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You are loved.

You matter.

Your life matters.

God loves you and has a purpose and a plan for your life.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

At Locust Lane Riding Center, we provide programs that teach more than horsemanship.

Our mission is to enrich lives through equestrian activities that promote physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

We cultivate resilience and help overcome adverse childhood experiences through connected relationships with horses and mentors. We specialize in equine-assisted therapies and equine-assisted learning for personal development. Our programs educate, equip, and empower young people and adults to reach their full potential.  

We invest in the lives of each individual, meeting them where they are. We are passionate about equipping young people with tools that provide the best defense against the mental health crisis in our community.

Our primary goal is to give Hope. This Hope is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18


Learn More

Would you like to learn more about our programs and opportunities to support our work? 


Locust Lane Riding Center provides 12 of the 15 protective factors as identified in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training manual.

  1. Healthy practices.
  2. Good self-esteem.
  3. Good problem-solving.
  4. Feeling of control in their own life.
  5. Spirituality.
  6. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  7. Parental/Familial support.
  8. High monitoring of youth’s activities.
  9. Having a good social support system.
  10. Availability of constructive recreation.
  11. Community bonding.
  12. Feeling close to at least one adult.
"The circumstances of your life do not dictate the outcome of your life.  There IS Hope."


For Youth and Adults

Stable Moments®

Stable Moments® is designed for youth, ages 3-17.  It can also apply to young adults especially if they are mentally younger.  Stable Moments® is a relationship-based, non-punitive approach that uses patience, curiosity, empathy and routine to meet every participant where he/she is at. Bringing horses and participants together in a one-on-one mentorship program allows each individual to build life skills that will aid them in transitioning into a healthy adulthood and personal well-being

Volunteer Teams

Care Crew

Care Crew provides the opportunity to care for the horses and farm animals. 

Team Workhorse 

Team Workhorse helps maintain the farm facilities by providing opportunities to mend fences, painting, weed whacking, and trail maintenance.

Beautification Brigade 

Our Beautification Brigade provides opportunities to add beauty to our farm through gardening, inspirational signs and decorations. 

Giving Garden

Giving Garden provides opportunities to care for our vegetable and flower gardens. 



Leg Up

Leg Up is a one-on-one mentoring program designed to help participants overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential.  It is a relationship-based program that provides a safe space for students to understand and process their feelings. The program introduces life skills that enable them to deal with challenges more effectively.  A primary goal is to help people overcome adversity through a connected relationship with Jesus Christ.

Meet Our Founding Director

Shelly Pelet Galpin

Compelled by a life-long love of horses, and a desire to share the benefits of equestrian activities with people who may not typically have access, Shelly began Locust Lane Riding Center in 2005.
She is passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves and finds great joy in witnessing lives being transformed through the mission of Locust Lane. 
Shelly has been trained and certified through CHA, Centered Riding, PA Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship and EAGALA. She is currently a professional member of PATH International and is pursuing certification as an Equine Specialist through PATH and Natural Lifemanship. She is also a certified professional life coach through Life Breakthrough Academy.
Shelly Pelet Galpin


For Youth and Adults

Equine Assisted Learning Sessions

Equine Assisted Learning is an experiential learning process that facilitates personal growth by teaching life skills through connected relationships with horses and mentors. 


Therapeutic Riding

In our riding sessions, our instructors work together in various capacities to create learning experiences that benefit participants physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

Group Coaching Sessions

Clients work with a team that includes a certified professional life coach, an equine specialist, and horses to achieve desired outcomes related to personal or professional development.

Individual Coaching Sessions

Clients work with a certified professional life coach and horses to achieve desired outcomes related to personal or professional development. 


Equine-Assisted Therapy Sessions

Clients work with a team that includes a mental health professional, an equine specialist, and horses to achieve desired mental health outcomes, such as healing from PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addictions.


You Make A Difference.

Become a Volunteer

There is a place for everyone at Locust Lane Riding Center!


We depend upon faithful adult volunteers to support our programming and the farm needs.


If you love kids or working with your hands, we can find a volunteer spot just for you.

Partner with Us

Would you like to see the mission of Locust Lane continue? We rely on individual donations and corporate sponsors to meet the needs of the herd, farm, and after-school programming, which is entirely free to our youth.


LLRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


We're 100% Donor Supported

Become a Life-Changing Sponsor

Horse Sponsorship

We are always in need of financial provisions to aid in caring for our herd. 

Corporate Sponorship

We are always grateful for the financial investment of our corporate sponsors.

What Other's Are Saying

I can’t thank you enough for helping my daughter gain confidence as a strong girl and being a role model.

Shelly McComsey

Shelly's compassion and genuine concern for the kids and horses is amazing. Everyday my grandson excitedly told us about his day, horse and their adventures.

Nina Theresa

Awesome center helping kids and adults alike. Calm and fun learning experience for all.

Charlotte Mason

You Have a Place with Us

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