Skye Riders

Additional Information

This after school program will provide a non-judgmental, emotionally-supportive environment in which students, grades 1-12, can gain a respect for nature while enhancing their personal 

well-being using equine-related activities. 

The heart behind the Skye Riders, Mrs. Brenda Barber.


Skye Riders is the vision of Brenda Bowden Barber (1951-2017), a retired school teacher with a love of children and horses. Brenda believed in the healing power of horses and the positive effects that they have on children of all ages.  

Brenda was dedicated to Skye (her beloved horse) and Gaston Farm Rd Equestrian Center. She was an avid rider involved in horse shows, 4H, and summer camps, spreading her infectious joy and love of horses to everyone she met.  

Brenda left us too soon, before her dream of bringing children and horses together could be created.  Her husband Bob, Skye and Strides of Strength want to fulfill her vision and ensure that her legacy will live on through the Skye Riders program.


Skye Riders Flyer 2020 (pdf)


Consent, Release & Waiver (pdf)


Health and Healing through Horses


Financial support and contributions of any amount enable us to continue our goals and mission. 

Donations are also accepted through the mail. 

Send checks or money orders to: 

Strides of Strength 

2717 Gaston Farm Rd. 

Chester, SC 29706