"Empowering Lives Through the Healing Power of Horses"
Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs.
SMART was founded by Betsey London-Fish of Greenwood Riding Academy in Sarasota shortly after she observed striking improvements in one of her young riding students who was dealing with the challenges of Cerebral Palsy. She decided to start a not-for-profit organization that would provide therapeutic horseback riding for other children and adults with special needs.
SMART became a 501 (c) organization on March 2, 1987.
Throughout the years, SMART moved to several different locations. In Feb of ’93, SMART moved to Sarah Clark’s property at 4800 CR 675 in Bradenton, FL. Sarah was the executive director of SMART from 1993-2004. Sarah sold her property to Bridgecreek, Inc. (the Hunsader Family) in Oct 1998 and SMART had a free lease on the property from 1996-2011. In December of 2011, SMART purchased a permanent home; an equestrian facility just a few driveways north at 4640 CR 675 in Bradenton, FL.SMART became a member center of North American Riding for the Handicapped Association in 1990 and was a NARHA Premier Accredited Center from 2002-2007. SMART became a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Premier Accredited Center in 2013. SMART was a partner agency of the United Way from 1994-2016 and has been a service provider for Manatee County Gov't Children Services Division since 1994.