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SEBASTIAN RIDING ASSOCIATES INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: To improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental health, physical or intellectual disabilities through equine assisted learning and therapy programs

Target demographics: Individuals living with varied disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 260

Geographic areas served: Primarily in Montgomery county

Programs: equine assisted learning and therapy programs

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sebastian riding association is a wonderful blessing to learn how to ride a horse and learn the skills of horseback riding.

Wendy107

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful facility, filled with caring employees and volunteers alike. It not only helped our son's physical capabilities, but his emotional and social ones as well. An AWESOME place!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started riding with Sebastian Riding Associates when he was ten years old, on the advice of his occupational therapist. Multiple disabilities, poor attention, poor body tone, limited social skills - my son needed help! The first time he got on a horse, they put him on backwards on just a saddle pad. As the horse began to walk, I saw my son sit up straight. For the first time. The movement of the horse caused him to adjust his posture. He could barely lift the horse's hoof for cleaning, brushing was exhausting. Today, 14 years later, my son rides independently. He is stronger, more confident, and has something socially acceptable to talk about and share with others. He was able to join 4H and was even State champion in the therapeutic trail division. It has done him a world of good not only physically, but emotionally and socially as well. The people there are kind and capable, encouraging and skilled. It is a valuable resource to our community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our kids have both been riding here for a few years now. We love our Sebastian family both humans and horses. The way this therapy has helped both of my children is amazing. It has not only helped with balance and strength but with confidence too. I honestly can’t say just how much this place means to our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Emily has been riding at Sebastian's for over 5 years. I have watched her develop and grow in these years. Riding at Sebastian's has increased her confidence, agility, and core strength. Riding also provides a safe environment where she must analyze a somewhat stressful situation and make decision with immediate results . Emily's has had consistent instructors during her time which has helped her learn to trust and take direction from other adults in leadership roles. Most importantly, riding horses at Sebastian's has helped Emily create an identity that she is proud to share with her peers and family; "I ride horses", she proudly tells all who will listen. Sebastian's is a key to Emily's development and we would encourage anyone with a developmental challenged child to go see for yourself.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter, Colleen who has developmental disabilities has been riding horses at
Sebastian for many years. The support and encouragement by the staff who assist her have helped improve her self esteem and physically her balance and posture. Although she cannot speak, her smile and the excitement in her eyes tell us she really loves Sebastian.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sebastin Riding has been a dream come true for our son. The staff-especially Miss Cyndi- are the most dedicated and kind people. We hope to be a part of their family for many years to come!

Michael J M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome! They providing caring, much needed services in therapeutic riding

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son had nonstop therapies that were always either in a hospital or classroom setting. We really wanted to find something fun, that would feel like an extra curricular activity, but with a therapeutic benefit. We discovered Sebastian Riding Assoiciates when Connor was 3 and he absolutely loved it.
We are so appreciative of such a warm, welcoming, and caring staff who seek to combine the joy of riding with the benefit of equine therapy.
Connor is almost 14 now and still looks forward to going. To all the staff (and horses) at Sebastian, we thank you!

Jackie M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Meg has experienced wonderful instruction, physical therapy (Hippotherapy), and positive socialization with Sebastian Riding Associates. Her balance, strength, and confidence have all improved thanks to being with and riding on Sebastian's gentle understanding horses. It is a great program and our family is feeling grateful it is part of Meg's life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starting from a very young age, my daughter Stephanie, was severely afraid of horses. That fear was quickly overcome when she was given riding lessons for a graduation present. Now, seeing her grooming, petting, and riding a beautiful creature is just the most satisfying thing to her and to me as well! The trainers and folks at Sebastian's have nothing but love and patience for the people who come to do what they love. It's a wonderful place for Stephanie to shine!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sebastian is a wonderful program with caring staff and gentle horses that offers therapeutic riding to anyone who can benefit from it. We have attended for over 5 years and enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend this program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sebastian Riding Associates is such a wonderful place with friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable instructors and volunteers. The horses are very well-trained gentle giants. My daughter suffers with severe anxiety. She had her first lesson about a year ago. She started out walking on lead and very quickly gained the confidence to walk off lead and then to trot. Because of her trust in all of the horses that she has ridden, her self-confidence is improving and her riding is progressing much faster than I thought possible. It brings me immeasurable joy to see my daughter ride these amazing horses with so much joy and confidence. Sebastian Riding Associates profoundly changes the lives of people with disabilities and those who love them and care for them. I have seen that as a volunteer(21 years ago) and also as a parent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering at Sebastian Riding Associates Inc. with my 2 teen children. The opportunity for us to work with people with Disabilities has been amazing. In addition getting to learn about horses and work with them has been both exciting and educational for us all. The staff and other volunteers are always so welcoming and helpful in teaching us what we need to do. They also have many options for what we can do and when we can come, which is a huge benefit when having busy schedules. The families and students we see are always smiling and happy. It makes us happy when we get to see the enjoyment and fulfillment these students and families are getting there. We always leave smiling and feeling appreciative for a time we have spent volunteering.

