PINELLAS PARK – Saddle Up Riding Club recently lost the use of the facility it rented for six years following landlord issues.
Now the club is trying to raise the $80,000 it needs for the down payment required to secure a loan to purchase land and build a brand new facility in Pinellas Park.
Saddle Up is a 501(c)3 that offers equine assisted therapy to disabled children, adult and veterans. It also offers affordable classes on horse safety and care to the able-bodied community. It’s the only program of its kind in Pinellas County.
There are four phases to Saddle Up’s plan to build a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horseman (PATH) Center.
Phase I involves raising the $80,000 down payment. Phase II involves the organization paying off the $270,000 loan it hopes to get to build the center and becoming debt free. In Phase III, they’ll raise another $350,000 to purchase 2 acres of land adjoining the land where they’re building the center. And Phase IV requires $50,000 to build an eight-stall barn and riding arena for boarders.