From The Director's Saddle

By Brandy Crago
SSTM Executive Director
Shining Stars is entering into 2019 with a heart full of gratitude. We sincerely want to thank all of you who have given so much to keep our ministry program in operation. Your encouragement, letters, participation, donations, and prayers have kept us moving forward. Without your faithful kindness we would not be able to serve the special needs community the way we do now.

In faith we are believing that God will multiply our efforts and give us new opportunities to minister to hurting men and women, along with the children and families we already love and serve. It’s a new and exciting year ahead!!

Thank you so much for being a part of it.
“Now all glory to God, who is able,
through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more
than we might ask or think.”

Exciting Happenings

Shining Stars All Around
Who's Got Talent?
By Lisa Lease
SSTM Volunteer

Recently our family has been watching the show "America's Got Talent".  We love watching all the talented people. It was while watching one night that we thought wouldn't it be great to offer a talent show for our special needs loved ones to participate in!  So.....drumroll please....Join us February 2, 2019, at 2pm for  We Got Talent "Special Edition". Our show will be hosted at the beautiful Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs.

We invite everyone with special needs to come share your talents with us. Can you sing? Dance? Recite a verse? Smile big? Whatever your talent, you are welcome to join. Practice will be before the show.

For audience - tickets can be purchased at the door. Admission is $1.00 and will benefit Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries.

Talent participants please register by January 20th.
To sign up or for more information, please email Lisa at or call at (717) 658-2199.
We look forward to watching everyone SHINE!

2019 Capital Campaign

Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding Program (SSTR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to provide a means of therapy using horses to help people with disabilities.

SSTR recently celebrated its 14th year in equine therapy. We currently have over 200 participants, 207 volunteers and 16 horses.

Our programs include:
Therapeutic Riding
Cart driving for students and seniors unable to get on the back of a horse
Summer Horse Camps for foster kids and single parent families
Saturday Night Respite (care givers get a 2 hour break while we enjoy the kids)
Stars & Stripes veterans’ program……and more.
Many people are familiar with the indoor Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) located on York Rd in Gettysburg, but are not aware that the horses cannot be housed there because of zoning regulations. Our horses live on a farm 6 miles from the TLC and are hauled to classes each day. The farm has a 13 stall barn, 4 separate fields, a run-in shed, an outdoor arena, and a house for the stable manager/director to live in plus rooms for offices. This is where we hold Summer Horse Camps, training, cart lessons, and Equine Biology classes.

The current owners are planning to retire soon and must sell the farm, giving SSTR first option to buy. The purchase of this farm will give us a permanent home for our horses and the ability to continue the additional programs mentioned for generations to come.
In order to acquire such a purchase SSTR is looking for “Legacy Givers”. Individuals willing to sow into our special needs community to assure these therapies will be available to them in the future.

 Each Legacy Giver would donate $1200.00 and will have a plaque placed in the TLC to commemorate their part in making this mission possible and to keep their legacy alive!

Please consider the importance of becoming a "Legacy Giver" to bless others!
Go to our website link for detailed information on how you can do this:                             

Did You Say CANDY??!

By Maggie Strous, SSTM Fundraising Committee
It's not too soon to start thinking about
our annual spring chocolate candy egg sale!

Here's a list of supplies we need:
peanut butter (jiff)
margarine (in sticks)
powered sugar (10x) 2lb bags

Drop off inside arena
Saturday nights 6-8pm or Sunday mornings 9-11am.

Volunteers are Special

The Hearts & Hands of Our Programs
Join the SSTM therapeutic riding team which helps with
special needs kids & horses!

Coming Events!


Spring TR Classes ........March 11- May 10
Rider Registration begins Jan. 1, 2019

Summer TR Classes......June 10- Aug 2
Rider Registration begins April 29, 2019

Fall TR Classes..............Sept 11- Nov 15
Rider Registration begins July 22, 2019
Volunteer Trainings
Held at indoor arena, 3185 York Rd, Gettysburg
February 5, 2019...6pm-8pm
February 13, 2019...6pm-8pm

Horse Camp... August 5-9  

FOR CLASSES or HORSE CAMP GET REGISTRATION FORMS at or call  717-398-8327     
click here to see our past newsletters!


Brandy Crago, Executive Director  

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