For your convenience we offer several ways to donate.
You may mail a check or money order, payable to Summerwinds Stables, to:
12430 Coopers Lane
Worton, MD 21678
The SummerWinds Stables (SWS) is formed to provide rescue and sanctuary to abused, injured, homeless and retired horses until they can be placed in permanent loving homes; to provide an equine assisted therapeutic program to assist at-risk children; and to deepen the natural bond between horse and human through educational and outreach programs.
The SWS is a non-profit equine rescue dedicated to the rescue of abused, neglected, abandoned and “off the track” horses. Our organization offers sanctuary, medical care, rehabilitative services and training to these horses and then places them in carefully screened, loving and permanent homes. We receive our horses from many different sources – private owners, veterinarian recommendations, the SPCA, racetracks and boarding facilities. To date, the SWS has rescued and rehomed over 250 horses placed in our care.
The facility also provides retirement and sanctuary for a limited number of horses. Our retirement program is fee-based and allows us to provide a permanent home for the remainder of the equine’s life. This horse becomes our priority– care, medical, farrier, daily turnout, grooming and exercise if necessary. Our talented volunteer staff ensures that each and every horse receives the best care – physical, social and emotional needs are met.
The SWS has a track record of success. Since its incorporation in 2001, the SWS has grown from a small rescue facility to a multi-faceted rescue, educational and outreach organization. In 2003, the SWS established an Equine-Assisted Learning Program at our facility. This program pairs children from local schools, church and scout groups with horses in our rescue. We offer day programs, camps, and weekly sessions for children – all programs are specifically designed to be hands-on learning experiences!
We also offer a therapy program that has proven successful in assisting children who have not been helped in other therapeutic or social service programs. Underprivileged, emotionally and physically challenged children have found safe haven at the SWS, a place to reflect upon themselves and others and a place in which to heal. In many cases, they have learned a sense of purpose and witnessed the benefits of teamwork for the first time in their lives.
The SWS believes in full accountability to the horses and community we serve. To this end, the SWS established its Community Outreach Program in 2003. Outreach Program members assist with feeding the horses, cleaning stalls, washing tack as well as grooming and exercising our horses. We introduced a learning program in 2006, which includes hands-on equine education covering the basics of care through natural horsemanship. The experience gained in the Outreach Program has a profound effect on the lives of many adults, children and horses alike. We are currently NARHA Certified (North American Handicapped Riding Association) and we plan to offer therapeutic riding programs beginning April, 2010.
The SummerWinds Stables has and will continue to have a significant impact on the future of horses, at-risk children and the individuals whose lives we touch in Delaware and in the surrounding states. The SWS leads the way in helping horses and the equine community on the Delmarva Peninsula to access and utilize new research and knowledge on the care of horses. The SWS provides basic equine needs, offers advocacy and equine adoption case management, facilitates interaction between human and horse and creates a supportive community for both horse and human to heal.
Summerwinds Stables, located in Kent County, Delaware is a non-profit all volunteer organization. We are a registered 501(c)(3), and as such, any monetary contributions you make to our operation are tax deductible. We are committed to our mission... Read more
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