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Sissy Demaria



Launches Miami Chapter Sept. 1

MIAMI (Sept. 1, 2013) — “The Merriam-Webster Dictionary” defines horsepower as the power a horse exerts in pulling. For Give a Buck volunteers and its Young Ambassadors, horsepower is not just a unit of measurement, but rather the special way horses and ponies are able to lift spirits, clear minds, exercise bodies and provide a sense of well-being.

A grassroots, fundraising initiative founded in Vero Beach, Florida by four women and a six grade student, Give a Buck supports therapeutic riding programs around the state that benefit children and adults with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities.

On Sept. 1, Give a Buck will launch its Miami chapter to benefit Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, the only facility in Miami-Dade County that serves as a Premier Accredited center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), formerly known as NARHA.

Give a Buck volunteers and members of its Young Ambassador program (children and teen volunteers between the ages of 10 and 18) will visit stables across Miami-Dade County asking horse owners to “give a buck” with every month’s stable rental payment to support the very special mission of Good Hope Equestrian Training Center. The volunteers will distribute self-addressed and stamped envelopes made out to Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, along with a brochure that explains the program’s mission, imploring horse owners to give as little as a dollar or as much as they would like.

“We are delighted to launch in Miami-Dade County and support Good Hope Equestrian Training Center,” says Sissy DeMaria, Give a Buck founder.  “Give a Buck is such a simple way for the equine community to give back for all of the joy that horses have brought to our lives.”

Providing more than 400 underserved Miami residents with recreational, social, vocational and rehabilitative needs, Good Hope Equestrian Training Center is a tranquil 20-acre facility with friendly horses that offer families a chance to escape their stressful lives and benefit from the unique feelings of wellbeing. While mounted on top of the program horses the individuals' with mobility challenges make progress toward independent movement and functioning. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and non-verbal riders find their voices and ways to effectively express themselves. The equestrians work toward individualized goals, while building their self-esteem, independence and personal potential.

To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life is not just sunnier on horseback. The power and warmth of a horse offers a sense of freedom and equality, while riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength.

The horses and ponies at the Good Hope Equestrian Training Center seem to understand and enjoy their roles, patiently waiting for disabled riders to be saddled up before taking them on their therapeutic journey.

For more informa­tion about Give a Buck, call (305) 608-5350 or visit You can also like the organization on Facebook or become a follower on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

For more information about Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, call (305) 258-2838 or visit The Good Hope facility is located at 22155 S.W. 147th Ave., Miami, FL 33170.