All Riders Up

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We provide Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) to encourage individuals with special needs in reaching their potential for physical, behavioral, and social development in an atmosphere of recreation and fun

Notes from the nonprofit

On October 16, 2014, All Riders Up underwent an intensive inspection by two representatives of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International into the administrative, programmatic and safety characteristics of the center. A passing grade is 80 out of 100. ARU achieved a grade of 94, and, as a result, is now designated a PREMIER ACCREDITED CENTER. This appellation, among other things, has allowed us to serve veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project.

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Executive Director/President

Mrs. Marcia Laver R.N., MSN

Director of Operations

Dr. Arthur T. Laver M.D.

Main address

265 mattson road 265 Mattson Road


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NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our greatest problem is finding a sufficient number of certified therapeutic riding instructors to satisfy the increased demand of our community. In the past year, we lost two instructors with one moving to Arizona and one was terminated. We have recruited two instructors in training . These individuals are being mentored by our executive director who is certified as a mentor.

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?

Basic Horsemanship and Riding Equine Assisted Activities

Horsemanship and horseback riding lessons are provided to students with special needs who are four years old and up.  The lessons are individualized and last 45 minutes.  They are generally held one time per week but additional lessons can be added.  Siblings of children with special needs are also included as they are seen as a contributing factor to the well being of the student with special needs and family unity.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Structured horsemanship and riding lessons individualized to address the needs of children who have recently completed cancer therapy.  Riding lessons occur once a week and last up to 45 minutes depending upon the stamina of the student.  Students are encouraged to ride with other children who have varied disabilities to foster self esteem, empathy, social development, friendly competition, and hope for the future

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Therapeutic riding for veterans, especially for those with physical and emotional disabilities, such as amputations, traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
We partnered with the Wounded Warriors Project, in 2015, to provide therapeutic riding for veterans who served and were disabled since 9/11. In 2016 & 17, we partnered with a program jointly sponsored by PATH Intl and the Veterans Administration

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Premier Accredited Center 2014

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int'l)

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2014

Chamber of Commerce 2014

Delaware County Daily Times "Best of Delco" 2019

PA National Horse Show Foundation-Therapy Horse of the year 2017

BreyerFest-Horse Hero-Zipped in Black Magic 2019

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

1. Develop a strong Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy program.

2. Become more financially sustainable

3. Attract older veterans

4. Attract more volunteers

1. We have contacted psychologists and psychiatric social workers in the area, but have difficulty recruiting a licensed therapist to pursue the EFP program. Accordingly, for now, we have postponed the implementation of the program.

2. Presentations at local rotary clubs, chambers of commerce, and foundations (through the aid of Grant Station). Presentations to local corporate entities. Persistent fundraisers.

3. We have successfully contacted the Phila VA Medical Center and hosted a tour for a number of older veterans with PTSD, who have indicated their interest in becoming students at our center in the spring of 2019.

4. Increased visibility: Local publications have discussed ARU and resulted in new volunteers joining us. This past year, there was a cover and multipage story devoted to ARU in several community magazines which produced a number of new volunteers. ARU is featured in the documentary, "Gift Horses", which was recently shown on the local PBS channel, was picked up by the Reeve Foundation, and will be shown at regional and national film festivals.

In 2018, ARU sponsored a volunteer welcome and orientation program for about 30 prospective volunteers, many of whom stated their eagerness to participate.

1. Postponed

2. Persistence and personal relationships.

3. Prior experience and well constructed presentations with dramatic videos.

4. Cf. strategies above

We are participating with GrantStation in seeking funding groups who are allied with our goals.

4. In April, 2016, we will host a two day seminar, given by a nationally renowned expert, introducing the concepts of equine facilitated psychotherapy for professionals in the area. We have already been notified of tremendous interest in the workshop.

1. Through the generosity of the Wawa Charities Committee the funds were obtained to purchase the lift. Through grants from the Widener Foundation in Aid of Handicapped Children, the Home Depot Community Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the infrastructure needs were funded and, in 2014, we were able to serve our first student who uses a wheelchair employing the lift.

2. Through the kindness of 50 volunteers from the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company's "Give With Liberty" program, and their brute muscle, the construction of the sensory trail was finalized. In subsequent years, the Liberty Mutual group repaired and painted fence, and constructed other improvements to the physical plant at the Center.Cf video.

3. In October, 2014, ARU underwent an all day inspection by two representatives of PATH Intl for the purpose of becoming a Premier Accredited Center, a designation shared by only six centers in Pennsylvania. There are over 800 Path Intl Member Centers, but very few are Premier Accredited. Months of preparation for this visit demanded intensive cooperation of staff, volunteers and board members. The inspectors scrutinized every aspect of ARU's administrative, programmatic and safety characteristics. When it was all over, ARU had achieved a score of 94 out of 100, thus passing with flying colors. As a result of this designation, ARU now has the ability to truly blossom. This new status will allow us to hold nationally recognized workshops and PATH instructor certifications.

4. As a Premier Accredited Center, we were then able to attract veterans who were disabled, both physically and emotionally as a result of their service after 9/11. PATH Intl became associated with the Wounded Warriors Project in the funding of lessons for these veterans in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the Veterans Administration has funded the lessons.

5. We strongly desire to reach older veterans, who are not being funded by the Wounded Warrior Project but who deserve recreational resources which can lead to improved physical and emotional gains. We look forward to being able to serve the veterans from the Phila VA Medical Center.

6. In 2017, our blind Appaloosa gelding (who is the most popular and sensitive horse in the barn) was crowned by the PA National Horse Show Foundation as the Therapy Horse of the Year. In 2018. he, Zipped in Black Magic, was inducted into the Equus Foundation Hall Of Fame! These awards brought considerable prominence to All Riders Up.

7. In 2019, Zip will be immortalized as the Service Horse of the year by Reeves International. A model of Zip has been created by Breyer Horses and will be sold to a myriad of collectors. He will be presented to about 35,000 people in July at the Lexington (KY) Horse Park where demonstrations and discussions of therapeutic riding will occur. This event will produce a national reputation for All Riders Up.

8. Reaccreditation as a Premier PATH Intl Center in October, 2019.


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All Riders Up

Board of directors
as of 1/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marcia Laver

No Affiliation

Term: 2008 -

Marcia Laver

Retired RN, MSN-Crozer Chester Medical Center

Rebecca Farrell

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Antonia Rothman

No Affiliation

Arthur Laver

retired physician: Crozer Keystone Health Network

Marieke Beck-Coon

Aniele Kendrick

Retired-IBM Manager

Elizabeth Molnar

Realtor-Keller Williams Realty

David Rice

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 12/31/2020

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/31/2020

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.