From The Director's Saddle

By Brandy Crago
SSTM Executive Director
Before a student can participate in therapeutic riding, an intake process must take place. This is where we set goals for the child that correspond with therapies they are already receiving. Parents also share anything about their child’s disability that we need to be aware of.

Over the past 4 weeks, two mothers made the statement, “I don’t know how much time my child has. I want this therapy to help strengthen them but I mostly want them to have fun, I just want to see them smile.”

During this same month, a friend met with me to discuss a situation that happened sometime ago. He was sure that I had been angry. He wanted to know what happened. I struggled with an answer and later asked the Lord why I had such a difficult time recalling those things that could cause me to be offended and frustrated. God responded to my heart, “Because you asked me to help you forgive and put it behind you, so I did.” God is so good!

I immediately remembered asking him to help me see people the way he sees them and to forgive and let go of everything that could cause me to be offended. This can be a very difficult thing to do because we tend to be offended so easily.

The mothers I spoke with this month reminded me that life is precious. Time is too valuable and our lives are too short to hold grudges and offense. Healing comes through forgiveness. Living in peace is a precious gift that God wants us to enjoy. Choose to live in peace!
“Forgive our sins as we ourselves release forgiveness
to those who have wronged us.” 

Luke 11:4

Exciting Happenings

Shining Stars All Around
Schooling at Wilson College
By Rachel Stoner
SSTM Instructor
January 28th was the day that this handsome fellow and I made the trip to college together. I am so excited for all the learning and growth that will happen over the next 4 months. Like my grandpa said when talking to my mom on the phone the other day, “I hope that horse learns what he’s supposed to.” Me too, grandpa, and the process is going to be great fun. #Amigosfirstdayofcollege
SSTM Facebook Page Draws a Crowd!
By Karen Bowling
SSTM Volunteer
Thanks to the posts of these two ladies, SSTM's Facebook Page is getting a huge boost in viewers and likers! Starting in January, Debbie Reynolds Palmer and Anna Heckert began as additional "admins" posting SSTM events, updates, photos, and much more. Both are longtime friends & family to Shining Stars, and we say a BIG THANK YOU, ladies, for your teamwork!!

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 is celebrating its 15th 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:                             

Candy Lovers, Heads Up!

By Maggie Strous
SSTM Fundraising Committee
Planning for our annual spring chocolate candy egg sale!
peanut butter (jiff)
margarine (in sticks)
powered sugar (10x) 2lb bags

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

Call Maggie 717-321-5981 or Deanna 717-253-5796
to sign up for a time to help us...
See the order form below for info...print it out or
Call Maggie 717-321-5981 or Deanna 717-253-579
for an official order form to show your friends
and to order candy!!   

Volunteers are Special

The Hearts & Hands of Our Programs
THANK YOU to all the volunteers, both new and returning, for attending the Feb. 5 VOLUNTEER TRAINING!! If you missed it, another training night is scheduled for Feb. 13 from 6pm-8pm...come on out!
Join the SSTM therapeutic riding team which helps with
special needs kids & horses!
Barn Chores Appreciation!
By Brandy Crago
SSTM Executive Director
  We have been blessed with incredible barn help. Thanks to Liz, Rachel, Lindsay & Amy, Brandy no longer has to do all the barn chores.....
Oh and of course Vaughn. He's amazing!

Remembering Marv...

Marvin Stanley and his wife Mary were SS volunteers for 8 years,
involved in Horse Camp and riding classes,
as greeters, prayer warriors, counselors,etc.
Many of you know Marv had been battling cancer,
and on January 25th he went to his home in glory to be with the Lord.
While we grieve deeply,
the impact he left on our lives will forever be seen in
the way SS has developed Godly attributes and principles.
His integrity, knowledge, and the time he invested
has forever impacted us.
We love you Marv and celebrate the legacy you left behind.

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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