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We are non-profit organization, created in 1991, to help people reach their full potential. Since then, through the generosity of our Sponsors and Volunteer work force, we currently provide equine therapy for riders of all ages each week.

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About Us

Overview

For over 20 years, disabled children as young as 2 years of age in Bexar County have experienced the rewards of therapeutic riding and hippotherapy at our Center.
The Saddle Light Center is registered as a physical therapy facility by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. We are also a center member with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Our Therapeutic Riding lessons are provided only by PATH Certified Instructors.

We currently provide ongoing Therapeutic Riding and Classic Hippotherapy to approximately 60 riders. Individuals age 2 and up with a diagnosed disability are referred to us by doctors, therapists, schools, and agencies which advocate and coordinate services for the disabled of our area.

Our goal is to inspire our riders to accomplishments previously considered beyond their capabilities.

Mission

Our mission is to provide professional equestrian therapy for children, teenagers and adults with neurological, orthopedic, learning, emotional or other disabilities.

History

  • September 3, 1991 – The Saddle Light Center was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit

Team Members

Kerstin L. Fosdick, LPT

Executive Director of the Saddle Light Center

Education/ Experience

  • Graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas December 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy
  • January 1993 to January 2001 worked as a Staff Physical Therapist, Clinical Instructor and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education at Gonzales Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital
  • October 1999 assumed leadership of the Saddle Light Center as Program Director, Board President and Executive Director

Certifications

  • PATH International Certificate of Registration in Hippotherapy
  • PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

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    Robert Harrison

    Barn Manager

    Education

    1992 - Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina

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      Aubry Butler

      Riding Instructor

      Education

      • Finance, Texas Lutheran University

      Certifications

      • PATH Certified Riding Instructor

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        Lisa Cornell

        Assistant Horse Trainer

        Education

        BS and MS in marketing from Trinity

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          Lois Horton

          Assistant Horse Trainer

          Marina Leigh Smith

          Riding Instructor

          Education

          Bachelors Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, Purdue University

          Certifications

          • PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

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            Megan Peña

            PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

            Education

            •  Graduated in 2012 with a BA from Texas A&M University San Antonio majoring in Psychology, minoring in Biology.
            • Currently pursuing MA in Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M University San Antonio.

             Certifications

            • PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

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              Dorothy (Dottie) Smith, PT, DPT

              PATH Registered Therapist in Hippotherapy

              Education

              • Graduated with a DPT from Virginia Commonwealth University
              • Worked as an outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapist

              Certifications

              • PATH International Certificate of Registration in Hippotherapy

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                Lara Russell, PTA

                PATH Registered Therapist in Hippotherapy

                Lara is a PTA and PATH Registered Therapist  in Hippotherapy and wife to Chris.  They have two great girls - Chelsea & Dakota - and have lived in 7 different states due to his US Air Force career.   "I got to Texas as quickly as I could!" said Lara.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology and feels  blessed to have found the Saddle Light Center to use her PTA degree with horses and hippotherapy. In her spare time she loves to garden & do Zumba.

                  John F. Irving

                  Therapeutic Riding Instructor

                  Education

                  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering - Southern Illinois University
                  • Master of Science Degree in Operations Management - University of Arkansas

                  Certifications

                  • PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

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                    Board of Directors

                    Board Members

                    • Kerstin L. Fosdick, LPT, President
                    • Tom Reed, Vice President
                    • Bruce Jennings, Client Representative
                    • Alison Gragg, Fundraising Chair
                    • Jolanda Straathof, Treasurer
                    • Patricia Lucas, PA
                    • Shelly Holm, Marketing Chair
                    • Clint Butler, CPA for Private Business

                    Advisory Board Members

                    • Michael J. Dwyer, MD
                    • Keith Huffman, DVM
                    • Michael F. Martin, DVM
                    • Violet Margly, Att. at Law, Retired

                    More About Us

                    About Therapeutic Riding

                    About Therapeutic Riding

                    In Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy the utilization of the horse and related exercises may seem similar, but the focuses and objectives are radically different.
                    Additional Resources

                    Additional Resources

                    Here is some additional resources to help those with special needs.
                    FAQs

                    FAQs

                    If you have a question, perhaps you can find the answer here!
                    In Memoriam

                    In Memoriam

                    Native 2013 NATIVE the grand lady of the Saddle Light Center program. Native was with us since before 1993, when she was loaned to us by the grandfather of one of our riders. Native was a big horse with a wide back, so she was a good choice for...
                    Meet Our Horses

                    Meet Our Horses

                    Most people don't realize what good horses therapy horses must be.
                    Meet Our Volunteers

                    Meet Our Volunteers

                    Our volunteers make it possible for us to do so much for the community.
                    Our Sponsors

                    Our Sponsors

                    We have some organizations and foundations that provide donations to our Scholarship program; this enables individuals to have access to our program, which otherwise may not have been afforded.