Spring 2020 newsletter

     Shining Stars exists to embrace our community with hope and unconditional love by serving individuals with special needs so that they may develop strength, build confidence, and achieve goals. At Shining Stars, families get the therapy they need from the horses they love. 

New Growth is on the Horizon!

From The Director's Saddle...

By Brandy Crago, SSTM Executive Director

    One of the things I enjoy most during the riding break is meeting with parents and caregivers to discuss goals for their riders. This is a briefing process that will help instructors know how to structure lessons so that individual riders can receive the best therapy for their particular needs.
      I always find myself encouraged by the testimonies of families returning to Shining Stars. We ask parents to offer feedback and help us identify areas they feel we do well in our lessons and ways they feel we could improve with their rider. All feedback is needed and appreciated.
      2020 begins a new year AND a new decade. My prayer is that we cherish the time God has given us. Sixteen years of serving our community with therapeutic horsemanship programs has been incredible.
      I believe God has great plans for the future of Shining Stars!  May we always be sensitive to those plans and respond with a heart of gratitude.

Psalm 115:1   
“Not to us O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory. Because of your unfailing love and faithfulness.”

New Year, New and Returning Volunteers! 


Volunteer Training!

The arena was packed out with new and returning volunteers who came for the info session and hands on training.We held two volunteer training sessions for the 2020 riding session this Spring. It was wonderful to see new and returning faces after a winter off from classes. We would also like to recognize our program directors and instructors for their faithful commitment to Shining Stars community!
Lynn Redden-Driving Program Director 
Sue Kiehl-Driving Instructor
Cy Youngblood-Driving Program Assistant
Vince Umstot-Veterans Program Director
Therapeutic  Riding Instructors:
Brandy Crago
Elecia Hoffman
Lindsey Hofmann (in training)
Deanna Hyser
Jen Rebhan
Ali Simpson (in training)
Rachel Stoner
Maggie Strous
Wendy Toms

Spring means Chocolate Eggs!

Hard to believe that Easter is coming up soon. And that means for Shining Stars, preparations for our annual chocolate Easter egg fundraiser are in the works. You may have received a letter and an order form to sell the eggs.The letter also includes information on how to donate your culinary skills or food items. If you did not receive one, you may contact Maggie at 717-321-5981.
Last year, we made over 500 dozen eggs. We need your help this year to make this fundraiser a success again. Plus we have a lot of fun making them and even get to do some taste testing. Orders are due by March 1 - so contact us soon if you are interested. Thanks so much in advance for all the help and support!
~Deanna Hyser- Fundraising Team~

Eat Pizza-Donate to Shining Stars! 


Mounted Police

      We are honored to share the Shining Stars indoor arena with equine and human law officers from Gettysburg and Lancaster. Officers use the space to help prepare themselves and their equine partners for their work on the streets. Shining Stars thanks you for what you do! 

Thank You Donors!

Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust 

Shining Stars received a grant of $2,100 from the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust for this new loafing shed. Grant and Mable love it!

American Legion

American Legion Post-262 donated $3,000 to Shining Stars. They also sponsor one of our horses, Ira (pictured on the right) named in honor of Ira Lady. 

Sweet Charities 

Sweet Charities Committee Members and the 2019 Recipients.
Once again Shining Stars was blessed by this incredible group of hard working givers. They not only work relentlessly all year to raise funds, they surrounded us with their joy, laughter, and love. What an honor for us to spend time with them. Shining Stars received $3,000! Thank You!

More Donations

  • Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree 2019 total- $9,967
  • Gettysburg Eagles Aerie #1562- $2,000
  • PeoplesBank of York- Employee’s raised $425 as part of their casual day program. Shining Stars was the selected recipient in December 2019.
Thank you to all of our donors!

Equine Spotlight-Honoring Tig 

Goodbye Tig
 It was a sad day for everyone at Shining Stars when we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to our driving horse "Tig" in December. We were thankful to have Tig with us for so long. He brought such joy to students and volunteers-he will be greatly missed. We are now in search of another horse for the driving program with the temperament and attitude of a therapy horse. Preferably drives and rides. If you know of a horse that might fit in our program please call Brandy Crago at 717-398-8327.

2020 Calendar

SPRING TR SESSION...March 9- May 8
February 24... Tommy's Pizza Fundraiser
March 1... Easter Egg Orders Due
SUMMER TR SESSION...June 8-August 7
August 10-14...Horse Camp
FALL TR SESSION...September 21-November 20
Boots, Bolo, and Boogie...TBA
October 23... Shine on Silent Auction 
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Brandy Crago, Executive Director  
717-398-8327 or 717-451-9509

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