Equine therapy scholarship

My name is Sarah Russoniello, I am a PATH certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor, I run a small therapeutic horseback riding program in Northeast PA where we provide therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted therapies and activities for individuals with special needs.  Our team of specially trained horses and staff members assist individuals seeking an alternative to traditional therapies to find increased independence and confidence through equine related activities.  There are great benefits to equine therapy, not only physically but also congitively and emotionally.  
     There are many expenses associated with the care and keeping of horses.  There are also many expenses associated with the training of our staff and horses, the equipment needed for a program such as ours and the insurances and training required for our staff in order to ensure our program is safe and effective.  That being said, we are unable to offer our lessons free of charge.  We do have potential students who could greatly benefit from therapeutic horseback riding lessons and equine assisted activities but are unable to afford to participate.  I would like to begin a 'scholarship fund' to raise funding so that we can offer therapeutic lessons at a reduced rate/no cost for students who have trouble affording traditional therapeutic lesson fees .
     I believe with all my heart that equine therapy is a wonderfully rewarding and positve learning experience for all of our clients.  I would love nothing more than to be able to raise enough funding to offer the gift of equine therapy to potential students at no cost to them.  Any contribution is deeply appreciated.  Thank you!
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Sarah Russoniello 
Carbondale, PA
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