(610) 489-3741   sebastianriding@verizon.net

About SRA

Celebrating 40th Anniversary. Since 1975, Sebastian has been offering equine assisted therapy programs for children and adults living with a variety of physical,  mental health and intellectual disabilities. The focus  of our program is a safe, fun and healthy approach to growth and rehabilitation through equine activities and riding.

Offering much more than the traditional riding program, we strive to achieve physical development, socialization and learning through fun activities.   We build balance and symmetry, increase reach and range of motion, develop speech and language, thought processes, planning, and sequencing.   At Sebastian, we instill a great sense of success, confidence, and accomplishment in our riders.   Not only do SRA students learn to ride, they groom, tack and care for their horse.

We use specially trained horses to meet our riders’ needs.  We use special equipment and provide ASTM-SEI approved helmets with our riders’ safety paramount in all of our activities.   SRA offers private and group lessons so we can best meet the individual needs of our riders.

SRA is open seven days a week, with the majority of lessons in the evenings and weekends when we have the most volunteer power. We have more than 170 students, 17 horses,  a team of part-time instructors, physical therapists, managed by a program staff and a Board of Directors.

 
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 Sebastian’s Spring Newsletter HOT OFF THE PRESS!
 
 
 
 
May 2016
 
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May 7 : Update: “WOW. That was a fun night! Always a joy to gather supporters together, and even better in our winning Derby Hats and Suits! We had an amazing evening. Congratulations to our Race, Raffle & Auction Winners! And Thank You All for the fun & loving support of the programs at Sebastian Riding. Because of you, we just celebrated 41 years in Equine Assisted Therapies. We truly hope you enjoyed yourselves and share your pics! Together we are improving the quality of life, one stride at a time.”  (2016 pictures) Tickets SOLD OUT quickly for the The 6th Annual Derby, Dine & Dance is Saturday, May 7th, 2016 , 5:30pm @The Club at Shannondell.  For the 142nd Kentucky Derby! Our last DDD was a big success once again! We were able to raise much needed funds for Sebastian Riding Associates and at the same time raise awareness for what we do and how we positively impact our community. As usual, the Club at Shannondell was the perfect place to hold our party – the staff is always amazing and the food is outstanding. On top of that, it was so much fun to watch American Pharaoh win the Kentucky Derby race – it was easy to see how he would go all the way to win the Triple Crown! 2015 event included some new & improved features, such as a photo booth(tons of fun!), as well as band that was for us, but not new in the banquet, wedding, night club scene – Where’s Pete Band.  They were phenomenal and had us all dancing until we couldn’t dance anymore. We also enjoyed a sit-down dinner as opposed to buffet-style dinner served in the past. One of the highlights of the evening was our 40th Anniversary Video by Seth Umberhauer. The video was shown to the guests at the start of the dinner service, and to say it was moving is an understatement. It highlighted our organization from its beginning in 1975 to the present. Many of our guests were not aware of our history, and all were moved by what we do and how we do it. You can view the video (above) on this webpage. We are currently planning the 6th Annual Derby, Dine & Dance! Please mark your calendars for May 7, 2016. If you would like to help, we can always use volunteers – please call the office and let us know. or contact sebastianoffice@verizon.net.
We are always in need of donations for our silent auction and sponsors for the event. Do you have tickets for sporting events,theater,etc., or perhaps you have a vacation home? Please consider donating tickets to a game or a week vacation to our silent auction. As always, we thank you for your support ~ Kathy Grubelic 
 
The Horse Show Season begins! Check our calendar for dates for the entire season.  Come cheer our students on as they travel off the farm to compete in local shows. Check back for updates before attending show. Or contact the office for latest details…Christine Hanebury, sebastianriding@verizon.net , 610-489-3741.
 
May 21: Star Party, POSTPONED till JUNE 11Saturday evening 7:30pm – 11pm, Star gazing over the Sebastian farm with unbelievable telescopes and educational guided tour. Donations appreciated. Come out to the farm pastures and view the skies above. Families welcomed.
 
May 30: SRA is closed for Memorial Day Celebrations. Enjoy!
 
JUNE 2016
June 2-4: SRA Montgomery County Special Olympic Equestrian Team travels to Penn State for State Games!
 
June 11: STAR PARTY Saturday evening 7:30pm – 11pm, Star gazing over the Sebastian farm with unbelievable telescopes and educational guided tour. Donations appreciated. Come out to the farm pastures and view the skies above. Families welcomed. This was postponed from May 21. Must have Clear Skies!
 
