Dream Riders making a difference

OJ Stapleton Editor

May 6, 2014

The Dream Riders have been making good use of their new riding arena off of old Lewisburg Road for the past year.

Dream Riders is a group of volunteers who offers therapeutic riding experiences to mentally and physically challenged children and adults. The Logan County based non-profit organization is made up of several volunteers that have striven for years to continue the growing program, which has been in need of an enclosed facility almost as long as it’s been in operation.

The group began in a field with borrowed horses and a few people who believed the program could help. It has now grown into so much more than organizers could have ever hoped for and is bringing children from all over to ride.

“You think that you are out here doing something for them, and it turns out they are doing something for you,” said Sue Sharp, one of the founders of Dream Riders.

On Friday, the Dream Riders brought out a group of students from Todd Central Middle School and the experience could not have gone better for them.

“They were very excited,” said their teacher, Heather Key said. “They have been looking forward to doing this for several weeks now. I think it helps them a lot to be able to do something like this.

“This is something they would probably never get to do if it weren’t for the Dream Riders.”

With the new riding arena, the day was able to go off without a hitch. And even though the weather was fine, if it had been raining - the ride could have still happened.

“We didn’t have to cancel a single time in the the past year,” Sharp said. “We were still able to let the children ride once a week no matter what the weather was doing. It has really kept the program going smoothly.”

The Dream Riders allow those who would benefit from their program to come out each Tuesday evening.

“Anybody that has a need and wants to come out is welcome,” Sharp said.

There is no charge for their services, either.

Sharp said that she would like to see other school groups take part in the programs they offer.

“We’re available just about anytime,” Sharp said. “I have been trying to get more of the schools involved. I would love to have some of the students from Logan County come out here.”