The Stoneybrook Foundation

The Stoneybrook Foundation Therapeutic Riding Center in Western Pennsylvania.
Our riding center provides equine assisted services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities and is a PATH Intl. premier accredited program.
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The Stoneybrook Foundation has been a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Premier Accredited Center since 2013. Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes PATH Intl. Centers that have met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH Intl. standards. A center that meets the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards becomes a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center for a period of five years. The mission of the Stoneybrook Foundation is to improve the lives of children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses.

Mission: The Stoneybrook Foundation Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit entity that uses equine activities to promote the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being of people with disabilities.

FUN FACT FRIDAY!Horses used during the first World War were initially for traditional cavalry purposes, but their vulner...
06/19/2020

FUN FACT FRIDAY!

Horses used during the first World War were initially for traditional cavalry purposes, but their vulnerability to modern machine gun and artillery fire meant their role changed to transporting troops and ammunition. Thousands of horses were used to pill field guns. It took between six to twelve horses to pull each gun! Veterinarians treated 2.5 million horses. Many would recover and return to the battlefield. A quarter of deaths among war horses was due to gunfire and gas; exhaustion and disease claimed the rest. During the years of the war 500-1,000 horses were shipped to Europe every single day. Through the course of the war, 8 million horses, donkeys and mules would die. These horses were considered so valuable that if a solder's horse was killed or died, he was required to cut off a hoof and bring it back to his commanding officer to prove that he had not simply become separated from his horse.

06/18/2020
We are happy to introduce to you our newest riding instructor! Sarah came to us from Centenary University with a degree ...
06/17/2020

We are happy to introduce to you our newest riding instructor!

Sarah came to us from Centenary University with a degree in Psychology, with extensive horse background. She is currently working on her PATH Certification, and is doing a wonderful job working with her students. We look forward to watching the amazing things that she will do here with us at The Stoneybrook Foundation!

The Stoneybrook Foundation would like to wish Bria a happy 18th birthday!!!
06/16/2020

The Stoneybrook Foundation would like to wish Bria a happy 18th birthday!!!

How many horses are in the United States alone?A) 15 millionB) 6 millionC) 9 millionD) 20 millionThe answer will be give...
06/16/2020

How many horses are in the United States alone?

A) 15 million
B) 6 million
C) 9 million
D) 20 million

The answer will be given tomorrow in the comments section. Good luck!

Happy Monday everyone!Here are some fun, printable puzzles and mazes to try!
06/15/2020

Happy Monday everyone!

Here are some fun, printable puzzles and mazes to try!

FUN FACT FRIDAY!This week our featured breed is the Clydesdale. This breed was originally bred in Scotland, and were bre...
06/12/2020

FUN FACT FRIDAY!

This week our featured breed is the Clydesdale. This breed was originally bred in Scotland, and were bred for power and strength. Traditionally they were used for farming, and road hauling. Now they are principally carriage horses, but may be ridden as well. Clydesdales are known for their size. Standing between 16-19 hands tall, and weighing on average 2,000 lbs! Some of the larger males may even reach up to 2,300 lbs. Despite their large size, they are very calm, hard workers and easy to train. In the 1930's the Clydesdale became the international symbol of the Budweiser company.

Do you know someone who could benefit from Equine Therapy?
06/11/2020

Do you know someone who could benefit from Equine Therapy?

Where's Whinny???Our stuffed horse "Whinny" always gets out of her stall, and likes to hide. Can you help us find her? S...
06/10/2020

Where's Whinny???

Our stuffed horse "Whinny" always gets out of her stall, and likes to hide. Can you help us find her? She is somewhere in this picture. When you find her, put "Whoa Whinny" in the comments section to let us know that you have spotted her!

Her location will be shown in a post tomorrow!

Old Billy, the oldest horse on record, lived to be how old?A) 62B) 42C) 72D) 52The correct answer will be given tomorrow...
06/09/2020

Old Billy, the oldest horse on record, lived to be how old?

A) 62
B) 42
C) 72
D) 52

The correct answer will be given tomorrow in the comments section. Good luck!

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week!
06/08/2020

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week!

