Meet Our Special Olympics Team

Saddle Up competes in area and state special Olympics. We are so proud of our riders.

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt."

That’s the Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath. But it doesn’t sum up what even just training for the special Olympics does for our Riders. 

Saddle Up is a certified Special Olympic Training Center.

The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society. And it does that by offering them a way to develop and demonstrate their skill and talents through sports training and competition. 

There are countless stories across the globe of people with disabilities finding meaning, improving their connections and communications, just by training for competitive events. And when you add the magic of what a horse and rider relationship can do for someone, you get something even more special. 

Saddle Up is very proud not just to be a certified Special Olympic training center, but also to have a tradition of excellent competition – and putting big smiles on the faces of our participants!  

About the Special Olympics

Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics mission remains to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. 

Using the power of sports, like in Equine Events, people with intellectual disabilities learn to experience success. They learn to understand what it’s like to find joy, confidence, and fulfillment by learning, training with their peers, and with the help of the people around them. 

And the world seeing them do so inspires people in their communities to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. 

There are as many as 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. And the way that a Special Olympics Training Center and Equestrian Therapy service like SaddleUp participates is by helping the small piece of that community here in the Tampa Bay area.  

Then let our Athletes inspire a ripple effect in nearby communities and the State by competing. 

“In Special Olympics, the power and joy of sport, shifts focus to what our athletes CAN do, not what they can't. Attention to disabilities fades away. Instead, we see our athletes' talents and abilities—and applaud them for all that they can do. And they are doing a lot—from gymnastics to soccer to open-water swimming. With our 30-plus Olympic-style sports, we offer adults and children with intellectual disabilities many ways to be involved in their communities, many ways to show who they really are.”

— part of the Special Olympics Mission Statement

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