Human Services

SPECIAL PEOPLE UNITED TO RIDE INC

  • Lincroft, NJ
  • www.spuronline.org

Mission Statement

Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, Special People United to Ride is a non-profit organization providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horseback riding.

Main Programs

  1. SPUR Therapeutic Horesmanship for Children and Adults
  2. SPUR Horses for Heroes
  3. Special Needs Summer Camp Program
  4. SPUR's Equine Environment for Learning Program
  5. SPUR's Equine Facilitated Wellness Program

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service areas

New Jersey

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ruling year

1983

chief executive

Mrs. Barbara Carroll

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co-chief executive

Mrs. Barbara Duggan

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Keywords

PATH Premier Accredited, therapeutic horseback riding, therapeutic horsemanship, horsemanship for the diabled, horesback riding for individuals with diabilities, horseback riding lessons

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EIN

22-2389766

Physical Address

Sunnyside Recreation Area - Equestrian Center 628 Middletown-Lincroft Road

Middletown, NJ 07748

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Special People United to Ride (SPUR) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities. The program has consistently increased in the number of riders with disabilities for each of the last seven years, to our current enrollment of 100 riders per session. Approximately 90% of funds raised by SPUR are utilized directly for student scholarships.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

SPUR Therapeutic Horesmanship for Children and Adults

Students from the age of four throughout adulthood come to SPUR to enjoy the many benefits of therapeutic horsemanship. Instructors work together in SPUR lessons to attain desired physical, cognitive and/or emotional goals through a variety of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Children and adults with disabilities begin with a leader and sidewalker, in addition to an instructor. Each SPUR lesion is tailored to the individual's own physical and emotional needs. All sessions are 8 weeks long.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Budget

$25,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Program 2

SPUR Horses for Heroes

SPUR's Horses for Heroes program is specially tailored for active duty or reserve military members and veterans military members who are suffering from the psychological impacts of service or sustained physical injury. SPUR's Horses for Heroes program is guided by a licensed counselor and PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

Sunnyside Equestrian Center is also proud to partner with the Wounded Warriors Project through PATH International. Wounded Warriors who incurred injuries or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for the Wounded Warriors Project Alumni program.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Budget

Population Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Program 3

Special Needs Summer Camp Program

The summer of 2014 we will pilot a new week-long camp for 8-12 year olds with special needs. This SPUR camp will provide a safe camp environment that utilizes equine-assisted activities to promote cognitive, physical, emotional and social development of children with disabilities. As part of this program, campers will work toward individual and collective achievements. Campers will have the opportunity to form relationships with each other as well as the horses, as they maneuver through obstacle courses and play mounted and un-mounted games with their equine partners. Themes such as respect for boundaries and anti-bullying will be incorporated into the daily activities and will be reinforced through journal entries and various horse-themed hand-outs and worksheets.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Program 4

SPUR's Equine Environment for Learning Program

Equine Environment for Learning (EEL) is SPUR's new equine facilitated learning program. EEL is a custom eight-week program developed for school groups with up to ten participants. The program curriculum consists of classroom activities, and both mounted and un-mounted activities with horses. Goals such as team building, respect, responsibility, safety, kindness and building self-esteem are crafted within the program. Participants will explore horse behavior and care, along with basic beginner riding skills.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Program 5

SPUR's Equine Facilitated Wellness Program

The Equine Facilitated Wellness programs are for those struggling with anxiety, depression or other stressors. Equine Facilitated Wellness programs use the caring staff of a licensed counselor and PATH International Certified Equine Specialist with the guided assistance of horses. Horses provide an outlet to seek out realistic solutions to problems posed by life and daily struggles. SPUR offers the following two wellness programs.

Private Equine Facilitated Wellness Session - are structured to allow the client to check in, participate in an equine assisted activity, and then process thoughts or feelings that arise. Activities will allow clients to examine their thoughts and feelings in the context of their real world interactions and therapeutic goals. Equine Facilitated Wellness sessions are un-mounted, one hour in length and may be scheduled on an individual basis.

Stable Beginnings - is a program dedicated for 5th to 8th grade students to promote self-esteem, emotional well-being and personal growth. Interacting with horses can naturally bring about feelings of empowerment, peace and confidence. This eight-week program consist of learning about horse behavior, handling and care. Topics covered will include how to groom and tack a horse, herd behavior and horse handling skills, all in a safe and supportive environment.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    SPUR currently has the following goals:

    1. Fundraising

    In 2008, The SPUR Board of Directors reached its long-term goal of providing an indoor ring and classroom space for the program. It allowed us to provide a fully functional year round program. Since then, the program has grown exponentially, increasing the need for funding to provide need-based student scholarships, horse acquisition and retirement, continuing education for instructors and volunteers, and specialized equipment. The competition for funding has also grown during this time of national recession.

