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GLENEAYRE EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM, INC

We use the powerful connection between horses and people to teach, learn, grow, and heal.

Lumberton, NJ   |  www.gleneayreequestrianprogram.org

Mission

We use the powerful connection between horses and people to teach, learn, grow, and heal. We provide a safe haven for our program horses to live with dignity, peace, and veterinary care for the remainder of their lives.

Ruling year info

1988

Founder

Mrs. Ellen J. Healey

Executive Director

Mr. Bill Rube

Main address

573 Eayrestown Road

Lumberton, NJ 08048 USA

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Formerly known as

Living Bridges, International

EIN

23-2513468

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

The need we aim to address is an overall scarcity of resources to meet community demand. Gleneayre has been approached by individuals, schools, and local groups seeking our services, but we have not been able to accommodate them due to a lack of resources. By bringing on additional staff we will be able to (1) increase the number of Working Students while maintaining the success of this individualized program, (2) expand the numbers of at-risk youth in our EFL group program, and (3) adapt the curricula of our EFL program to meet the needs of new community partners. As the needs of our Working Students become more acute, we find that our current staff is stretched to capacity for providing the Working Students with riding instruction, stable- and horse-care supervision, and school support at the level we are committed to maintaining. With additional staff, we will also be able to host more school groups in our EFL program and adapt the curricula for other community youth agencies. Ad

Our programs

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

Gleneayre Equestrian Program

The Gleneayre Equestrian Program includes the Working Student and Equine-Facilitated Learning programs that target children and teenagers facing social-emotional and behavioral challenges that threaten their ability to thrive in school, work, family, and community settings. Some children in our Equine-Facilitated Learning group program have been placed in alternative schools or identified as at-risk youth by the sheriff’s department community service program. Participants need assistance developing relationship-building skills, personal responsibility, self-confidence, and a healthy way to relieve stress.
We are unique in our choice and management of our horses. Horses are carefully selected for their temperaments and abilities to enter our Working Student riding program. When horses are no longer suitable for the riding program (often because of age), they move into our unmounted equine-facilitated group programs. All horses that enter our programs have a forever home at Gleneayre.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

The Working Student Program offers instruction in English riding, horsemanship, and farm and barn management skills in a structured and academically supportive environment designed for youth facing challenges. Participants fulfill a weekly work commitment and are assigned a horse to ride, care for, and compete with on a local circuit. Students ages 10 through 18 can apply and riding experience is not necessary. We look for applicants who love horses and who are driven to learn about riding and caring for them. Students must supply their own ASTM/SEI-approved riding helmet. We provide all other equipment and tack.

We pair students with their own horse and teach them all aspects of horsemanship. We instruct, monitor, and supervise our students closely. They are responsible for their horses, including grooming and exercising, cleaning stalls and tack, barn management, and limited aspects of supervised veterinary care.

The hallmark of Gleneayre’s programs is attention to each participant. The Working Student program offers youth guidance and stability they do not find at home or in school. Capitalizing on the students’ love of horses and desire to accomplish riding goals, the program serves as motivation to develop the participants’ openness to learning of all kinds. The program offers oversight by knowledgeable adults who encourage positive character development and good collaboration skills.

Our students work with their horses four days a week, one weekend day, and three days after school. Each student keeps a log of his or her horse’s care. The Working Student Program provides a safe space for our students to learn, develop, and grow. Key outcomes include relationship-building skills, personal responsibility, self-confidence, and healthy stress relief.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

The Equine Facilitated Learning Program is a curriculum-based, non-riding equine program. Through the EFL program, children can learn life skills that help to promote positive behaviors and foster healthy person-to-person contact. Horses are utilized as facilitators in the lessons to meet the student's emotional, social, and educational needs. This EFL program is an alternative for students who do not thrive in a traditional classroom. Our EFL Program has the transforming power of working with horses, who, as prey animals, are highly intuitive. As sentient animals who respond with clear body responses to pleasant, frightening, or frustrating experiences, horses offer humans an opportunity to develop give-and-take relationships that are not based on verbal exchange. EFL is suited for children, families, and group training. Outcomes include reduced aggression and anxiety, lowered blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormones, and a sense of calm and self-awareness.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association 2005

Goals & Strategy

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Gleneayre aims to serve greater segments of our community and raise awareness of the effectiveness of equine-assisted programs. Our programs are structured to provide both preventive and recovery activities for children and adults with social-emotional and behavioral challenges, and we aim to provide these services to as many people as possible.
With the recent recognition that social competence and emotional regulation, not just literacy skills or ability to understand numbers, are strong predictors of success in school and later success in work and independent living, the benefits of animal-assisted therapeutic programs are becoming even more relevant. Horses have proven particularly effective therapeutic partners, and our experiential equine-facilitated programs for at-risk youth are in line with emerging best practices for addressing social and emotional challenges. Gleneayre’s goals are to maintain our level of individual attention to each of our participants while expanding the capacity and range of equine-facilitated learning and mental health opportunities we offer. We aim to assure that our staff includes personnel with the qualifications to allow our students to achieve their horsemanship and riding goals and learn positive character traits, executive decision-making abilities, and study skills necessary to succeed.
The needs of the Working Students have grown in ways reflective of current societal pressures: lower-income parents are working longer hours, schools are challenged to teach children of different learning capabilities, and extracurricular programs have been cut. With the growing need for more individual attention to our Working Students, we are seeking additional staff with a background in educational techniques that promote learning in at-risk youth. As part of our current program, students make progress reports on their riding and their horses’ well-being, as well as keep journals about their experiences at the stable and beyond. These materials give our team insight into our students’ reading and math skills, academic progress, and family situations. With additional staff, our team can provide more direct support to each of our students.
We have also made it a goal to find a mental health professional to lead our Equine Facilitated Mental Health Program, which is not a task we take lightly, as this individual must be certified and adept at both traditional therapies as well as demonstrate exemplary equine experience.

