Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.

(a 501(c)3 non-profit organization).  

PATH member (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International).  

Our center and all programs are taught by PATH Certified Riding Instructors.  

What makes therapeutic riding "so special?":

The bonding between horse and rider and the relationships with instructors and volunteers has been known to help even "proven to improve" self esteem, self confidence and social interaction. Plus, it's just plain fun for everyone!

For the physically handicapped rider, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves horses' bodies, naturally mimicking human gait. Studies have shown that therapeutic riding provides the following benefits:
• Psychological bonding 
• Lifting of the spirit 
• Increased attention span
• Improve balance, posture and flexibility

Take a minute or two and watch this super video. Click on the pic. (Full screen on the small square–bottom right).


 Please copy and share this YouTube URL below–email or text friends and relatives!

www.youtube.com/embed/D-eplE5hAec (a URL to copy and share)
Thanks for donating and getting the word out!  Every little bit helps!

igiveYou can also help us to raise money by shopping through iGive! Check it out here!

Dates of Interest: (see expanded description of items below this bullet list)
      •  Gasparilla Charity Horse show – March 10-14 

      •  Live oak Invitational CDE- March 21st

      •  Special Olympic Area Games- March 28th

      •  Citrus Cup – April 8th

      •  State Special Olympics – May1st-2nd

  • Obstacle Challenge –  May 16th ***** (NEW, see below) *****

Expanded items.  (Be sure to mark your calendar):

March 10 – 14th  "Gasparilla Charity Horse Show" will operate a Booth to raise money for UPHA shows.

March 21st  “Tailgating party” at the Live Oak Invitational. We will have a booth set up, come enjoy the “CDE” (combined driving event) watching carriages race through obstacles. This is a qualifier for the Olympics & very exciting to watch.  We will also have burgers & hotdogs with all the fixings for you to enjoy.  Our booth lets many people in our area learn about Stirrups ‘n Strides. Sign up if you would like to attend.  There will be a small fee to attend.

March 28th – “Special Olympic Area Games” at MTRA.  We need a lot of volunteers for the day, so sign up if you can help.  We will have over 20 riders competing to qualify for State Special Olympics in May.  Come cheer our riders on.

April 9th-10th – We will be taking some of our advanced riders to the Citrus Cup Morgan Show at the Canterbury Equestrian Center in Newberry.  This is a qualifying show for the UPHA Exceptional Challenge Cup Finals in Kansas City in November.  Volunteers are needed during the week.  

May 1st & 2nd – State Special Olympics at the Grand Oaks in Weirsdale.  We will be given a quota for State Games after we have Area Games.  We usually get to take around 10-15 riders to State.  Volunteers are needed for both days; this is a lot of fun. Please plan to attend. 

May 16th –  ***** Our newest event*****.  Definitely get this one on your calendar and talk it up!  Our very first   Obstacle Challenge!  Held at StirrupsNStrides.  Please watch here for sign up entry forms which will be posted later this week. You may sign up here online or call Betty anytime (352-427-3569).


Click on the purple "Obstacle Challenge" in the Upcoming Events (right sidebar above) for forms to sign up.


May 30th – This is the last day of riding for the Spring Season.

July 7th- August 11th – Our summer 6 week riding session.  This will be on a Tuesday morning and limited to 10-12 riders.  We only have 1 session at 9:00 with 2 classes going at once.  It is just too hot for both horses & volunteers to ride more than 1 session.  If you are interested, please talk with Betty.