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Phone Changes Made to Improve Service to You
Fall/Winter ‘07 - ‘08 You may have noticed that a call to Saddle Up! is no longer a one-
way ticket to voicemail land.
November Thanks to help from Ingram Entertainment telephone wizards
10 New Volunteer Training 1:00 - 5:00 pm Mark Gilliam, Jim Crow and Jim Hendel and long-time Saddle Up!
14 - 17 NARHA National Conference, Anaheim, CA volunteer Art Napolitano, you will now reach a real, live person
19 New Volunteer Training 9:00 am - 1:00 pm most of the time during regular hours.
21 - 24 Office Closed for Holiday NO LESSONS “You may get an automated voicemail sometimes when you call,
29 Leader Clinic 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm but that will only happen if we don’t have someone available who
can get to the phone,” said Executive Director Cheryl Scutt.
December The changes required changing extension numbers. The new numbers
8 New Volunteer Training 1:00 - 5:00 pm are included in the staff directory on page 6 of this newsletter.
10 Staff Holiday Party Another change is the addition of the “Lesson Hotline,” which is
15 Session II ends extension 29. The hotline is monitored throughout the day and is a
15 Horse Leader Clinic 2:00 - 4:30 pm good number to use if you can’t reach someone and want to be sure
16 - 31 NO LESSONS a message goes through about not being able to get to a lesson,
18 New Volunteer Training 11:00 am - 3:00 pm whether as a rider or volunteer.
24-26 Office Closed for Holiday The Lesson Hotline is also updated daily, if needed, to alert
31 Office Closed for Holiday families and volunteers if the program schedule is changed for that
day. For example, if you have a question about bad weather affecting
January 2008 lessons, just call the Lesson Hotline.
5-11 Practice Lesson Week Volunteers are needed for the front desk and phones. If you’re
12 Lessons Resume interested, please call Volunteer Coordinator Kim Kline at
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Saddle Up! newsletter
Fall 2007 Accredited by
North American Riding for the
Handicapped Association, Inc.
Nancy Swindell Chosen as NARHA Region V Instructor of the Year
Congratulations to Saddle Up! Instructor Nancy Swindell
who has been chosen as the Region V Instructor of the
Year by the North American Riding for the Handicapped
Association (NARHA), the national organization that
to provide sets the standards for therapeutic equine programs in
children & youth the United States.
with disabilities Nancy has been an instructor for 11 years and has
the opportunity to been a volunteer for 13 years at Saddle Up!. “We are
grow & develop delighted that Nancy has received this honor from
through recreational NARHA,” said Executive Director Cheryl Scutt. “All
activities with horses those who know her know that Nancy works from her
heart with Saddle Up! while also bringing professionalism
Executive Board as an Instructor and as a lifelong equestrian to our
President program. We’re fortunate to have her as one of our staff Nancy with Taegan (left) and Nacho
Sarah Ingram team members.” (continued on page 3) at this year’s Ride-a-Thon
Treasurer 2007 Saddle Up! Award Winners
On a brisk, beautiful day last month, Saddle Up! hosted its
Awards Presentation during our annual S.U.P.E.R. Show. The staff
Mary Ellen Clinton, MD
at Saddle Up! was pleased to present this year’s recipients for their
dedication, loyalty and spirit shown to our program.
Lisa Craft, MD
The Saddle Up! 2007 Companionship
Board Members at Large
James Armstrong Award winner was Will for his special bond
Jim Batson with King Bee, shown in photo at far left
Jill Bosse with NARHA instructor Lindsey Rizor Wood.
Kathy Brim Stephanie Hall, photo at left, received the
Holly Dobberpuhl Volunteer of the Year Award for strong work
Teri Edmonson ethics and great compassion for our horses.
Kay Francis N.S. Please see the complete list of award
Joe Gallivan recipients on page 3.
James Stadler, Jr.
2007 TV Media Sponsor
A Beautiful September Day for a Ride, Roll & Stroll
Please see page 2 for additional photos and full story.
What’s Been Happening?
Ride, Roll & Stroll
Benefit Concert &
Maura O’Connell with band members at
the recent Ride, Roll & Stroll Saddle Up!
Benefit Concert at The Factory
The weekend kicked off at The Factory, where more than 100 people gathered for the
benefit concert that featured Maura O’Connell and Rory Lee Feek, Joey Martin with
her band. The performers generously donated their time and talents for the concert.
