Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc.

"A Special Ride for Those with Special Needs"

aka TRRC, Inc.   |   Glenwood, MD   |  www.trrcmd.org

Mission

Mission Statement: The mission of Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc. is to enrich lives by providing equine-assisted activities, which includes Therapeutic Riding, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, in a natural environment. Our vision is to: -reflect the current philosophy and training for therapeutic and recreational riding, as well as for equine assisted psychotherapy. -provide a state-of-the-art facility for lessons, training seminars, and horse clinics, and support groups. -provide community outreach in the horse industry. -enrich the local community through sharing the spirit of volunteerism as well as internships for high school, college, and graduate students. -set and maintain standards of excellence in the management and accountability

Ruling year info

1985

Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Helen S. Tuel

General Manager

Mr. John M. Tuel

Main address

3750 Shady Lane

Glenwood, MD 21738 USA

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EIN

52-1368120

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are thousands of individuals of all ages, who are challenged by a variety of physical, intellectual, and emotional disorders in Howard County, MD alone. The programs offered by TRRC, Inc. provide a different approach to providing therapeutic activities in a different format than "traditional" therapeutic approaches, by using the equine (horse or pony) as the intermediary approach for working with these participants. As there is a very large need for these programs throughout Maryland, TRRC, Inc. is challenged to provide enough services for the participants that we currently have, and we do have a waiting list of potential participants for our Therapeutic Riding Program and our Equine-Assisted Psychotherapeutic Program.

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; Recreational Riding; Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, & Special Olympics

The Therapeutic Riding program began in 1983, and TRRC, Inc. became an IRS-designated Non-profit organization in October, 1985, and was formally incorporated in 1985. We currently serve a total of 200 participants each week (approximately 9,800 sessions each year,) in both the Therapeutic and the Recreational riders, every week. This program is designed for special needs participants who no longer wish to continue in the Therapeutic Riding Program. Participants who were included in the Therapeutic Riding Program but who have graduated and no longer require the intensity of instruction provided in the Therapeutic Riding Program. This Recreation Riding program is also intended for able-bodied riders.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

This program is currently on hiatus, but is intended to restart this program within the year starting with 2020. Hippotherapy is helping to rehabilitate individuals who currently are disabled. This program is conducted using certified physical or occupational therapists, using a pony or horse to assist in providing that type of therapy for an individual. These people must have a physician's prescription indicating the actual diagnoses, along with a direction that the physician would like to see the client to improve their capabilities in. Clients are then evaluated by a certified physical or occupational therapist for their current level of functioning, and what their current limitations are. They are then evaluated by the therapist and the Center Director for inclusion into the program.
While this program has been a part of the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center historically, it had to be temporarily discontinued for staffing and budgetary reasons. TRRC, Inc. plans to rebuild this program and re-introduce it to area physicians and other sources of referrals.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is another component of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. This is a new program, with very few initial participants, and several more potential participants, currently on the Waiting List.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with hearing impairments

Where we work

Awards

Leadership Award 2014

Howard County (MD) Commission on Disability Issues

Affiliations & memberships

Vanderbilt University 2015

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Over the next three years, we envision TRRC, Inc. expanding our presence in the local community as it works to achieve the following goals:
- Increase the number of low and middle-income children and young adults participating in hippotherapy as well as therapeutic horseback riding. TRRC, Inc. is seeking funding through groups such as your foundation to expand funding for individuals who, even with healthcare subsidies, could not afford to reap the benefits from our unique therapy.
-Adding an equine assisted psychotherapy program to our riding activities programs, support groups, volunteer programs, and our gardening group.
-Complete the Sensory Indoor Riding Arena, designed for those individuals who have difficulties in managing sensory overload.
-Reconstruction of the Hippotherapy program, including hiring already certified local hippotherapists, and re-establishing all of the policies and procedures required by the PATH, Intl.
-Diversify our funding base to include additional event rentals of our community building for weddings, parties, etc., expanding our current donor base by searching and applying for new funds that will help sustain and expand our farm and physical plant, as well as to outreach to under-serve communities.
-Add new members to our Board of Directors who can represent different areas of our community including educators, corporate representatives, small business and health professionals to expand and grow our network of support. Last year, two of TRRC's most devoted board members and supporters passed away. We must now seek individuals who will carry on their good works on behalf of our organization.
-Expand our virtual presence with an updated website (in-progress) and an increased social media presence via Facebook and Instagram. TRRC, Inc. is fortunate to have a staff member who has volunteered to upgrade and maintain TRRC, Inc.’s website (www.trrcmd.org.) In addition, it is an important opportunity for us to renew TRRC Inc.'s visibility in Howard County as well as our surrounding counties and communities.
-Complete any improvements to our physical structures – buildings, barn, therapy rooms and riding arenas. The needs are always ongoing with a working farm, as well as livestock maintenance and therapy facilities that need to maintain specific standards.
-Maintain the ability to provide impeccable care of all of our equines, both in terms of physical, veterinarian, farrier, dental, and housing care.
-Other projects include completing our new Sensory Indoor Riding Arena, acquiring multiple generators to allow us to maintain all of our operations whenever there is a power outage; installing an appropriate over-sized front door to our Event Barn, to increase accessibility to anyone who must be in a wheelchairs; obtaining and installing a rider support lift; lights for both our upper outdoor riding arena and for the paths leading to the paddocks re-paving and re-graveling current areas of the driveway and parking lot.

Increase the number of low and middle-income children and adults of all ages, without regard to gender, race, and religious preference, participating in therapeutic horseback riding (in progress). Re-start a hippotherapy program, utilizing physical and occupational therapists, for children with various disabilities, within the next 14 months. A critical part of this is the further completion of the Indoor Sensory Rding Arena.

Completion of the partially constructed Indoor Sensory Riding Ring, which will, as our other two indoor riding arenas currently are, be heated and sprinkler system installed to maintain a dust-free environment; an ADA accessible bathroom, office, 2 therapy rooms, and an observation area for families and friends. This is mostly dependent on obtaining a large grant to cover a substantial portion of the costs to complete this new arena. One new grant has been applied for, for this very purpose.

Continue with our current funding base, and to expand our funding base, with an intent to retain current donors, recruit new donors, and to try and begin again with previous donors where possible. Also, TRRC, Inc. will diversify our funding base to include additional event rentals of our community building for weddings, parties, etc. for friends and families of TRRC, Inc. These funds that will be crucial in maintaining and sustaining our farm and physical plant as well as outreach to under-served communities. Additionally, we will be expanding our profile with organizations that typically rate how well or how transparent TRRC, Inc. is as a nonprofit organization.

TRRC, Inc. also will add additional members to our Board of Directors, with a focus on increased diversity, who will also represent different areas of our community including educators, corporate representatives, small business and health professionals, to expand and grow our network of support. Have the current Board of Directors conduct a Self-Assessment of their activities and accomplishments for the past year. Renew each Board Member's Conflict of Interest Statements for 2019, and annually.

Continue to expand our virtual presence with a renewed and updated website, and an increased and more active social media presence, with such groups as FaceBook.

Continue to improve our physical structures and agricultural areas, including our buildings, paddocks with run-in sheds, gardens, roads, and parking lots. This will also include increasing and improving our outdoor lighting capabilities, both for our driveway, and our upper outdoor riding arena. This will also include improving our emergency exits from various buildings (Rider Support Building and the Bank Barn Upper Level.

Staff:

Dr. Helen S. Tuel, Founding Director of TRRC, Inc. Doctorate in Education Administration, Vanderbilt University.

TRRC, Inc. currently has 19 staff members, which includes 11 PATH International (PATH Int'l) Certified Riding Instructors, any of whom have also been certified for such techniques as Centered Riding, and Special Olympics Coaches.

Additional support staff includes 8 staff members who work with our PATH Int'l Certified Riding Instructors, as well as maintain the care, grooming, feeding, and maintenance of all of our horses and ponies.

We also work with the Boy Scouts for a variety of construction and/or gardening projects, to help keep the center operating properly and looking its best.

Volunteers are the backbone of our all of our programs. Approximately 100 volunteers serve TRRC each year serving as barn help, leading and side-walking, marketing, fundraising and grant writing, carpentry, painting, landscaping, snow removal, and more.

Facilities: TRRC is located on a 55-acre farm in Glenwood, MD with two heated indoor riding rings, (which will increase to three upon completion of the new indoor sensory riding arena) stabling for 40 horses and ponies, and a Rider Support Building, which currently includes a comfortable reception center, therapy rooms, our staff office, and a viewing area for parents, caregivers and visitors. The original barn, as well as 7 stalls in the second main barn, and the smaller heated indoor riding arena, are being actively marketed so that it may beto a separate Riding Organization, for additional funding to support our programs and to help cover our overhead expenses.

Equipment: We have one hydraulic lift which is in need of replacement, one indoor and one outdoor ramp chutes, a van, tractor, a golf cart, two all-terrain vehicles for moving supplies around the farm. Equipment for the use of grooming, watering, and feeding our horses and ponies for each horse or pony that we currently have, equipment, that includes bridles (bit and bitless,) an assortment of saddles (english, therapeutic, and other adaptive saddles. Other horse equipment includes all grooming tools for each animal, sheets and blankets for varying weather conditions, and supportive equipment such as bell boots and other types of support boots used to provide the horses' legs to provide additional support. Additionally we have saddles of all types, including those specifically designed and made for TRRC for therapy uses, to improve the amount of contact with the horse or pony that a particular rider may need. Other equipment, typical of any horse barn, includes wheelbarrows, pitchforks, brooms, and outdoor heated watering supplies for all of our paddocks.

To date, TRRC, Inc. has grown in the number of barns (from the original barn to two additional, more updated barns,) riding arenas (predominantly the new Indoor Sensory Riding Arena,) changing paddock sizes and areas to better improve them for the adjusting needs of our horses and ponies.) Due to the loss of several horses and ponies this past year, we are also working diligently to re-expand our herd size so that additional clients may be included, as well in the desire to move forward with in the near future, restarting our hippotherapy program.

We have incorporated not only state-of-the-art veterinary care, but have in the last year, incorporated the use of alternative medical approaches such as chiropractic care and equine massage. This ensures the continuing health of our horses and ponies, so that they live happier and longer lives. When they can no longer work, they are usually offered back to their original donors, or, if they do not want them, we then retire them at TRRC, Inc..

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 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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 get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Helen S. Tuel

The Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc.

Term: 1983 -


Board co-chair

Mr. John M. Tuel

The Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc.

Term: 1983 -

Helen S. Tuel

TRRC, Inc.

John M. Tuel

TRRC, Inc.

William H. Ballantine

Retired Executive, Standard & Poor

William D. Harrison

WD Harrison, Inc.

Linda Gasch

Gasch Printing

Robert Porter

Building Consultant

Timothy R. Tuel

Medical Director

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 2/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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