Sonrisas means smiles in Spanish…
it reflects the joy that is seen on the faces of our riders when they have accomplished something new, and the excitement of rider and staff alike whe
n important goals are met.

Providing therapy to persons with physical, emotional, and mental challenges through a carefully structured program of equine activities.

Therapeutic Riding Services

 

Sonrisas offers therapeutic horseback riding to those with physical, mental, and emotional challenges.

All of our riders are challenged; we are the only local therapeutic riding center with this sole population. We serve over 95 riders each semester with emotional, physical, and/or mental challenges. Our riders have a myriad of challenges, including sight and/or hearing impairments, ADD, ADHD, Spina bifida, speech-language delay, MS, Lou Gherig's Disease, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, emotional and behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

Who are we?

Sonrisas is a secular, non-profit 501c(3) organization. We were created in 1983 as a project of the Junior League and became incorporated in 1987.

 

What do we do?

Sonrisas offers therapeutic horseback riding to those with physical, mental, and emotional challenges through a carefully structured program of equine activities.

 

What do we charge?

We charge nothing for our services to the school program.  We do have a small fee of $20/ride for Mosaic Clients and $40/ride for non-Mosaic clients.

 

Where do we get our riders?

Most of our riders come from SAISD schools, including the PPCD (preschool program for children with disabilities) programs. We also receive riders from the Small Schools Cooperative.

Starting in the Fall of 2015 we now accept riders over age 12 to senior citizens.  Most of them come to us through Mosaic.  We can accept any rider that fits our criteria as long as we have an open spot.  We have added 1 additional day and 5 additional riding sessions.

 

Who do we serve?

We serve over 95 riders each session with emotional, physical, and/or mental challenges. All of our riders are challenged; we are the only local therapeutic riding center with this sole population. Our riders have a myriad of challenges, including sight and/or hearing impairments, ADD, ADHD, Spina bifida, speech-language delay, MS, Lou Gherig's Disease, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, emotional and behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

 

Who do we employ?

We employ one full time employee a Public Relations Director, and 3 part-time employees a stock manager and two PATH-certified riding instructors.. In addition to our paid staff, volunteers are the core of our program.

 

How are we funded?

We are funded by private and corporate donations as well as fundraisers and grants. See below for donation information.

 

How can you make a donation?

If you would like to make a donation please contact us for additional details or click the "Donate to Sonrisas" button below.

Thank you

Board of Directors

Executive Staff

Jana Anderson
Secretary

Megan Kirkwood
Public Relations Director

Pam Hammer
Vice Chairman

Tommy Neal
Chairman

Ken Land
Ex-Officio

Roy Robb
Board Member

Opal Smith
Board Member

Kim Meyer
Chief Riding Instructor

Jeremy Vincent
CEO

Our Programs

Therapeutic riding involves teaching the rider the necessary skills and techniques required to ride a horse as independently as possible. The emphasis is not only on the physical benefits of riding, but also on the development of the relationship between the rider and the horse. The self-discipline required to understand and control the horse instills a sense of responsibility and enhances task concentration in the rider. The autonomy associated with independently riding a horse also serves to promote the rider's self-esteem and positive body image.

 

 

PATH Member

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is the primary organization that supports and promotes therapeutic riding in the U.S. and Canada. PATH provides program accreditation to ensure that standards are established and maintained, so that riding centers can provide a safe therapeutic riding environment. PATH also issues instructor certification in therapeutic riding. All of the instructors at Sonrisas are PATH certified, and we strive to maintain the highest safety standards.

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Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Physical:

Improved balance and muscle strength

Improved coordination and motor planning

Stretching of tight or spastic muscles

Decreased spasticity

Increased range of motion of joints

Improved respiration and circulation

Improved appetite and digestion

Stimulates sensory integration

Improved visual spatial perception

Improved eye-hand coordination

Socio-emotional:

Improved self-confidence

Improved risk-taking abilities

Development of patience

Emotional control and self-discipline

Expansion of locus of control

Development of respect and care for animals

Psychological:

Improved self-confidence

Increased interest in the outside world

Increased interest in one's own life

Development of patience

Emotional control and self-discipline

Sense of normality

Expansion of the focus of control

Thank you

Each school year, Sonrisas serves between 80 and 100 riders through our School Program. We offer therapeutic horseback riding to those with physical, emotional, and mental challenges. Riding horses offers a myriad of benefits, including improved balance, coordination, and self-esteem. Riders also have improved appetite, better night's sleep, and less-labored breathing. What makes Sonrisas a unique riding center is that we offer our program FREE OF CHARGE to the riders coming through the school district!!. The Concho Valley offers no other service like ours with no charge to our clients or their families.  We are now welcoming adult riders that were previously with Mosaic Trails.  We will keep the program basically the same and charge $20/ride for Mosaic Clients and $40/ride for non-Mosaic Clients.  We do have a waiting list for these riders. The results are priceless; unfortunately, feeding the horses and the upkeep of our facility is not. We welcome any contributions and donations, which are all tax-deductible because of our 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization. We also rely heavily on our volunteers. Without them, we are unable to lead our horses or sidewalk our riders. Volunteers are truly the heart and soul of our organization. Join us today!

 

Types of Volunteer Positions:

Help at events

Leading horses

Sidewalking with our Riders

Various Office Needs

Hours to Volunteer

We ride the following days/times for 1 hour sessions:

Monday: 5:00-6:00

Tuesday: 9, 10, 11, 1 & 2:30

Wednesday : 9, 10, 11, 1, 2:30 & 5

Thursday: 9, 10, 11, 1 & 2:30

Friday:9:00-10:00

Volunteer for Sonrisas

You must be 16 or older to volunteer at Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Depending on your age & physical strength, we may ask that you help us in areas other than our arena.

 

Volunteer Training will be provided for those interested in assisting with riding classes.

Give us a call and we'll be able to train you individually. We would love to have you.

 

 

Thank you

Sonrisas Events Calendar

 

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September 8th Volunteer Training at the new location Mosaic Arena 10 am

September 12 Horse Leader Training at the new location Mosaic Arena 10 am

September 26, 2015 - Claybird Shoot

Claybird Shoot Registration Form. Click Here

 

 

Thank you

Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding Inc.

 

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1093

San Angelo TX, 76902

 

Physical address:

5185 S Bryant

San Angelo, TX 76904

 

Call: 325.949.4837

 

Megan Kirkwood

Public Relations Director

Cell 432-413-3656

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Riding Times:

Monday: 5:00-6:00

Tuesday: 9, 10, 11, 1 & 2:30

Wednesday: 9, 10, 11, 1, 2:30 & 5

Thursday: 9, 10, 11, 1 & 2:30

Friday: 9:00-10:00

Contact us to donate or click the "Donate to Sonrisas" button below.

Thank you

2014-15 Sonrisas Program Calendar

 

Please print and fill out the documents below
and bring them with you:

Volunteer Files

Volunteer Handbook

SAISD Volunteer Application Instructions