Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center Equestrian and farm related activities for individuals with special needs or those seeking growth opportunities.
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Sprout provides HOPE, HEALING, EMPOWERMENT and RECOVERY through partnerships with horses.

Mission: Providing equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals seeking growth opportunities.

06/02/2020
Sprout Motivation Monday Interview with Alexis McColl

For this week’s Motivation Monday, we’re sharing an interview with Alexis McColl, Sprout’s amazing farrier!

Lexi talks “Horse Hooves 101”, shows us the steps of the trimming and shoeing process, and shares her background and advice for aspiring farriers.

"Falcon was friendly, frisky and fast…just what I was looking for in a horse." Tim Mooney, our Director of Philanthropy,...
05/28/2020
Remembrances of a 10-year old boy and his horse Falcon!

"Falcon was friendly, frisky and fast…just what I was looking for in a horse." Tim Mooney, our Director of Philanthropy, remembers his days riding through the rice paddies of Laos on his trusty steed - Falcon!

www.sproutcenter.org/remembrances-of-a-10-year-old-boy-and-his-horse-falcon/

Remembrances of a 10-year old boy and his horse Falcon! By: Tim Mooney   “I want one of those!”   That is how my love of horses began!   It was early 1965 and my family was beginning another adventure in Southeast Asia after living in Bangkok, Thailand for approximately 3 years. My father had...

05/27/2020

Interview with Ruben Troyer - Civilian Horse Trainer for the US Army Caisson Platoon - Live at Ft. Meyer

Sunset at Sprout ❤️
05/27/2020

Sunset at Sprout ❤️

On this Memorial Day 2020 we remember and honor the soldiers who gave their all for our great country.  All of us at Spr...
05/25/2020

On this Memorial Day 2020 we remember and honor the soldiers who gave their all for our great country. All of us at Sprout are grateful for the service and sacrifice of our great military heroes and their families.

Because it is also Motivation Monday, we have chosen to feature one of own, Ruben Troyer. Ruben works as a horse trainer with the Caisson Platoon and volunteers at Sprout.

He is an incredible yet humble man of faith and dedication. Here is his story...

Also, spoiler alert! We will be interviewing him at the Caisson on Wednesday (send in your questions)!

My name is Ruben Troyer. I live in Aldie, VA with my wife and my daughter on our four-acre property and in a ranch style single level house.
I am a civilian employee of the US Army Caisson Platoon. The Caisson Platoon is the last full time equestrian mounted unit in the Department of Defense. It is their mission to serve as a mounted escort to the departed servicemembers who are buried in the Arlington National Cemetery with full honors. It is my full-time job to train the horses that perform those missions.
My life has involved horses from my youngest experiences and earliest memories. I was raised in Holmes County Ohio in an Amish community. I have worked with horses in practical ways since my youth. As an Amish boy, I would use horses for transportation as well as for farming and recreation. In my teenage years, I developed the desire to train horses rather than to simply use horses that had already been trained by someone else. Through reading books, attending a few training clinics, and a lot of trial and error, I managed to get most of the horses trained that I set out to train.
In later years, I would end up leaving the Amish and leaving horses altogether, never thinking that I would ever again do anything professionally that would involve horses. I joined the Army in 2005 and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. The Old Guard is responsible for the Memorial Affairs missions for the Army in the Arlington National Cemetery. One of the specialty platoons within the Old Guard is the Caisson Platoon. Due to the extensive
experience I had with horses earlier in my life, I decided to capitalize on what I already knew, and volunteered to serve in the Caisson Platoon.
After the mandatory 10 week course that was required to join the Caisson Platoon, I was assigned to a riding squad that was responsible to perform the the mounted missions that are daily assigned to the Caisson Platoon as well as the maintenance and upkeep of the barn and and the wellfare of the numerous horses we had. Soon, because I had prior experience training horses, I was assigned to help the civilian horse trainer to train the new horses that came to the platoon. I thrived in that position and enjoyed the privilege of being allowed to take horses that are otherwise unmanageable, and train them to perform the Caisson Platoon’s mounted missions in the Arlington National Cemetery.
Since my Military Occupational Specialty was Infantry, I felt that it was my duty to serve overseas as most of my other infantry brethern had done during the time when we had wars going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. As such, I decided to re-enlist to extend my service in the
Army in order to volunteer to serve with the 82nd Airborne, a unit that was deploying to Iraq soon. After serving in the Baghdad and Salman Pak regions of Iraq for a year, I returned to the states to continue the mandatory training period after deployment.
Soon after returning from Iraq, I was once again put on orders back to the Old Guard. Again I was tasked with training the horses and the soldiers that were assigned to the Caisson Platoon.
During this time with Caisson, I was also helping with a therapeutic riding program that helped wounded warriors recover from trauma incurred from service overseas. I was amazed at how the activities and interaction with the horses stimulated and reignited senses and confidence that many of these soldiers had thought they lost a long time ago. The before and after photos were amazing.
As comes with every term of enlistment with the US Army, mine was drawing to a close. I had to decide whether to extend my time in the army by re-enlisting or to get out of the Army and return to a civilian job. Since I had decided to get out of the army, the Old Guard offered me terms of employment as a civilian to keep training their horses for them since the other civilian no longer worked for them. I had planned to get out of the army and pursue a different career path but since I couldn’t be certain that my other career plans would come through, I opted to accept the offer. I have been working for Caisson as a civilian for over five years now and I am continuing my service in uniform with the Virginia Army National Guard.

