Major Donations

Community involvement and financial support are essential to our SMART program. All gifts made to SMART are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated! We thank all of the individuals, civic organizations, corporations and foundations that care about our SMART Riders and our program.

Charles and Margery Baracik Foundation Carriage Ride

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

We are so very grateful to the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation for the $34,550 grant to support our Therapeutic Carriage Driving program.

“Carriage driving/riding opens up the world of horses to those who may be unable to participate in other programming.”

Thank you for recognizing the benefits of this important therapeutic activity! We are so proud to have your support!

Brie and Dan Schwartz

HUGE thanks to Volunteer Brie Schwartz and her dad, Dan, for choosing SMART to be the beneficiary of the 50K grant from the Freda G. Sheppard Charitable Foundation! These funds have created the Freda G. Sheppard Driving Sensory Trail---which with Brie's design--is the most awesome driving sensory trail ever!!

Main Barn

Thank you to the S.Dale High Family Foundation for their wonderful gift of $40,000 for the naming of our 4 Stall Barn. We are so excited to be able to call this barn the High Barn! We are so honored to receive this support from all of you and can't thank you enough!

1st Choice Construction

Thank you, First Choice Construction & Gary, Eileen & Darrin Simone-and all your crew-for making our two bathrooms and swimming pool not only ADA accessible but beautiful as well!


Thank you Lakewood Ranch Women's Club for your continued support of our SMART Riders! The wonderful women of LWRWC presented SMART with a check for $9,000 this year. They continue to be one of our staunchest supporters and truly make a difference in our program and in the lives of our kids with special needs. THANK YOU Lakewood Ranch Women's Club!

Second Chance Pic

Continual thanks go out to Bruce and Peaches Conley, the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and the Second Chance Foundation for their amazingly generous support of our program! Our success is largely due to your belief in us!

Green Stall

Special thanks to the Green Family Foundation for being such wonderful supporters of SMART, in so many ways, for many, many years. Your ongoing, unrestricted support of our program, as well as support for our events and programs, has made such a difference in so many lives! Thank you!

Phyllis Siskel

Thank you, Phyllis Siskel, for your awesome support over the many years!! You have been such a wonderful friend to all of us at SMART and we love you! Your generosity overwhelms us--as does your kind and loving spirit. Thanks for making such a difference in so many lives!
Phyllis has "named" our Tack Room and Norman's stall, provided funding for our new Freedom Bridge and pressure washer, sponsored many of our Warriors In Transition workshops AND been our Literacy "book benefactor", and provided our final funds for our Sensory Therapy Garden (not to mention all those bags of carrots she brings!!!)

BOA Donation

Thank you to the Bank of America Client Foundation, Frederic W. and Margaret D. Kurtz Fund, for the wonderful gift of $10,000 for Therapeutic Riding Scholarships for Children with Autism.


Thank you to Jane Drake for the generous support given to SMART by "naming" our Pavilion in loving memory of her mom and dad, Dr. John and Iris Storaasli. We love the quote!

Cassidy Family Stall

Special thanks to the Cassidy Family Foundation Fund of the Manatee Community Fund. Their support of our program over the years has been incredible-from horse adoptions (Jazz and Carly), rider scholarship support, naming rights on one of our stalls in the main barn, event support and annual support for covering our veterinary expenses. We just can't thank you enough!!