Riding with HEART

Pittstown, NJ   |  www.ridingwithheart.org

Mission

The mission of Riding with HEART is to improve the quality of life of physically and cognitively challenged adults, children, and their families and to provide youth development through our diverse equine assisted programs

Ruling year info

2006

President- Board of Trustees

Catherine Gibson

Main address

639 CR 513

Pittstown, NJ 08867 USA

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Formerly known as

Dreams Come True Therapeutic Riding

EIN

57-1233216

NTEE code info

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

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the 2020 US Census, individuals in Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren Counties have disabilities. These numbers reflect the scope of the problem. Individuals with Disabilities in Hunterdon County 5% of 129,349 = 6,467 people Individuals with Disabilities in Mercer County 6.5% of 387,340 = 25,177 people Individuals with Disabilities in Warren County 8.5% of 108,692 8.5% = 9,238 people In just three New Jersey counties, almost 41,000 people have a disability. The challenge has been identifying the "niche" population of participants through channels where services are provided to them Riding with HEART aims to address this problem by making the Riding with HEART Program easier to find with community outreach, interaction with health care providers, advertising, adding additional equine-assisted services, and expanding the number of PATH certified, and professionally credentialed instructors and therapists on staff.

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?

Adaptive Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Activities

THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING - Therapeutic horseback riding partners the horse, participant, and instructor to provide physical, cognitive, and emotional therapies.

EQUINE-ASSISTED LEARNING ACTIVITIES - These activities can be mounted and/or unmounted, and provide benefits that are significant and long-lasting.
Veteran and First Responder Programs
Services for low-income children and families
Hippotherapy (equine OT)
Equine facilitated mental health sessions
Summer activities
Equine education for special needs schools and organizations
At-risk youth programs
Enrichment education

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth
Families

Occupational therapy conducted by a licensed Occupational Therapist that utilizes the multi-dimensional movement of the horse to enhance the therapy goals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with physical disabilities

EAL is an educational approach to equine assisted activities. EAL content is developed and organizes by credentialed practitioners with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine activities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Military personnel

Children on the Autism Spectrum work with horses and in the barn to learn and practice social skills in a unique and fun setting.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents

Riding with HEART offers unique and inclusive horseback riding camps in the summer. Each day includes a riding lesson, horsemanship skills and education, arts & crafts, games and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Inclusive Summer Camp for children ages 5-16

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

PATH, Intl. Premier Accreditation 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 therapy hours provided to clients

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

Family relationships, Health, At-risk youth, Emergency responders, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on the low numbers due to the 2020 COVID pandemic, we consider the increase from 350 hours to 590 hours significant growth.

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.

The mission of Riding with HEART is to improve the quality of life of physically and cognitively challenged adults, children, and their families, and to provide youth development through our diverse equine-assisted programs.

By following the above Riding with HEART's Mission Statement, we will continue to serve every individual within our community who could benefit from our services. Our goal is to identify and reach out to a larger population of individuals who would benefit from our program.

By offering a wide range of equine-assisted activities, individuals and their families have a calm, therapeutic environment to safely partner with horses, compassionate instructors, and equine specialists. By growing and expanding our equine-assisted services, Riding with HEART will increase the quality of life for even more participants.

As the community's needs evolve, Riding with HEART's key strategy is to grow and expand the program offerings to meet these needs. Equine-assisted activities can be customized to address the specific goals of the participant or group more

In addition, Riding with HEART is actively expanding our herd of therapeutic horses so the disposition, size, age, and particular skills of each horse can be of the most therapeutic value to each participant.

Within the next three years, a covered round pen is going to be built so lessons will be available no matter the weather. The size and shape of a round pen are particularly suited to participants with sensory issues. A second riding ring allows us to teach multiple lessons without having too many riders in a single arena. Fewer participants alleviate the stress of multiple riders, volunteers, horses, and instructors in a single time slot.

Another goal for 2021, is to hire two additional instructors. A Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor can teach at least four sessions per day. With a larger pool of instructors, the Riding with HEART Program could increase just the therapeutic riding component of the program by approximately 30 percent.

Lastly, the budget for professional development has increased. Highly qualified, knowledgeable instructors, and dedicated volunteers are the backbone of an equine-assisted therapeutic program.

Riding with HEART is capable of meeting its goals by:

Having multiple PATH* Certified Therapeutic Instructors and Equine Specialists on staff
Requiring instructors to attend training, workshops, and clinics throughout the year
Offering Hippotherapy by a licensed and credentialed Occupational Therapist
Having a healthy herd of safe, well-trained therapy horses
Maintaining a pool of dedicated, educated, and safety-conscious volunteers
Allowing for physical program growth with 30 acres of Green Acres Preserved Farmland that has a 30 stall barn
Backing by a mission-driven Board of Directors
Seeking financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations
Working closely with the local community through education, services, and communication
Partnering with local organizations to foster mutually beneficial activities
Keeping the Premier Accreditation status through PATH* International

*Riding with HEART is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Premier Accredited Center. PATH International is regarded worldwide as an exceptional organization for accrediting therapeutic riding centers and certifying instructors and equine specialists.

Riding with HEART has added more specialized programs increasing the number of participants we are able to serve. Since 2019, programs that are new or have experienced significant growth include:

At-risk youth sessions, children from underserved communities, and families navigating the foster care system just to name a few. In addition, we are training instructors in the Horse Powered Reading program as well as Social Skills sessions for autistic children.

The existing office was split to create a classroom for equine-assisted learning.

A new program has begun for veterans and first responders called BraveHEARTs. This program is provided at zero cost to participants. This includes a summer BraveHEARTS camp.

Goals for the next two years are to add programs for large groups from schools and organizations that are populated by special needs students and underprivileged families.

We are actively recruiting a credentialed Hippotherapist (OT) and a licensed therapist to provide equine-facilitated psychotherapy.

A covered round pen for riding and horsemanship sessions is in the beginning stages. This structure will provide a suitable place to teach riders, hold ground sessions, and will serve as a quiet, private location for equine-facilitated psychotherapy following HIPPA guidelines.

Finally, an obstacle course is in the process of construction for both ground and mounted confidence-building sessions.

Financials

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Riding with HEART

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Catherine Gibson

BT Americas

Catherine Gibson

Bank Americas

Richard Defuccio

Marquis Wealth Management

Maureen Haney

C2G Partners

Kerri Nottage

Janssen Reasearch & Development

Suzanne Smith

Spring Mills Veterniary Hospital

Rebecca Mann

Johnson & Johnson