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Providing therapeutic horsemanship as a unique means to improve the quality of life for those with special needs, their families and the community.


What's a SPRITE?


SPRITES is a philanthropic organization of mothers and daughters dedicated to volunteering their time and resources to San Diego County charities.

SPRITES originated in 1968 as an organization to teach teens, grades 7-12, the value of volunteering in their community. "SPRITES" is an acronym that describes the group: Spiritual, Philanthropic, Recreational, Inspirational, Training, Educational, and Social.


Kylie and mom, Terry, are shown at the ranch with Partners' foundation horse, Murphy.


In order to be eligible to volunteer for SPRITES East County, students must either reside in, or attend school in, the Grossmont Union School District. They can sign up as 7th graders and may continue through their senior years. There are a set number of slots for each school year. Once those slots are full, no more volunteers can be accepted unless someone drops out.


In 2014, Partners began a collaboration with SPRITES East County. Members spend hours at the ranch volunteering and learning about therapeutic riding and horsemanship in general. Their energy is uplifting and their smiles brighten the day. Sometimes they even get to ride!

Kylie says she "loves horses," and "likes learning how horses can be used to help people with disabilities."


SPRITE volunteer, Sarah, is sidewalking with student, Tammy. Partners staff member, Lizzy, leads Honey, while certified instructor Laura, directs the lesson.

Each year, SPRITES also raises funds that directly support their adopted charities. In 2015, they raised more than $80,000 and presented a generous donation to Partners. SPRITES volunteers contribute more than 5,000 hours per year to local charities.

Partners genuinely appreciates and values SPRITES' commitment to the organization and its mission.

From a Student

By Lisa Fogle

After riding bareback for so long, I needed to get back in the saddle again. Today was not quite so smooth. In fact, my trot was more like a floppy sack of potatoes. So much for muscle memory. I'm just going to take the joy of being alive and on the back of a horse for what it is this week and try again next week

Thank you for your patience, Samantha, I know it wasn't pretty.

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