SEBASTIAN RIDING ASSOCIATES INC

Improving lives, one stride at a time

Collegeville, PA   |  www.sebastianriding.org

Mission

It is the mission of Sebastian Riding Associates to improve the quality of life of those living with varied disabilities through equine assisted learning and therapies.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Christine Hanebury

Main address

3589 Water Street Rd

Collegeville, PA 19426 USA

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EIN

23-1955562

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding benefits Sebastian’s clients physically, psychosocially, and educationally. Physically, improvements in posture, coordination, and muscle tone are acquired through carefully structured exercises carried out on horseback. Psychological well-being (self-esteem, self-confidence, responsibility) evolves from the special relationships established between horse and rider and from the rider's growing awareness of his/her ability to care for the horse. Socially, our clients mature by establishing positive interactions with disabled and non-disabled peers, volunteers, and staff members. Educationally, the program stresses the development of thinking and communication skills, task orienting, increased focus, as well as basic riding proficiency, grooming, and tacking. A trained and certified instructor with the aid of volunteers administers therapeutic riding lessons.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Therapeutic Driving offers many of the same benefits as therapeutic riding but due to weight, interest and disability, driving provides additional opportunities. Many people don’t realize that driving offers similar benefits to therapeutic riding in that to drive a horse correctly you must sit upright in the cart and not depend on the back of the cart for posture.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Hippotherapy is a treatment approach that uses the movement of the horse to achieve the physical goals of improved posture, balance, mobility and function in select clients who have possess movement dysfunctions. The word “hippotherapy” means “treatment with the help of the horse.” Hippotherapy provides a controlled environment and graded sensory input designed to elicit appropriate responses from the client. This treatment approach does not teach specific skills, but rather provides a foundation of improved neuromotor functioning and sensory processing that translates to daily activities. These sessions are conducted by a physical therapist (with the aid of a therapeutic riding instructor and volunteers) that will analyze the client’s response and direct the movement of the horse to achieve specific goals.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Riding Free began as a pilot study and is now available to individuals with a PTSD diagnosis. Sadly, PTSD has become a prevalent disorder in our youth today with very few programs established to address the needs of this group. Symptoms of PTSD reach into emotional, mental, social and physical aspects of life. We established a curriculum and received full IRB approval from Arcadia University. The goals of the program are 1) increased trust and relationship skills, 2) increase self confidence and 3) increase self-efficacy/autonomy. Every session has specific objectives in order to achieve these goals. The original study slated ten participants but due to receipt of a grant, we have begun working with our second group of ten. SRA is committed to documenting and proving the positive effects so that our equine partners can further help those in need.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

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SEBASTIAN RIDING ASSOCIATES INC

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Frank Viall, Jr.

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 ? No
  • 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 06/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

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