June 12: Jeopardy Competitive Trail Benefit Ride! (Mud date June 26) 8:30am-12:30pm.
2016 Rider Registration Form
Timed starts. Teams of 4. Evansburg State Park, Collegeville,PA. Same great trail ride, now with optional obstacles. Click on link for early registration $25 by June 7 or $30 at the gate. To use PayPal click on Donate link, enter “Jeopardy Ride”. Mail/email registration form to sebastianriding@verizon.net or Sebastian Riding Associates, 3589 Water Street Road, Evansburg State Park, Collegeville, PA 19426. Office: 610-489-3741 
TO SPONSOR THIS ANNUAL EVENT contact Christine, sebastianriding@verizon.net
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JULY 2016
July & August 2016
Sebastian Summer Day Camps fill up quickly!
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July 14: Dine & Donate @Metropolitan American Diner & Bar, North Wales…All day long.  Gather your friends & family for a meal together and a portion of your tab will be donated by Metropolitan to support programs at Sebastian Riding Associates. These events are such a fun way to run into friends & fellow supporters of a wonderful association. Mark your calendar now for this play date!
 
 
AUGUST 2016
Aug 10: Leg for Lindsey 5k Race on Perkiomen Trail
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Sensory Trail Comes to Life at SRA: With the help of grant dollars from CCRES and the Genuardi Family Foundation and the generosity of Brook Buck Of Buck Enterprises Landscaping, the sensory trail has come to life at SRA. 
 
Something to Smile about! Dex Photography by Dana Fielding would like to open up possibilities for everyone. If you want pictures of yourself with your favorite horse, now you can get them! -and a portion of the proceeds go towards Sebastians! Click link above or contact sebastianvol@verizon.net for more details.
 
 APRIL 2016
April 3: Welcome a new horse “Orion” to our farm on trial. 
April 13: Dine & Donate in Skippack@Olce Pizza ALL DAY,benefiting Special Olympians at Sebastians.
This was a delicious day out for us all! It was fun to see everyone out for a meal together in support of Sebastian Special Olympic program. Special thanks to the Olce team for wonderful service, food & generous contributions.
April 17: Special Olympics County Event @SRA  (Sunday 1-4pm) 28 of our talented riders will compete for high scores and the opportunity to advance to State level this June at Penn State. Update: WOW what a great show of support today. Heartfelt thank you to our beautiful teams of SRA Volunteers. It was clear to see how Sebastian’s was voted BEST in the County. Our students & horses brought their ‘A’ game today! Student smiles were as bright as their winning medals. And perhaps just as bright were the faces of their instructors & families beaming with pride.  Stay tuned as we announce shortly, our top 6 candidates for State games held in June 2016. Well done everyone, nice riding!
April 21:Sebastians welcomes Skippack Fire Company out to the farm for visit, tour and a little horse handling…in full gear! 
Update: Great meeting and exchange of knowledge! Thanks to all!
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2015
 
Congratulations! Frank Viall – 2015 Natoli Award Recipient! The Childhood Development Foundation held its annual Grant Award Reception in July at the Plymouth Country Club, giving grants to several organizations that provide services for thousands of special needs children.
 
John Deere 5500! Summer 2015 we were lucky enough to purchase a used John Deere 5500 to help around the farm. This was made possible with funds provided by SEI Investments. THANK you SEI!

Quilt Raffle every September: The 2015 winning raffle ticket for the  horse themed quilt donated by Pat Grotzinger was won by student, Nika KownurkoCongratulations Nika, we are green with envy!!!

Intro to Horses program: In October 2015 , SRA hosted the Wissahickon School District Autistic Support classes for our Intro to Horses program.  The students learned about body language, how to groom a horse, leading a horses and a scavenger hunt to top off the fun.   Thank you for exploring the wonderful world of therapeutic riding with your students!

Dogtober Fest 2015: Our Vinnie recently attended the Dogtober Fest at SEI Investments as part of a promotion of their animal charities to the nearly 2000 employees at their Oaks location.  Of course, he was a huge hit and in a lot of ‘selfies’, everyone wanted to take him home! SEI Cares.

The 2015  10th Annual Legs for Lindsey was held on August 12th   We were so grateful to SEI Investments for allowing us to move the race to begin and end at their facility with the race run on the very flat and scenic Perkiomen Trail.  With over 300 runners and walkers in the 5K and fun run, we take that as a green flag for the race to stay at this location!  Please be sure to visit this website for a list of all the sponsors of this race and support them as you are able! 

 
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Sebastian Superheros!  😆 Day Camp