Bright Star believes in the healing power of horses and wants to offer the program to all who would benefit from it. Our goal is to never turn a client away because of an inability to pay. As a non-profit organization, we are only able to meet this goal through donations to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded based strictly on financial need.
Our herd requires daily care regardless of our off seasons or the weather. Feeding, providing basic vet care and keeping the horse environment healthy and safe is costly - over $3,000 per month. Factor in maintenance of the pastures and paddocks, and you can see where expenses continue to add up.
General donations allow us to use funds where they are needed most to keep our organization running smoothly and serving the community.
Each therapeutic rider has 3 volunteers dedicated to their lesson - 2 sidewalkers and 1 horse leader. We try to match volunteers with specific riders so they can develop a trusting relationship.
Our group lessons have up to 3 riders so you can see why we always need more lesson volunteers! Email Jen@BrightStarEquestrianCentre.com for more details.
Our pastures, paddocks, riding arena and barn are used daily, and when horses eat, they naturally, well, you get the idea. There's a lot of clean up for that. There is also keeping the barn clean and obstacle-free for our disabled riders, and making sure teaching aids are clean and ready to use. Email Will@BrightStarEquestrianCentre.com for more information and how you can plug in. volunteer donate non profit organizations
If you've got a hankering for hospitality, we can find a place for you in developing special events for Bright Star.
It takes a lot of dollars to care for our herds and provide safe and effective programs for our riders. So, if you're one of the fearless few who can ask for donations, our fundraising needs are year-round. Or if you have an amazing knack for event planning, we need you!
Please send us an email at info@BrightStarEquestrianCentre.com and let us know how you'd like to help!
Something everyone can do is to help us spread the word about Bright Star and our mission to help people with disabilities find hope and healing through encounters with horses. You can "LIKE" us on Facebook, tweet about us on Twitter, snap some pics for Instagram, and share our story with your friends, family and co-workers.
Like any non-profit, we always look for creative ways to raise funds to help our programs so we can serve more people and grow our capacity. If you have a knack for knocking on doors, give us a call!
"My daughter’s neuromuscular disease makes activities like walking, riding, and using her hands independently seem like an impossible challenge to overcome. She needed a horse as special as she is - one she could trust like a friend and speak to with her heart. When we came to Bright Star, she met not one, but two extraordinary horses that showed her patience, gentleness, and unconditional support. I proudly watch her discover abilities she never knew she had.”
- Parent of child with progressive neuromuscular disease