This program will provide a non-judgmental, emotionally-supportive environment in which children can gain a respect for nature while enhancing their personal well-being using equine-related activities. Skye Riders will target 1st-12th graders who have been identified by educators or social workers as possible beneficiaries of our program. 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.
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