On Saturday morning, the fifth annual ride-a-thon took place at Duke It Out Farm.
Twenty-two outside riders, triple the number from 2006, and 18 Saddle Up! program
riders registered to raise money to ride on the private trails of the farm.
Everyone enjoyed a beautiful day perfect for being outdoors. In addition to trail
rides, the event had games, a hayride and other activities.
A special thanks to David and Sarah Ingram for opening the farm for the
2 event and to event chair Jill Bosse and committee for all their hard work.
Thanks also to Allegra Print & Imaging, Blue Haven Pools, Chris Cagle Fan
Club, Lipman Brothers, Bank of Nashville, Purina, Stoveworks, Wyndham, and
Ortale, Kelly, Herbert & Crawford for their support. Joey Martin (second from left) with
Work is already in progress to make the next events bigger and better! songwriter and husband Rory Feek and
band members Karen Pendley (left)
and Mitchell Brown (right)
Thanks for a Wonderful 2007!
Throughout the pages of this newsletter are stories of heroes at • Assisted an average of 10% of our riders with scholarships
work, most of them in quiet ways unlikely to draw coverage on the • Saw record numbers for all three of our major fundraising events
6 o’clock news. The competitors in the S.U.P.E.R. Show, the award – the Music Country Grand Prix (chaired by Sarah Ingram and Kay
winners honored during the show, donors who have chosen to Francis), Chukkers for Charity (chaired by Valerie Levay and
support Saddle Up!, our awesome volunteers, and Theresa Menefee with Cathy Brown as Honorary
our recently honored Saddle Up! staff are Chair) and the first Ride, Roll & Stroll week-
among the heroes who bring Saddle Up!’s end with the benefit concert and ride-a-thon
mission to life. (chaired by Jill Bosse).
Without them – without YOU – the • Grew its number of active volunteers,
dream envisioned by the founders in 1989 who are at the heart of what we do, by an
would be just that, a dream. With you, 2007 incredible 23% so far this year over 2006.
has been an amazing year in which Saddle Up!: Day in and day out, in bone-chilling cold or
• Provided an estimated 4,200 recreational therapeutic human-drenching humid heat, everyone pulled together.
riding lessons The exact reasons why varies person to person, but the overarching
• Served 130 children and youth, ages 4 to 18, who daily deal with reason is because we believe. We believe in this program “Where all
disabilities ranging from autism to vision loss children are equal in the saddle” and its power to make a positive
• Launched a pilot program in which nearly 70 of the 240 children difference in so many lives, in so many ways.
on our waiting list had the chance to experience riding lessons and Thanks to each of you for your belief and support. You are all
which resulted in the pilot becoming a year-round offering heroes at Saddle Up!.
S.U.P.E.R. Show and Awards Presentation
For More Information About
A fantastic fall day and several individuals to appreciate made this year’s S.U.P.E.R. Show
SU! Volunteer Opportunities
(Saddle Up! Phenomenal Equestrian Riders) a huge success. This year’s show was completed in
record time thanks to the many volunteers who made it all happen. Special awards presenters Kim Kline
this year included Janet Wilkins from the Chris Cagle Fan Club, Carrie and Blake Fohl from Volunteer Coordinator
Tractor Supply Company and Marcy Rehse from the Junior League of Nashville. A special thank 794-1150 extension 23
you to our returning MC George Houk and the show judges Lisa Thomas, Greta Bacon and email@example.com
Laura Gilmer. A resounding thank you goes out to The Men of St. Paul’s for firing up the grill
for lunches. Special guest show participants were riders from Maury Magic Riders, Silver Bullets,
Special Olympics of East Tennessee and S.T.A.R.. Congratulations to all our show participants
and wonderful horses. See you next year!
7 year vests - Art Napolitano, our “IT” man Family Volunteers of
(left) with Cheryl Scutt, the Year - Carol and Connor walking unaided this
NARHA Instructor Anne Craig (right) Catherine Byrd Always thinking of
year to receive his award for
others, Tori received
Ride-a-thon High Dollar with
S.U.P.E.R. Show 2007
Parent of the Year - Jill Bosse
An army of
volunteers, a handful
of horses, and smiles
to last a lifetime.
Thank you everyone
for the best show ever.
(Region V Instructor continued from page 1)
NARHA has more than 700 centers as members with more than 2,500 NARHA instructors. The
Pony Pal Award -
nation is split into 11 regions and programs in each region nominate instructors for the award.
