the Riders

Therapeutic Riders

Ariel Johnson

My name is Ariel Johnson and I’m a therapeutic rider at Milestones. I was born with cerebral palsy, which has made it difficult to walk.


When I was younger, the only way I could walk was with two crutches. Horseback riding has helped me strengthen my legs. I was able to start walking with just one crutch, then no crutches at all; I walk okay without them now.


I’ve been riding horses for therapy (and fun) since I was 3 years old. When I first started horseback riding, the instructors led the horse for me, but I’m independent now and can ride on my own.

Silver  Saddles Riders

The Silver Saddles program provides a fun way for the over-50 crowd to socialize, stay fit, and learn new skills.

Marian Crabtree


My name is Marian Crabtree. I’m a rider in Silver Saddles at Milestones, and I also volunteer with the rider lessons. I’ve been coming to Milestones for six years.


It’s difficult to describe, but riding is just a pure joy—it’s a little touch of heaven for me. When I’m riding a horse, I feel a sort of specialness; I feel important. It’s hard not to feel important when you’re on a horse!


If I didn’t have Milestones, I’d probably stay at home on rainy days, sitting around inside. But I come to Milestones every week—it doesn’t matter what the weather is. It gets me outside and active in the fresh air. So that’s terrific!

Volunteers & Instructors

Our volunteers and instructors bring the care and expertise that make our programs great! 

Peggy Engleman


I’m Peggy Engleman, a volunteer at Milestones for the last five or six years.


What I like most about Milestones is working with other volunteers and the kids. Everyone comes with their own expertise and it seems like people respect each other  – it doesn’t matter who you are.


I’ve loved horses since I was a kid, but I’m not very good at riding. My parents were terrified, so I didn’t start learning until I was 50, after 25 years of teaching. Volunteering here gives me my horsey fix and a chance to work with kids again. I’ve seen some incredible things happen when you put a kid on the back of a horse.

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