Thank you for allowing us to serve the able and Special Needs community of Pinellas County for the past 19 years.
It is with a saddened heart we announce that Saddle Up Riding Club is officially closing its doors, and hanging up our “reins”.
We have appreciated your support over the years and will cherish the memories for a lifetime.
Welcome to Saddle Up!
Saddle Up is a place you can volunteer and bring joy and support to people in need.
There’s a reason we all feel connected to horses. Just spending a few minutes caring for a horse, not to mention riding one, brings a special kind of peace. And the benefits of equine therapy for the mentally challenged and emotionally distraught is just amazing.
So Saddle Up is a place not just for riding horses it is a place of the heart. Where you can ride and you can impact the lives of the people around you.
Being PATH International Certified means that we’re specifically trained in equine-assisted services (EAS) and provide riding instruction and therapeutic value to people with disabilities.
Saddle Up is a certified Special Olympic training center.
And we share the ultimate goal of the Special Olympics. Which is to bring sport and a sense of achievement to people with disabilities.
The Heart of Saddle Up is YOU
Saddle Up is a place not just for riding horses, rather Saddle Up is a place of the heart.
Everyone who works or volunteers at Saddle Up does so with their heart, not just their hands.
This is a program where people connect with horses, which is a wonderful thing in itself. But it is so much more than that.
This is a place where people connect with each other; where relationships are built that change the lives of the riders as well as the volunteers; where genuine love and commitment are evidenced at every practice session and at every event.
Saddle Up is a place of equalization: every person, no matter rider or volunteer, no matter able-bodied or disabled, no matter mentally challenged or fully mentally functional, all experience the sheer joy that comes through the triumph of the human spirit.
Being part of Saddle Up will change you forever to watch as children and adults who are in shells created by disability, by emotional pain, by fear, by anxiety chip away at those shells from the inside as instructors and horses chip away from the outside is an amazing thing to see and to be a part of.
And even more so, when that shell is discarded and left behind, and the person who emerges is stronger and more confident and more able to cope with their situation in life, being a part of this cannot help but change a person in more ways than can be expressed in words.
Come and see for yourself. You too will be changed forever.
– Kellie Sipos
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My son's smile when he is at Saddle Up says it allMargo
My daughter Delaney had a wonderful time at Sadldle Up Riding Club. Fantastic Staff, Very Knowledgeable and friendlyTom
Saddle Up Riding Club is the best riding club in the area! I volunteered here as a nurse for school and loved every minute. They are so professional and do great equine therapy. Kellie and the rest of the staff are always so kind and helpful! I highly recommend Saddle Up for anyone interested in horses! Elvedina
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