Stars and Strides was founded in September 2014. The main facility is located in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
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 and social struggles, can find hope and healing through an equine partnership.
Teena Farnsworth was born in Clarksburg, WV. She grew up on a farm in rural Marshville, WV where she raised several horses of her own. She has been married to her husband Brian for 29 years and they reside in Grafton, WV. She attended WV Business College and has a degree in Business Management and Accounting. Teena worked for a law firm for several years as their bookkeeper and then for an accounting firm as an administrative assistant/tax return processor. She paused in life to start her family and now has 2 children, Jesse and Brianna. She currently works as an administrative assistant/finance officer for a local furniture store. Teena has volunteered for Stars & Strides for 2 years and has been on the Board of Directors for 1 year. She has furthered her education in this field by taking courses in Greg Kersten’s O.K. Corral Series for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.