About

Saddle Up! started as a dream and launched as a one night a week program – in daylight and good weather only – for 10 students. Saddle Up! is now a year-round program that will serve nearly 180 children/youth this year. Saddle Up! is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the region, and the only one exclusively serving children and youth who have disabilities. We are a Premier Center accredited by PATH International, the organization that sets the standards for safety and quality in equine assisted programs.

Our Mission

Saddle Up!’s mission is to provide children and youth with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses.

Our Vision

Saddle Up! seeks to be an essential community partner, enriching the lives of children with disabilities through constantly improving the excellence and accessibility of the highest quality equine assisted activities.

Leadership and Accreditation

Board of Directors

Saddle Up! is blessed with a dedicated Board of Directors comprised of experienced business, equestrian and volunteer leaders from throughout our community.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board brings to Saddle Up! a wealth of expertise (construction, business management, communications, law and finance) that we regularly draw upon for guidance.

Staff & Instructors

Saddle Up!'s daily operations are delivered by our experienced staff and PATH International certified instructors, with the focus on safety, goals and fun in a fiscally responsible manner.

Nonprofit Profile

For information on our organization, including details on financials, operations and results, please visit our nonprofit profile on GuideStar's Giving Matters website.

Contact Saddle Up!

Please contact us if you have questions or would like more information about our programs and how you can get involved. Send us an email message or call us at 615-794-1150. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Supporters

A broad community of caring individuals help to deliver a profound lifetime impact to our special equestrians.

Our History

In November 1989, a core group of volunteers quietly launched a dream. They wanted to give wings to children with disabilities through a program which they named Saddle Up! focusing on recreational activities with horses. The dreams of that core group have grown far beyond even their imaginations.

Our Facilities

Our 34-acre farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, just south of Nashville, is the right environment for children and horses to learn, work and play together. The Lynne Evans Arena provides a spacious facility for year-round, day or night riding and other activities. Barns offer children the opportunity to exercise responsibility in caring for their horsey friends. And the farm is often the site for parades, picnics, and parties where children and their families can celebrate growth and progress – and just have fun!

Saddle Up! is:

  • accredited as a Premier Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Hosemanship (PATH) International, the national organization that sets the standards for safety and quality in equine assisted programs.
  • the only American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) member facility in Tennessee
  • recognized for board, programs and fundraising by multiple awards in the Center for Nonprofit Management’s annual Salute to Excellence
  • the creator of RIDES ®, an innovative system to set and measure individual rider goals and achievements in recreational therapeutic riding; adopted for use at several other centers

Saddle Up! was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1991. For information including details on financial, operations and results, please visit our nonprofit profile on GuideStar’s Giving Matters website.

Saddle Up!

1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069-9136
info@saddleupnashville.org

Program Hours

Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 4pm