Christine Maries Star Riders
October 16, 2010
I have had several disabled children participate in this all volunteer program for over 10 years and am continually amazed at the results produced by the great horses and caring instructors and helpers. I have a daughter with Spina Bifida who was never supposed to walk, start walking at age 8, after a few months of riding. She is now 18 and still rides.
I have another child with severe brain abnormalities who has been riding since he was 6 months old. We were told he may never walk. He is now 6 and runs constantly. He still has many sensory issues, but on horseback he is totally relaxed.
I have never seen another all volunteer organization with the dedication that brings people out to help week after week. We have student volunteers from middle school, high school, local colleges, and military installations, who provide many hours of service to the program. Many community members and parents also help by providing support and food for the volunteers. All donations are used for equipment, horse care, feed, vet care, and rent. Instructors have paid for their own training and certification from NARHA, and are not paid.
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I would like to be able to find a permanent location where we wouldn't have to worry about losing our home and could make permanent improvements.
Board Member & I helped develop the program and support it financially. I am currently on the board.