About Us

Starlight Farms, LLC has been providing equine-assisted activities and therapies since 1999. Rie Longo, Founder and Executive Director of the program, began by combining her knowledge as a nurse and her love of horses to create a truly special service that focused on improving the physical and mental health of children with special needs. Rie, her horse Dakota, and a couple of volunteers provided therapeutic horseback riding to a handful of children. It wasn't long until the list of riders grew as did the need to expand the program.

Today, four NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRIs) provide services to more than 80 children a week.   We also offer the services of a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist. We work with schools in the area offering programs that engage and challenge students in a wide variety of on and off horse activities that have been developed to build confidence, trust, social skills and more.  More than 50 volunteers from Ringwood and surrounding communities participate in our programs each week.  They are parents, grandparents, retirees, stay-at-home moms and high school students. Working in teams with the instructors and therapists, they lead horses, sidewalk with clients and do whatever it takes to keep the days running smoothly and safely.  We call them our angels without wings, and they truly are heaven sent.