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Solid Ground Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy Center

aka Solid Ground EAATC

Klamath Falls, OR


olid Ground Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy Center is dedicated to the health care needs of Klamath County and surrounding areas. Solid Ground strives to enhance the quality of life of individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, or behavioral challenges by providing equine assisted activities and therapy. Solid Ground promotes wellness and believes in the power of preventative, local, and non-traditional high quality care.

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Executive Director

Shelley Trumbly

Main Address

630 Griffith Ln

Klamath Falls, OR 97603 USA


Equine Therapy Health Disabilities Wellness





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies, Associations (W03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The local community experiences a high percentage of individuals with disabilities and in need of treatment. In addition, the local community has an active military base - resulting in many veterans who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Equine therapy is a non-traditional, evidence-based treatment to rehabilitate individuals - including those with mental, emotional, physical, and cognitive disabilities. The need for new treatment approaches continues to grow locally and throughout the nation.

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Our programs

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Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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

Solid Ground focuses on providing new and alternative treatment approached to rehabilitate individuals. Equine therapy provides an alternative treatment approach that may be more effective than traditional, office-based treatment services. Solid Ground strives to provide additional services to the community, to promote a healthier and safer community.

Solid Ground provides equine therapy to individuals that have been diagnosed with a cognitive, physical, or emotional disability. Solid Ground strives to provide services that are effective and cost-effective for individuals of all social-economic status. Solid Ground intends to provide scholarships to individuals who are unable to afford services.

Solid Ground has a well-establish Board of Diretors who provide constant feedback and improvement to programs. We have established therapy programs, therapy horses, and referral procedures to provide services. Solid Ground has focused on providing community education, attending community events, hosting community fundraisers, and marketing to enhance the knowledge and use of equine therapy sessions. Solid Ground continues to expand and integrate within the community.

Solid Ground provides reports and feedback to the Board of Directors. The Board, comprised of community members, reveiws program progress and outcomes to determine effectiveness. Solid Ground surveys participants and community members to determine whether the program(s) are impacting the community positively. We attend regular meetings with community partners/agencies to identify gaps within the system and community - and attempt to develop programs that target and address these gaps.

We have partnered with local child advocacy and child welfare agencies. We have developed a structured referral process to allow for treatment of children with behavioral health disorders. We have provided several pilot treatment sessions to individuals during 2017 - and have developed internal structure to triple the number of treatment sessions to be provided in 2018. We continue to develop partnerships with local healthcare, community advocacy, and other similiar agencies to increase our effectiveness toward accomplishing our mission and goals. We have grown from serving 40 individuals in 2018 to 133 in 2019 and were awarded the Spirit of Entrepreneurism award sponsord by the Klamath Idea and Klamath Chamber of Commerce.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We have made adjustments to our programming and development based on community feedback. We have implemented new programs to address gap areas - and improve community relationships.

External Reviews


Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2018

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2017

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2019

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2020


Entrepreneurship of the Year 2020

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & Memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2017



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Board Leadership Practices

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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?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more


We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.

Policies and processes

We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
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.