Saddle Up Riding Club and the Sipos family has been honored and blessed to serve our community over the last 18 years. With a heavy heart we have decided that after many years of service we are closing our doors and that Saddle Up Riding Club will be coming to an end.
This has not been an easy decision and we understand that this change will be challenging for those who have been apart of our family through this amazing journey.
It has been our pleasure serving all of you, we have memories that will last us the rest of our lives.
Your donation will help our horses stay fed through these trying times. Thank you very much.
To improve the lives of able, disabled and at risk children and adults through direct interaction with horses and equine assisted activities
Whether you've grown up around horses and are wanting to reconnect. A child with aspirations to compete with your giant furry friend. Disabled and wanting to feel the freedom that horses unlock within, or you simply find joy in getting dirty with the aroma of horsehair following you home, while creating something special through helping others; Saddle up has a spot for you.
Offering programs, opportunity and a family for anyone and everyone. Saddle up is a family owned and operated 501c3 that believes in teaching the character traits of perseverance, teamwork, compassion, confidence and the desire to help others grow through intervention and care of horses. We are founded on the truth that the Lord is our shelter and our strength. He has blessed us with the opportunity to share his compassion for us and reveal his strength through learning, caring and understanding these majestic animals. (Psalm 33:17-19)
Who We Are
Everyone who works or volunteers at Saddle Up does so with their heart, not just their hands. This is a program where people connect with horses, which is a wonderful thing in itself. But it is so much more than that. This is a place where people connect with each other; where relationships are built that change the lives of the riders as well as the volunteers; where genuine love and commitment are evidenced at every practice session and at every event. Saddle Up is a place of equalization: every person, no matter rider or volunteer, no matter able bodied or disabled, no matter mentally challenged or fully mentally functional, all experience the sheer joy that comes through the triumph of the human spirit
Come Join Us!
Join our Barn Time, which gives children the chance to learn about horses, their care, and how to ride in a group setting. Sessions run for three hours, this includes learning safety around the barn, grooming and tacking, cleaning, and general horse care. We also offer beginner lessons along with specialized Western and English lessons.
Saddle Up has been proud to be one of 900 sanctioned path member centers nationally for about 9 years. Unfortunately due to the cost of staying a certified path member we will no longer be a path certified facility. We will continue to follow all the same guidelines and rules as before we will just no longer carry the path logo. We look forward to continue to work with and serve our community. If you have any questions or interested in participating in this program you can contact Kellie Sipos "Owner & Founder" either by phone: (727)520-3132 or email: Kellie.Sipos@gmail.com.
The Sipos Family
Jeff, Kellie, Mollie, Maddie and Olivia
Meet Our Team
Certified/Registered PATH Instructor
Special Olympic Coach
I started Saddle Up in 2003 due to a passion for horses and teaching. I am a mom of 4 beautiful daughters and 1 gorgeous granddaughter. I have been teaching for over 18 years. I love teaching and combining that love with my love of horses just seemed natural to me. Saddle Up began on a small farm in Seminole and quickly outgrew our space. The organization became a 501 c3 and moved to Pinellas Park. I never knew how theses gracious animals responded until watching our first horse Flip relate to a child in a wheelchair. Everyone has an "Aha" moment when it comes to horses and therapy and mine was watching my horse lay his head on the tray of a quadriplegic so she could pet his head with her chin. We give HOPE where sometimes there is no hope and I thank God everyday for using me as his vessel for Saddle Up.
Kellie is a podcast host for
My Child Left Home for Heaven
Saddle Up Riding Club is the best riding club in the area! I volunteered here as a nurse for school and loved every minute. They are so professional and do great equine therapy. Kellie and the rest of the staff are always so kind and helpful! I highly recommend Saddle Up for anyone interested in horses!
We’ve been here over three years with our Special Needs daughter. They have done so much to help her with her self confidence and balance. She has been on their Special Olympics Equestrian team three years now and has been to the Florida State Games twice. My other daughter has also taken private riding lessons here and has had a great time. They continue to make improvements to the facility and are making this into a first rate operation. I highly recommend them to all my friends.
