Improving the Quality of Life, One Stride at a Time!
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.
Did you know?
Our Ace retired back on home pasture to the delight of grand-kids! And we welcomed two new horses (Lexus & Toby) to our program.
Look for them on the farm!
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!
May 7 : TicketsSOLD OUT quicklyfor the The 6th Annual Derby, Dine & Dance is Saturday, May 7th, 2016 , 5:30pm @The Club at Shannondell. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more details.
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 Kownurko! Congratulations 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!
Sebastian Riding Associates won for BEST CHARITY in Montgomery County! Many, many thanks to all our students, families and supporters for voting Sebastian farm and the service we provide, as the best! We feel the same about you;)
UCARE Community Partner In-Focus: Sebastian Ridingby Tabi Rudzinski Sebastian Riding Associates is a therapeutic horseback riding facility which currently serves over 100 riders in a variety of programs including equine assisted therapy, hippo-therapy, summer camp programs, intro to horses, and more. These programs are geared towards children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. SRA is run by 3 full time staff members, in addition to part time instructors. Volunteers also play a big role in helping things at the barn run smoothly. In 2015, 213 volunteers spent over 10,200 hours feeding,cleaning,assisting lessons, and more at SRA. Although the work can get messy, the mission and feedback of students at SRA keeps volunteers coming back. When asked about running SRA, general manager Chris Hanebury says, “I’ve never worked so hard in my life, but I feel very passionate about what we do and how we help people. It’s awesome because it seems the world is more open to alternate therapies than it’s ever been.”
The selection of four charitable organizations as its 2015 beneficiaries. The mission of Dressage at Devon, a world-‐class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show, includes the furtherance of dressage education. Mike Riley, Chair of Dressage at Devon’s Board of Directors, said that the Directors unanimously chose the following beneficiaries: SRA was one of four organizations that received a $5,000 grant from the Dressage at Devon this October. We are so thankful for the support of our program by this prestigious event.
Smartpak Colicare, a leading equine supplement supplier, featured our very own Thunder as the October Horse of the Month. We had been using a digestive supplement for Thunder when he had to have his surgery last year. As a result, Smartpak provided $3750 toward the vet bill through their #Colicare program.