We Care About Our Community

Working With Community Behavioral Health Providers

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.

Developing a Riding Activity Program For Seniors

We are hard at work coordinating with Springfield area senior services providers to promote our Silver Stars program that offers an exciting activity and exercise program for active seniors in our community.  

Opening the Newly Renovated Community Room

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.

The Difference Bright Star Makes

"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're Grateful for Community Support!

Our Most Recent Fundraising Campaign Contributors

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. 

Past and Current Funding Partners

AMVETS  of Illinois | 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 

Our Board Members

President

Erin Gutzman

Vice President

Bob Yuill

Treasurer

William Ryan

Secretary

Jill Kinnett

Executive Board Members

  • Diane Newell
  • Kim Rebbe
  • Eva Russo
  • Vince Shaw
  • John Stafford
  • Jen Wessing

Advisory Board Members

  • Dan Nelson
  • Marty Yuill