Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach, Inc.

The Spirit that Overcomes Disabilities

aka TRCHB   |   Huntington Beach, CA   |  trchb.org

Mission

To empower people with physical and developmental challenges to discover their greatest strengths and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance through the special relationship with a horse.The Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach (TRC) was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers who wanted to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the form of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Ms. Donna Brandt

Main address

P.O. Box 2298

Huntington Beach, CA 92647 USA

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EIN

33-0519376

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Therapeutic Riding Program

TRCHB provides therapeutic riding programming to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to supplement traditional physical, occupational, emotional and speech-language therapy and to build confidence and self-reliance in riders. Each client arrives at TRCHB with the recommendation of their physician or therapist. Each client begins with a one-on-one evaluation with our staff where we match individual goals and abilities with different therapeutic riding techniques. Once enrolled, clients are matched with one of six horses whom they will remain with for their time at TRCHB. Depending on student need, TRCHB uses adaptive equipment such as surcingle handles and safety straps. Most lessons are taught in a group format to allow our clients to form friendships with similarly-abled peers. For many of our students, this interaction is critical because they struggle with social interactions, verbal and non-verbal cues, and communication.

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As we work toward expanding our program to meet the growing demand for our services, we have set the following goals for 2016:
• 100% of our clients will have the opportunity to participate in therapeutic riding or equine assisted activities;
• 100% of our clients will have the opportunity to participate in mainstream extra curriculum horse related events including horse shows at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, Orange County Fair, California State University, Fullerton, and other locations;
• 90% will be able to hold their own reins. While many of our students start riding with adaptive equipment, graduating to independent reins dramatically increases their self-confidence;
• 90% of our clients will meet at least one of their treatment goals;
• 90% of our clients will be able to “right" their balance. For many of our clients struggling with body awareness and control issues, sitting straight in a saddle can be difficult. We aim to help our students recognize when they are off balance and gain the core strength to re-balance themselves without assistance;
• 75% of our students will increase their social skills, develop friendships, interact with volunteers, and integrate skills into daily lives; and
• 60% of our students will improve their receptive & expressive language.

Depending on student need, TRCHB uses adaptive equipment such as surcingle handles and safety straps. Most lessons are taught in a group format to allow our clients to form friendships with similarly-abled peers. For many of our students, this interaction is critical because they struggle with social interactions, verbal and non-verbal cues, and communication.

Each lesson begins with an introduction during which students learn basic grooming and horse care, helping to build trust and a bond between the horse and the students. Following the introduction, each lesson includes the following components:

• Mounting: The type of mount is chosen based on each participant's needs and disabilities, with a focus on safety for the horse and the rider. While each mount may be different, we focus on helping riders understand the sequence of the steps involved and performing the steps in a safe and effective manner. Our instructors focus on fostering independence while ensuring appropriate technique and body mechanics.
• Warm-up: These exercises are related to each rider's larger goals, and students are encouraged to practice previously learned skills. In addition to stretches and strength exercises, this activity helps the rider get conformable in the saddle and gain their confidence.
• Rider skills: Each lesson begins with a review of the past week's activity, followed by a new skill or activity that builds on that. Activities vary depending on the skills and ages of each class and are designed to balance therapy, education, sport, and fun. The movement of the horse is very beneficial to the rider; therefore, our instructors use the movement of the horse whenever possible during the activities, exercises, and games. Although stretches and exercises may be demonstrated and initially tried by the riders at a halt, they provide the most benefit when performed while the horse is moving.
• Wrap-up: This provides an opportunity for review of the day's lesson.
• Dismount: As with the mount, the type of dismount used will be dependent upon the ability of each student. Regardless of the type of dismount, the rider should understand the steps involved and be able to perform those steps in the appropriate sequence, safely and effectively. The dismount is always done in the presence of the instructor or volunteer who has been trained in dismounting techniques.

In 2014, TRCHB Board has developed the following goals in our Ten Year Plan:
1. Continue to increase the number of grants submitted by 15% each year
2. Increased fund development activities to build one year worth of financial reserves to sustain the organization;
3. Purchase a lift to transfer wheelchair-bound clients to and from a horse. Estimated cost is $10,000 (in November 2015, TRCHB recently received a grant to cover the cost of this lift)

As part of this, we have also started planning to become a PATH international premier accredited center, which will demonstrate excellence by providing highly qualified equine therapy, recruiting and maintaining quality educators and leaders, advancing successful student outcomes in the areas of social, emotional, physical and verbal development, and operating a financially sustainable organization. To achieve this accreditation, TRCHB must complete the following:
1. Designate a center representative who must complete and pass the PATH Center Accreditation Training Course with a 90% or higher (estimated cost $500)
2. Complete the PATH Application for Center Accreditation (estimated cost $150)
3. Complete a site visit and meet all core standards

Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach (TRCHB) was founded in 1990 when our founder, David Allen, saw a need for equine-assisted therapy for several disabled residents of Orange County. Starting with one horse, a group of volunteers dedicated themselves to utilizing horses and riding to help people with disabilities. Our mission is empower people with physical and developmental challenges to discover their greatest strength and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance through the special relationship with a horse.

In pursuit of this mission, we were certified through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now the Professional Association of therapeutic Horsemanship International) in 1991, a voluntary, peer-reviewed accreditation process confirming that TRCHB demonstrates excellence in therapeutic riding, incorporates best-practices and therapies, and maintains proper safety standards. In 1992, TRCHB officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and acquired our first horse, Lena. Since 1992, we have provided our services in a private arena at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, serving children and adults from throughout Orange and Los Angeles County five days a week.

TRCHB currently serves 65 individuals with disabilities from Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area. Some of these individuals have been enrolled in the TRCHB program for over seven years. On average, our riders stay with our program for several years, a testament to the positive effect therapeutic riding has on their lives. Over half of TRCHB riders are residents of Huntington Beach, but others riders come from as far as Aliso Viejo, Corona, and Riverside.

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Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Donna Brandt

Caroline Winnik

Donna Brandt

Karen Graves

Scott Sanders

Mark Szatowski

Kelly Szatowski

Cherie Schenck

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? 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