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About LOVE for Therapeutic Riding

LOVE for Therapeutic Riding was incorporated in July 2008. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

LOVE for Therapeutic Riding volunteers LOVE for Therapeutic Riding became operational in September 2009, on St. Helena Island, SC, near Beaufort SC, with three soon to be equestrian athletes with mental disabilities. With the faith of our Lord providing for our needs, our growth Mister Duke - Mascot was made possible by several dear friends who also have faith for this type of therapeutic program.

In the future we will be having fundraising projects and asking for general public donations.

Our certified instructors, with the help of many dedicated volunteers and specially trained horses, enable riders to benefit from alternative therapeutic techniques away from the normal "clinical" setting.

LOVE for Therapeutic Riding is entirely operated by volunteers and volunteer certified instructors, with 100% of all donations and funds received going right back into the LOVE for Therapeutic Riding program.

LOVE for Therapeutic Riding is a non-profit member center of PATH Int'l, a leader in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).

Denise Bishop

Founder of LOVE for Therapeutic Riding, July 2008

Executor Director (Volunteer position for LOVE for Therapeutic Riding)

PATH Int'l Certified Registered Instructor since 2002. (Volunteering for LOVE for Therapeutic Riding)

Holding the office of State Chair for South Carolina, which is part of Region 3 of Path Int'l, which is held for 2 years started in Jan 2012.

The owner of Sunshine Stables and three special horses, all for use for Therapeutic Riding in St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

Previous experience: Volunteer for Heroes on Horseback for over 6 years as a NARHA Certified Registered Instructor

Held a Board of Director position for Heroes on Horseback for 4 years

Have owned horses for over 30 years.

Presently work for DOD as Information Technology Specialist a position held for 26 years.

38 Yard Farm Road
St. Helena Island, SC 29920
Click Here! for a map to our location.


Mondays and Saturdays
Closed November and December
Hours May Change with Seasons

Mondays - 2:30 - 5:30 PM
Saturdays - 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Summer Saturdays - 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Board of Directors

President - Jacki Davidson
Vice President - Jackie Ganas
Secretary - David Striebinger
Treasurer - Vacant
Parental Liaison - Nancy Parrish


Denise Bishop - Executive Director

Denise and some of our volunteers

Denise Bishop Rudy Bishop Nancy Parrish Jacki Davidson David Striebinger LOVE for Therapeutic Riding volunteers LOVE for Therapeutic Riding volunteers

Our Board and Staff

Jacki Davidson
Horses have always been part of my life – and a very important part. They have provided a means for me to get away and think through a problem by just walking in the woods letting me sort things out. They have given me the camaraderie with other riders with horses as our number one focus. They have given me the freedom to just be me. Horses have been my comfort, my support, my friend and my therapy.

Knowing how horses affect us humans and what a special part they can play in our lives brought me to LOVE – and I have seen over and over again how our horses meet the needs of our students. To see the joy and witness the special relationships that has developed at LOVE makes my life complete. It makes my heart glad to see how our students and horses respond to each other – these horses have opened a door that only they could open – and it’s truly wonderful to see the result.

Currently on the board of Under One Roof as Treasurer
Past - Zonta Club of Beaufort - President and Treasurer
Idaho Horse Council - Responsible for the south east Idaho
Retired as the Executive Director of the Palmetto Chapter American Red Cross

Actively working as a CPA

Member of the Lowcountry Hunt - awarded colors in 2006 and was honored as the Volunteer of the Year in 2015
Awarded American Business Woman of the Year in 1984

Jackie Ganas
I have lived in the Beaufort area with my husband since 2003.  He is a now retired US Marine and working as the senior instructor for Battery Creek High School JROTC.  We have a beautiful 3 year old daughter.

We live on Lady’s Island where we keep our 1 and ˝ horses (one is a miniature).  I have made so many friends and enjoy the area of Beaufort very much!
I have previously worked at the Parris Island Historical Society Museum.  I was the Treasurer for two years with the Parris Island Officers’ Spouses’ club and served on their board for several years in other areas, such as marketing and advertising.

I enjoy being a part of the community and helping where I can.  I have been a volunteer of the Love for Therapeutic Riding program for several years.  It is such a rewarding and wonderful program to see the difference the Love for Therapeutic Riding has made for both the riders, their families and the volunteers.

Nancy Parrish
I am divorced raising 2 children - 1 of which is a foster child, Joan, 18 years old and graduating in May 2011 from Battery Creek High School. Jason is my natural born child, who just turned 30.

I have lived in Beaufort just about all my life. My dad is a retired Marine. I attended and graduated from Beaufort High. I am presently enrolled at TCL, taking Early Childhood classes. I am presently employed by Beaufort County Schools and have been for 18 years. I work at Shell Point Elementary as a Kinder-Assistant, the last 10 years serving as the Behavioral Interventionist. Due to budget cuts, that position was eliminated. I have worked with children with special needs for about 30 years. I have been a licensed foster parent for about 15 years and have had many years of training through workshops and hands on experiences.

I am a member of Shell Point Elementary PTO. I serve as an advisory, and have served in the past as Treasurer and Vice President and President. I have served as a nursery worker, flower committee, and personnel committee at my church which is Shell Point Baptist. When Jason was younger I served on the Local Easter Seal Society which is a United Way Agency. Jason was a poster child for Easter Seals and we were evolved with the United Way Campaign.

My son Jason has Angel Man's Syndrome. He has been involved with therapeutic riding for about 6 years with Denise Bishop. We were initially involved with Heroes on Horseback and now LOVE for Therapeutic Riding. There are no words really to describe how it feels to have Jason involved in therapeutic horseback riding. I just know in my heart that Denise and Rudy and all the volunteers are teachers sent by God. It blesses my heart to see Jason sit tall and always with a smile for me and all to see. Jason is so happy when he is on the horse he rides which is named Frogmore. Jason has scoliosis but sits up strong and so proud as to say "look at me now".

David Striebinger
David serves as the elected Beaufort County School Board representative for District 2. David is also the Treasurer of ABLE, The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County and he is a member of the board of Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association (LIBPA.)

He recently retired from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina where he served as a project officer specializing in start-up and turnaround initiatives. He is a graduate of Morgan State University and holds a Masters Degree from The University at Albany.

David, his wife Jill and son Eric live on Coffin Point on Saint Helena Island.

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