PLATINUM2024

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

Program Director

Kim Dotzler

Director of Community Engagement

Morgan Kastenek

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 2024

Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Center Membership 2024

Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce Membership 2024

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 55+ people per week and 300 annually.

Programmatic We are planning to grow our student base by 10 to 15% over the next 3 years, and by 5% this year. Our goals include improving staff education to better serve our clients and building new programs. It is our goal to be able to serve the students on our waiting list.

Financial It is our goal to increase scholarship funds by 25% of our budget (up from 15%) over the next 3 years, as most of our student population are low income and need financial assistance. 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 2024.

Administrative We have implemented a new position, Director of Community Engagement, to bring awareness and advocacy about equine therapy for adults and children with disabilities to our community.

Capital Project Currently we are working on getting new signs for the facility as the ones we have are in poor condition. We recently replaced our pipe fencing and created shelters for our paddocks. 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 75-100 students a week with a budget of $500,000. Currently we serve 55-65 students per week with a budget of $400,000. 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. Our goals will include finding donors that truly appreciate the work and meaning behind this type of mission. Our students are truly benefitting from equine therapy and we serve students representing over 18 diagnoses.

We can accommodate up to 65 students per week with our 10 horses. To reach our next goals to serve 75 students per week, we will need more operating funds and at least 2 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.
  • 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

  • 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 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vicki Wedmore

Marie Stoll

Vicki Wedmore

Karla Zuehlke

Tara Barnicoat

Jillian Knight

Sally Isaacson

Tracy Hoyt Savage

Mary Ann Evans

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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/16/2024

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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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.