Our strategic planning focuses on hiring and retaining qualified personnel to enhance the services we offer and to accomplish the outreach that is at the heart of our vision to bring the healing power of horses to as many people as possible.
Equine activities offer ways to understand one’s own and others’ emotions and behaviors. The horse-rider connection developed in our programs has proven to help participants reconnect emotionally, socially, and physically with themselves and others through horses. With information from students’ parents, guidance counselors, and IEPs, we are able to direct the natural effects of the bonding between horse and student to open up whole new realms of connection that can be transferred to relationships and situations in all aspects of our students’ life experiences. With the social changes that affect our participants and the exciting research being carried out in our field, we strive to keep our instructors’ certifications relevant and up-to-date and our herd of horses appropriate to the needs of program.
Fundraising plans for our programming focus on generating diversified revenue streams through appeal campaigns, corporate support, major-donor cultivation, horse shows, and special events. We actively cultivate corporate and local business sponsorships and in-kind partnerships. We employ a variety of cost-saving practices such as buying supplies in bulk, using energy cost-saving measures, securing discounted and pro-bono equine professional services, and soliciting donations of horses and equipment.
Each fall, our annual Gleneayre Horse Show and Hunter Derby benefits our programs through entry fees, a silent auction, vendor fees, and in-kind donations of products and services. This event serves not only as a major fundraiser but also as a showcase for our students and as a community festival. Riders from other stables participate in the horse show and derby; spectators are invited to see our students demonstrate their riding skills; local artisans are given are opportunity to market their crafts; and a children’s area offers activities for the whole family. We are also pursuing various grant opportunities.

Gleneayre is one of only a handful of equine-assisted facilities in southern New Jersey and the only program in our immediate area. While some of the facilities offer services for at-risk youth among therapeutic riding programs for people with disabilities, Gleneayre alone offers at-risk youth a “work to ride” program that teaches vocational and life skills through chores around the farm in exchange for riding and caring for a horse assigned to each student. Participants can enter the program as young as age 10 and are continually enrolled in the program until their thirteenth year of school. The program includes mentoring and school support. No other equine program offers such a holistic approach to students’ well-being and such long-term investment in their academic and vocational success on top of their equestrian achievements.
Gleneayre’s equine-facilitated learning programs are taught by our certified instructors and are based on an activity-based curriculum created by Strides for Success, a leading organization in the equine-assisted learning and therapies field. Our group programs are created to focus on each participant’s or group’s specific issues, which include PTSD, depression, family strife, personal health challenges, and community violence. The envisioned new and expanded programs have taken on new urgency as our reputation and expertise have grown, increasing demand from outside and motivation among our staff to adapt our equine-assisted experiential curricula to reach a wider range of individuals and groups.

Since 1999, we have seen the success of our program through the achievements of our participants: better attendance and performance in school, good life choices in the turbulent teenage years, residual positive effects on other family members, and growth into empathetic, competent young adults with life skills beyond riding and horsemanship. We have been featured in national equestrian publications and have gained corporate sponsorships that have promoted our programs. With our track record of success over 20 years of running our programs, we aim to serve as inspiration for other equestrian organizations to develop similar “work to ride” and equine-facilitated learning programs to serve at-risk youth in other regions. Having set the standard for our type of program and targeting new populations are priorities in order for us to maintain our high standards.
Gleneayre’s equine-facilitated learning programs taught by our certified instructors are based on an activity-based curriculum created by Strides for Success, a leading organization in the equine-assisted learning and therapies field. Our group programs are created to focus on each participant’s or group’s specific issues, which include PTSD, depression, family strife, personal health challenges, and community violence.
We seek to expand the number and population of youth served in our current group EFL and Working Student programs by meeting the requests for services we are presently understaffed to provide. We aim to adapt our EFL program for a broader range of youth and adults who can benefit from equine-assisted services.
We also hope to hire a mental health professional with exemplary equine experience to lead our Equine Facilitated Mental Health Program. This program has proven to be successful in helping our community in the past, as our sessions are experiential in nature and participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.

Financials

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GLENEAYRE EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM, INC

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robert Healey

Robert Healey

Jack Kronenberger

Bob Maras

Rob Patterson

Ellen Healey

Jean Briles

Alice Fitzpatrick

William Rube

Alexis Iaccarino

Evan Humble

Kathryn Coyne

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 1/24/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data