Posted by Rob Weinberg on Nov 10, 2017
What does Service Above Self mean? It means Rotarians are there to help, regardless of your age, race, religion, or need.
One of the causes now being supported by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club is Ride Above Disability, a therapeutic riding center based in Poway, CA. At this week's breakfast meeting, our members had a chance to meet Wayne Jackson, Executive Director of the center and former marine (hence the cane).
"We teach recreational riding to anyone with special needs," he explained. "We create a place where entire families feel welcome and are able to relax and enjoy."
Jackson explained how family members with special needs impact everyone in the family unit. "Riding and caring for these horses provides an activity that every member of the family can share together."
His stories of kids who wouldn't speak until exposed to the unique experience of riding a horse helped everyone in the room to appreciate the special ways this organization helps special people. "We look at every person and see potential," said Mr. Jackson "And the horses help fulfill that potential, bringing every visitor's individual abilities to the surface."
For more information about Ride Above Disability, visit To learn how to become involved with the one-of-a-kind environment that exists at a Rotary club, visit us online at or attend one of our meetings.
The RB Sunrise Rotary club meets almost every Tuesday morning, 7:00-8:30 am, at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road in Rancho Bernardo, CA.