July Giving | Riding Unlimited

You see the girl below? Her heart is the size of Texas. I am NOT exaggerating, and if you have ever met her, you know I am telling the truth. This is my little sister, Kadie. She loves animals. So much so that she has actually gotten mad at me for stomping on a bee in our house instead of letting it go!! When I thought about where I wanted to give this month, I knew I wanted to give my sister the opportunity to pick a charity that she could stand behind! So after we did some research, we came across one that really captured our hearts, and I think it will do the same to you! 

This month, STP will be donating 3% of every session booked to Riding Unlimited! 

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Riding Unlimited's mission for the past 25 years has been to Turn Disabilities Into Possibilities. They help individuals with physical, educational, intellectual and emotional disabilities through the power of the horse. Therapeutic horsemanship improves strength, balance, coordination, memory utilization, muscle tone, motor skills, social interaction and self-esteem. Their facility is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l (PATH) (formerly NARHA) Premier Accredited center and our instructors are PATH certified. Riding Unlimited is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Founded in 1990, they currently operate on our 49-acre facility in Ponder, Texas with 14 therapy horses and almost 200 volunteers

About the founder, Jim Barton:

Jim was born with athetoid cerebral palsy. Though he cannot feed himself or sign his name, Jim graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and had an 18-year career with IBM as a computer programmer/analyst. He also has served as a board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas and the state board of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Texas. Most people who know Jim know of his involvement in therapeutic horseback riding. As a rider himself, he competed in 1987 at The World Cup for the Disabled in Sweden as well as at local and national competitions. However, Jim is most proud of being a founder of Riding Unlimited, Inc., bringing horseback riding to the disabled in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Read more about Jim |HERE|