Rider Scholarships

Child and Horse It is our goal at SMART to be able to provide our services to all eligible individuals in need of the benefits of therapeutic riding, regardless of their financial situation. Currently, the Program Fees collected amount to only 11% of our total revenues. SMART charges a nominal fee of $25 per lesson, but no one is ever turned away. A sliding scale fee is also offered, but the reality is that over 60% of our families are unable to contribute anything toward their lesson fees.

That is why it is so important that we constantly seek funding to support our program and our participants.

By contributing to our Rider Scholarship program, or "Sponsoring a Rider" for one year at $875, you will help to cover the costs of weekly therapeutic riding lessons for our SMART Riders.




Memorial Scholarship Funds

We have created two memorial scholarship funds this year---as we lost two very beloved members of our SMART family, Albie Frank and Steven Pelletz. Donations were made in their names---so those donations have been designated for scholarships over the next few years.

Andy & Albie Steven Pelletz
The Albie Frank Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Steven Pelletz Memorial Scholarship Fund


Thank you to the following organizations, foundations, and individuals for supporting our SMART Riders through their generous gifts to the Scholarship Fund!

  • The Green Family Foundation

  • Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation

  • Manatee Memorial Hospital Foundation/Auxiliary

  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation

  • Knights of Columbus, Council 12155, Parrish

  • Crane Fund for Widows and Children

  • Low-Slope Solutions

  • Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation

  • Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation

  • Wells Fargo

  • Entre Nous

  • Manasota BUDS

  • The Karam Family in Memory of Michael Anthony Karam

  • Individual Donors to our Memorial Scholarship Funds

  • Florida Winefest & Auction

  • Longboat Island Chapel

  • Episcopal Church of the Annunciation - AMI

  • Autism License Plate

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  • Pelletz Family Foundation

  • Lakewood Ranch Women's Club

  • American Legion Auxiliary, North Manatee Unit 309

  • Our Military Kids

  • Howard & Laura Karasick

  • Bety N. Giles Charitable Foundation

  • Cheers for Charity

  • Wawa Foundation

  • Misdee Wrigley and James Mather Miller Charitable Foundation