SANTA YNEZ VALLEY THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM

Walk. Trot. Heal.

Solvang, CA   |  www.syvtherapeuticriding.org

Mission

The mission of The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program is to provide quality equine assisted activities to children and adults with physical, cognitive, social, emotional and or other life challenges, regardless of their ability to pay.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Tina McEnroe

Main address

PO Box 256

Solvang, CA 93464 USA

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EIN

77-0564282

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our slogan is Walk Trot Heal, and we get to be a part of healing people and spreading joy every day. We provide quality equine-assisted therapies to enhance the lives of people with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities regardless of their ability to pay. We are a Premier Accredited Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. There are very few activities tailored for the special needs population. We regularly have a waiting list. We focus on what our students can accomplish and improve their confidence, communication, socialization, direction following, strength, and quality of life daily. Our horses provide our students with a sense of freedom and leadership and our staff and volunteers provide a sense of community and belonging. We are not looking to solve a problem, but rather make people’s quality of life better.

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

Therapeutic Riding instruction to people with special needs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
At-risk youth

Mental Health Program

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Premier Accredited Center 2013

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Premier Accredited Center 2008

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Affiliations & memberships

PATH International Membership 2022

Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Center Membership 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average daily attendance

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

Children and youth, Seniors, Older adults, Young adults

Related Program

Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of organizational partners

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

People with intellectual disabilities, People with learning disabilities, People with other disabilities, People with physical disabilities, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our organization's goals include providing people with disabilities an opportunity to receive therapeutic riding instruction under professional direction in a safe environment, to improve the quality of life for our students, and to provide our services to students regardless of their ability to pay. Our objective to improve the quality of life of our students' is through the improvement of their physical, emotional and social skills and to serve more students on a continual basis. In order to monitor our success, we keep current records to track the number of students, tuition and lessons. We meet annually with students and parents to discuss goals (both riding and life skills) for the upcoming year. Every October students/parents are asked to complete an evaluation of our Program and meet with their riding instructor to discuss goals they have for the upcoming year. This is an on-going program offered year-round. We strive to serve 65+ people per week and 300 annually.

Programmatic – We are planning to grow our student base by 20% over the next 3 years, and by 10% this year. Our goals include improving staff education to better serve our clients and building our vocation program. It is our goal to be able to serve the students on our waiting list.

Financial – It is our goal to increase tuition to cover 25% of our budget (up from 15%) over the next 3 years, and we are doing a modest tuition increase this May, for the first time in a decade. The board is working on donor cultivation with two board committees and outside training. We are also focusing on event sponsorships to increase revenue in 2022.

Administrative – We are updating our website and other social media platforms to better serve our clients and community. In addition, key staff are being trained and certified to lead an equine assisted reading program.

Capital Project – We have a new set of facility plans to increase the number of horse pens at our location. It is our goal to have more horses, in order to serve more people.

We are working towards serving our waiting list, responding to the needs of an aging population, and having more students with sensory disorders and Autism diagnoses. In 5 years our goal is to serve 100 students a week with a budget of $500,000.
We are exploring adding a physical and occupational therapy component to our program and billing insurance. There are a lot of rules that we must comply with and are in the exploratory/feasibility phase.

We will be educated in and advertising for planned giving (we have a donor that we are working with and will feature in our next newsletter). We have a new endowment donor that has given once and is planning to give three more times, which we continue to cultivate, and will be complete in 5 years. We have invested two small endowments and are working towards eventually building them to provide 25% of our income. We will be part-way to that goal in 5 years.

We can accommodate up to 65 students per week with our 10 horses. To reach our next goals to serve 75 students per week and then 100 students per week, we will need more operating funds and 2-4 more horses. All of our instructors are certified and our organization undergoes annual reporting and a 5-year audit by our accrediting body, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. We measure our expenses against other Professional Associate of Therapeutic Horsemanship organizations and have several models for growth.

We have maintained excellent quality as tested by our student retention and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International's rating. We are working hard towards a more sustainable model and diversifying our income streams.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve children and adults with special needs and other life challenges regardless of ability to pay.

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

    Paper surveys,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have made our environment more therapeutic and less recreational due to feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SANTA YNEZ VALLEY THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christine Seltzer

Marie Stoll

David Gay

Vicki Wedmore

Karla Zuehlke

Leslie White

Kristen Thomsen

Tara Barnicoat

Lindsay Miller

Bonnie Hayden

Jillian Knight

Christine Seltzer

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/14/2022

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.