Teresa Barry with Equine
Saddle Up! is part of Region V which includes six states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi,
Trainer Lisa Wysocky
Tennessee and Puerto Rico – that have nearly 300 NARHA certified instructors. Nancy was nominated
by parents of some of her students, volunteers and staff at Saddle Up!. She will be recognized as Others not able to attend -
one of the regional winners at the NARHA national conference in November, when the national Pennies for Ponies Highest
Instructor of the Year will be announced. Collector - Anthony
“I’m truly honored and humbled to be nominated for this award,” she said. “When I’ve had the
Junior Volunteers of the Year -
opportunity to attend the NARHA conference, I’ve always been moved by the tributes to the
Lindsey and Alex
instructors who were being honored because of the high standards they set and commitment they
gave. I never imagined that one day I would be blessed to be one of the honorees.” 10 year jacket -
This is the second consecutive year that Saddle Up! has had a NARHA regional winner. In 2006, Ray McCauley
Saddle Up!’s remarkable equine, King Bee, was chosen as the Region V Therapy Horse of the Year.
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Commodores in the Community
firstname.lastname@example.org Vanderbilt University requires incoming
Freshmen to participate in the local community.
On August 28th, Saddle Up! was visited by an
eager group of students who showed that they
Grants are not afraid to tackle some tough and dirty
tasks. Mr. Bill had them collect all the large rocks
If you know of an organization out of the arena surfaces, level bumps in the
that awards grants for which arena and shovel all the arena sand away from
Saddle Up! may quality, please
the outside walls. Another group of students
contact Tina Carpenter our
helped clean out an area in the back barn. This
Development Coordinator at
794-1150 Ext. 35 was during the really hot period of weather, so they all worked up a sweat. We thank this group
of Vanderbilt commodores for their help and wish them good luck in their college careers.
HCA Community Day
On Wednesday, September 19th Saddle Up! was lucky to have 25 employees
from HCA come here for their annual HCA Community Day. These are very
hard working folks who rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help. Mr. Bill
had several projects ready for them and by the time they had to get back on
their bus, they had finished everything on his list! Significantly pruning back
all the bushes and trees around the log cabin, they also painted some new fence
boards, removed a section of fence, pruned the bushes along the driveway,
and created dozens of volunteer files and name tags. They are a great bunch of volunteers and
4 we look forward to having them help at Saddle Up! each year.
Chestnet Bend Golf Tourney Benefits Saddle Up!
The Chestnut Bend Home Owners Association (HOA) had a successful golf tournament at
Legends golf course to benefit Saddle Up! and the Special Olympics. The tourney has been an
annual event that was greatly expanded this year. Both organizations received $3,500 from the
event. Pictured during presentation of the checks are, from left: Chestnut Bend HOA Treasurer
Rocco Panaia, Special Olympian Matt Drumwright, Chestnut Bend HOA President Tim Repass,
and Saddle Up! Executive Director Cheryl Scutt.
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grow and develop through recreational activities with horses. Your donation is deductible to the full extent of the law.