The Stoneybrook Foundation 2020 Horse ShowWe are so thankful to everyone who came out today to support our program, and ...
06/07/2020

The Stoneybrook Foundation 2020 Horse Show

We are so thankful to everyone who came out today to support our program, and our students that participated. A special thank you to all of our sponsors, board members, staff and above all the students and their families for making this such a great success!

06/07/2020

Opening ceremony from our annual Horse Show this afternoon.

FUN FACT FRIDAY!This week our featured breed is the American Saddlebred. Once known as the " Kentucky Saddler," these ho...
06/05/2020

FUN FACT FRIDAY!

This week our featured breed is the American Saddlebred. Once known as the " Kentucky Saddler," these horses were originally bred in Kentucky, USA. They average between 15-17 hands high, and known for their sense of presence and style. They have a spirited, yet gentle temperament. Saddlebreds participate in many different classes such as saddle seat, hunter country pleasure, pleasure driving and fine harness. They have a unique high-step, and are a five gaited horse. Saddlebreds were used as the mounts for officers during the American Civil War, and the most famous war horse was Traveler, belonging to General Robert E. Lee. Saddlebreds are still one of the most popular breeds in the United States, and very popular among modern day celebrities.

We are working hard to decorate for our Horse Show this Saturday!
06/04/2020

We are working hard to decorate for our Horse Show this Saturday!

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE! Can you spot the five differences between these two photos? The answer will be given in the comment...
06/03/2020

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!

Can you spot the five differences between these two photos? The answer will be given in the comments section below tomorrow!

What is the Equitation Class judged on?A) The horseB) TimeC) The jumpD) The riderThe answer to today's trivia will be gi...
06/02/2020

What is the Equitation Class judged on?

A) The horse
B) Time
C) The jump
D) The rider

The answer to today's trivia will be given in the comments section below tomorrow. Good luck!

Have a great week!
06/01/2020

Have a great week!

One of the most beloved horses on history, Secretariat. This is a mini documentary about him, and his life.https://youtu...
05/30/2020
SECRETARIAT - Heart Of A Champion

One of the most beloved horses on history, Secretariat. This is a mini documentary about him, and his life.

https://youtu.be/klP5dwGh88U

Magnificent footage of the REAL Big Red (0:59, 1:04, 1:21, 1:29, 1:43, 1:50, 2:01, 2:09, 2:16, 2:26, 2:35, 2:46, 2:56, 7:05, 10:36, 10:43, 10:51, 11:28, 11:3...

05/29/2020
The "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions

FUN FACT FRIDAY!

This week we are taking a look at a very special breed known as the, Lipizzan. Originating in Lipica Slovenia, they are known around the world for their amazing acrobatics. Established in 1580, the Lipica Stud Farm is the world's oldest continuously operating stud farm. They tend to mature slowly. However, they live and are active longer than most breeds. Lipizzan foals are usually bay or black-and become lighter each year as the graying process takes place. The world famous Spanish Riding School uses highly trained Lipizzan stallions in public performances that demonstrate classical dressage movements and training. This breed is one of the most rare, as there are just over 3,000 currently worldwide.

Here is a video showing how these highly trained horses are able to do amazing moves!

https://youtu.be/vY3wmWT-sb8

The horse of royalty, the world famous Lipizzaner Stallions have been delighting audiences around the world for decades. For more information visit WWW.BELEN...

Were you able to find Whinny?
05/28/2020

Were you able to find Whinny?

05/28/2020
Where's Whinny???Our stuffed horse "Whinny" always gets out of her stall, and likes to hide. Can you help us find her? S...
05/27/2020

Where's Whinny???

Our stuffed horse "Whinny" always gets out of her stall, and likes to hide. Can you help us find her? She is somewhere in this picture. When you find her, put "Whoa Whinny" in the comments section to let us know that you have spotted her!

Her location will be shown in a post tomorrow!

It's time for some trivia!There are three types of jumping classes. What are they?A) Seat equitation, hunter class, high...
05/26/2020

It's time for some trivia!

There are three types of jumping classes. What are they?

A) Seat equitation, hunter class, high jump class
B) Hunter class, Seat equitation class, Jumper class
C) Jumper class, Low jump class, High jump class

The answer will be given tomorrow in the comments section. Good luck!

