THE SHANE CENTER FOR THERAPRUTIC HORSEMANSHIP INC

aka The Shane Center   |   Centerburg, OH   |  www.shanecenter.org

Mission

Located at Willow Farm in Centerburg, Ohio, and situated on 40 beautiful acres in scenic Knox County,The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities. Since its inception, no client has ever been denied services due to their financial circumstances. The Shane Center’s vision is to provide sustainable, exceptional equine programs that remain responsive to community needs, which are collaborative with community partners, and progressive in standards and effectiveness.

Notes from the nonprofit

The word "THERAPEUTIC" in the title was misspelled by the IRS and we have not been able to get it corrected. :)

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mrs. Karen Sanchez

Main address

7908 Myers Rd

Centerburg, OH 43011 USA

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Formerly known as

Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc.

EIN

31-1389943

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Founded in 1993 as Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. by Karen and Joel Sanchez, The Shane Center is Central Ohio’s original therapeutic riding program and has a reputation for providing safe, quality, family-oriented services that are second to none! Since its inception, no client has ever been denied services due to their financial circumstances. Providing exciting and innovative therapeutic equestrian services with high quality programming has always been our goal.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Therapeutic Riding

Our flagship program uses the medically-acknowledged benefits of riding a horse and provides a fun approach to improving the physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being of our participants. This is no PONY RIDE! Riding a horse helps take our clients beyond the confines of their dis-abilities. Students use their abilities to learn the actual skills involved in riding a horse.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Designed for independent riders with special needs, as well as typical beginner and intermediate youth and adults. Lessons focus on learning natural horsemanship methods both on the ground and in the saddle. Classes emphasize learning to ride and focus on enabling students to be well rounded equestrians.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

This program serves our disabled veterans. Program offerings currently include therapeutic riding and horsin’ around.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Premier Accredited Center 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect the individuals who received services from our programs.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Seniors, Preteens, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number is the approximate number of hours volunteers contribute to the center each year.

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Children, Adolescents, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number reflects the collective number of times our horses stepped into the arena for a formal lesson.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Shane Center’s vision is to provide sustainable, exceptional equine programs that remain responsive to community needs, which are collaborative with community partners, and progressive in standards and effectiveness. From its humble beginnings 27 years ago, Willow Farm has evolved into a beautiful therapeutic equestrian facility due to the efforts of the board members, the staff, the volunteers, and the families whose lives we touch. It is widely recognized that equine-assisted activities and therapies have positive benefits on the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational well being of people with disabilities. Equine-assisted activities provide benefits that participants cannot typically receive through other therapies. Therapeutic riding encourages the rider to use his/her entire body to guide and control the horse as well as maintain balance. In addition to these physical requirements, an emotional bond also develops between the horse and rider. Our goal is to provide the highest quality professional equestrian activities in a rural, country setting long after its founders have retired.

The Shane Center believes in offering the highest quality, progressive programs. We are always trying to make our best even better. We are never satisfied with the status quo. This type of community investment requires strong stewardship. This is why we have chosen to go through a stringent peer review process and in 2014, we obtained the highest status in our field of a "Premier Accredited Center" through PATH, International. Our program policies ensure that the center is operating as an efficient and effective steward of its resources. We require all of our instructors to be professionally certified, which includes continuing education. All of our staff and volunteers must complete a fingerprint background check. We spend the necessary time recruiting and training our volunteers so they take “ownership” of the center. This is why our board members are “hands on”; volunteering in the arena, at fundraising events, and cultivating potential donors. Our center is proud to invest in a positive and progressive horse training program, provide as natural a setting as possible to keep the living environment for the horses stress free and conducive for their physical and mental well-being. Such an environment makes for safer, happier, healthier partners (our equines) ready to interact with our precious participants.

Situated on 40 acres, The Shane Center has great potential for providing a relaxing, quiet venue for participants and their families to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Our programs go beyond riding as we teach all of our students the basics of horse care with an emphasis on safety and handling the horse on the ground. Instructors work with participants one-on-one to establish short and long term goals that ensure the rider receives a fulfilling experience tailored to his or her needs. Individualized curriculum is developed to complement the lesson and focuses on building critical skills unique to each rider.

Currently, The Shane Center has four Path International professional Certified instructors, and collectively, bring over 57 years of experience. The Shane Center has mentored dozens of individuals who have gone on to become certified and are teaching in other facilities throughout Ohio. The addition of certified instructors will allow us to increase the number of individuals we can serve, in response to the needs of our community.

As we approach our third decade of providing high quality programing to our community, we have a new understanding of just how resilient and fortunate our organization is. As is true for the entire world, the current pandemic has made a new “normal” for us all. The past year has presented us with what seemed insurmountable challenges. Our community of donors, volunteers, board of directors, and staff rallied together, and we met those challenges, one by one, making changes and adjustments where needed in order to continue serving the most vulnerable people in our community . In 2020, The Shane Center provided three types of program services: Therapeutic Riding, Horsin’ Around, and Shane’s Cavalry; we engaged 29 volunteers, and served 45 participants. Our horses collectively stepped into a riding lesson over 600 times in 2020 offering a much needed sense of normalcy. Our special needs population has suffered greatly mentally, physically, and emotionally due to lack of activities during this difficult time. The active participation involved in therapeutic horseback riding improves the physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being of our participants. The Shane Center has been a staple in the community for 28 years and we will do our part to bring healing, strength, and growth to a population whose lives have been turned upside down during this pandemic.


How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE SHANE CENTER FOR THERAPRUTIC HORSEMANSHIP INC

Board of directors
as of 2/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joel Sanchez

Retired, State of Ohio Department of Juvenile Corrections

Term: 1993 - 2022

Anna Sikora

Kathie Sanchez

Adonyah Whipple

John Hinton

Robert Williams

Raj Hora

Angie Kaiser

Ronda Seligman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/06/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.