms of equine therapies. Such as, hippotherapy which refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Autism Speaks website I typed in my zip code under recreation and community activities

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To volunteer Appreciation Graditude

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I was visiting the area with family when I went to the stables to see my Moms horse. This happen to be the same day the volunteers where working with the handicap children. I met a young man that greeted with a hug and very big smile. In talking with his Mom she told me he begins smiling on Wednesday as he knows Saturday will be his ridding lesson. She said the only time she sees that joy on his face is when he is preparing to go to Saddle Up Ridding Club. His mother also shared with me that they were preparing for their first competition. I watched as they tried boats on they had at the ready, hoping he would not have to go buy his own ridding boats as his mother explained she never thought she would see the day he could compete in something. Her pride in his accomplishment was overwhelming.
This ridding club touches the children it serves, as well as their family and friends. It also impacts and touches the community is severs through acceptance and love of all young people. When I left the stables that day I felt a warm spot in my heart

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

See my reveiw above

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

I am not sure.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my family

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a son with autism that loves horses. We looked all over our county to find a farm suitable for him and when we came upon Saddle Up Riding Club we had a feeling all our prayers had been answered !! Kellie Sipos has been more than kind,generous and loving towards our son. He feels so at home there and Kellie has been gracious enough to accomodate Nick and make him feel a part of the "family" there. This is truly a wonderful farm and I encourage anyone who knows someone who has the love of horses to go out and visit and talk with Kellie. I feel greatful everyday that my son has such a safe,fun,inviting place to fit in.

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

Nick has grown since going to Saddle Up 2 years ago. Kellie includes him in everything she does. She has a program geared toward handicapped children and all the kids thrive in her environment!

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

There are no changes to be made at this place. The work that is done there with handicapped kids and veterans is amazing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at Saddle Up Riding Club for over a year, and during that time I have witnessed the joy that horse therapy can bring to adults and children with various disabilities. The rocking motion of the horse offers many benefits to our riders which include increased balance, muscle development, increased self confidence, independence, and cognitive skills development. Our special equestrians compete at Challenge events, and earn ribbons for their participation. Our Executive Director, Kellie Sipos is a certified NAHRA (North American Handicap Riders Association) instructor and together with our other trainers and volunteers, create fun activities for our riders. No two lessons are ever the same and our riders look forward to each session. Riders progress at their own pace and each rider starts with two side walkers and a horse leader. As their skills progress, some are even riding completely independent. It brings a smile to my face to watch our riders overcome barriers and benefit from this special experience.

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

helping our disabled riders become more independent, by giving positive reinforcement, and doing whatever it takes to keep the barn in order and our horses happy!

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

help to eliminate our financial struggles. I would love to hit the lottery and purchase our rented property so I could donate it to Saddle Up.

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