WHAT IS Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity designed for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities.
Horses have a calming effect on those who spend time in their presence. The interaction with the horse as a non-judgmental partner produces great self-confidence. The swinging gait of the horse is very similar to the human gait, which provides the rider with a unique sense of walking. The side to side movement of the horse keeps the rider constantly adjusting to keep their center of gravity. Movements of the horse benefit the rider’s balance, strength, posture and mobility. In addition, children with cognitive disabilities, learning disorders and speech impairments often experience breakthroughs during or following their time spent with the horse.
What Programs do you offer?
At Savannah Station TRP, we currently focus on diagnosed cognitive and physical disabilities, with future plans to develop programs in other areas that equine-assisted activities have been proven to aide. We currently offer classes Tuesday-Thursday.
do I Qualify for services?
Riders are accepted into the program based on an individual assessment to ensure safety and a proper method of assistance. To qualify for services at Savannah Station the participant needs to be four years old or older. There is no maximum age for services at Savannah Station TRP, as long as the participant has no physical or medical limitations that would make riding unadvisable. The person applying must have a diagnosed cognitive or physical special need. We require our riders to be under a weight of 185 pounds.
How DO I apply?
To apply, please complete and return the Participant Application participant_app._2021.pdf. We will be in contact with you to ensure that our program is appropriate for the applicant and that there are no limitations to participation in mounted equestrian activities.
IS there a waiting list?
Currently, Savannah Station does have a waiting list.
What is the cost?
This valuable service is provided on a weekly basis at no cost to the participating families. Savannah Station relies on a gifted group of volunteers to make the magic happen and to keep the program operational and free of charge for our riders.
Who Teaches the classes?
Savannah Station currently has three PATH Int. certified instructors that teach classes, in addition we have three instructors in training working on their certifications. You can read more about our wonderful team under the leadership tab!
When are classes held?
All classes take place on a weekly basis, from Tuesday through Thursday. Classes take place from 9-11am and 5:30-7:15pm. We have three different semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall), each of varying length.
Can i tour the facility?
Absolutely! To schedule a tour of Savannah Station TRP, please call our office at (580) 303-2028
what would I do as a volunteer?
In the arena where horse and rider become one, every lesson is taught by a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Most every rider starts out with a three-person volunteer support team. This team is made up of a horse leader who is responsible for guiding and caring for the horse and two sidewalkers, one on either side of the rider, with the responsibility of steadying, protecting and encouraging the rider.
Outside of the arena, there are many other valuable ways volunteers help Savannah Station help our riders. Volunteers help with event planning, fundraising, horse care and grounds maintenance just to name a few.
how do i become a volunteer?
Our volunteers dedicate their time and energy to the fulfillment of our mission to provide Hope and Healing with Horses. Savannah Station volunteers are caring and compassionate and have a passion for helping each individual rider achieve their highest goals of independence while providing the best support during their equine assisted service sessions.
The minimum requirements to volunteer are to be 14 years of age or older, complete Volunteer Orientation, and be ready to make a difference! Every volunteer will be fully trained and equipped to perform their assigned work. No experience with horses or with special needs is required.
Please complete the following volunteer application and return to our office or bring it with you to orientation. volunteer_application_2022.docx
when is volunteer orientation?
Volunteer orientation will be held in the Diamond Arena prior to the beginning of each new riding session.
To find out when our next orientation will be held visit the volunteer page for more information savannahstation.org/volunteers
what are your greatest needs?
Currently our greatest needs are 2 and 3/8in pipe for our perimeter fence, a 6ft drag to work our pastures, financial donations, and meeting our Capital Campaign goal.
What is your capital campaign?
In January of 2021, Savannah Station had the incredible opportunity to purchase an amazing 20-acre equine property in north Yukon to be its “forever home”. The facility is complete with two indoor riding arenas, two barns with 27 stalls, living and office space, classroom space and plenty of room to expand services and dream big dreams! We have embarked on a $1 million Forever Home capital campaign to pay off the note and complete renovations to the property to make it our own and expand our services to even more individuals with special needs.
Our Case for Support booklet contains more detailed information about the Capital Campaign. Feel free to download this booklet to find out more about Savannah Station and ways you can become involved in expanding our services! Savannah Station Case for Support
If you have questions, would like more information or would like to make a donation please contact our Capital Campaign Co-Chairs:
Athena Captain 405-850-2714
Davidene Humphreys 405-808-6343
How can i make a donation?
There are several different options for donating to Savannah Station. You can download and return a pledge form, set up a recurring automatic transfer, donate using PayPal, send in a payment or contact our Executive Director Andi Holland who can further assist you with your donation.
Savannah Station Pledge Form
Recurring Automatic Transfer
Andi Holland: firstname.lastname@example.org 580-278-6657
There are also several naming opportunities at Savannah Station, when you invest in a naming opportunity—whether in honor or memory of a loved one, for an organization, or in your own name—you are supporting the life-changing program of Savannah Station, leaving a permanent legacy for generations to come! Find out more about available naming opportunities here.
what is your 10 year anniversary gala?
We are excited to come together and celebrate our 10 year anniversary with a special night of honoring our history and celebrating our future! This fundraiser keeps our special riders in the saddle receiving their weekly equine assisted therapeutic services at no cost to their families. We hope you will join us on this very impactful day! Our 10 year anniversary gala will be held at the Palace Event Center on Friday, August 18th. For more information on tickets, sponsorships, live and silent auction donations please contact:
Andi Holland at email@example.com or call our office at 580-303-2028
How do i lease or donate a horse?
Savannah Station is committed to helping both the rider and the horse by rescuing horses for this higher calling whenever possible. Horses with the patience and temperament to be a therapeutic program horse are highly valued. Each horse in the Savannah Station program has earned their spot as a reliable and safe member of the healing team. We do look for new horses to join our program as the need arises.
If you think your horse might have what it takes to be a member of the Savannah Station healing team,
please download and complete the following information packet and return to our office.
Horse donation form
DO you accept in-kind donations?
Yes! If you have a piece of equipment, supplies, service or other good you would like to donate to Savannah Station we are always looking for the following items in new or gently used condition: halters, saddles, and other tack; feed, hay, and other horse care supplies; farm equipment; office supplies; art supplies. If you have a donation you would like to make please e-mail Andi Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org