We have several riders who are homeschooled and get to take advantage of their choice of days and times to ride during the typically slower weekdays. Bright Star would love to have more groups join us and utilize our riding facility as an option for physical education, confidence building, horsemanship skills, and group events.
Since launching our Veritas program for Veterans in 2016, we are now working with area mental health professionals to bring Equine Assisted Therapy to their individual practices to also help people dealing with various emotional or behavioral issues. Our program is called Polaris, and will be a wonderful tool for mental health providers who are innovative in their approaches to therapy.
Thanks to donations and a generous grant from the IDVA last year, we will opened our newly renovated community room in the upper level of the main barn. Our goal is to use this for a Veterans meeting space during Veritas sessions, as well as allow families to watch riders in the adjoining outdoor arena, and host presentations for all types of organizations interested in how horses can help people with various disabilities and emotional trauma.
"My son lived in a world of relative isolation, feeling very disconnected from other children due to his autism. Thanks to Bright Star, we found a place where he has gained self-confidence and social skills. The experience with horse therapy has opened up an entirely new world for him!”
~ S., Mother of a Bright Star Equestrian Centre Client
We are humbled to see how our Bright Star friends want to help with the financial needs of our organization. Horses keep eating no matter what the bank balances are, and the consistent support of our community is integral to our existence! For more information about our campaigns, click at the link below.
AMVETS of Illinois | Community Grant
Springfield Fat Ass 5K & Street Party For Charity | Community Grant
Community Foundation for Land of Lincoln | Access to Recreation Grant
Community Foundation for Land of Lincoln | Community Grants
Archer Daniels Midland Corp. | ADM Cares Grant
Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs | Lottery Vets Cash Grant
Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation | Quality of Life Fund
Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling | Robert J Nedjelo Social Emphasis Grant
Menard County United Fund
"The harnessing of fearserved different metaphors, such as, lessening the terror of recurrent nightmares, eradicating the trauma of feeling alienated due to one’s war experience, and shedding emotional armor in order to bring intimacy back into one’s life."
- Joseph Lancia, O.D. of Rochester NY