We would like to honor all of the fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend.
05/23/2020

We would like to honor all of the fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend.

05/22/2020
Paso Fino - Hija de Joyero

FUN FACT FRIDAY!

Today our featured breed is the, Paso Fino. Paso Fino meaning "fine step," is a naturally gaited horse that originated in Spain. They are a cross between the Andalusion and the Spanish Jennet. These horses are easily spotted due to the three unique gaits they have. Those gaits are the "Classic Fino," the "Paso Carto" and the "Paso Largo." This breed is known to be the smoothest to ride of any breed. They come in all sizes, but are able to carry heavier riders, as they are very muscular and sturdy.

Here is a video to demonstrate one of the gaits that the Paso Fino has!

https://youtu.be/x40leEZAN4Q

May is "Mental Health Awareness Month" Nearly 450 million people worldwide are currently living with a mental illness! W...
05/21/2020

May is "Mental Health Awareness Month"

Nearly 450 million people worldwide are currently living with a mental illness! We have decorated each of our therapy horses' stalls with awareness ribbons, to support those who suffer.

05/20/2020
What is the classic symptom of Cushing's Disease?A) Weight lossB) Curly CoatC) Fatty Deposits D) Loss of MuscleThe answe...
05/19/2020

What is the classic symptom of Cushing's Disease?

A) Weight loss
B) Curly Coat
C) Fatty Deposits
D) Loss of Muscle

The answer will be given in the comments section tomorrow!

The Stoneybrook Foundation would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day too all of the beautiful mom’s out there!
05/10/2020

The Stoneybrook Foundation would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day too all of the beautiful mom’s out there!

Were you able to find Whinny?
05/09/2020

Were you able to find Whinny?

Where's Whinny???Our stuffed horse "Whinny" always gets out of her stall, and likes to hide. Can you help us find her? S...
05/08/2020

Where's Whinny???

Our stuffed horse "Whinny" always gets out of her stall, and likes to hide. Can you help us find her? She is somewhere in this picture. When you find her, put "Whoa Whinny" in the comments section to let us know that you have spotted her!

Her location will be shown in a post tomorrow!

FUN FACT FRIDAY!This week we will be taking a look at The Appendix Quarter Horse. This breed was first registered in 194...
05/08/2020

FUN FACT FRIDAY!

This week we will be taking a look at The Appendix Quarter Horse. This breed was first registered in 1949, and was first bred in the state of, Texas. To be a registered Appendix Quarter Horse, the horse must be crossed with a purebred Quarter Horse, and a purebred Thoroughbred. This specific cross, gives you the Appendix Quarter Horse. This breed is best known for racing, jumping and barrel racing. The often have a very docile demeanor, and can be as much as 18 hands tall!

At The Stoneybrook Foundation we have our own Appendix Quarter Horse gelding, Bear. Although he began his working career as a ranch horse, he loves being a therapeutic riding horse. He loves taking students on trail rides. Right now he works with several of our more advanced students, and he loves getting attention from everyone!

Our farrier came by this past weekend, to take care of all of the therapy horse's feet! A farrier is a specialist in equ...
05/06/2020

Our farrier came by this past weekend, to take care of all of the therapy horse's feet! A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary. A farrier combines some blacksmith's skills with some veterinarian's skills to care for horses' feet.

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260 Mountain Trail Ln
Acme, PA
15610

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00

Telephone

(724) 613-3312

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The Stoneybrook Foundation has been a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Intl. Premier Accredited Center since 2013. Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes PATH Intl. Centers that have met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH Intl. standards. A center that meets the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards becomes a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center for a period of five years. The mission of the Stoneybrook Foundation is to improve the lives of children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses.

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From the ice cream social at Lynch Field!
My daughter LOVED petting the horses at the parade today. Such friendly ponies and patient adults. 💜🐴💜
The Mt. Pleasant Viking Pride Leo club wants to Thank you, Hayley and Stoneybrook for making our Dinner in the Dark a success. As a sponsor for this club and as a special education teacher, I value your contribution and the programs you offer our community. I am excited to collaborate more with you in the future. After last night we were able to sponsor our puppy Daxos for training to be a leader dog.
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