Nicole Imes B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 14 year old daughter struggles with depression, low confidence and extreme social anxiety.

The staff & beautiful horses at SRA have given her a place to feel secure, to learn and grow.

The scholarship she received has helped her in so many ways. I cannot say enough about the program and staff! Wonderful experience....

johngrabenstein

Client Served

Rating: 5

Compassionate staff, careful safeguards, methodical processes, and lots of love.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sebastian's people are as wonderful as the horses are (well, I mean that in the best possible way). The trainers and the groomers and the handlers and the many volunteers are all warm-hearted and caring and careful. The children have wonderful experiences.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't even know where to begin. My daughter was in a fatal car accident and her son was in the car with her, suffering from PTSD, Chris from Sebastian heard about the accident and reached out to us to enroll Logan in lessons. There were so many lessons, learning for Logan to trust, the staff was impeccable, they treated Logan like he was the only one there and I saw that with other clients as well, Chris got on his level, teaching him about horses, how to brush them, clean their feet, approach them and of course ride them. This is a memory he will have for the rest of his life, thanks to their amazing hearts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Logan lost his mother in a horrific car accident and Sebastian took him under their wing, taught him about horses and taught him to ride. They were so patient and I could see how much they care about all they have learning to ride. There was so much love, from the moment we took Logan, so much patience for him and so much encouragement. I would recommend this facility to anyone who has PTSD or a physical issue because their love of the volunteers to the owner/operators are phenomenal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sebastian Riding Associates is a wonderful therapeutic riding stable for people with disabilities. SRA has helped to improve the lives countless children and adults through equine facilitated therapy. SRA is a wonderful facility with great horses, volunteers, Staff, and community supporters. It is a lovely facility with a indoor riding arena with great footing, and beautiful pastures and trails for students to ride outside during their lessons. And overall wonderful facility changing lives of people with disabilities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful facility providing exceptional opportunities to students with disabilities.

Jeffrey L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Sebastian Riding Associates for 28 years. It is a great facility that uses horses for physical, emotional, and mental therapy. I have seen amazing results with the horses and students. The students build great relationships with their instructors, physical therapists and their equine partner. I wouldn't be there for 28 years if I didn't believe in this program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sebastian Riding Associates is a great place nestled in Evansburg Park. I have seen students grow from children to adults and you can see the impact these horses, instructors, and volunteers have had on these students. As a long term volunteer and horse leader/side walker/stall cleaner/ feeder/ caretaker, it is also a great place for everyone as the therapy these great equines give us cannot be measured. Everybody has a favorite horse, but they all perform wonders in their own special way. I cannot say enough great things about Sebastian Riding Associates. It is a wonderful place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our nonverbal daughter spends most days sad and frustrated. On the days of her lessons, she is always excited and actually smiles. Everyone at Sebastian is so supportive and amazing, both with their riders AND their horses. Truly an amazing place!

mdbeard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an awesome place! Everyone is lifted up and encouraged here! The workers here love sharing their horsemanship skills. It's just amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sebastian's is a welcoming and friendly place where anyone can enjoy and develop the skill of horseback riding. Students groom and tack the horse and develop great confidences. All levels of riding are taught by our staff who are trained and certified instructors. The therapeutic horseback riding is a emotionally and physically rewarding. What a great place! And the horses are awsome!