Relearning how to ride and relate to horses has been on my bucket list for years. After investigating several stables and not being completely at ease with any of them I contacted/visited Saddle Up Riding. I was impressed with the instructors knowledge and the conscientious (even affectionate) manner she cared for the horses. After three lessons I am even more favorably impressed. This is a great place to bring your child(ren) or to learn to ride yourself.
9301 62nd St Pinellas Park FL 33782 US
Kellie Sipos "Owner and Founder"
How much experience is required to join?
Our saddle club welcomes members of all levels to join! Whether you've been riding since you could walk or you've never ridden in your life, there is a spot for you in our club.
Do I have to have my own horse and tack?
No, to participate in lessons or showing you do not have to have your own horse and tack. The barns we ride out of have this available for us to use.
What do the members gain from lessons?
Complete horse care knowledge, horse management skills, riding skills in multiple styles of disciples, team work, responsibility and rating to reflect their achievement.
How does the Saddle Up Riding Club therapy help?
Depending on the disability, benefits of horseback riding include improvement in joint mobility, balance and coordination, relaxation of spasticity, increased muscle tone, self-confidence through self-image, improved learning, concentration, spatial awareness, and motivation to set and achieve goals. Riders also benefit emotionally, through the unique bonds they form with their horses and our dedicated volunteers. Most important is that riding a horse is fun! From the beginning, riders learn balance, coordination and self-assurance while receiving therapeutic muscle stimulation. As a result of carefully planned lessons, poise posture, strength and flexibility improve. A strong sense of responsibility develops as the rider learns to take part in the care of the horses and equipment. Advanced equestrian skills, teamwork and cooperation are learned as the rider becomes independent on horseback. Finally classes, horse shows and events encourage confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment as new levels of expertise and new goals are met. Advanced equestrian skills, teamwork and cooperation are
learned as the rider becomes independent on horseback. Finally classes, horse shows and events encourage confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment as new levels of expertise and new goals are met.
What programs are available at Saddle Up Riding Club?
Is riding a horse fun and easy?
Yes, horseback riding can be a lot of fun. Many people will be introduced to horseback riding on a holiday while riding a quiet trail horse. While this is a lot of fun, you're not much more than a passenger. Becoming a good rider, while fun, is also a lot of work.
Is Horseback Riding Exercise?
Yes, horseback riding is exercise. It burns calories, builds muscles, and requires strength, balance and body awareness. It can be an aerobic exercise and requires flexibility. Even at a walk, horseback riding is good exercise, which is why therapeutic riding is good for folks who are wheelchair-bound. Horseback riding builds confidence, reasoning, memory, and analytical skills for a mental workout too. Horseback riders can actually become better riders by doing strength and flexibility training off of the horse as well.
Is Horseback Riding Hard to Learn?
Horseback riding is like many other sports, in that there are many skills to be learned. There are basic skills that you must learn to be safe and in control of the horse. Once you've mastered those basics, however, there are advanced riding skills that allow you to control the horse to finer degrees, and actually, make it easier for your horse to carry you.
What do you mainly teach at Saddle Up’s arena?
Saddle Up’s arena based program includes: barn orientation/safety, horse grooming, tacking, behavior around horses, controlling the horse, and arena riding. Participants work on posture, getting exercise, stretching, working muscles and strengthening body core. We teach a variety of things about the horse and horsemanship to get the participants comfortable with the horse before they actually get on. Saddle Up uses adaptive equipment to assist in mounting and securing the riders. Horse handlers and side walkers are used with each participant for safety.
What is Barn Time?
One of our most popular programs, barn-time gives children the chance to learn about horses, their care, and how to ride in a group setting. Sessions run for three hours, this includes learning safety around the barn, grooming and tacking, cleaning and general horse care. Attendants also get a group riding session either in our arena or our shaded back trail depending on the weather and number of students. Space in this program is extremely limited so signing up in advance is recommended. If you are interested in attending barn time please fill out the rider participation paperwork in our forms tab, follow the instructions for our websites calendar and add your child's name to our list.