Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Hope. Horses. Healing.

aka Naples Therapeutic Riding Center   |   Naples, FL   |  https://www.naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org/

Mission

OUR MISSION: To improve the lives of children and adults with physical, social and mental health needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. OUR VISION: As a leading PATH Int’l. training and research facility, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center will continue to be the preeminent provider of safe, professional, high quality and innovative equine therapy in Southwest Florida.

Notes from the nonprofit

NTRC delivers safe and highly effective equine assisted therapeutic programs, achieving measurable results for nearly 800 individuals (ages 4-82) with special needs annually. Last year, 69% of those we served were children and youth age 21+ under. We are the only PATH Intl. accredited program in Collier County, and as a designated “Premier Center” NTRC is widely acknowledged as a leading equine therapeutic service provider in the Southeast United States. With the help of our caring and professional team (consisting of six PATH Int’l. Certified Instructors, all of whom hold the Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification and two of whom hold the additional Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification) and our dedicated and highly trained group of 350+ volunteers, we typically offer 12,000+ hours of service annually.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Missy Saracino-Lamont

Main address

206 Ridge Drive

Naples, FL 34108 USA

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Formerly known as

Naples Equestrian Challenge

EIN

65-0793008

NTEE code info

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

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is no “typical” NTRC participant, as our core programming is customized to benefit people representing all ages with a broad range and varying degrees of physical, behavioral and emotional challenges. Our equine-assisted therapeutic services are individually designed and monitored to help each participant consistently achieve measurable improvement in their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Diagnosis for our therapeutic riders include autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, stroke, amputation and a range of neurological diseases. Our Equine Facilitated Learning /Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Group Programs are held in collaboration with 14 Collier County social service and health agencies, serving vulnerable youth and adults who are homeless, have been abused or neglected or have witnessed violence; experienced the loss of a loved one, or those living with or impacted by addiction and/or mental illness.

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

The movement of a horse mimics the movement of a human's walk. NTRC riders experience this movement and receive physical, sensory, and neurological stimulation. Many also experience a freedom of motion and ability they simply do not or cannot enjoy in other aspects of their lives. Riders typically have 1-hour lessons weekly from September through May. Within the context of the horse's movement, lessons are planned by PATH-certified instructors and customized to the individual's specific development needs. Proven benefits include consistent improvements in the following areas: posture and balance, cognitive ability, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor control, enhanced communication skills and new problem-solving skills. We have seen participants achieve the ability to walk, speak for the first time (imagine a non-verbal child whispering their first word to a horse), feed oneself, and make eye contact.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Our Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Group Programs are held in collaboration with 14 Collier County social service and health agencies, serving vulnerable youth and adults who are homeless, have been abused or neglected or have witnessed violence, experienced the loss of a loved one, or those living with or impacted by addiction and/or mental illness. Sessions are conducted as a series of eight weekly mounted and/or unmounted classes and provide equine-assisted trust building exercises in a non-traditional alternative setting for mental health services. According to our partners, many of the individuals we serve consider being selected to attend the classes as a reward and positive reinforcement. Consistent attendance has been observed by counselors to directly correlate with improved participant behaviors, mood and progress in areas of mental and emotional well-being.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

This community outreach horsemanship program is based on our Equine Facilitated Learning group model to specifically serve retired military veterans and their family members. Our Skills Development Horsemanship Workshops are held monthly and introduce effective equine therapies with no judgement to help empower veterans by encouraging them to fully leverage the talents they developed during their service as they transition back to civilian life and the workforce. Veterans report these workshops have helped them open and improve communication with their family members and assisted them personally in gaining self-confidence, reducing anxiety levels and better managing their anger. Ultimately, we believe this program can help to de-stigmatize seeking therapeutic services and encourage more veterans to connect to an array of needed mental health options.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Offered as week long sessions during the months of June and July, our Inclusion Summer Camp makes it possible for children with disabilities and additional needs to enjoy horsemanship with their neighbors, siblings and classmates, offering a shared experience. A typical day in camp includes riding, horse care, grooming, anatomy, tacking, and a daily craft activity. Campers are encouraged to build camaraderie and to learn from each other. This experience is often one where NTRC’s therapeutic riders are able to experience a leadership role, as they have developed some horsemanship skills through other program involvement.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int'l.) Premier Center 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Annual Therapeutic Rider PEPP Evaluation Analysis

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019-2020: The decline in annual scoring (67% overall vs. our 70% goal) was anticipated based on the disruption of services due to COVID-19.

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.

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center will provide the most innovative, professional, effective and measurable equine activities and therapies to an expanding group of children and adults with special needs. As a leading regional provider, NTRC will become a model of best practices providing the highest quality equine therapy programs and will be recognized as a leading PATH Int'l. training and research center.

As identified in our Board approved 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, NTRC is committed to ensuring our continued success and program efficiency throught the implementation of the following Key Initiatives:

ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TALENT
Invest in building stability and consistency throughout our staff leadership, employees and volunteer team. To be successful in this effort, we must address the challenging realities of staff compensation, advancement and retention issues experienced in the extremely competitive Naples and overall Collier County employment market.

