Animal related

Turning Point Ranch Association

Horses Building Futures

aka Turning Point

Stillwater, OK

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

2012

Executive Director

Rachel Royston

Main Address

385 S. Country Club Road

Stillwater, OK 74074 USA

Keywords

Therapeutic Horsemanship,

EIN

31-1726849

 Number

3794140460

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

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Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Mobile Mini Programming

HorseTales Literacy Programming

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of individuals with disabilities offered extracurricular physical activities

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Aging, elderly, senior citizens,

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

PATH standards require that our instructors prepare written progress reports on every rider for every session. We track progress in riding skills, focus, communications and self control in our riding program. In the Literacy program, we are able to compare the reading levels of students who have completed our program with those of students in non-Title One schools. Anecdotally, the teachers tell us every student has been reading at or above grade level by the end of the year since we began our efforts. A pilot for our dementia program with mini horses showed a 90% increase in initiated communications and a 85% improvement in mobility after 6 weeks of sessions. Pilots for our At-Risk program have resulted in a marked decrease in outbursts at bedtime in residential centers and an increase in confidence versus anxiety.

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

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Turning Point Ranch Association

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Leadership

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Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
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Female

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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.