Who We Are:
Saddles of Joy, Inc. is a therapeutic riding program dedicated to introduce Children, or any person with the desire to the joy and value of one of Earth's most beautiful creations, "The Horse". Saddles of Joy started in 1985 as an idea between a mother and a special education teacher and two horses. In the beginning, the horses were trailered to Wellton, Arizona where the horses and special needs children were brought together with wondrous results.
As the program grew, more horses as well as volunteers were added to assist with the daily and weekly sessions. For first 15 years the founders had been supporting the program with personal out of pocket expenses. Saddles of Joy incorporated at the beginning of 2000 as a non-profit organization due to the cost of operation and manpower needed to keep the program going.
What We Do:
It is our desire to educate the community and/or any interested party to the therapeutic value of horse and rider. Be it child or adult, we continue on with education in horsemanship and care of the horse at the level of understanding and physical ability of our riders. We here at Saddles of Joy, Inc. acknowledge the level of success is simply putting the two together, horse and rider, with a positive result.
We allow the gentle nature of our four legged therapists to produce any or all healing, be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. That is what therapeutic riding at this level is all about. It is our hope and desire here at Saddles of Joy, Inc. that as we provide this service, we are improving the quality of life for both horse and rider, as well as producing a bond of healing.
Special needs children have an opportunity to experience of horseback riding, either as part of a classroom experience through their school or individually through personal appointments and sometimes both. The children and volunteers may participate in public events to include the Silver Spur Rodeo and associated Parade, Veterans Day Parade, Hank Days Parade, annual open houses, and other demonstrations and presentations throughout the local community.
Board of Directors
Joan Duquette, President
Vacant, Vice President
Barbara Wells, Treasurer
Jim Adler, Secretary
Paula Snook, Volunteer Outreach
Dennis Snook, Director
Jaimie Hadley, Director