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Create and implement a sustainable financial model to support continued program growth and innovation into the future, including building our endowment and exploring campus expansion opportunities.

EXPAND ACCESS TO SERVICES
Build program capacity by increasing access to our equine-assisted therapeutic programming throughout Collier and Lee County by continuing to focus on the reduction of our Therapeutic Riding Waiting List annually and maximizing growth opportunities for our EFL/EFP group programs.

MAXIMIZE PROGRAM IMPACT
Continuously deliver sustainable and impactful programming that helps each participant achieve their individual potential. Maintain PATH Int’l. “Premier” accreditation and certification standards; increase number of training and education offerings; become an industry leader in impact measurement by formalizing our existing PEPP evaluation practices and creating new methods to better validate equine-assisted group therapeutic program outcomes; and expand our outreach to create collaborations with non-profit partners in new service areas.

GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Create a governance structure which supports a strong and diversified board to provide the leadership necessary to fulfill our mission. Examine current structure, diversity, policies and practices of the Board and committees to ensure that the composition and activities of the Board are focused on accountability and aligned with the needs and values of the organization, including increasing community involvement and supporting a culture of innovation.

With the supportive leadership of our Board of Directors, NTRC successfully completed a three-year $4 Million capital campaign, and celebrated the opening of our Clark Family Equine-Assisted Therapy Center in late 2017, significantly expanding our campus and service capacity. Prior to the challenges presented by COVID-19, during our last full year of services, NTRC delivered safe and highly effective equine assisted therapeutic programs, providing 12,480 hours of service with the help of our 17-member professional team and over 350 dedicated and highly trained volunteers. With their help, we typically achieve measurable results for nearly 800 participants annually (ages 4-82) with special needs including residents from throughout Collier County (including Immokalee and Naples) and Lee County (Estero).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Our 17-member Board offers a diverse range of experience, including legal, finance and therapeutic/clinical expertise. Additionally, NTRC receives 100% financial support individually from the Board, as well as 100% of the members participate in our fundraising efforts.

PROFESSIONAL TEAM: NTRC currently operates with a total of 17 employees, with a full-time staff of nine, including the Executive Director, Finance Officer, Program Director, Barn and Property Director, Lead Barn and Property Assistant, Barn Assistant, Volunteer Manager, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager. Our part-time staff of eight includes (6) Instructors (all of whom hold the PATH Int’l. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification and two of whom hold the additional Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification), a Volunteer Coordinator and a Mental Health Specialist.

VOLUNTEER TEAM: None of the valuable therapeutic services NTRC provides would be possible without our committed corps of 350+ active volunteers. Last year alone, our dedicated team contributed a total of 16,323 hours of donated in-kind services that provided an estimated market value of $326,460 annually for services rendered. Managing the intensive level of training, scheduling and retention activities required to effectively maintain the commitment of this valuable resource is a critical component of our successful operation.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS: NTRC has worked with dozens of Collier County not-for-profit organizations since its inception, including ABLE Academy, PACE Center for Girls, David Lawrence Center Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Trailblazer Academy participants from the STARability Foundation, New Beginnings, Youth Haven, Valerie’s House, Crossroads, Mental Health Resource Center/FACT, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Avow Hospice and The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. These longstanding community collaborations have greatly strengthened the impact of our overall services, specifically in the growth of our EFL/EFP Group programs.

For the three years prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, NTRC typically served nearly 800 unduplicated special needs participants annually. Despite a decrease to 497 unduplicated participants in 2020 resulting from a mandated lockdown from March to September 2020, we have fully resumed our equine assisted therapeutic services and introduced innovative new programming that we anticipate will return us to our historical service levels in calendar year 2021. Historically, 69% of the total participants served by our programming were children/youth under the age of 21, with 45% females and 55% male and 25% Hispanic ethnicity.

Special needs often place severe financial, physical and emotional demands on the families we serve. Too often, they have exhausted available medical insurance benefits but still require effective therapeutic options. Although NTRC has maintained our affordable $10 weekly lesson fee since we were founded in 1997, last year alone nearly 60 rider families still needed scholarships to cover the entire 45-week program season. Currently, NTRC’s actual cost per session is $46, including the instructor, barn and arena personnel costs plus the care and maintenance costs for our 14-horse highly trained therapy herd, including hay, feed /supplements, farrier costs, dental and veterinarian visits to ensure our “essential workers” remain healthy and physically fit. NTRC relies on generous private individuals and foundation supporters to ensure our ability to keep our life changing services affordable for all those we serve.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 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?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Lee Pinto

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2023

Gregory Otis, Vice President

Finance

William Villafranco, Secretary

Finance

Harry Witt, Treasurer

Retired

Kristin Carolan

Mental Health Professional

James Dati

Attorney

Mackindy Dieu

Mental Health Professional

Jeffrey Fortier

Finance

John (Jack) Fulmer III

Retired Military

Jeff Jerome

Hospitality Marketing & Sales

Brian McNamara

Attorney

Melanie Penner

Owner/Operator of Bayhead Farm

Connie Sharpe

Retired

Michael Rubenstein

Finance

Dr. Bill Swartz

Veterinary

Sara White

Real Estate

David Winebrenner

Retired

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2021

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