Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Inc.

Horses Healing People

Lexington, KY   |  www.ckrh.org


Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) is dedicated to enriching our community by improving the quality of life and health of individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral disabilities through therapeutic activities with the horse.

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Executive Director

Ms Patricia (Pat) T Kline

Main address

P O Box 13155

Lexington, KY 40583 USA

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Formerly known as

Central Ky Riding for the Handicapped



NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our clients have individual goals such as improved trunk control, improved manual dexterity, improved communications and improved response to verbal commands. A customized plan is created by participants, parents, a referring physician, the instructor and CKRH staff during an intake assessment. The key to the best results from Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship is continuity, which can be hard to achieve. Families with participants meeting our criteria are usually overwhelmed by the added costs of health care for their loved one. Most of our participants’ families are in the 50-80 percent range of the federal median income range. With the health obstacles they face, the additional financial stress can be cumbersome. To assist in removing this stress, we subsidize 100 percent of our clients through assistance received from grants and individual donations.

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

Therapeutic Riding (TR) are mounted activities including traditional riding disciplines or adaptive riding activities conducted by a PATH certified instructor. These sessions are taught in private or group lessons four days a week (Mon, Wed, Thurs and Sat) for approximately one hour. Mounted activities are designed to meet each participant’s individual needs and focus on development of fine/gross motor skills, balance, strength, coordination, tactile senses and basic social interaction.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Equine Assistes Activities & Therapies (EAAT) is an umbrella term that includes TR and HPOT (as noted above) and these additional categories:Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL): Non-mounted equine activities that pair individuals/smalls groups with a horse for ground activities such as grooming, obstacle courses or team-building exercises under the supervision of a certified instructor, educator or licensed therapist. Examples include Adult Day services with NeuroRestorative, or Special Education curriculum with Fayette/Woodford County Public Elementary Schools (Dixie and Huntertown Schools.)
Equine-Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH): Non-mounted equine activities that focus on mental health issues such a psychotherpy, family counseling and bereavement with partners such as KY National Guard (Combat Veteran's PTSD Resiliency Training), Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (sexual trauma survivors), and Hospice of the Bluegrass (youth bereavement workshop)

Therapeutic Horsemanship (TH): mounted and non-mounted equine activities which develop skills in horse care, handling or riding. Partners include US Pony Club and Special Olympics.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work


North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - Accreditation 2010

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int'l 2014


Accredited Business 2009

Better Business Bureau

Accredited Member 2012

Commerce Lexington

Affiliations & memberships

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 2018

EQUUS Foundation Guardian 2021

Thoroughbred Charities of America 2005

Goals & Strategy

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Overall, our goals are to increase community awareness that equine therapy is a valid, safe and nurturing treatment for people with disabilities and to offer opportunities for equine and non-equine organizations to support our efforts. Specifically, we will strive over the next year to accomplish the following goals:   1)To continue the upgrade of our Equine Herd so we can better serve our growing, diverse population. 2) To adequately assess our current & future organizational capacity, and adjust accordingly so that we do not deplete human, equine or financial resources. 3) To correct IT deficiencies so that we can manage our facility, program services and personnel more efficiently. 4) To increase the number of non-equine partners in our constituency. 5) To market CKRH's impact more thoroughly in the community.

