The mission of the Stoneybrook Foundation is to improve the lives of children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses. The Stoneybrook Foundation was founded in 2008 by John and Deborah McCain in Acme, Pennsylvania. The center’s therapeutic riding services encompass therapy and education through a relationship with our horses.
At the Stoneybrook Foundation, we are able to work with individuals living with a wide range of disabilities. These disabilities include, but are not limited to, wounded veterans, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, spina bifida, pervasive developmental delay, autism, non-verbal disorders, visual and hearing impairment, developmental and learning disabilities, previously abused individuals and at-risk youth. Our teaching staff have degrees in Equine Facilitated Therapeutics with a specialization in equestrian management or Equine Management, are certified PATH, Intl. and registered therapeutic riding instructors.. This certification ensures that our students are receiving the highest quality, state of the art instruction available.
Many of the successes our students experience in their riding and horsemanship activities directly impact other areas of their lives. Because of the rhythmical, repeatable, three-dimensional, and symmetrical movement of the horse, the riders’ physical needs in flexibility, balance and muscle strength are addressed. Additionally, for individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed while working with their non-judgmental horse partner can lead to increased confidence, patience and improved self-esteem.
WHY CHOOSE THE STONEYBROOK FOUNDATION?
We are the only PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Westmoreland County. Our dedication to accreditation ensures that we are above and beyond industry safety and administration standards. Every lesson is preplanned with students goals and lesson plans. These are written by our PATH, Intl. registered therapeutic riding instructors. With these lesson plans, we are able to track the progression of our students.
Because we are a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and operate under the guidelines and standards established by our accrediting organization, all paperwork is required and must be complete before participation in any Stoneybrook Foundation program.