We invite you to partner with us to care for our amazing horses or supporting a precious rider in our hippotherapy program or support our fundraising events.
SPONSOR A HORSE
To maintain the happiness and health of our amazing therapy herd of 5 horses and a pony through sponsoring a STRC horse. Sponsorship amount includes feed and hay, basic veterinary and hoof care. Sponsorships are available to individuals, companies, clubs, or any other organization.
$400 - Pays for the care of 1 horse for 1 month
Sponsor benefits: Social media recognition during the month of sponsorship
$4800 - Pays for the care of 1 horse for 12 months
Sponsorship benefit: Social media recognition 6x per year, placard for display in your business with picture of horse
SPONSOR A RIDER
To make therapy on horseback more affordable for our riders, we created the ‘Horsemanship Fund’. Although the therapy session itself is covered by insurance, the use of the horse for one hour has to be paid by our clients. STRC charges $45 per hour as a barn fee to cover costs for the horse during the therapy session. One client usually gets 1 therapy session per week.
$450 - One rider for 10 weeks (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)
$1800 - One rider for one year, Four quarters (40 weeks)
SPONSOR AN EVENT
SOUTHERN SOIRÉE AT THE RESERVE: September 2022, Gala event
SUNSHINE EGGSTRAVAGANZA: April 2022, Easter Family Event
Contact us for details about our two annual events, Sponsorship levels range between $500 and $10,000.
Phone: (501) 762 3157
Cash or check donations mail to:
Sunshine Therapeutic Riding Center
4992 Sunshine Road
Pearcy AR, 71964
Every penny counts, and we are happy to accept any amount as a reoccurring donation.
For the success of STRC volunteers will play a crucial role to help us raise funds, build and maintain our facility, ensure that our riders are safe and horses are taken care of. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming part of this extraordinary journey of establishing a therapeutic riding center!
OUR VOLUNTEER NEEDS
Lead the horse in the class and possibly groom and tack up the horse. Volunteers will work with the horses from the ground and not be asked to ride.
Minimum Age 14+, Training Mandatory, prior horse experience is necessary
Walk beside the rider and their horse in order to assist with balance and reinforce the instructor’s directions.
Minimum Age 14+, Training Mandatory, no horse experience needed
OUTSIDE THE ARENA
Barn Crew: Cleaning Barn, Pastures, Etc.
Hay Crew: Feeding, Hay Hauling
Facility Maintenance: Repairs, Weeding, Flowers, Painting, Cleaning Pastures
Special Events: Fundraisers
Administration: Data Entry, Bulk Mailing, Filing, Etc.
All volunteers are asked to pass a background check. Side walkers and horse leaders must be able to walk for 30 minutes, be able to jog briefly, and possibly support a moderate amount of weight. The minimum age is 14. Younger volunteers may be asked to participate in opportunities outside the arena with parental supervision.
HORSE DONATION PROGRAM
We are actively looking for more suitable candidates for this very important job to serve as trusty partners and four-legged therapists. All STRC horses will be hand-picked, thoroughly evaluated and extensively trained before working with clients.
Best-suited horses can be:
- Any breed
- Geldings preferred, mares accepted
- Age 5-20 years old
- Height: 13-16 hands max
- Completely saddle broke and trained
- Well schooled, with a regular exercise regimen
- Sound in walk, trot, canter and good physical condition
- Impeccable ground manners
- Calm temperament and get along with other horses
Horses with insulin resistance, Cushing’s Disease, ringbone or that have foundered will not be considered for our program.
If the horse seems suitable to be a therapy horse, and we have a need for that particular size and type of horse, we bring the horse in for a 90-day probation period to see if it adjusts well to the unique requirements of riders with special needs.
If you feel your horse meets these requirements, please contact us. Once contacted, an evaluation will be set at your barn or at one of ours.