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You are loved.

You matter.

Your life matters.

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 to reach their full potential.  

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.

Our message is you are loved. You matter. Your life matters.


For Youth and Adults


Our After-School Program provides students the opportunity to experience equine-assisted learning in a loving community and beautiful greenspace. 

Care Crew

Our Care Crew Program provides students and adults the opportunity to care for the farm, animals, and each other through daily chores and equine-assisted learning.

Summer Camp

Our horsemanship-focused Summer Camp provides the opportunity for youth to cultivate resilience, emotional growth, and leadership.

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

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. 

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.

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

Surrounded By Love