Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Saddle Up Riding Club Inc

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Equestrian, Sports, Youth Development

Mission: Therapeutic horseback riding

Programs: 38 adults and children ride horses weekly, some of whom are developmentally challenged. The riding builds musclature, self- -esteem and caring. 30 preschool children ride each month as well

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saddle Up is the most wonderful program I've been involved in during all my years of service and ministry. It is a hands on program that enables you to make an immediate and long term impact in the life of a child. Many of these children don't have the opportunities or abilities to excel in the sports and other programs that most kids are involved in. They come each week excited and filled with anticipation, and they leave with hope and encouragement that helps sustain them. They also reap the physical benefits of the program ( strength, balance, coordination, ...) which enable them to function better in their activities of daily living (mobility, independence, ...) and to more effectively interact with the world around them.

Kellie, the one who makes this all happen, is an amazing woman who has devoted much to this organization and the people it serves. And it's not just the children. There are several adults in the therapeutic riding program, and most recently she has started a new program for disabled veterans. She also has special riding programs for small children and a program for youth who want to learn to ride and care for horses. And these programs are all available for prices you just can't find anywhere, making it affordable for families. Kellie offers great services in a safe and nurturing environment at a very reasonable cost. Kids learn to love, trust and respect animals in a way that is fun and rewarding for them, while also improving their overall physical, mental and emotional well being. Many parents have told me how Kellie helped their child when no one else would, and how this program has helped in ways where nothing else could. It's very inspiring to be a part of something like this. I guess Kellie has her own idea of "no child left behind". A truly awesome place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Saddle Up Riding Club for about a year now. My experience at the club has been a wonderful addition to my life. Not only do I love horses, but the social aspect of the work is very good for me. I am mostly involved in the Saturday Therapy Riding program. We have many clients who are physically or mentally challenged. The satisfaction I get from watching our students ride, gain strength and just have a good time, actually helps me! I talk to the parents who's children are involved and they always tell me that Saturday riding is the brightest spot in their week. Getting outside, riding, playing games and the parents get to socialize too! I am happy and proud to be a part of this organization!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Brian M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Cat P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Saddle Up Riding Club, I am a truly blessed person. I get first hand experience helping our children and adults. It is such a blessing to be able to make a child smile, and to see their face light up when you greet them. I have been touched in so many ways through this organization.I feel proud to be apart of such a wonderful group. The people we work with are so inspiring, we as a community are inspired by the success of our riders. The organization is a wonderful addition to my life. To be able to put a smile on a child face is the most precious thing on my earth.Thank you so much for your dedication to making disabled riders lives, as well as my own enriched through equestrian therapy! :)

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Saddle Up Riding Club about 9 months ago. I was experiencing a devastating depression and had just moved to Florida from Virginia. I grew up with horses, owning several and I saw an ad in the Clearwater Beacon for volunteers. I started as a horse handler. The very first day I was hooked. Talking to the kids taking therapy lessons they were so excited and proud of themselves for every obsticle they completed on horseback. The equine therapy has such a profound effect on these kids and adults. These kids aren't afraid of these big animals, they love on them like they were puppy dogs. The disposition of our Club horses is such that I think if they don't see their regular student one week, the horses miss them. This interaction between these kids and these giant animals leaves me awe struck. My greatest joy has been by participating as a volunteer, now Volunteer Program Manager. So many people, teens and adults, even families look so forward to working with all the students and are so generous giving of their time. The vision Kellie has for this organization is makes this organization a stellar example of sucess and growth. From barn staff, volunteers, Board of Directors,students and parents, the minute you step on the property, you become family. I thank God for Kellie and her 2am epifanys that make Saddle Up such a gift!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with Saddle up Riding club as a volunteer for a little over a year. I have had a very postive experience, and have learned a lot about horses, and disabilities in general. Saddle up has wonderful instructors that exhibit patience, and a passion for teaching others.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a disabled US Veteran rated at 70% and have been a Volunteer and the Saddle Up Riding Club, Inc for a about a year. I work as a side walker and interact with the clients. I have been able lose weight and get the exercise I need as a part of my VA treatment. But I get so much more then that the joy and love I receive from the the clients has helped me with my PTSD and overall mental well being. This program makes me fell useful again. I am able to help disable veterans like myself and give back to the community. I have been disabled since the Gulf I would war about 18 years and this has been the first program that has significantly help me, and thought from my volunteer work would only help others. It would be a great loss to the community.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has attended Saddleupridingclub for 3 years. She loves it and learns how to take care of the horses, ride the horses, and many other things related to other animals and events on the grounds. There are pigs, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, rabbits, and various animals there. She has never been injured and in particular loves the trail days where they ride off of the ranch. She also learns teamwork in taking care of things. Thank you for giving her such a wonderful experience! The Nikolov Family

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saddle Up Riding Club is a safe haven for ALL individuals to ride and spend time with the horses and other farm animals! I especially LOVE the pigs!
As a volunteer, I have experienced individuals getting on a horse for the first time in years, feeling very frightened. Shortly after, they have gained confidence being on the horse and many other areas of their life. The individual appears to have even surprised themselves!
It is a very rewarding experience for me, and I totally enjoy the hours that I spend at Saddle Up!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Saddle Up Riding Club Inc. I have always loved horses and children and could not make up my mind as to who I would rather volunteer with kids or horses and then I came to learn about a place that I could volunteer with both!! I have learned a lot about keeping up with the horses and that they require so much more than just slapping a saddle on their back.
I realize that most important things that you can give a child is love, understanding, compassion and encouragement.

I just love my Saddle Up Club!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at saddle up riding club is a really great experience. I enjoy working there and its great to see what the therapy does for all who participate.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar