NEW CANAAN MOUNTED TROOP INC

aka NCMT   |   New Canaan, CT   |  www.newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Mission

NCMT is devoted to building leadership, responsibility, and confidence in youth through sound horsemanship and enriching the lives of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Ms. Sara Tucker

Main address

22 Carter Street

New Canaan, CT 06840 USA

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EIN

06-0726610

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

New Canaan Mounted Troop has two programs under it's organizational umbrella: an educational and youth development program that operates a comprehensive horsemanship program for children 7-17 years (“Troopers"), which builds leadership, responsibility and confidence through sound horsemanship and a therapeutic program (“Super Troopers") which offers equine assisted therapeutic programs to serve children and adults at risk with physical, emotional, intellectual and developmental disabilities using its donated horses and ADA compliant facility.

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?

Trooper Program

Trooper Program
The Program offers horsemanship instruction for children ages 7 through 17, of all experience levels. Each year, approximately 100 + Troopers make a serious commitment that extends well beyond an after school sport, club or social group.

The program is organized around two important components: Horsemanship and Equine Care. All students who ride in the Horsemanship Program are required to participate in the Equine Care Program (see below).

NCMT has approximately 30 horses for use in the Trooper Program. It is responsible for the care and maintenance of all lesson horses. All horses are acquired through donations and are carefully scrutinized before acceptance into the program. NCMT maintains a balance of horses and riders matched accordingly.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

The Super Troopers programs provide equine assisted activities to children and adults with special needs, with the assistance of PATH International certified instructors and dedicated volunteers. NCMT has an ADA compliant facility that successfully accommodates students with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2018

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

Related Program

Super Troopers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During FY 2019 NCMT served 136 children and adults with disabilities over 34 weeks and 635 therapeutic classes. This is an 11% increase from the prior year. 91 were children and 45 adults.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Intersex people, Children and youth, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Super Troopers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Super Troopers program has had substantial growth year to year. In 2021 we served 154 individuals with special needs age 4 through 70s+

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.

to enrich the lives of young people as they experience the uniqueness of the human and horse connection

to offer a challenging curriculum of equine care and riding classes

to promote responsibility, work ethic, teamwork, and leadership

to assist youth in the development of social skills and to foster personal growth

to empower students to challenge themselves and exceed their own expectations

to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs

to provide therapeutic services that help improve the daily lives of people with a wide range of disabilities.

The NCMT Board of Directors and professional staff demonstrate their commitment to fostering youth development and to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by setting accountability standards throughout the organization in order to:
• Provide educational programs that teach our local youth the principles of leadership, confidence and responsibility and the importance of community service;
• Offer a unique, comprehensive, quality and affordable horsemanship program to the children of our community;
• Provide valuable therapeutic programs for local children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and physical disabilities that are in strict compliance with PATH Intl professional standards;
• Increase its connectivity with the local community;
• Contribute its organizational resources to benefit the community.

NCMT's strategic plan sets forth priorities for program operations, fundraising goals, financial sustainability and community outreach. The objective is to ensure that adequate resources are in place to fulfill NCMT's mission statement on a durable basis. The plan is developed and reviewed with the input of the Board of Directors to enable evolution and to refine short and long-term objectives.

The NCMT Board of Directors and professional staff demonstrate their commitment to fostering youth development and to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by setting accountability standards throughout the organization in order to:
• Provide educational programs that teach our local youth the principles of leadership, confidence and responsibility and the importance of community service;
• Offer a unique, comprehensive, quality and affordable horsemanship program to the children of our community;
• Provide valuable therapeutic programs for local children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and physical disabilities that are in strict compliance with PATH Intl professional standards;
• Increase its connectivity with the local community;
• Contribute its organizational resources to benefit the community.

The organization has professional staff employed to carry out its mission and goals; resources to provide the programs; appropriate equine
facilities and a fleet of up to 30 horses.

In the fall of 2017, NCMT introduced changes within its equine care curriculum providing a more "hands-on" approach with interactive components to the weekly lectures. In addition, we added an equestrian team which provides middle school and high school students the opportunity to participate in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), which gives them a chance to compete as part of a team without having to bear the often prohibitive cost of horse ownership. This program has been extremely well received by Trooper families: NCMT students formed a team that is coached at the barn by an experienced part-time instructor, are excited by the challenge of competing at other barns with other riders and have performed very well in the competitions they participated in. IEA participation gives our Trooper students the pride of being part of a team and also strengthens friendship bonds between young people who are very supportive of each other.
Meanwhile, the Super Troopers programs continued to experience significant growth over the past few months. In response to specific demand for private equine care classes, where one-on-one instruction is made available, our therapeutic staff conducted individual classes aimed at addressing the specific needs of children and adolescents with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Based on September 2017 enrollment data, those developments resulted in an 80% increase in therapeutic classes taught by our PATH Intl certified therapeutic instructors during the fall session when compared with the prior year. To meet the increased demand for services, the Therapeutic Coordinator is taking steps to retain an additional PATH Intl certified instructor to support the program development.

Financials

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Operations

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

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NEW CANAAN MOUNTED TROOP INC

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Thomas Herbig

Felicia Alford

No Affiliation

Thomas Herbig

THMasters LLC

Melissa Malone

Incarnation Children's Center

John Youngman

Barrett Asset Management

Martha Harper

Pfizer

Ellen Judelson

No Affiliation

Monica Aronson

JD Capital Management LLC

Taylor Anne Crane

Chanel

Erin Hackett

No Affiliation

Carolynn Kaufman

New Canaan YMCA Teen Scene

Drew Kelly

GTI, Plc

Marcie Meyer

Project Design Manager Self Employed

Debbie Smith

The Collective

Eileen Thomas

No Affiliation

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? No
  • 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 4/16/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability