Star Riders Documentary

Tom McVicar, a senior at Carmel High School, won 4th place in the SIDocFest. Star Riders would like to congratulate Tom for his accomplishments. The documentary can be viewed at sidocfest.com.

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Welcome to Christine Marie's Star Riders

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Christine Marie's STAR Riders is a therapeutic and recreational horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities. STAR Riders is an operating center for North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NAHRA) located at the Marina Equestrian Center in Monterey County. The 501(c)3 non-profit program is operated by the donations and efforts of our community.

Mission Statement

The mission of CM Star Riders is to maximize the potential of children and adults with disabilities to become independent, well-rounded, self-confident individuals by providing therapeutic horseback riding along with recreational and social opportunities and support for the entire family to help eliminate isolation and promote full inclusion in the community.

The goal is to provide riding opportunities to all children with disabilities -physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and social. Although the target population of NARHA programs is handicapped children who can learn to ride independently, Christine Marie's Star Riders includes all children with disabilities in the belief that every child can gain by the experience whether or not they can become an independent rider. CM Star Riders does not charge for services to any child.

Christine Marie's Star Riders is an all-volunteer organization. Board directors assume oversight responsibilities for one specific area and act as a "staff." A core group of founding members and supporters supported by over 200 volunteers donate their time daily and do all of the horse care and facility maintenance as well as run the program, do community outreach, recruitment, training, and grant writing. All of the therapeutic riding instructors used in the program volunteer their time to the program.

Thanks For Your Support


  • LarryFarrell/Carmel Rotary Club Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • Elizabeth Hook Armstrong Foundation
  • Harden Foundation
  • Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
  • Monterey Peninsula Foundation - Youth Fund
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County - The Kathleen and Howard Marks Fund
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County - The Anonymous Donor Fund
  • Children’s Miracle Network of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
  • Barnet Segal Charitable Trust
  • Salinas Circle for Children
  • American Legion - Seaside
  • The Upjohn California Fund
  • Mildred Hitchcock Huff Charitable Trust
  • Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services
  • Yellow Brick Road
  • Marina Motor Sports, Inc.
  • State Farm Insurance Foundation
  • Kiwanis Monterey
  • CMSR Board Directors
  • ...and our many Friends and Individual Supporters
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