Improving the Quality of Life, One Stride at a Time!
Celebrating our 43rd Anniversary this year! 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.
You can Volunteer to help weekly, biweekly and/or at our 2018 Summer Day Camps!
We thank you for your continued support!
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! Our Janssen volunteers help maintain good footing & repairs on the trail. Volunteers from Glaxo Smith Kline graciously donated their time and talents to build a few more obstacles on the trail. The students are loving it all!
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*CONGRATULATIONS!go to ALL (29)Riders for an exceptionally great show. (6) Sebastian Riders with top scores will travel and compete in PA State Special Olympic Games @Penn State the first weekend in June 2017. CHEERS!
Thursday,April 20, (10am-5pm)Benefit, Shop for a Cause
The office will still be open and regular feed schedules will remain.
Lessons will resume on Tuesday January 2nd.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Update: It was perhaps the coldest (snowy)day to venture out to a clinic…
but all navigated the weather to attend anyway and were riveted for hours!
Stayed tuned for another visit with Kerry.
Kerry Thomas, THT Bloodstock Clinic@SRA
ANALYZING THE MIND OF THE HORSE
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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!
May 7, 2016 : 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)
June 2-4,2016:SRA Montgomery County Special Olympic Equestrian Team travels to Penn State for State Games!
June 11,2016:Star Party, 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.
Sebastian Riding Associates is closed Monday, July 4th.
Sebastian Volunteers make the world go around.
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.
Sept 17th & 18th: Student Horse Show: “The Enchanted Garden”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org , 610-489-3741.
October 16th: Farmers’ Union Company Horse Show
October 16th: Benefit, Painting with Purpose!
1:30-5:30 @Painting with a Twist
October 23rd: Annual SRA Staff & Volunteer Appreciation Day!
Noon-3pm, donated snacks welcome to HELP THANK our MUCH APPRECIATED STAFF & VOLUNTEERS!
Thanksgiving Day: SRA is Closed
4th Annual Vendor Fair @Chadwick’s
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 , 6pm- 9pm
Live Music:The Wise Guys
(Happy Hour Specials 5pm-7pm)
Dec 19, 2016- Lessons resume Jan 2, 2017
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!
Christine Hanebury, General Manager of Sebastian Riding Associates, talks about assisting children with physical and mental disabilities to overcome challenges through equine assisted learning and therapy programs.
Sharing with you a wonderful family’s story & video of Abbie Hayes, riding with Sebastian Riding Associates. It was created by William Pizzie, Comcast Network/Comcast Sportsnet, and aired at the 2016 March of Dimes fundraiser. Go Abby!
Vinny was on TV!Comcast News
Sebastian Riding Associate, was recently interviewed by Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers.
Jill Horner speaks with Dene Mitchell, about Sebastian Riding Associates programs, and how a horses help heal in big ways.
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.