Community Success
STARR (School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding)

The $10,000 Impact100 Grant Program will assist with the maintenance of three horses that provide regular hippotherapy to 22 children within Macon County.

STARR provides therapy to children in Macon County with physical and mental disabilities. The program also provides field trips to grade school organizations. STARR has been established in Macon County for over 23 years and has served over 400 children. Horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment allows for children to improve coordination, balance, strength, and improve self-image. STARR’s hippotherapy has been used to treat patients with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, slow mother skills, ADHD, Down Syndrome, metabolic disorders, developmental delays, and more. STARR also provides experiences for various youth organizations. These trips allow children to experience riding a horse and learning about the basic care of horses. STARR relies on the community’s youth to assist with the program. They help with leading horses, sidewalking, playing games, preparation of horses for each session, feeding horses, and cleaning up the horses living quarters. The program reaches all ages of youth and provides various opportunities including volunteerism and service to others. The money from the Community Engagement Grant Program will assist with the maintenance of three horses that provide regular hippotherapy to 22 children within Macon County.
Impact100 Grant Award:
$10,000
Program Sponsor:
Cheryl Smith