Stirrup Some Fun Therapeutic Riding Program
Our Mission
Our mission is to celebrate the unique gifts and challenges of each individual, encouraging physical, mental, and emotional growth through the horse and human relationship.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Imagine children with disabilities or challenging life situations having an opportunity to experience outdoor fun and recreation using the horse as a tool to improve their lives. Therapeutic riding offers these children a new physical and visual perspective of the world that lets them experience the many benefits of riding.
Benefits Include:
• Increased Self Esteem
• Increased Patience
• Increased Confidence
• Improved posture
• Improved balance through transitions from one gait to another
• Improved coordination by use of the reins
• Improved motor skills through mounting exercises

• Improved range-of-motion
• Improved communication through asking horses to walk on, woah, etc.
• Improved flexibility & strength through passive stretches
2018 Sessions
Class Enrollment Deadlines (space limited and granted on first come/ first serve basis)
$80/ session for Bulloch County residents
$90/ session for non-Bulloch County residents
Sponsors available for financial assistance.
Registration fee must be received by Haley Dent (912) 764-5637 one week prior to the first class. 

Session I & II:
March 20-April 10

&

April 17-May 8

Classes held on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 7 pm

All classes, training, and assessments are held at the Fletcher Park.
Located on Lake View Road, north of downtown Statesboro.
Classes are held in 4-week sessions.
Rider’s Enrollment Requirements
All new riders must attend a scheduled “New Rider Assessment” before classes begin.
Stirrup Some Fun (SSF) welcomes new and returning riders to join classes where we offer children with disabilities and special needs a “FUN” way to learn and develop horsemanship skills!
Currently, our classes accommodate riders with a wide range of disabilities and medical conditions including, but not limited to, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Autism. Each prospective rider’s needs and goals are evaluated on an individual basis to determine if SSF can accommodate their special needs. And a doctor’s approval is required before a rider is accepted into the program.
ALL riders must complete the following and make payment of $80/90 in full.(Scholarship/financial aid applications are available upon request.)
**Returning Riders need to complete these forms at the beginning of each new year**:
Rider Forms
*** All New Riders must attend the New Child Assessment Clinic PRIOR to the initial class session in which the rider is enrolled. Eligibility for classes will be determined at this assessment. If the program does not appear to meet the child’s special needs, the $80 registration fee will be fully reimbursed to the rider. The assessment team may include the physical therapist, occupational therapist, instructor, an advisory committee member(s), volunteer(s), and others, as needed.***
All applications, forms, class schedules, enrollment deadlines, and New Child Assessment Clinic schedules are available from Haley Dent at the SBCPRD Honey Bowen Bldg., next to Holiday’s Pizza on Fair Rd (Hwy 67).

Stirrup Some Fun Hotline:

Call our Stirrup Some Fun Hotline at 912-489-9059 prior to class for a pre-recorded message indicating whether class is postponed. We’ll also post that information on our web-site at www.bullochrec.com on class day.

Volunteers
Volunteering with Stirrup Some Fun is a truly amazing experience. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with the riders, work with the horses, take pictures, help wth fund-raising or with administrative duties. It does not matter whether you’re a “horse person” or not, our special riders can use your help! Every volunteer is invaluable to the program.
Training Sessions
To ensure the safety of every rider and volunteer, any one wishing to help with the riding classes must first complete one of our Volunteer Training Sessions and complete our Volunteer Forms. Doing so qualifies you to volunteer at any of our SSF Therapeutic Riding Classes. Can’t make the upcoming Volunteer Training Session? Then please plan to attend one of our future Volunteer Training Sessions, which will be offered at various times throughout the year. To find out more, please see our contact information above.
Spring 2018 Sessions:

Tuesday, March 6 at 6 pm
Tuesday, April 17 at 5 pm
Volunteer Forms: Volunteer Form, Consent Form
Directions to the Fred Fletcher Memorial Park
Fred Fletcher Memorial Park , located on Lakeview Road, north of Statesboro.

From downtown Statesboro (Courthouse) take North Main Street (aka 301 South) north. Cross over the Hwy. 80/ 301 North intersection. Continue straight (north) and turn left onto Lanier Road. Entrance will be on the left.

The Stirrup Some Fun Program is always pleased to accept donations to help offset the cost of items needed to run the therapeutic horseback riding program. Stirrup Some Fun is a part of a non-profit 501 C (3) organization (Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation) and as such, will upon the receipt of your gift, send you a receipt for tax purposes. Please make your check payable to SBCPRD (with a reference to Stirrup Some Fun on the Memo line) and mail to Haley Dent, Stirrup Some Fun, P O Box 408, Statesboro, GA 30459.

We are pleased to accept any amount you would like to give.
Thank you so much for supporting such a worthwhile program.

 
 Neal Dunn Memorial Trail Ride
 March 2018 (date to be determined)
Saddle Trails in Twin City
9 am registration; 10 am ride
$20 includes lunch
Please contact Haley Dent at (912) 489-9059 or hdent@bullochrec.com for more information or to register.
Directions:
Directions to Saddle Trails (344 Friendship Church Road, Twin City, GA): From Statesboro, head west on GA-26W/GA-67N/US-25N/US-80W toward North College Street. Continue to follow for 6.5 miles. Turn left at GA-26W/US80-W and go 18.7 miles (through Portal). In Twin City, turn right at GA-23N (N Railroad Ave). Continue to follow for 1.5 miles. Turn right at Friendship Church Road and go 1.8 miles. Saddle Trails will be on your right.
Please go to http://saddletrails.webs.com/ for more directions and maps of trails. Must bring your own horse and sign waiver before riding trails. Saddle Trails has a camping area with showers, but no electricity access.

 

For more information, call 764-5637.