"Jim was a legend.  A misfit character in an uptight yuppie town - and he gave so many a chance to be the same... to be ...
05/22/2020
Enjoy the Ride…A Barn Rat’s Tale

"Jim was a legend. A misfit character in an uptight yuppie town - and he gave so many a chance to be the same... to be themselves - unbridled and free."

This Throwback Thursday features the story of Sprout's founder and executive director, Brooke Waldron...and the unlikely cowboy who still reminds her to enjoy the ride.

https://sproutcenter.org/enjoy-the-ride-a-barn-rats-tale/

Enjoy the Ride…A Barn Rat’s Tale By Brooke Waldron It doesn’t happen often anymore, but if you play the first 5 chords of Hal Ketchum’s, “Small Town Saturday Night” he’ll appear through the fog of my memories. Gregarious, strong, and coated in dust and sweat. The self-proclaimed “fir...

Happy Trivia Tuesday, Sprout Friends! Congrats to Amelia Lansberry and Becky Wyland for their perfect scores on last wee...
05/19/2020

Happy Trivia Tuesday, Sprout Friends! Congrats to Amelia Lansberry and Becky Wyland for their perfect scores on last week's hoof health quiz -- and to Amelia for being the grand prize winner!

It's Trivia Tuesday WEEK 10 this week -- let's get learning! https://forms.gle/npFLZ9tvM8ja3bz88

05/18/2020

Our Sprout staff have been holding Monday meetings for the past 5 years...

Turns out our horses have too!!
#sproutsmiles #ponyzoom

From Ponies to Physical Therapy!  For this Throwback Thursday, our resident physical therapist Dr. Sue tells us how her ...
05/14/2020
From Ponies to Physical Therapist…Dr. Sue’s Story!

From Ponies to Physical Therapy! For this Throwback Thursday, our resident physical therapist Dr. Sue tells us how her love of horses gave rise to her passion for helping people!
https://sproutcenter.org/from-ponies-to-physical-therapist-dr-sues-story/

By Susan Schmieg My trek to becoming a physical therapist at Sprout started when I first fell in love with riding horses. I feel riding and watching horses move taught me to be able to pinpoint the problem areas in my patients and after learning how to treat patients I can see and feel how the movem...

Happy Trivia Tuesday! Congrats to Liam Bradley, who was the winner of last week's Stable Management Quiz!This week's qui...
05/12/2020

Happy Trivia Tuesday! Congrats to Liam Bradley, who was the winner of last week's Stable Management Quiz!

This week's quiz is about horse hooves! Find the quiz here: https://forms.gle/uz8KxoFdvVnhMETi8

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!Here’s to the Sprout barn moms.To the ones who faithfully drive down a dirt road in the rain, in the s...
05/10/2020

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Here’s to the Sprout barn moms.

To the ones who faithfully drive down a dirt road in the rain, in the snow and during droughts when the dust is stirring - your cars might not thank you, but we sure do.

Here’s to the moms who sit in the elements to watch riding lessons each week - shivering in the cold, sweating in the summer, squinting in the sun - we see your selfless dedication.

To the ones who are allergic, nervous, worried or frightened but put their feelings aside to encourage the ideas and the abilities of their kids - your belief let’s dreams take flight!

To the ones who use their 30 minutes to push a swing in the playground, take a work call, teach math in the classroom or watch the horses play in the fields - your multitasking is a great feat that should be celebrated.

Here’s to the moms who never intended to, but learn how to tack, how to lead a horse and groom - thanks for embracing horses and everything that goes with them!

To the ones who make chili, cupcakes, who bring treats for the ponies and presents for our staff - your encouragement keeps us going.

Here’s to the ones who trust a horse with their greatest possession, who hold their breath, who bite their nails, who walk beside, who cheer, who brush their kids off when they fall and tell them to get back on to face the challenge of the day.