Many of the specific goals noted above have similar strategies to accomplish their ends (i.e. wider marketing efforts can bring awareness to non-equine corporate prospects.) As to specific strategies, they are as follows: 1) Equine Herd: We have two staff members who assess equine health & soundness regularly. As horses need to be retired due to age or abilities, previous inquiries from people who want to donate their horse are contacted to begin assessments. Generally, staff will start 3-6 months out from a projected retirement date to find a replacement. Our issue is not a limited prospect pool as we get several calls a week about horse donations. However, not all prospects will be a good fit as an equine therapist. A three-stage assessment process is in place: Telephone Interview for initial intake details, Site Visit to observe prospect in home setting and assess temperament, soundness or recurring health issues, and the 90 Day Trial Period at CKRH if prospect seems workable. Through such diligence, we're able to winnow out prospects that won't work and incorporate new equines in a thoughtful, safe manner. 2) Development Assessment: In 2016, our Board and staff members worked with a consultant agency to identify ways to improve and increase our fundraising efforts. We are now working hard to build our fundraising capacity and better educate the community about our program. 3) Infrastructure: In 2017, we bought and began the implementation process for Salesforce. We chose this system as it allows for all areas of our center to be organized and accessible for our staff. Records regarding donors, clients, volunteers and horses are able to be maintained and cross-referenced. We hope to continually expand our use of the system and be able to hire a staff person to manage. 4) Non-Equine Partners: As our programming continually evolves, more opportunities for collaborations arise. This has slowly brought more awareness to CKRH. Moving forward, our development staff will be taking an active role in community organizations to become better acquainted with local non-equine industries and identify mutually beneficial marketing opportunities. 5) Marketing; Staff is developing a marketing plan to create a refreshed website and marketing materials. This new look for our brand will be carried into our social media presence. Strategies will be made to reach more non-equine venues, such as commerce & health publications and cooperative marketing efforts with corporate partners.

1) CKRH has been providing life-changing therapeutic activities for 38 years. During which time, we honed a strict adherence to operational standards earning us recognition as a Premier Accredited PATH International Center. 2) Our program staff of therapeutic equine instructors hold current state/national licenses or certifications. Senior staff on average have held their current position for more than seven years; while year-round volunteers have typically been with us for three years or more. Some have provided services for as long as 15 years! 3) Our facilities are state-of-the-art, including indoor and outdoor riding arenas, comfortable horse stalls for 20 equines, 11 well-fenced paddocks with automatic watering troughs & large run-in sheds for weather protection, five grooming bays, two wash bays, specialty areas for medical, tack, feed and hippotherapy, an outdoor sensory trail, three classrooms, a family observation area, two meeting rooms, a volunteer room, administrative offices and a lobby area. We also have a large hay shed adjacent to the barn which offers drive-through access for large hay trucks and ample storage space. 4) CKRH is a therapeutic riding center located in the Horse Capital of the World, which is an ideal blend with the culture of our community. 5) In 38 years of existence, we have never experienced major financial setbacks, litigation or community ill-will. We attribute that to strong financial stewardship of only spending what resources are available to us. It is best exemplified by our $4 million capital campaign which took six years to complete as we built the facility in stages as funds became available. 6) We have numerous, on-going community partners with local health, education, military and social service industries.

CKRH has made exponential leaps over recent years. The use of our full-service facility has enabled us to expand programming and partnerships with local organizations. We have proportionately kept our revenue/expense ratio in check and stand on solid financial footing. We have added to our staff with experienced, dedicated personnel who work far more than 40 hours a week without complaint. We have upgraded our equine herd in both numbers and abilities to meet the increased service demand. We have expanded our national reputation as a credible resource for industry training & certifications and maintained goodwill among our participants and the community at large. Lastly, we are most proud to have established an endowment for the maintenance of our facility, which builds our long-term sustainability.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Participant families & community programming partners

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    To identify and remedy poor client 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?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Inc.

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Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Martha Jane Mulholland

Mulholland Springs Farm

Term: 2022 - 2023

Board co-chair

Dr. Peter Morresey

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Term: 2022 - 2023

Susan Bunning

Equine Equity Partners, LLC

Tom Creech

Charles T Creech, Inc

Amy Owens

Keeneland Association

Brad Scroggin

XPO Logisitics

Kari Simon

Bon Marche, LLC

Peter Morresey, MACVSc

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Richard Nunnelly

Stoll Keenon Ogden

Elizabeth Leatherman, CPA

Dean Dorton

Martha Jane Mulholland

Mulholland Springs Farm

Adam Campbell, CPA

Blue and Co., LLC

Stuart Brown, DVM

Keeneland Association

Pete Hester, MD

Lexington Clinic Orthopedics

Sydney Hughes, DVM

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Stanley Marcinek, CIC

Marsh & McLennan Agency

Scott Mallory

Mallory Farms

John Henry Mulholland

Mulholland Springs Farm

Danny Mulvihill

Gainsborough Farm

Rhonda Norby


Jason Wells, DVM

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Cindy Nelson

Morera Farm

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/4/2022

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