Sprout’s Inaugural 5K helps special riders overcome hurdles

By Karen Graham

“When Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center opened in October 2011, executive director Brooke Waldron never dreamed the nonprofit organization would quickly exceed its ridership growth goals by more than 400 percent.”

Therapeutic riding center receives awards

By Billie Van Pay

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center located at 40685 Mosby Highway, Aldie, has become an excellent resource for Loudoun and other neighboring counties.”

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Everyone Cheers for Enos at Upperville

By Kimberly Loushin

“Each year in the leadline class at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show (Va.), parents gather around the ring with cameras ready to capture the early moments of their child’s riding career. Sara and Mike Enos of Chantilly, Va, were no different; they beamed as their 4-year-old daughter, Olivia, sat proudly atop My Little Dreamboat, better known as “Cowboy.”

Until the end of the class, nobody knew Olivia was any different from the others. But when the announcer told Olivia’s story as she received the “most improved” award, many spectators were reaching up to wipe tears from their eyes.”

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“Aldie’s Therapeutic Riding Center”

By Billie Van Pay

“[Brooke] and her staff of volunteers work in a first-class facility and provide an excellent program.”

“Loudoun Business 30 Under 30 Class of 2012”

By Norman Styer

They opened the center in the fall of last year and hit the ground running. After starting with just seven clients, they quickly began working with more youths thanks to partnerships with Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun Juvenile Court Service Unit and youth shelters.”

“Loudoun Honors Local Volunteers”

By Alanna Dvorak

Outstanding Volunteer Team: Sprout. A Therapeutic Riding program for those with special needs, Sprout helped put 35 riders on horses, serve 18 students in transition and host service-learning activities for 169 high school students. The group also hosted participants from camp and church groups, participated in the Loudoun Farm Tour and held a military appreciation picnic.

“Sprout Changes Lives Through Horses”

By Tricia Booker

“There’s a distinct cheerfulness and feeling of optimism that permeates the facility, from the welcoming volunteers to the fat, sleek horses and smiling children and playful dogs. It’s not surprising, then, that many of Sprout’s students, with Cerebral palsy, Autism and traumatic brain injuries, see their time at Sprout as a highlight of their lives.”