Bob Burnett began his work in therapeutic riding in 1988 in Bartlesville. In 1997 Bob left the Bartlesville organization and started All-star Therapy Group. By 1999 All-star was operating several days per week with about 75 riders, one instructor (Bob), Alice and the kids, and several close friends and neighbors. By 2001, with about 100 clients at the Ramona site, an agreement was reached with Bluestem Therapeutic Riding for use of that facility one day per week. That agreement is still intact and All-star serves up to 50 riders per week there in addition to special events. The total impact on special-needs clients by All-star is at least 250 individuals per year, with up to 160 of those being scheduled for riding weekly.
In 2007 All-star was incorporated as a Type-S Oklahoma Corporation. As such it has no board, allowing Bob to make all decisions affecting the programs. He is responsible for assembling and training the instruction staff, selecting the horses, developing the curriculum, evaluating all new clients and providing financial support as needed. The Daily Operations Manager is Sharon McCullough, B.S., who is also a riding instructor certified by PATH International and by Certified Horseman’s Association in several disciplines. Presently All-star has four certified instructors and several apprentice instructors on staff on location at three sites; #1 in southern Washington County, #2 west of Bartlesville, and #3 in central Haskell County.
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