Equine and Animal Assisted Activities for Special Needs Students
Southern STARRS, adheres to PATH International (formerly NARHA) operating standards and was co-founded by Terry and Saranne Winfield, who participate as advisors to a 12-member Board of Directors. Board membership includes equine, health, education, business and legal professionals. It is supported by a broad range of volunteers with experience in horse care, physical and recreational therapy and disability training. STARRS collaborates with numerous area disability, youth, and social service organizations.
Southern STARRS is a 501c3 nonprofit agency open to any individual (minimum age is 3 year old) who has been diagnosed with a physical or mental disability, including our STARRS-4-STRIPES program for Veterans and First Responders injured while in the line of duty. Adult students, parents or guardians are invited to submit a completed application and a staff member will follow-up with further information. Limited tuition scholarships are available for qualifying students who need financial assistance. STARRS is equipped with an indoor riding ring and holds winter, spring, summer and fall class sessions lasingt from 8-10 weeks. Classes are one hour each and are held one time weekly for each student.
See more information about our program at GivingMatters.com. GivingMatters® is a project of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in partnership with area funders. GivingMatters® provides information and tools to allow you to give with confidence and meaning. Please search for our organization name "Southern STARRS". You can get to their home page by clicking here.
Southern STARRS is a member agency of the United Way of Wilson County. While the United Way provides some financial assistance to the program, the majority of the operating funds come from individual donations and public fundraising events.
Southern STARRS is an 501c3 charity and all contributions are tax deductible. Interested donors may help sponsor a child in the program. Tuition for a 10-week session is $150 per child, although the actual cost is about $680. Scholarships are made available to students who are unable to pay the full tuition price. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. You may mail contributions to the STARRS program office or use PayPal to securely pay your contribution on-line.
*SPONSOR A CHILD'S TUITION FOR A 10-WEEK SESSION: $150 *SPONSOR THE CARE OF A HORSE FOR A 10-WEEK SESSION: $250
Southern STARRS is located at 4050 Cairo Bend Rd., Lebanon, TN. From Lebanon, West on Coles Ferry to Cairo Bend, and then right 7/10 mile to facility. From Nashville, East on I-40 to the Gallatin exit, right on Hwy. 70, left on Cairo Bend approx. 4 miles, right on Coles Ferry, then immediately left again onto Cairo Bend, then 7/10 mile to facility. From Gallatin, south on Hwy. 109 past LaGuardo, left on Academy Rd., approx. 4 miles to Cairo Bend, then left, 7/10 mile. Use the MapQuest tool, below, for other details. Phone: (615) 453-2592. Student application forms may be obtained by calling the STARRS office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also download the forms below.