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Sissy Demaria

About Give a Buck 

Aren’t we a lucky bunch? To know the sound of a whinny, the feel of a satin coat, the gaze of soulful eyes and the ability to ride and let our worries drift away? As a horse owner, you know as well as anybody, that riding is a way to clear your mind, lift your spirits and exercise your body. For those in our communities with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities, horseback riding can be especially rewarding, improving balance, muscle tone, confidence and self esteem.

In May, 2013 a group of equine enthusiasts who were inspired by the power of horses and ponies to heal bodies, minds and spirits banded together in a grass roots fundraising initiative. They formed Give a Buck, in Vero Beach, to support Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, a local nonprofit organization which provides therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with disabilities. Since then, Give a Buck has expanded throughout Florida.


Give a Buck asks horse owners to give as little as a buck - or as much as they can - with each month’s board to support this very special mission and ensure that no one is denied access to this life changing therapy due to an inability to pay.

Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is a Wellington, Florida based-nonprofit 501©3. The all-volunteer organization was founded in Vero Beach, in July 2013 by Sissy DeMaria, Dr. Heather Kuhl, and Isabel Ernst. Give a Buck’s mission is to share the joy of horses and horsemanship with children and veterans facing difficult physical and emotional life challenges. Give a Buck accepts tax deductible donations by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and at horse shows. Give a Buck signature fundraiser the WEF Pony Derby Gala is held each March during the Winter Equestrian Festival. The fun-filled and competitive day long event for young riders and their families is followed by a gala evening of lively music, dancing, dinner and entertainment. With an exciting array of silent and live auction items.

Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, led by Isabel Ernst and Hana Bieling are children and teens ages 7-17 who are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.

It’s no secret that caring for and boarding horses is expensive. By giving a buck or more you get the chance to pay forward all of the joy that horses have brought to your life.

 Sissy DeMaria 

Give a Buck Founder

“Inspired by horse power that heals”