About Saddle Up and Read

Saddle Up And Read is on a mission to encourage youth to achieve literary excellence through equine activities.  In 2017, founder Caitlin Gooch noticed the literacy rates in North Carolina were low.  Caitlin acted immediately by creating an incentive with a local library.  As a prize for reading, this incentive included a day at her father's horse farm.  The only requirement was for children to check out 3 or more books from the library.  It turned out to be a great success which led to Saddle Up And Read (SUAR).  


In April 2019, SUAR became established as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.  "Horses connect people and get kids excited.  Why not use that energy to encourage kids to read?" Caitlin states.  To this day, SUAR has visited elementary schools, libraries, child care centers, church youth groups, and community events.  

Our Mission

At Saddle Up And Read our mission is to encourage youth to achieve literary excellence through equine activities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to inspire a love for reading so children develop into lifelong readers.


Our Solution

Saddle Up And Read will assist schools, libraries, youth groups, and Pre-K classrooms to build literacy skills and increase the number of grade level readers. 

Donate to SUAR

Your donation supports every part of our mission.

Donations allow SUAR to freely give books, horseback rides, field trips, and reading games to children in need. 

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