Something Good: Healing Through Horses At Savannah Station

Monday, June 28th 2021, 7:41 pm


Andi Holland has loved horses for as long as she can remember.

"I started asking for a horse when I was three and was totally disappointed every birthday and every Christmas when we didn't get one," Holland said.

Holland's patience paid off and now she's making hay as the executive director of Savannah Station, a free equestrian therapeutic riding program for people with cognitive and physical special needs.

"To be around horses that are very calming, to be around an animal that wants to be in a relationship with you, that is so self-confidence building," Holland said.

Savannah Station moved into their forever home this summer after purchasing a property in Yukon.

They have nine horses in the stable, close to 80 volunteers on the grounds and an unlimited number of life-changing moments for riders.

'When your kid finds their thing, it's a God thing," Kelly Sullins said.

Kelly's daughter Lindsey has been in the Savannah Station saddle for the past six years.

"She has difficulty in speaking and she just gets excited when she gets here," David Sullins, Lindsey's grandfather said.

"This has given her a life of her own, her own passion, her own independence," Kelly said.

 "You actually from week to week, you see the change, you see what these horses can do for people," Holland said. "A lot of tears flow here. We get to see great things happen every single day."

Savannah Station wants to bring those experiences to a wider variety of riders.

With their expanded space, they plan to start programs in the future for veterans and senior citizens.

Savannah Station is in the middle of a $1 million fundraising campaign, and they are always in need of volunteers.

If you'd like to contribute, you can find information on their website.


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