You are brave, you are warriors, you are selfless, kind and inspiring...and so much more.

We appreciate the faith you put into Sprout, for making our barn a home and our community a family.

Happy Mother’s Day! We love your kids and we love you. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Happy Fitness Friday! This week, we're sharing 5 rider fitness exercises plus modifications, to help you start off the w...
05/09/2020

Happy Fitness Friday! This week, we're sharing 5 rider fitness exercises plus modifications, to help you start off the weekend strong. Let's get fit together! 💪

It's Throwback Thursday and we're featuring the story of our therapeutic riding instructor, Lacy Warner and her ❤️ horse...
05/07/2020
Grandma’s Sweet Potatoe Pie

It's Throwback Thursday and we're featuring the story of our therapeutic riding instructor, Lacy Warner and her ❤️ horse Sweet Potatoe - a mare with a spirit that ignited Lacy's passion for understanding horses and teaching people to do the same!
https://sproutcenter.org/grandmas-sweet-potatoe-pie/

By Lacy Warner I didn’t grow up in the country or on a farm. I didn’t even come from a horsey family. In fact, I was always told that, apart from the occasional carousel ride, I was afraid of horses as a youngster. Around age 3 my aunt had taken me to a pumpkin patch where they gave pony rides a...

Happy (belated) Trivia Tuesday! With all the excitement surrounding Giving Tuesday, we decided to delay the announcement...
05/06/2020

Happy (belated) Trivia Tuesday! With all the excitement surrounding Giving Tuesday, we decided to delay the announcement of the winner and new quiz till today.

Congratulations to Klaudia Taylor and Rachel Kennelly for their high scores on the Anatomy quiz, to Stephanie Jones who was the winner this week!

This week, our quiz is Stable Management themed! Find the quiz here: https://forms.gle/oWgf5RSiAXZg1C1T7

05/06/2020

YOU DID IT!!!! Together, in 1 day, YOU...our HERD made a crazy goal (AND SO MUCH MORE) happen. We really cannot thank you enough for the gift of your kindness, friendship and generosity to Sprout and those we serve! This hour, we're celebrating YOU! Here are 5 highlights from the day!
1) Over 122 people gave on our Giving Site totalling $17,580 (over our 1 day goal of $15,000)!!!!!
2) 35 monthly donors who have pledged to be a part of the #High5Herd to sustain Sprout through the end of the year
3) 15 people created Facebook fundraisers (we cannot wait to see what they raised throughout the day - that report will come out tomorrow)
4) Our student, Rachael Wessel STOOD UP from her wheelchair to inspire us all to do what we can to spread the word about Sprout!
5) The angel donors who challenged our herd to raise $5,000 between 5 and 10pm was a catalyst to more than an additional $10,000 in funding!!!!!! Talk about about a ripple effect!

We cannot thank you enough for your belief in the mission of Sprout!

05/06/2020

Ok! Its GOAL time....so where are we going as an organization and why are we headed there?

Our goals are based on increasing the depth and breath of our service to our students! Here are 5 of the goals we'd like to accomplish when we get back to work!
1) Build upon the oppotunities for our riders to show their skills and abilities through friendly competition, exhibition, challenge and teamwork! Namely, to hold our planned Junior Horsemanship Program show and participate in others!
2) Expand our therapy offerings by adding Occupational Therapy to our programs. Occupational Therapy provides engagement in the activities that a person wants and needs to do, no matter what injury, illness, condition, disability, lifestyle, or environment stands in the way.
3) Improve on our student progress tracking system and generate data on show the impact of horses on people!
4) Continue to develop our horse management and maintenance practives to ensure that they have a happy and healthy life at Sprout!
5) Increase the collaboration and communication between centers and professionals to support best outcomes for our clients by FINALLY becoming a Premier Accredited Center!

05/06/2020

We had a great plan for a sunset carriage ride! And then it rained...but then it stopped so we went out to see a non-existant sunset while showing you our favorite views on the farm!
1) The Long Sprout Road - which provides a great opportunity to take a breath and decompress!
2) Beanie Baby Trail aka The Sprout Zoo - a fun zone for students of all ages and a test to see the awareness of our riders!
3) Water hole trail - we didn't go back there but its cool and has jumps and signs
4) Back side of farm - and a great view of the barn all lit up!
5) Sun Set - the best view of the farm over the horizon!

05/05/2020

We polled our students and volunteers to find the TOP 5 words they feel describe Sprout and the results are in!!! Drum roll please!!
#5 - Encouraging
#4 - Compassionate
#3 - Inclusive
#2 - Love

and the #1 word to describe Sprout?
FAMILY!!!

