​​​​​Equine Assisted Services Since 1984


Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (STARS, Inc.) began in 1984 at the barn of founders Dr. Mark and Sue Wheeler just north of the Sioux City, Iowa. The organization began small and provided Therapeutic Riding to a handful of riders. Sue took a dream and made it a reality that has provided incredible opportunities for thousands of individuals that have been involved in the program since that time. In 1996 the organization was moved to the current riding center located just north of Sioux City on a beautiful 25 acres spread. Throughout the years of the STARS program, there have been many faces that made the program the success it is today.

STARS, Inc. has grown to be one of the oldest Non-Profit organization in Sioux City providing a wide variety of opportunities for individuals with disabilities such as Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and many more. STARS is able to operate year round in a heated facility with 2 Full Time staff, 2 Part Time Staff, 2 Evening Instructors, and 2 Chore Staff. Staff includes 4 PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, 2 Therapeutic Riding Instructors, 2 Certified Equine Specialists, and an Equine Specialist in Training. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors made up of individuals dedicated to the mission of STARS that

meet on a monthly basis.

For More Information on Certifications visit PATH International, www.pathintl.org or Eagala, www.eagala.org


Ph: 712-239-5042 | 33148 K22, SIOUX CITY, IOWA 51108