Stirrup Courage open house Dec. 18

Stirrup Courage open house Dec. 18

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After one year of dreaming and planning and another year of construction and fundraising, new local nonprofit horse program for children, Stirrup Courage, was able to move its horses and classes to a new indoor riding facility. Founded and led by Tara (Gerber) Steiner, Stirrup Courage partners with horses to support children who face difficult life situations such as foster care and adoption by offering lessons in horse care and riding with scholarships for families who are unable to pay the full cost.

The building project on South Kohler Road near Kidron was made possible in large part thanks to the Dallas and Rhoda Steiner family, who provided the land and funding for the main frame of the building designed by Weaver Commercial Contractor. The addition of eight horse stalls in the barn was provided through a $21,000 grant by the Wayne County Community Foundation from the Carl E. Congdon, Jr. and Susanna Congdon McIntyre Memorial Fund.

Other Wayne County businesses and organizations providing sponsorships for the project this year included Twisted Piston, Jim’s Transmission, Des Eck Welding, Eastwood Manufacturing, Weaver Leather, Venture Products, Riceland Flowcare, Country Corner Animal Clinic, TNT Welding, Orrville Mennonite Church, Salem Mennonite Church, Love INC of Wayne County and Mt. Eaton Community Church.

To celebrate the opening of the new riding center, Stirrup Courage would like to invite the community to a Deck the Stalls Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1-4 p.m. Take a quick tour of the facility, meet the horses, learn about the work they do, get refreshments and participate in children’s activities with a chance to win prizes. Email to RSVP for a tour time slot.

Learn more about the mission of Stirrup Courage to support children in the community by visiting and follow the Facebook page for pictures and updates about the program at