Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding (SDTR) knows the best stories come from the source, of course, and that’s always a faithful, hard-working Horse. And a dedicated Rider. And a nurturing Instructor. So, we headed to the stable! 

We asked SDTR Riders, Horses and Instructors to share their stories to show how your support can empower a difference in the lives of Riders like Oliver, his favorite SDTR Horse Stormy and their Instructor Keith.

Oliver and StormyRider: Oliver Hastings

Q. Who is your favorite Horse and why?

Stormy because he is nice and gentle.

Q. What do you like best about being with Stormy?

I like being up high on Stormy’s back.

Q. How does Stormy make you feel?   

When I first start riding, I feel nervous but then Stormy makes me feel strong and brave because I can tell him where to go and he listens.

Horse: Stormy

Q. What do you like best about being with Oliver?

I know that Oliver gets more out of our time together than just “a ride” on my back. 

Q. How does Oliver make you feel?

Happy! Oliver and I always have the best time together. We do our “work,” and we have a lot of fun too!

Instructor: Keith McDonald

Q. What have you learned working with Oliver and Stormy? 

I have learned that sometimes a certain horse and rider really connect as a team. I see that in Oliver and Stormy.

Want to empower more Tails of Greatness and SDTR service to Southern Delaware? Join us in Do More 24 Delaware, a 24-hour statewide online fundraiser in partnership with United Way of Delaware from 6PM, March 3 through 6PM, March 4. 

Visit SDTR's DM24DEto be part of this year’s critical post-pandemic funding to improve our facility’s ventilation and equine care for health and environmental benefits to riders, horses, families, and volunteers.

Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding (SDTR)is a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliated with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) in service to children and adults with disabilities since 1988. Our Mission: To improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and adults living with disabilities through equine assisted services in a supportive environment for riders and families. Learn more about us at our Facebookand Instagram profiles.