Turning Point Ranch Association

Horses Building Futures

aka Turning Point   |   Stillwater, OK   |  http://www.turningpointriding.org

Mission

Turning Point partners the magic of horses with tools to help people with physical, mental, emotional and life challenges build rewarding futures.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Rachel Royston

Main address

385 S. Country Club Road

Stillwater, OK 74074 USA

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EIN

31-1726849

NTEE code info

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

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nearly 1,000 individuals with disabilities are counted in the Stillwater Public School system alone. The number of adult day facilities for individuals with disabilities is growing each year in our community. Adaptive activities and services are needed to help these individuals develop the skills necessary to live and work successfully in our community. Through the magic of horses, we provide recreation, therapy and extracurricular opportunities for people who tend to be excluded from organized athletics and school clubs. We supplement academic and transitional activities in the schools by providing an alternative learning opportunity that offers physical and emotional benefits to students who struggle in a traditional school environment. Our activities help students with communication, focus and self-control issues learn teamwork and leadership skills in order to control a 1200 pound animal - skills that support success at home, in school and in life.

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 Horseback Riding

Students with physical, mental and emotional disabilities learn riding and horsemanship skills at a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Premier Accredited Center. Benefits include social skill and communication development plus mobility and core strength improvement

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Dementia patients rebuild mobility and communication skills though structured programming with a mini horse at the nursing home or assisted living center where they reside.
School children learn about horses and interact with a mini horse to reinforce academic and social skills at schools.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Children and youth

Based on first-grade level books by Walter Farley, this program offers reading support to a Title One school in Stillwater and has had a significant impact on reading levels after seven years of field trips where students read to horses and do 15 other equine related activities

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Premier Accredited PATH International 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals with disabilities offered extracurricular physical activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Therapeutic Horseback Riding lessons are one of the only physical activities offered in our community for people with disabilities. Plans to build a covered arena will multiply these numbers greatly.

Number of community partners focused on serving individuals with disabilities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Collaborations with Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Public School System and other community organizations are making it possible to serve individuals with disabilities in a substantial way.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Therapeutic riding, mini horse programming and our literacy program are impacting more children each year. Our hope is to serve many more with the addition of a covered arena and additional staffing.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

As a Premier Accredited PATH International center, we are dedicated to serving our community by providing services that will enable those with physical, emotional, or behavioral disabilities develop and maintain the skills necessary to live and work in our community through therapeutic horsemanship.

While under their parents' or guardians' care, we provide services that help individuals prepare for life. It is after graduation, or aging out of the educational system, that we strive to develop skills to help them gain and hold jobs where they may have been overlooked because of their diagnoses. We focus on ability and help our participants develop portfolios to show what they do well and can contribute,
"Horses Building Futures" is not just a tagline. It is our mission.

We perform equine assisted activities in five specific areas:
1. Therapeutic horsemanship - We provide recreation, horsemanship skills and extracuricular life skills to Special Education students at the Middle School, Junior High and High School level plus private clients.

2. HorseTales Literacy - We conduct an annual literacy program with first graders at a Title One Elementary school. The students- many of whom do not speak English at home- are given two books and the opportunity to read them to horses during a field trip that touches all the senses and includes visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning at short intervals suited to first graders.

3. Mobile Mini Programming - We take our mini horse to nursing homes in a program to address mobility and communications in dementia patients and to community events.

4. At Risk Youth - We offer unmounted leadership activities to foster care, domestic violence & youth shelter residents plus alternative school students.

5.Academic enrichment to OSU majors - We have executed agreements with several OSU academic departments to provide training and opportunities for OSU students in majors from Special Education to Developmental Disabilities to Non-profit Management to Pre-Vet to obtain hands-on experience relating to their classroom materials.

Our center is Premier Accredited under the standards of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International/PATH, one of 262 out of 877 PATH Int'l centers worldwide. Every one of our instructors is also PATH certified.

Our facility includes a newly renovated barn/education center on 22 acres with stalls for each of 11 horses. There is a sensory trall, an indoor equine activity area for unmounted activities and a climate controlled classroom for tactile activities and video instruction plus private meetings. We are located minutes from the campus of Oklahoma State University - the source of volunteers who earn academic and service credits for their experiences working with our clients.

We currently ride in a lighted outdoor arena but hope to construct a covered facility within the next year.

In addition, we are able to take our mini horses to community events and locations throughout the year.

As many individuals with disabilities learn dependence, our goal is to peel away support and foster independence. In 2015, most of our riders required a horse leader and two sidewalkers for support. Only 30% could ride independently even at a walk. In 2019, 60% can ride independently and entered higher levels of competition at Special Olympics Equestrian in Fall 2019.

60% of our riders were considered non-verbal in 2015 but as we continue to emphasize life skills, only three could be considered non-verbal today and ALL participate in games that require planning and decision-making- often to the shock of their teachers and parents.

We are implementing a Portfolio Project that allows each student to capture their specific strengths and skills in order to find jobs or volunteer positions in our community after they graduate

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?

    Individuals facing physical, mental, emotional or socio-economic challenges including elderly individual with dementia, families in trauma and at-risk youth

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are moving more quickly in implementing an internship program for long time participants who are graduating or aging out of the school system to allow them to build job skills and a resume they can use in future employment. The state has a 13 year backlog in providing job coaches and workforce transition programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We recently had parents participate in Strategic Planning with the Board, Staff and key volunteers. We were surprised that parents never worried about safety in our program involving horses and individuals with disabilities. It's a top concern of staff but the parents said they don't give it a second thought because everything runs so smoothly.

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

    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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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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Turning Point Ranch Association

Board of directors
as of 9/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Dorman

City Attorney, Stillwater, OK

Term: 2018 - 2019


Board co-chair

Larry Sanchez

Head Coach, OSU Equestrian

Term: 2018 - 2019

Vickie Logan

Natalea Watkins

retired OSU Admin

Tom Dugger

CPA, State Senator

Thresa Green

RCB Bank

Joe Vielma

USDA, Have Wagon, Will Cook

Wes Watkins

Fmr Congressman,

Jodi Weiberg

OSU Athletics

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 09/20/2021

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
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female
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: 09/20/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 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.