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RIDE ABOVE DISABILITY THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

Celebrate Ability

aka Ride Above   |   Poway, CA   |  www.radtrc.org

Mission

Celebrate Ability, Create Hope, Ride Above Challenges.

Notes from the nonprofit

Vision

In five years RAD Therapeutic Riding Center will be changing the lives of our clients with disabilities by teaching horsemanship and riding through the use of our knowledgeable staff and volunteers. RAD will engage its clients in programs that increase independence as well as improve life skills. We will offer our clients a leveling program to test their equestrian knowledge and skills while providing a sense of accomplishment. We will also offer opportunities to compete at local shows; this will put our clients riding skills to the test against able bodied riders motivating our clients to always grow and improve their ability. This will give them a positive, encouraging learning environment to grow both cognitively and emotionally, while providing motivation. RAD will work with our young riders' goals at school and at home through the use of I.E.P.'s. This will be provided by the family and will allow us to incorporate that into our lessons to allow for growth across all environments. We will also offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.
RAD will be known in the community as a place where everyone can go; rider, parent, sister, brother, volunteers, staff and know that they are appreciated and accepted as they are. RAD will inspire growth, empowerment, leadership and communication to all of the lives it touches. Within five years RAD hopes to be a leading program in PATH instructor development for San Diego County. We will provide a safe, organized, welcoming, individualized and informative program that allows those who participate to feel that they are learning and expanding their knowledge in a timely fashion. RAD Therapeutic Riding Center understands the value horses can bring to everyone's life and we intend to share that with the community.

Values

H elp create a friendly, fun and safe learning environment for everyone.

O perate with honesty, humility, accountability and transparency.

R espect all clients, volunteers, staff and horses.

S eek out knowledge, education and friendship within the community.

E very ride, horse, client, volunteer, staff member can make a difference.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Alexandra Sarnataro

Assistant Director

Katie Cram

Main address

14781 Pomerado Rd #216

Poway, CA 92064 USA

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EIN

46-4773955

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many people in the special-needs community can feel isolated and alone. RAD is a place anyone can come and be included, it's a community. In many ways being on a horse is a great equalizer. The riders are the same height, have similar mobility, and can achieve the same results. RAD is working to provide a place where anyone with a disability can create and achieve their personal goals as well as provide a place of community for our people. In addition to creating an inclusive place for everyone, RAD strives to increase awareness of the special-needs community by removing obstacles from our riders and allowing them to compete in open competitions and shows.

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 Program

The purpose of the therapeutic riding program is to help achieve every riders individual goals, which vary from client to client. Some examples include building core strength to help a client gain balance to sit up or walk independently, the movement of a horses walk mimics the movement required for a person to walk, this helps build the strength clients need to accomplish much more independent movement. Increasing communication skills whether they are verbal or non verbal to help a client express themselves, by working with family and utilizing IEP's we work as a team to reach goals clients are working on in school and at home. Build confidence and a sense of achievement through learning to control their own horse, this may seem like a small thing but watching the relationship build and trust build between a rider and their horse is unbelievable to watch. A timid client gains so much confidence from learning to understand and communicate with their horse.
The therapeutic program isn't just for our clients, it changes the lives of our instructors and volunteers as well. Volunteers come in not knowing what to expect and end up loving every minute of what they do. They get to watch lives change for the better every week they come out. They can then take this great accomplishment out into the community and share their experiences bringing awareness about how volunteering can change your life and the lives of others.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

We offer the opportunity for special needs riders to take riding lessons with able bodied riders, allowing them the chance to learn and grow in a real world setting. This helps our riders learn the value in diversity. Respect and understanding grow when children of differing abilities work together.
Our inclusion riders are encouraged to compete at local shows against riders of all caliber.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Our transition program offers a job oriented environment and training to the special needs community. It allows participants to volunteer and gain skills in communication, organization, leadership and teamwork.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2018

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 riders active in program

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Riding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use this metric to track our programs growth and assess the need within the community.

Number of riders meeting 70% or higher of set goals

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Riding Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We use these numbers to track the effectiveness of our lessons and to ensure we are impacting the community positively and have quality lessons taking place.

Increase in community support

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

People with disabilities, LGBTQ people, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Therapeutic Riding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use these metrics to track community support and involvement as the program grows.

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.

Ride Above Disability aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families by strengthening participants' balance, core strength, coordination, confidence, cognitive development, memorization, verbal communication, and general social interaction capacities for our riders. We challenge the dominant socially preconceived limitations often associated with the disabled community and work with care and diligence to allow each student to overcome their unique challenges, accomplish set goals, and grow their capacities and confidence.

In order to evidence physical, cognitive, and emotional growth, Ride Above Disability works closely with families to achieve the goals riders are working towards at home, as well as increase their riding skills and ability. We utilize Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), when available, to assist in reaching life goals that can be facilitated within a riding setting. The movement of the horse mimics the feel of a person walking, creating increased core strength and balance with every ride. Our riders thus learn to communicate physically and verbally with their horse and volunteers, in turn increasing body awareness, coordination, and verbal communication skills, as well as building social interaction proficiency. Our riders are given the opportunity to compete in local shows, which helps grow their confidence and gives them genuine concrete goals towards which to work. These show competitions require memorization, coordination, and confidence, and provide our riders with authentic possibilities to form deeper bonds with their horses, volunteers, and instructors. Our riders also learn which of their own skills can be improved upon for next time, personal skill areas where there is room for further growth and improvement.

Ride Above Disability has an amazing team of instructors with therapeutic riding experience who work carefully and effectively with our specific special needs clients and the larger community. All our instructors are either Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) credentialed, or working closely with instructor mentors on their way to certification. Instructors continue their education each year to ensure they are up to date on the latest information involving the community we serve. Our volunteers attend training prior to working with clients, allowing them to feel comfortable and confident in their job working with riders. Ride Above also has an excellent team of horses that have been trained and evaluated to ensure each is a good fit to assist riders in their progression.
We strive with diligence to create a welcoming environment for everyone who steps foot on the ranch. It is in an atmosphere of care that we seek to foster an organic education process, wherein riders feel less pressure to actively realize their goals, and often enough accomplish major educational, physical, cognitive, and social milestones while just simply having fun.

Ride Above Disability has achieved the goals of creating a therapeutic riding program, an inclusion program, and a sibling program for families. We have seen positive results in the lives of our participants and continue to track the goals and progress our riders make in physical, cognitive, social, and behavioral skills.
We would like to expand to create a leadership program for at-risk youth. This would involve working with the foster system or other nonprofits that are designed to help build self-worth, confidence, and leadership among our communities youth.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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RIDE ABOVE DISABILITY THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marko Medved

Marko Medved

Katie Cram

Ride Above Disability

Cyndie Bradley

Holly O'Campo

Billy Livesay

Marko Medved

Sherri Smith

Kathie Rosario

Lisa Jacobson

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 1/29/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.