Basic Organization Information
Riding to the Top
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- NTEE Category:
P Human Services
P82 Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E50 Rehabilitative Medical Services
N Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
N69 Equestrian, Riding
- Ruling Year:
Helping people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses.
Sarah Bronson, PT
Our Executive Director, Sarah Bronson, PT has been a staff member since 1999. From 1999 to 2007, Sarah was Executive Director and guided the organization through a $1.6 million dollar Capital Campaign for Year Round Services (Facility and Programmatic Expansion). In 2007, Sarah stepped down from ED to focus on programming, utilizing her skills as a physical therapist to assist program growth in our new facility. In 2009, Sarah resumed responsibility as Executive Director, while continuing to have a strong connection to the program. With the assistance of Susan Cole, Development Director, and a strong and dedicated staff, Sarah is leading RTT as the only year-round center in Maine, solely dedicated to therapeutic riding. RTT is proud not only of the programs that we offer to our clients here at the farm, but we are also proud of our involvement as a leader in the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies industry. RTT is a Premier Accredited Center with PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) and is active nationally with this organization.
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
Highest Paid Employee data is not available for this organization.
Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Services
- Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
RTT serves riders with a wide variety of disabilities ranging from severe physical and/or cognitive disabilities, youth with learning disabilities, and youth "at risk". The majority of our clients (80%) are children. Clients come to us from local special education or guidance programs, through referrals from physicians, therapists, family and other service programs.
The motions of a horse closely match that of human walking and as such they are perfect for facilitating postural control for people who have physical disabilities. Riding has been shown to reduce abnormal muscle tone (spasticity) and improve balance and coordination. For individuals with emotional, behavioral and/or learning disabilities, the structure of riding and the personal relationships that develop (people to people and people to horse), help to foster improved self-esteem, trust and self-confidence. Over 90% of our clients seek financial assistance for services through our sliding scale for services or scholarship assistance program.
Program Long-Term Success:
RTT served over 250 client riders.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
RTT has been committed to providing services regardless of ability to pay and in 2010 we provided over $40,000 in scholarship support to our riders. In addition to growing our scholarship support, we expanded our school based programming serving special education programs from many area public schools. Our financials were balanced at the end of our fiscal year thanks to generous support from many individuals, businesses/corporations and foundations.