Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Helping Hands on Horseback

Brewster, NY   |  www.pegasustr.org

Mission

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding's mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and challenges through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Mr. Jeff Rumpf

Main address

310 Peach Lake R

Brewster, NY 10509 USA

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EIN

06-0932894

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Other Services (D60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Pegasus Therapeutic Riding is consistently looking at efficiency and sustainability. We are actively working to increase the number of volunteers assisting in all departments including facilities, and development.

Our programs

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Therapeutic Riding Program

Through the effects of a horse’s rhythmic walk, therapeutic riding
offers unique benefits that cannot be achieved via traditional forms of
therapy. As the motion of the horse transfers to the rider, spastic
muscles relax, muscles not ordinarily used are awakened, and the rider
experiences a new kind of freedom of motion. For someone who cannot
walk, see, communicate, or accomplish basic tasks without extreme
difficulty, therapeutic riding is a powerful and liberating experience.

Therapeutic riding lessons
include instruction in basic riding skills as well as opportunities for
social interaction, recreation, sport, therapy, and work with basic
developmental concepts, such as up/down, left/right and fast/slow. As a
result, the activities exercise both “mind and muscle,” producing
remarkably improved mobility, balance, posture, coordination, language
development, behavior control and concentration.

Physically, a horse’s movement
closely resembles the normal gait of a human and can be used to produce
specific changes in the rider. The horse’s movement can also benefit
individuals with sensory-integration issues. A smooth-gaited,
consistently paced horse can provide the input needed to help a rider
establish rhythm. A rough-gaited horse may provide the stimulation
needed to help organize and integrate sensory input. Movement
exploration while on the horse can help improve overall body awareness.

The emotional benefits of
therapeutic riding are abundant and diverse. The primary benefit comes
from the relationships that develop among riders, volunteers, horses
and staff. These personal connections foster an environment of
unconditional acceptance, which helps riders confront their fears and
anxieties and build their self-esteem. For some of our participants,
having the chance to develop new skills and bond with our horses in a
farm environment helps celebrate their abilities and provide additional
opportunities for success.

On an intellectual level, we
have found that working with a therapy horse provides many of our
riders with the motivation to learn new things. Individuals with
learning or cognitive impairments benefit from improved concentration,
patience, coping skills and discipline. In addition, broader
educational goals such as letter recognition and sequencing can be
incorporated into equine activities.

Socially, therapeutic riding
activities help individuals interact with their peers in group
settings. Riding and the related activities we offer are enjoyable, yet
they also provide the challenges needed to help our riders achieve
success and experience all the benefits of their positive interaction
with horses, volunteers and staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Over the past few years, interest and participation in Pegasus' programs have grown considerably as more and more individuals are becoming aware of how participation in equine assisted therapeutic activities can help produce significant physical, emotional, intellectual and social improvements. Pegasus is looking to continue to increase of the number of participants we serve and lives we touch through our Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. We are able to offer equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs, at-risk or disadvantaged youth, and survivors of abuse and trauma.

Pegasus has adopted a business plan that includes mid and long-term goals for a three-part revenue stream of 1) 50% charitable contributions, 2) 20% fee for service and 3) 30% endowment revenue - a prudent revenue mix for most nonprofit organizations, and an optimal goal for Pegasus.
Program Development: As a continuing phase of reorganization, the Board will direct its attention next to the quality of equine and program staff, and to redeveloping program, with an anticipated corresponding increase in program revenue.

We have taken these steps towards a significant turnaround in our fundraising activities, including a number of changes to our development team. Our consulting grant writer has been replaced by in-house grant writing, and our fundraising department is now composed of a Major Gifts and Endowment Officer and an Annual Fund Coordinator working together to cultivate and steward our donors at every level. Pegasus is committed to both active fundraising and the establishment of revenue-producing programs as part of its long-range plans.

Pegasus has undergone a significant restructuring over the last eighteen months. During this time, the organization has successfully reduced its operating costs, resulting in a 40% savings to date. Employee positions and compensation packages were carefully examined. Key managerial responsibilities have outsourced on contract. In support of our Veterans Program scheduled to launch 2017 our key program staff has been attending continuing education and our fundraising team has collaborated with a fellow nonprofit Allied Forces Foundation to send runners to the Marine Corps Marathon. To ensure the sustainability of Pegasus we have started an endowment fund to provide legacy income for the program, and we currently have a donor who will match, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 in gifts made to this endowment fund.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sue McGraw

Community volunteer

Sue McGraw

Susan Kozera

Joe Cusato

John Carberry

BarbaraAnn Lewis

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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 1/18/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data