You Made this Possible As always,
Contributors from July 1 - September 30, 2007 donations are tax deductible
Ms. Dana Abernathy Ms. Janet Lee Dixon Ms. Barbara Laifer Sandra Schatten Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Alexandrow Ms. Holly Dobberpuhl Mr. Billy Lampley Ms. Katherine Scott
Ms. Stephanie Ament Mr. & Mrs. John Dodd Mr. Rick Lance Mr. Judson Shafer • Small English saddles - 14” or 15”
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Anders Mr. & Mrs. Randall Donaldson Ms. Anne Lacey Lawrence Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Shafer
Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Rob P Dore
. Ms. Ginger Ledbetter Shafer Used Cars
• 5” foam dice (more than one)
Mr. & Mrs. James Armstrong Mr. & Mrs. John W. Dougherty Mr. & Mrs. James D. Lesch Mr. & Mrs. Michael Shampain • Donations to ridership fund
Mr. Jack Aufderbeck Mr. Aaron S. Dugger Ms. Colleen LeVert Ms. Catherine Simpson
Ms. Christi Ayers Mr. Gerald Dunn Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Lewis Ms. Laurie Simpson
Mr. David A. Baker Ms. Marjorie Dunnivant Ms. Kimberly R. List Ms. Patricia Simpson
Bank of Nashville Duthie Associates, Inc. Ms. Lydia Littley Ms. Amy Smith • Happy Mouth Snaffle bits, any size
Ms. Linda M. Barbrie Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Eaton Ms. Laurie Loughlin Mr. & Mrs. Clint Smith
Ms. Teresa Barry Ms. Jennifer B. Ervin Ms. Patricia Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Harry L. Spaar
• Medium sized bell boots
Mr. & Mrs. Randall Baskin Ms. Lisa Felts Mr. & Mrs. Jeremiah MacLaren Ms. Lynne Sparks • Fly spray
Mr. & Mrs. Norman B. Bates Mr. & Mrs. Dale Fenton Mr. & Mrs. Boyce Magli Ms. Debbie Spencer
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Batson Ms. Anita Field Mr. Alfred Martin Ms. Kim Srygley
• Dressage pads
Ms. Elizabeth Beard Fifth Third Bank Ms. Kristin Mason St. Agnes Academy/ • Waterproof winter turnout
Ms. Melissa Beasley Mr. & Mrs. Ronald W. Fleming Mrs. Jack Massey St. Dominic School
blankets, any size
Ms. Nancy Beckloff Mr. & Mrs. Scott Flora Mr. & Mrs. Sidney McAlister Mr. Bruce Stahlin
Ms. Helen Bell Fox Den Interiors & Gifts Inc. Mr. & Mrs. W. Dane McCarder Mr. & Mrs. William O. Stanfill • Horse & pony english leather
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Bell Mr. & Mrs. Quick Foy McCauley Landscape Ms. Anise E. Stanley headstalls
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Blue Haven Pools Ms. Patricia Franks Mr. & Mrs. Scott McKean Ms. Lucille Stanley • Gift cards from Tack Trunk
Bob Kennedy Builders, LLC Mr. & Mrs. Kent Freeman Mr. & Mrs. Steven McKenzie Mr. & Mrs. Rick Stanley or Judy’s Tack
Mr. Brock Bodart .
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F Gallivan Mr. & Mrs. Brad McKinney Ms. Emily T. Stewart
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Bosse Mr. & Mrs. Paul Galvin Mr. Stephen McRedmond Mrs. Nancy Swindell
Mr. & Mrs. Thom Bosse Mr. & Mrs. Todd Garner Ms. Vicki L. Mead Mr. Larry E. Tatum
Mr. Victor Bosse Ms. Gloria Gasser Mr. & Mrs. Al Miller Tennessee Equine Hospital • Small bottles of water
Mrs. Letha Botts Mr. & Mrs. Donald Gay Ms. Juliana Miracle Mr. John H. Tetford
Ms. Penny Bowhall Mr. & Mrs. Frank Genella Mr. & Mrs. Jim Moore Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie L. Tidwell
• Storage cabinet with doors for
Ms. Michelle Bowman
Ms. Suzanne Bradford
Brentwood Camera Club
Ms. Linda H. Genella
Mr. & Mrs. Joe A. Gipson
Mr. Richard Glassman
Ms. Ashley Morgan
Mr. & Mrs. Lee M. Moss
Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Munday
Ms. Jessica Ward
Mr. & Mrs. Michael B. Warner
• 30”W x 69”H x 18”D space to
hold lesson toys, etc.
Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Brim Ms. Debi Granite Mr. Thomas W. Nabors Ms. Karen Weaver • Heavy duty, 4-wheel utility cart
Mr. & Mrs. John D. Broadway Ms. Susan Gritton NARHA Mr. & Mrs. Ben Welch
• Gift cards from Tractor Supply
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Brown Ms. Marsha Groce Mr. & Mrs. David Newman Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Wenning
Mr. & Mrs. Martin S. Brown Mr. J.B. Grone Mr. & Mrs. Brian Nock Dr. & Mrs. James Wert & Home Depot
Mrs. Paula Brown Ms. Beverly Halfacre Ms. Joann Nunez Ms. Melissa Wert • Arena drop down ceiling
Ms. Barbara Browning Mr. & Mrs. Melvin L. Harper Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Ms. Joni Werthan
Mr. & Mrs. William B. Bryant Harpeth Pediatrics, PLLC Crawford Mr. & Mrs. John W. White
Ms. Burnie Buckalew Mr. & Mrs. Bart Harrison Ms. Patricia Oswald Ms. Valerie White • Brooms & muck buckets
Mr. & Mrs. Scot Burton Ms. Hannah J. Harrison Ms. Denise Page Wilker's Custom Products
Dr. & Mrs. Brian Busch Ms. Patricia Hart Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Parker Ms. Janet S. Wilkins
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Capital Financial Group Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hauck Ms. Tiffany Patterson Ms. Faye Williamson • 3-hole punch paper for copies
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Ms. Raine Carr Ms. Suzy Heer Ms. Betty Phillippi Ms. Dorothy Winfrey • Mini-DV videocamera to record
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Mr. & Mrs. John R. Chester Ms. Vicki Ingram Mr. Kenneth E. Price Mr. & Mrs. James Wright digital camera
Chestnut Bend HOA Ingram Entertainment Printers Ink Wyndham Vacation Resorts
Cindy's Catering Company LLC Ms. Sharon Jantz Purina Feed, LLC Ms. Melissa Young
• Multi-media laptop computer
Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Ms. Debora Jennings Mr. & Mrs. Mark Ramer Mr. Fred Zimmerman • Gift cards from office supply stores
Collinsworth Dr. & Mrs. Paul Jennings Ravenwood High School
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. Mrs. Patricia K. Johnson Ms. Dee Reynolds • White & Color 8.5 x 11 copy paper
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Dr. Lisa Craft Ms. Leath Ann Jones Mr. & Mrs. Ken E. Rhodes
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Mr. & Mrs. Donnie Daniel Mr. & Mrs. Kevin King Mr. & Mrs. Pat Rooney
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Darnell Ms. Theresa Kingery Mr. & Mrs. Vince Rosas
Ms. Erika L. Dawson Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Kinman Mr. Joe Rowland
Mr. & Mrs. Luis De Rio Mr. John N. Kuno Sales & Marketing Executives of
Ms. Amy Dement Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Kunze Nashville, Inc. M.S.
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Peggy Plunkett, extension 22
Lisa Wysocky Chosen for Top 50
Business Manager Kudos to Saddle Up! Equine Trainer Lisa Wysocky, who was recently
email@example.com chosen by American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) as one of
Tina Carpenter, extension 35 the Top 50 riding instructors in the nation. The Top 50 list is compiled
Development Coordinator annually to recognize riding instructors who have made a significant
firstname.lastname@example.org difference in the lives of their students.
Kim Kline, extension 23 In addition, Lisa learned in October that the Hallmark Hall of Fame has optioned the book,
Volunteer Coordinator Front of the Class written by Brad Cohen with Lisa, for a television movie. The book is the memoir
of Cohen, who was a Georgia elementary school teacher with Tourette's Syndrome who went on
Lindsey Rizor-Wood, extension 24 to win Georgia's "Teacher of the Year."
Program Manager/Lead Instructor
She will receive her award at ARIA's national convention in December in Naples, Florida.
Bill Bills, extension 26
Lisa Wysocky, extension 30
Lindsey Rizor and Nathan Wood
Kelly O'Brien, extension 30 Wed at the Farm
Program Manager/Lead Instructor Lindsey Rizor had a
memorable day at Saddle Up! – as the farm provided the setting for
her wedding to Nathan Wood on September 30. Lindsey and Nathan
Nancy Oglin-Swindell at Designancy
Newsletter Design / Editor exchanged vows in front of friends and family, using the obstacle
email@example.com course wooden bridge as their platform. The pair had unexpected
6 “guests,” as what seemed like hundreds of motorcycle riders zoomed
by on Old Hillsboro Road as part of country singer’s Dierks Bentley’s
NARHA Registered Instructors:
Best wishes to Lindsey and Nathan as they begin their life together!
Alice Duva Lynne Evans Honored for Service
Co-Founder and Instructor Lynne Evans
received the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished
Lisa McKinless Service Award in ceremonies at the August 17
Rebecca McManus Nashville Sounds game at Greer Stadium in
Diane Mitchell recognition of her service to people with disabilities.
Jane Muir The award presentation was one of the high-
Kelly O’Brien lights of Disability Awareness Night, sponsored by
Mary Jo Patterson Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Kelly Sheehan (MassMutual) and Capital Financial Group, in
Nancy Swindell cooperation with Exceptional Parent Magazine and
Lindsey Rizor-Wood, CTRS the Nashville Sounds. Disability Awareness Night
honors the contributions of 54 million Americans with disabilities, their families and caregivers.
Lynne received the award from Exceptional Parent’s Editor Jan Hollingsworth and Capital
Financial Group’s Conrad Slate at the Nashville Sounds pre-game ceremony at home-plate. On
behalf of Capital Financial Group, Jason Bach made a $2500 contribution to Saddle Up!. Executive
Rick Lance • Tom Oglin
Director Cheryl Scutt accepted the check.
The EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award is named for the late founder and
SU! Staff • Nancy Swindell
former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent who was an advocate for people with disabilities
and other special needs.
Four Graduates’ Parents Share about Their Time with Saddle Up!
A Saddle Up! S.U.P.E.R. Show tradition continued this
October, when three of our four graduating riders took a victory
lap around the Lynne Evans Arena. The three are shown during
the ceremony in the photo at right with Jonathan (far right)
astride Avalon, Theresa aboard Nelson and Savannah on Azuri,
all sit proudly with the assistance of faithful volunteers. Annie
Caite (pictured in photo below) participated in the 2007 Ride-
a-Thon. Below are a few of the thoughts their parents wanted
to share with you:
Jonathan – end of one great ride, beginning of another
Jonathan will be graduating from Saddle Up! at the end of the
year, although it will be hard to say good bye, we know that they
have given Jonathan skills that he will use in his next stage in life. When Jonathan hangs up his helmet and puts his boots on the shelf for the
last time, it will be the end of one great ride and the beginning of another because of Saddle Up!. - Russ and Rhonda
(Please see Jonathan’s full article in our Summer 2007 issue, available on our website.)
Theresa – a confident young woman who sits tall in the saddle
When Theresa was first diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we were told of the many things she would not be able to do, and to prepare for life-
long limitations. When we first heard of the Saddle Up! program, its wonderful staff, and the many benefits the riders enjoyed; we were looking
forward to Theresa’s participation. In June, 2002 we received the good news that Theresa was #124 on the waiting list! In the spring of 2003,
we attended the grand opening of the new indoor arena, and Theresa eagerly anticipated being able to learn to ride and to learn to care for a
horse. In January, 2005 we became part of the Saddle Up! family! Theresa learned so much from Miss Jane, her first instructor, and from
Rosie, her first horse. The last three years have flown by, and throughout her sessions, Ride-a-thons, S.U.P.E.R. Show and summer camp;
with the help of her many instructors, side walkers, leaders, and horses, Theresa has transitioned into a confident young woman, who sits tall in
the saddle! Theresa states that she will miss everyone, and wishes that she could ride forever. The many lessons learned at Saddle Up! continue
to serve Theresa in other aspects of her daily life, and we owe a debt of gratitude to all who have contributed! - John and Susan
Savannah – thank you for all your time with our daughter
We are the parents of Savannah and we would like to express our thanks to everybody at Saddle Up! who has worked with Savannah. She has
loved coming to Saddle Up! and believe she has ridden most of the horses in the program. When Savannah is not riding she is always asking us
to let her ride. She will tell us she likes to ride Buddy, Nacho, Dancer and Azuri and still talks about Tuck. We wish there was no age limit. It is
sad that most things end for special needs children when that reach 18. I wanted to let everybody know that before Savannah started riding at
Saddle Up! she was so tactile defensive that she would not touch animals. Participating at Saddle Up! has helped her so much we hate to see it
end for her. We again want to thank all of you for your time with our daughter. May God be with all of you and all of the horses.
Thanks, Tony and Angela
Annie Caite – growth in self-confidence, listening and responding
Annie Caite began riding at Saddle Up! nine years ago, when the farm was still at Leiper's Fork. I remember after her
first lesson, the instructor asked if Annie Caite had ridden before and told me that she had a "natural seat." For the most
part she is non-verbal but has been so enthusiastic about Saddle Up! that she learned several new phrases which she
doesn't forget from session to session. My personal favorite is watching her holding the leash on our very large dog and
commanding "walk on" when the dog wants to stop and linger too long. Annie Carte seems to have an internal calender,
and after the first two lessons of any session, she knows which day is horse-day and chants "horses" the entire day until
we pull into the parking lot. Saddle Up! and the volunteers have given Annie Carte self-confidence and have taught her to
listen better and respond to others. I wouldn't trade these nine years of her riding experience for anything in the world.
Thank you, Saddle Up!, Jeremiah and Marta
There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
– Robert Smith Surtees