sample imageWe offer a variety of services and programs, including our community volunteer programs such as our 4-H Club and our Special Olympic and Therapeutic Riding activities. School field trips make up a part of the Park activity and give children a healthy and rustic alternative to their normal days. Trail rides can be wonderful, if not spiritual breaks from the everyday hustle of life. Riding Lessons and Horse Care teach the student many valuable lessons which can be taken with them throughout their daily lives.

School Field Trips

The Red Barn Pony Park began primarily as a facility that offered field trips for schools and birthday parties for children. We no longer do the parties but field trips, include pony rides and hay rides.  It brings a little bit of country into the classroom for fieldtrips and gives children an up-close encounter with the beauty and serenity of nature and animals.

Trail Rides

The park offers trail rides on the facility grounds.  Also, more extended rides in nearby isolated and natural surroundings are available.  These half-day or full-day riding trips include meals and can usually be arranged with short notice.  A degree of riding competency is needed for the extended trips.

Horse Care & Riding

Riding Lessons are offerred for beginning to advanced riders.  English and/or Western styles are taught depending on the student's interest. More importantly, the care and maintenance associated with horse care is emphasized.

The process of horsemanship and learning to ride teaches students valuable lessons in responsibility and consistency which allows the horse to learn about you.

4-H Club

We have a great group of 4-H members at the Park. Monthly meetings are held the 1st Sunday at 3:00 pm. Red Barn Round-Up 4H club is open to anyone interested in learning more about horses and horsemanship.  The children and adults involved in our club have had lots of fun learning and socializing at our monthly meetings and on field trips (horse shows, etc.) throughout the southeast.

We recently attended Clemson University 4H Horsemanship camp at Garrison Arena in Clemson, SC. Seven students along with their horses stayed for a week of training in all things horses. Out of the four adults from our group, three were instructors in various classes from art to western riding. It was a full week of fun! If you are interested in becoming a member of the local Sumter group or would like to be a volunteer, please contact the Red Barn Pony Park.

Special Olympics

Organization:The Special Olympics is the world's largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults: it currently serves more than 2.25 million persons with disabilities. Click here to go to the official web site of the Special Olympics.

Coaches:The Red Barn Park & Equestrian Center is actively involved in the Special Olympics and Ms. Frankie is a Certified Special Olympics Coach. Coaches provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. In addition, coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.

Volunteers: As a grass-roots organization, Special Olympics relies on volunteers at all levels of the movement to ensure that every athlete is offered a quality sports training and competition experience. Special Olympics volunteers can get involved at the state/provincial, national or international level, or offer their services locally at a Special Olympics Program in their community.

If you are interested in learning more or on becoming a Certified Coach or a Volunteer please go to the Official web site of the Special Olympics.

Therapeutic Riding

According to the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), [Now known as PATH Intl.] individuals with the following disabilities commonly participate and benefit from equine facilitated therapy and activities:

Muscular Dystrophy
Cerebral Palsy
Down Syndrome
Mental Retardation
Multiple Sclerosis
Spina Bifida
Brain Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Learning Disabilities
Attention Deficit Disorder
Cardiovascular accident/Stroke

Therapeutic riding has been used since the early 1950s in Europe as a tool for improving the lives of individuals with physical disabilities.