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 Liam, his favorite Horse Lydia and their Instructor Keith.

thumbnail 12Rider: Liam Kneifl

Q. Who is your favorite Horse and why?

My favorite was Stormy. He has a nice gentle trot but also fast and now it’s Lydia, since I can’t ride Stormy and because Lydia always listens to me. 

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

That she knows what to do with me.

Q. How does Lydia make you feel?   

Good. And happy.  

Horse: Lydia

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

His energy! Liam is really smart and he is learning so much about me so quickly! 

Q. How does Liam make you feel?

Like I am 10 years younger! I love trotting around the arena with Liam on my back! He is “rocking” the posting trot! 

Instructor: Keith McDonald

Q. What have you learned working with Liam and Lydia? 

I have learned that a good riding lesson can create focus and engagement for horse, rider and instructor. I learned that a good riding lesson lifts the spirits of everyone involved.

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.