Welcome to Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries!

Specializing in therapeutic horsemanship programs with a heart to promote healing, hope & happiness


Shining Stars was once again honored to be one of the 95 participating non-profits in Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) Giving Spree! This year YOU helped Adams County Raise over 2.1 million dollars! Stay tuned for the Big Reveal on December 11 when ACCF will announce how much donors gave to each of the 95 participating nonprofits (Including Shining Stars!!), and the distribution of the Stretch Pool to those organizations. You can watch live from ACCF Facebook page at 10 am on December 11. Can’t wait to see you there, and thank you again for being a part of history in the making for Adams County!


COVID-19 Update

  August 2020

It was exciting to reopen our doors after a long mandatory closure.

Shining Stars welcomed back riders and volunteers for a 9 – week Summer session. While we are excited to be back in action, wearing a mask in the extreme heat has made quite an impact on us. We look forward to cooler temperatures in the fall.

I’d like to express my gratitude to the generous donors who stepped up during the mandatory closure months. During the time where we had zero program income, your donations helped keep our horses fed and provided much of what was needed for daily operations.

As classes are reopening, please keep in mind that we are still not able to operate at full program capacity. Your continued generosity is a blessing beyond words.

In light of lost income, we are having fun with some creative fund raising events to help generate revenue. Please check out the “News and Events” page on the website. I know you’d love to join in on some of the COVID-safe events we have coming up.

Adams County Community Foundation is once again putting on a community “GIVING SPREE”.

The date for this year’s event is November 5th. Shining Stars is honored to be included as a day of giving recipient. Last year more than 4000 people participated in person. This year the event is going virtual! For more information on the “Giving Spree” go to ACCFGivingSpree.org. If you are able, please give generously.

We can’t wait to see you in the Fall!

……..May the blessings of God’s grace overwhelm you!

Brandy Crago

Executive Director

Psalm 119:114 “You’re my place of quiet retreat, and your wrap-around presence becomes my shield as I wrap myself in your word.”



Therapeutic Riding

Our riding programs help children and adults get unique rehabilitative therapy. Students work on physical, social, emotional, & cognitive concepts as they ride & receive instruction geared to their individual needs. Classes are small, relaxed, friendly, and a lot of fun.



Therapeutic Cart Driving

The Driving Program is open to students of all ages who cannot mount a horse for various reasons, such as size/weight, emotional issues, or wheelchair confinement. Specially-equipped carts have safety features for wheelchair students.



Silver Stars

Silver Stars offers a variety of ways to incorporate horses into a physical routine that helps to strengthen muscles. Silver Stars provides equine therapy effective in helping older folks who suffer from depression, feelings of agitation, anxiety, and other psychological issues.


Stars & Stripes for Veterans

Stars and Stripes is an innovative program designed for military veterans’ needs. All veterans, from any era, are welcome to participate with us in “natural horsemanship” and many other therapeutic endeavors, including grooming and horse behavior.

We also offer special needs Ministries & Fellowship opportunities:

Pappy’s Project • Summer Horse Camps