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Review for Saddle Up Riding Club Inc, Redingtn Shor, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

My niece has a disability which causes her to be unbalanced and somewhat uncoordinated. When I first got involved with Saddle Up, I decided to introduce her to riding and sent her to horse camp for Christmas. She loved it! When we were driving home one evening she said "thank you soooo much. This is the first thing I've ever been good at.". She has developed in so many ways since then. More confidence, more courage, more coordination, more balance, more patience, I could go on, but out of space.

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


Role:  Volunteer & I assist in the therapeutic riding program and participate in special events and fund raising.