Summer Camps
 

Welcome to Saddle Up Riding Club

​​​Barn Time

3 Hours of Fun From 3-6 pm for only $30 dollars. Education, and riding every Saturday afternoon for Ages 6-16. RIDERS MUST BE PRE- REGISTERED ON OUR WEBSITES CALENDAR.

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.

 

Lessons

Lessons:  Offered by one of our trainers. Beginner lessons along with specialized Western and English lessons are offered. Ride in our arena or our shaded trail for pleasure. Ages 6 and up. PLEASE KNOW: We are not a jumping facility, we do not specialize in hunter jumpers or show jumping and do not have the horses for this style of riding. Some of our riders do light jumps however we do not show heavily or teach much jumping if you are interested in learning how to jump feel free to contact our trainers for a referral to another facility. 
30 minutes $30
45 minutes $40
60 minutes $50
Couples ride or group riding lessons of 2 or more on our on-property trail, or in arena is $30 each rider for 45 minutes and $40 each for 60 minutes.. Lessons must be booked in advance, allow a minimum 72 hours.

We do not offer trail rides or rent out our horses.

We do not do birthday parties.

Call for an appointment. (727)520-3132

Camps

Saddle Up has met 100s of children over the past 16 years of offering horse camps. Camps are offered for 5 separate weeks during the summer, usually every other week. Camps are held daily from 9 to 4pm and purchased weekly. Cost of camp is $250 per week.

Each camp includes:

Working time - cleaning of stalls and grooming horses

Educational time - learn the basics of horse anatomy and care

Riding time - children ride in a group riding session of 3 to 5 riders

Craft time - we are famous for our unique horse themed crafts that we do

Free time - a chance for children to play with new friends and our friendly farm animals

Friday of each week is a pizza party, trail ride and water game fun day.

The structure of camp days may vary due to weather.

The camp schedule will be posted the first of April. All registrations must be submitted by mail. Go to the "Forms" link and follow directions on the application.

 
 

Our Mission 

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

Therapy

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.

SHOW TEAM

 

Meet Our Team

Kellie Sipos

Founder/Executive Director

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.

Phone: (727)520-3132
Email: kellie.sipos@gmail.com

 

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!

-Elvedina Majdankic

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.

-John King

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.

-John Utley

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