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SADDLE UP RIDING CLUB INC
February 28, 2011

My name is Katherine Lee, and I am a junior High School student who volunteers at Saddle Up Riding Club in Pinellas Park, Florida. This non-profit organization has not only changed my life but countless other's, there is abosultely nothing that is even close to being as rewarding as watching a child once labled as "disabled" become the strongest, most selfrelient and determined child you've ever met. The words "I can't" are never spoken, and new-found possibilities are endless. I have never seen so many hardworking, caring, and optimistic people all in one place. Mrs. Kellie and all the other volunteers and participants have taught me that nothing is impossible, and that the healing power of the horse and caring people has brought nothing but goodness and hope to a community that was in grave need it.

The Great!

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

One of my closest family friends is a young teenager named Christine, she has cerebral palsy. I watched her go from not even being able to hold her upper body straight while mounted on the horse, to not only hold he upper body up straight without assistence, but also use her legs to ask the horse to go forward. This is the most inspiriing organization I've ever seen. I've witnessed so many people reach and surpass their goals.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't change a thing! No ones perfect, if anything that's the most importent lesson we learn at Saddle Up. They have systems set up that make organizing students and lesson times almost painless, and the calm atmosphere we present is almost unheard of anywhere else. Mrs. Kellie and all the volunteers put in countless hours so the organization runs smoothly, and 99.9% of the time it does. (after all, horses will be horses.)

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would change abosloutely nothing.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me realize that even someone whose still in highschool can dedicate time and effort into something productive and life changing, not just for myself but selflessly for others who need it most.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

it makes me feel as if I'm making a difference, maybe not world wide but atleast in the hundreds of lives that this organization touches. There is nothing more inspiring and rewarding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I continue to volunteer by helping "disabled" riders groom and tack their mounts, lead them in the arena and sidewalk alongside those not yet strong enough to ride by themselves in order so they can participate in the theraputic games and activities. .

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