We are grateful for the encouraging, compassionate, inclusive, loving community that makes Sprout SO much more than a barn....A FAMILY!!

We love you all!

05/05/2020

Sprout has an CULTURE that is driven on our WHY - "to change lives through partnerships with horses!" Our WHY is the cornerstone of our work and pushes us to strive to improve each and every day!

Our values define WHO we are as an organization and permeate HOW we act as individuals and a team!

05/05/2020

Our instructors run on PURE PASSION (and a little bit of caffeine and carbs along the way). How would you describe our hard working team of instructors? We'd love to know!

Here are 5 characteristics that we feel decribe our great teachers:
1) Purpose-Driven - Our instructors are algined by their beliefs in using their talents and abilities to help others!
2) Compassionate - Our insturctors care deeply about their students
3) Fun - Our instructors keep life interesting and find ways to make riding fun and meaningful for everyone!
4) Knowledgeable - Our instructors are GREAT at what they do! They come to Sprout with diverse experiences and equestrian interestes! They are all riders themselves growing and learning by honing their skills on their own horses (or Sprout's)!
5) Kind - Our instructors have the biggest hearts with abounding kindness and patience!

To join the Sprout #High5Herd, go to www.sproutcenter.org/donate, share a photo of your Sprout High 5 and tag 5 friends to join in!

05/05/2020

Not only is it #GivingTuesday but it's ALSO Cinco De Mayo! Let's Salsa through the top 5 outcomes of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies!
1) Physical - builds core strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, motor function and abulation (gait development)
2) Cognitive - supports higher-level cognitive functions including problem solving, application of knowledge and skills, resoning and evaluation, concept of space and time
3) Sensory - proprioceptive input that helps regulate the nervous system
4) Social - horsees provide a non-threatening way to build a relationship with the horse, other riders and volunteers
5) Emotional - greater knowledge of oneself by "seeing yourself through your horses eyes" because they are a mirror

See more case studies and reseach on the benefits of horses for humans!
https://sproutcenter.org/case-studies-reports/

To join the Sprout #High5Herd, go to www.sproutcenter.org/donate, share a photo of your Sprout High 5 and tag 5 friends to join in!

05/05/2020

Nancy and Cowboy are rustlin' up 5 characteristics of our amazing Sprout volutneers. There really are so many wonderful qualitites of our volunteers that it was hard to lasso the list to 5 but a Cowboy's gotta do what a Cowboy's gotta do....so here they are!
1) Selfless
2) Fun
3) Empathetic
4) Dedicated
5) Hard Working

Also we are 1/2 through the day (we're are going from 5:05 am to 10:05pm) and YOU have contributed $5,910 to help Sprout SURVIVE and THRIVE!

If you have a moment, we'd love for you to join the #High5Herd! Visit our giving site at www.sproutcenter.org/donate and choose a monthly gift at a level that is comfortable for you and/or post a photo of your Sporout High 5 here on Facebook and spread the word about our mission!

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40685 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, VA
20105

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Programs Provided: Mounted Lessons Ground-work Lessons School Groups Youth Organizations Adult Special Needs Groups

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(571) 367-4555

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Sprout Fall Horse Show 2019
Sprout was featured here!
LUCKY us! Ever wished you could pluck that expert out if your tv and just pick their brain for a while??? Well we will have not one but TWO super special personal coaching packages with the incomparable Kerry Hannon up on our big board this weekend! Information on this & all of our auction items can be found on sproutcenter.org/events/lucky7 NOW!
Thank you Rutledge Farm for this amazing gift to Sprout! This auction is LIVE but only until tonight, or until someone hits the "buy it now" button - if you've always wanted to learn from Mclain Ward, now is your chance to do it AND support Sprout at the same time! What a win! Two chances are listed on the site, just search McLain Ward to view them - good luck!
Didn't know i could support you with all my amazon shopping
We at Blossom & Bloom are excited about our upcoming 1st Annual Purse Auction! Part of the proceeds will support the wonderful work of Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center. We have a wonderful selection of purses for auction, some interesting and unique purses for purchase and some yummy refreshments! Hope to see you there!
Can you please share some information about the CARROTS program?
Brooke - I dropped off several copies of the Purcellville Gazette with Krasi Henkel's piece on the Gala
http://www.donthideitflauntit.com/amazing-things-can-come-true-kate-sowerwine/ Thankful​ that Jai has Sprout to help him achieve his goals. Thanks Brooke Waldron! Feel free to share.
Come volunteer at Sprout for INCLUSION CAMP! Best 2 weeks of the YEAR!!