    In 2014, SPUR will increase efforts to expand its revenue sources to include grants, corporate sponsorship, and funding from social service agencies such as national, local and private veterans' support organizations.

    2. Programming:

    a. We have enjoyed limited success with our Horses for Heroes program, and have committed to more aggressive advertisement to expand this opportunity for 2014. SPUR Horses for Heroes offers equine activities to active duty or reserve military members and veterans with disabilities. The program works with a wide range of special needs, including but not limited to, amputations (both upper and lower limbs), paraplegia, traumatic brain injury, visual impairments, and post traumatic stress disorder.

    b. We successfully piloted a program for special education students through their public school district, and have scheduled
    participation by a second private school starting in February. This dynamic 8-week curriculum focuses on therapeutic learning goals including safety, kindness, respect, responsibility, empathy, and compassion. Students work with professionally trained and PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning. They explore the human-horse connection, and gain awareness and insight into their own feelings as they experience personal emotional growth and develop mounted and un-mounted horsemanship skills.

    c. The summer of 2014 we will pilot a new week-long camp for 8-12 year olds with special needs. This SPUR camp will provide a safe camp environment that utilizes equine-assisted activities to promote cognitive, physical, emotional and social development of children with disabilities. As part of this program, campers will work toward individual and collective achievements. Campers will have the opportunity to form relationships with each other as well as the horses, as they maneuver through obstacle courses and play mounted and un-mounted games with their equine partners. Themes such as respect for boundaries and anti-bullying will be incorporated into the daily activities and will be reinforced through journal entries and various horse-themed hand-outs and worksheets.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Horses for Heroes

    1. Work with PATH Intl. to direct participants to us, and fund their experience.
    2. To increase local awareness of the program, letters are being sent out to veterans' associations in the area.
    3. To provide funding assistance, we are working with county, state and private veterans' groups.
    4. To ensure a positive interaction and outcome for the rider, staff and volunteer training will provide specific supports in understanding the unique needs of the population.
    5. Staff meetings will assess and evaluate the individual goals and any challenges in meeting them.
    6. To develop and put in place evaluation tools for the riders to communicate the effectiveness of the program.

    Equine Assisted Special Education Program for Schools

    1. To ensure student safety in the program, equine training will be provided for school staff.
    2. Staff and volunteer training will provide specific supports for working with the students.
    3. Curriculum based activities, designed in cooperation with the school staff, will be implemented by professionally trained and PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning.
    4. Staff meetings will assess and evaluate on a bi-monthly basis.
    5. School staff will use a collaboratively designed pre-and post-test evaluation tool to assess the outcomes of the program.
    6. Students, as appropriate, will provide feedback.

    SPUR Camp

    1. Curriculum development that provides a safe environment for campers four hours a day for five days.
    2. Pre-meeting with parent and where appropriate, the child, to determine potential success in camp activities.
    3. Staff and volunteer training to address each camper's individual requirements, and the activity schedule in the camp itinerary.
    4. Camper journals
    5. Parent evaluation
    6. Staff and volunteer evaluation
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1. Premier PATH Intl. Accredited Facility with indoor arena
    2. PATH Intl. Certified Instructors
    3. Trained volunteers
    4. Equines trained for program implementation
    5. Support of the SPUR Board of Directors
    6. Support of the Monmouth County Park System
    7. A management team to provide ongoing training
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. Clearly defined goals for each aspect of the program that include implementation strategies and progress indicators
    2. Enrollment
    3. Instructor notes with specific individual progress
    4. Staff and volunteer meeting
    5. Outreach with parents/caregivers
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Horses for Heroes

    1. Currently have two completed client applications and three pending
    2. Training for staff and volunteers scheduled
    3. Seeking an additional larger horse to accommodate larger adults

    Equine-Assisted Special Education Program

    1. Currently have one school participating, and are slated to start a second school in February
    2. SPUR instructors and school staff are working together to finish tailoring the program to their unique needs.
    3. Finishing development of evaluation tools for second school.

    SPUR Camp

    1. Advertisement ready for Summer 2014
    2. Outreach to parents of current SPUR riders with skills appropriate for the experience
    3. Curriculum and daily activity development in progress

service areas

New Jersey

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SPECIAL PEOPLE UNITED TO RIDE INC

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mrs. Barbara Carroll

co-chief executive

Mrs. Barbara Duggan

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Barbara Carroll

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?