Stars and Strides was founded in September 2014. The main facility is located in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Our mission is to help individuals overcome challenges through integration and use of horses in a therapeutic environment.
Stars and Strides is a 501(C)3 founded,incorporated and chartered by a Board of Directors. In addition to the Board of Directors, the organization falls under the council of a wide field of experts who serve as advisory board members. These include: therapists, special education educators,certified equine assisted learning facilitators, attorneys, medical personnel, certified public accountants, and horse trainers.
Stars and Strides is a nonprofit founded to provide a therapeutic environment in which persons dealing with emotional, physical, cognitive, social struggles, can find hope and healing through an equine partnership.
Board of Directors
Rebecca has been a horse lover all her life. After graduating from WVU with a degree in Agriculture and starting her career, she was able to purchase her first horse. Following through with her love of all things equine, Rebecca has done extensive study of horse behavior and became certified as a Horse Specialist in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. She spent time volunteering at a therapeutic riding center before deciding to open a place in her own community. She says that helping others through the use of horses is the best life she could ever imagine.
Equine Operations Director
Dr. Stewart, is arguably one of the most highly qualified equine specialist in the state of West Virginia. She has served as the Director of Equine Studies at Bethany College and holds two degrees from West Virginia University and one from The University of Tennessee. Her entire career has been focused on horsemanship and training. She has served as the Equine Studies and Facility manager at Oglebay Resort and has published articles in Endurance News Magazine. Dr. Stewart is a Level II ARIA certified instructor in both recreational and endurance categories. She also holds an AERC master certification. She has a lifelong passion for helping and teaching others about the magic of horses.