Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast fosters personal achievement through equine assisted activities and therapy for individuals with special needs in a safe and stimulating environment.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 28: NO LESSONS.   Area Special Olympics, Ft. Pierce

March 29-April 4: Session Break, NO LESSONS

Monday, April 6: Start of Spring Session


Volunteer Appreciation

Congratulations to our very first Volunteer of the Month, Donna Schantz!! Donna came out to Special Equestrians for our Fall 2013 Volunteer Orientation and she hasn't left since. While starting out helping as a Leader and Sidewalker during lessons, we soon found Donna's niche with us as our "Master Saddler". On most lessond days you'll find Donna in the barn, grooming our horses and tacking them up for each lesson, which is no small feat considering that some lessons we use 4-5 horses at one time!

Donna grew up not just around horses, but around polo horses, helping her Dad train and care for the number of polo horses under his wing. It's no surprise that Picassa, one of our horses who used to play polo herself, is her favorite, although the other 5 are close seconds! For the past 23 years Donna has added to her equine resume as Camp Chef for an outfitting company out in the wilderness of Montana, which she has enjoyed doing each summer.

When Donna isn't lending us her time and expertise here at Special Equestrians, you can usually find her enjoying her family here in Vero Beach, especially her 18 month old grandson, who, of course, has been out to visit our facility and meet the horses. While most of Donna's time with us is spent in the barn, she is always ready to greet our students and their families with a big smile and you'll often see them giving her a big hug in return.

We appreciate all that you do for us Donna!


Wow, our lesson program has grown so much this past 6 months that our four lesson arenas are at max capacity sometimes. However, we are in need of some new lesson equipment to use in each arena in order to further our riders' skills. For examples, many of our riders enjoy using colored standing poles to weave through while they practice their steering; our younger riders often play basketball from horseback, so much so that our hoops are worn out; ground poles are a great tool to teach our riders balance along with other skills, but we simply need more. 

If you would like to make a donation through paypal, please visit here and specify "arena equipment" on your donation. Or, you can mail in a donation check to P.O. box 651312, Vero Beach 32965. Please write "arena equipment" on the Memo line


Fundraising Corner

Every few weeks we will be updating this section to spotlight a fundraising opportunity. For a list of all fundraising events and activities, please visit here.

Our eBay store is officially open and we have plenty of T-Shirts and Cowboy Hats for sale right now. You'll enjoy supporting us with this white, 100% cotton shirt that boasts a beautiful black & white picture of a horse galloping along the beach and our name across the top and bottom. Or, since Florida is the sunshine state, shade your face with a stylish hat. Please visit our store here to purchase. Have your package shipped right to you or free local pick up available. More items are added weekly so if you don't see something that fits your style, check back often.


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