Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc.

aka Pegasus Riding Academy   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  http://www.pegasusridingacademy.com

Mission

Pegasus, founded in 1982,  is the only therapeutic riding program in the City of Philadelphia. Pegasus is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Int'l PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER. The program operates year round and serves over 100 riders per week. The Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy program partners with horses, utilizing their movement and the important bond between horse and rider, to promote improved physical and emotional well-being and independence for individuals with disabilities. At Pegasus we provide therapeutic exercise in various forms always emphasizing ability and maintaining an environment of respect and trust for our riders, volunteers and horses.

Notes from the nonprofit

Other awards - 2016 PA National Horse Show Foundation Therapy Horse of the Year

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Ms. Teresa Doherty Fletcher

Main address

8297 Bustleton Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19152 USA

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EIN

23-2241291

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Single Organization Support (E11)

Single Organization Support (P11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Individuals with special needs represent 16% of our local population; the highest of largest US cities. We are working to provide them with ways to reach their fullest potential, whether that is through empowering them to build strength, helping them to find ways to address cognitive delays, allowing them to develop skills like responsibility, care for others, accountability, self-esteem, confidence, and problem-solving. We are also helping those with behavioral and mental health challenges to reduce their anxiety and stress levels and be more able to socialize with others in ways that are positive and reaffirming

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 for People with Disabilities

Weekly therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with disabilties

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Therapeutic Riding Program for people with disabilities that focuses on improving communication, behavior and social integration.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Stepping Forward for Families of First Responders is an equine assisted learning (EAL) pilot program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc. Established in partnership with local police and fire communities, this EAL (EDUCATIONAL) program will focus on teaching stress-coping skills to children whose parents are first responders.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Children and youth

Back in the Tack is a riding program for able-bodied men and women over the age of 18 that are interested in learning how to ride or have previous riding experience. BITT takes place on Tuesday mornings and encompasses basic horsemanship skills and equitation. Lessons are structured for multiple levels of instruction from beginner and intermediate riders to more advanced riders. NO PREVIOUS RIDING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED for this class! Lessons are offered year round. 1-hour group lessons, and a 30-minute private lessons are available.

Population(s) Served

4-H 4 All our inclusive Pegasus TRA 4-H program meets at Pegasus one Saturday a month from 3 – 4:30pm. Please check our calendar for the next meeting. This wonderful program is community-based and welcomes children interested in learning more about horses, making new friends, learning leadership development and volunteering in our community. 4-H is open to all our Pegasus school-age program participants as well as children in the Philadelphia and surrounding communities. This “horse-less” horse 4-H program is an unmounted program and participants will be learning about the different horse breeds, characteristics and all about horses. Meetings are held in the Pegasus office and learning based sessions are held in the barn with our 4-H’ers learning from the best therapy horses in Philadelphia county!

Population(s) Served
Health
Age groups
Health
Age groups

Where we work

Accreditations

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2015

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER 2016

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER 2017

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER 2018

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER 2019

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER 2020

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER 2021

Awards

Award for Continuing Excellence 2011

Inglis Foundation

Non Profit Award 2010

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

Award for Continuing Excellence 2015

Inglis Foundation

Region 2 Award - Veterinarian 2016

PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children and adults with disabilities and diagnoses and at risk populations.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • 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, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert Hesser

No Affilitation

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Niels Christensen

Robert Hesser

Jonathan Smith

Niels Christensen

Joy Bartley

Leigh Ann DiFusco

Harvey Perelman

Sarah Reed

Jessica Ormsby

Jason Budd

Forkin Tom

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/11/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.