The mission of the Stoneybrook Foundation is to improve the lives of children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses. The Stoneybrook Foundation was founded in 2008 by John and Deborah McCain in Acme, Pennsylvania. Originally, the Stoneybrook Foundation was volunteer run, with 3 horses serving about 20 students. Today, the center employs 7 staff, owns 6 horses, free leases another 7 horses and provides nearly 2,000 therapeutic riding lessons annually. The center’s therapeutic riding services encompass therapy, education, sport and recreation/leisure.
At the Stoneybrook Foundation, we are able to work with individuals living with a wide range of disabilities. These disabilities include, but are not limited to, wounded veterans, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, spina bifida, pervasive developmental delay, autism, non-verbal disorders, visual and hearing impairment, developmental and learning disabilities, previously abused individuals and at-risk youth. Two of our four teaching staff are certified PATH, Intl. registered therapeutic riding instructors and two are PATH instructors-in-training. This certification ensures that our students are receiving the highest quality, state of the art instruction available.
Many of the successes our students experience in their riding and horsemanship activities directly impact other areas of their lives. Because of the rhythmical, repeatable, three-dimensional, and symmetrical movement of the horse, the riders’ physical needs in flexibility, balance and muscle strength are addressed. Additionally, for individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed while working with their non-judgmental horse partner can lead to increased confidence, patience and improved self-esteem.