Health—General & Rehabilitative

Spirit Ride, Inc.

First words. First steps.

aka Spirit Ride Inc., a Licensed SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center   |   Banner Elk, NC   |  www.SpiritRideNC.org

Mission

To provide children with special needs the opportunity to learn, grow and strive to become their ideal selves through equine related therapeutic and educational activities.

Notes from the nonprofit

We have a strong focus on building independence, and clients assist, to the best of their ability, in all areas of preparation and horse-care: leading, grooming, putting on and removing equipment before and after their ride. This develops a sense of self-sufficiency and accomplishment, and also builds sequencing and speech skills. Instructors, during the mounted portion, lead the client through the SpiritHorse 88-step Equine-Assisted Healthcare Program. This program utilizes movements and activities on horseback to stimulate the vestibular system and target brain activity specific to the rider’s special needs.

Equine therapy aides the rider in many ways. In a natural environment, the equine-assisted therapy is an organic combination of speech, physical and relationship-building therapy. This helps build a variety of skills:
◦ Balance & coordination
◦ Flexibility & core muscle strength
◦ Sequencing
◦ Speech & communication
◦ Self-esteem & self-confidence
Not only does the therapeutic process help clients to have the skills, confidence, independence and ability to thrive in their academic, communicative and social development, it also promotes physical health and well-being.

We are unique in that we provide all private Therapeutic Horseback Riding services free of charge to children with special needs. Our volunteers and donors are a vital part of this commitment to the special needs families within our community. For more information on how you can help support this important organization, please email: SpiritRideNC@gmail.com

Ruling year info

2009

President

Craig G Adams

Executive Director

Patricia L Adams

Main address

7156 NC Hwy 194S

Banner Elk, NC 28604 USA

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EIN

47-4178520

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Autism (G84)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission at Spirit Ride is to provide children with special needs the opportunity to learn, grow, and strive to become their ideal selves through equine related therapeutic and educational activities. Spirit Ride is committed to providing private therapeutic riding sessions FREE of charge to all accepted clients. Through working with the client's therapy Team (Educators, Community Professionals, and Parents/Guardians) we are able to create ideal environment relating to the individual client's specific needs. We give our undivided attention to the rider and his/her equine partner for the entire duration of each session so that we may provide an opportunity to foster learning and personal growth (self-esteem, boundary setting, appropriate social interaction, as well as any cognitive or physical goals). We serve children with special needs - we affect families who need special care.

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?

Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding involves the use of horses and equine-assisted activities in an effort to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people with special needs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Percentage of clients who have mastered selected educational, developmental and/or physical goals.

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding

Context Notes

We strive to raise the standards and have high expectations. While goals are attainable, they are challenging.

Percentage of families participating in multiple sessions within one year.

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding

Context Notes

Some families choose to skip one summer session due to vacations.

Percentage of returning clients in successive seasons.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

• To provide therapeutic horseback riding for people who may benefit from equine related activities.<br/>• To offer sessions free of charge to all clients.<br/>o Provide a welcoming, caring and safe space for all riders, their caregivers and families. <br/>• To utilize equestrian activities as a means to contribute positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of children with special needs. <br/>• To fulfill a need in the Watauga/Avery County area of NC. <br/>• Give Individualized Attention<br/>o Create an ideal environment relating to the individual client's specific needs.<br/>o Give undivided attention to client and his/her equine partner for the entire duration of each session. <br/>• To gain a deeper understanding of self and others by communicating with an equine partner.<br/>• Foster Learning and Growth<br/>o To provide learning opportunities for staff and volunteer personnel through continuous on and off-site training.<br/>o To provide opportunities for personal growth (self-esteem, boundary setting, appropriate social interaction) for all clients - particularly women and children.

By using certified educators as lead instructors and volunteers with backgrounds in the fields of education, medicine, research, and child development we offer the best resources available.<br/><br/>By offering thorough and specific training opportunities for our volunteers, we are proud to have extremely competent partners included in each child's therapy team. Many of our volunteers are professionals in the community - serving our community in the roles of; Exceptional Child Educators, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Family and Child Counselors. A large amount of our volunteer population are current graduate and undergrad students in the disciplines of Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, and Exercise Science.<br/><br/>Attending educational seminars and workshops targeted for those who work with children with special needs.<br/><br/>Delivering consistent, kind, and natural training for our horses will promote the sense of partnership.

We focus on goals agreed upon by the child's 'Therapy Team'. This includes the child's Exceptional Child Educator, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and/or Licensed Professional Counselor and the parent. We are already seeing tremendous growth with young women and children who have suffered such trauma and abuse that they have been diagnosed with PTSD and/or Adjustment Disorders (low self-esteem, self-mutilating behavior, etc.)<br/><br/>Additionally, we are noting progress with cognitive goals for our riders who (as per their I.E.P.) are working toward specific goals in Math, Science and English. Our Spirit Ride Sensory Integration Trail is a huge success and is utilized daily to introduce a variety of individualized objectives.

Through quarterly meetings, Instructors and Lead Volunteers will discuss and make note of current needs, future plans and steps required to meet both. Meeting attendees will document successful strategies as well as items that have been fulfilled and/or met.<br/><br/>At the end of each session (Spring, Summer and Fall) we meet with parents and make note of progress and skill mastery.<br/><br/>The child's Therapy Team (Exceptional Child Educators and Community Professionals) will meet periodically to update progress and set/revise goals.

Developed a sensory integration trail.<br/>Built and utilized a tack room/volunteer room/student classroom.<br/>Built a wheelchair accessible mounting ramp.<br/>Certified and trained volunteers.<br/>Numerous examples of individual goal mastery (physical, cognitive and social/emotional).<br/><br/>Would like to implement a program specifically targeted at young female clients to help them develop boundaries, good decision-making skills, leadership qualities and self-confidence. <br/><br/>Would like to implement an outreach program, including visiting schools, doing TR demos, etc. Recently purchased a horse trailer for this.

Financials

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Spirit Ride, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Craig Adams

Spirit Ride Inc.

Craig Adams

Spirit Ride Inc.

Karen Chong

Spirit Ride Inc.

Alyssa Cole

Spirit Ride Inc.

Caila Hall

Spirit Ride Inc.

Mary Belanger

Spirit Ride Inc.

Keywords

Therapeutic Riding, Therapy, Equine Facilitated Learning, Austism, ASD, Special Needs