The Backroad to Change

Each quarter, The Backroad Babe will be choosing a different charity to support. You can jump in on this initiative by rounding up your purchase amount at checkout. Any and all donations are appreciated, whether it's $.01 or $100.

saddle up and read horse


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.

In April 2019, Saddle Up and Read 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.  Learn More!