(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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Did you know?
 
 Sebastian’s Spring Newsletter HOT OFF THE PRESS!
 
 
 
 
The Summer Horse Show Season was a winning season for all! We a few shows in the Fall too. Check our calendar for dates.  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. 
 
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.
 
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….and continues to grow! Volunteers from Glaxo Smith Kline graciously donated their time and talents to build a few more obstacles on the trail. The students are loving them! 
 
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History………………………..
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!
Fireman visit April 2016
 
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)  
The 7th Annual Derby, Dine & Dance! is May 6, 2017. Contact sebastianoffice@verizon.netWe 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
JUNE 2016
June 2-4:SRA Montgomery County Special Olympic Equestrian Team travels to Penn State for State Games!
June 11:Star Party, POSTPONED AGAIN till FALL (Must have Clear Skies), 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.
June 12: Jeopardy Competitive Trail Benefit Ride! (Mud date June 26) 8:30am-12:30pm.
2016 Rider Registration Form….this is a somewhat challenging trail. Rest up!
Looks like clear skies & 80 degree sunshiny day!
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
UPDATE: SUCH A GREAT TURNOUT FOR THIS CLASSIC TRAIL RIDE! 
THANK YOU FOR ALL  YOUR continued SUPPORT !
2017 we raise the bar on obstacles;)
2016 Top SIX Scores of 85 riders
1st Place: Team #46,  5,050 pts
2nd Place: Team  #2,  4,850 pts
3rd Place: Team #20, 4,650 pts
4th Place: Team # 30, 4,600 pts
5th Place:  Team # 25, 4,550 pts
6th Place:  Team  # 6, 4,400 pts
Ribbons were mailed out for those that had to leave early. 
 Dr.Suess Thing 1 & Thing 2 ! won the Costume votes!
(All the costumes were so fun for everyone!)
Seven Raffles were pulled and winners were contacted. Congratulations! 
2016 Pics to post soon. Share your pics!
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JULY 2016
USA flag patch 
Sebastian Riding Associates is closed Monday, July 4th.
 
Sebastian Volunteers make the world go around.
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July 11-15, 9am-1pm, Summer Camp ONE, was a blast!! 
July 25-29,9am-3pm, Summer Camp TWO, was over so fast! 
 August 8-12, 9am-1pm Summer Camp THREE, was last till 2017
 
July 14: Dine With Purpose!@The Metropolitan Diner & Bar Benefit for SRA@Metropolitan American Diner & Bar, North Wales…all day(11am-10pm).  Update: friends & family gathered for a meal together and a generous portion all tabs that day were donated by Metropolitanto support programs at Sebastian Riding Associates.
 
AUGUST 2016
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Wednesday,August 10: 5:30pm
Legs for Lindsey 5k Race
on Perkiomen Trail,Oaks,PA
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 This is a well loved Annual Race.
Really cannot thank you enough for the community support.
2016 Race Results
 
 Remember August for the 
2017 12th Annual!
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Thursday, August 18:
7pm-8:30pm @Sebastian Riding Farm
Speaker Mindy Chernoff,MA.
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Friday, August 19:
2nd Annual Staff & Volunteer Camp Night Out!
5pm -till Saturday 10am
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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