Welcome to Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries!

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


Silent Auction goes Virtual

This year we decided to make part of our annual Silent Auction virtual so that everyone can participate. Registration as a bidder is free. Click on the button below and get started!

Shining Stars is so excited to be participating once again in Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree! Don’t pass up the chance to partner with us through the Giving Spree. Your gift will be multiplied with the “Stretch Pool” that the Giving Spree sets up to further benefit participating non-profits. The more we raise, the more we benefit from the stretch pool.


There are three ways to give:

  • You can mail checks directly to Adams County Community Foundation. Checks must be dated between Nov. 1-5 and arrive before the 5th. Checks should be made out to the Adams County Community Foundation and accompanied by a donor form noting the non-profit receiving the gift. Click here for a donor form to print, or contact us!
  • You can give online at ACCFgivingspree.org between 12:01 a.m. and 12 p.m. on November 5th
  • You can drop off your gift at the Giving Spree drive-through location at the Gettysburg Area HIGH School parking lot from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 5th.

Shining Stars will also be hosting an open house to collect gifts for the Giving Spree. The open house will be at the Indoor Arena, 3185 York Rd. Gettysburg, PA 17325 on Nov. 2,3,and 4 between 6-7:30 p.m. Pick a night to come out and don’t miss the chance to partner with us through this community of givers!

Contact Rachel Stoner at (717) 357-2774 or rachelestoner@gmail.com with questions or to receive a donor form.


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