CHAPS Equine Assisted Services

Connect. Heal. Inspire

aka CHAPS   |   Sheridan, WY   |  www.chapswyo.org

Mission

CHAPS mission is to be a resource for empowerment & healing as well as physical & mental well-being through equine assisted services.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mrs. Kristen L Marcus

Main address

PMB 201 1590 Sugarland Dr Ste B

Sheridan, WY 82801 USA

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Formerly known as

Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip for Therapeutic Riding

EIN

72-1578867

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CHAPS is growing and serving a diverse population. Our biggest issues, at this time, is a lack of funding and a lack of space.

CHAPS leases a facility, and while it is a wonderful space, we are out-growing it. We are limited to one lesson at a time which restricts the number of clients CHAPS can serve. If we were to obtain a facility in which two lessons can be taught at the same time, CHAPS could serve additional clients.

Funding is our #1 need. It is difficult to find operational grants and horses are not cheap to maintain. Our second largest funding need is scholarship funding. In 2017, 91% of our clientele required at least a partial scholarship to participate.

We are working hard to improve our fundraisers and build our donor database. CHAPS has so much to offer our community and we are working to make it sustainable for many years to come.

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

A traditional riding lesson with a therapeutic goal. Benefits clients by increasing muscle strength, balance, sequencing skills, fine and gross motor skills and spatial awareness. Indicated for physical, mental and social disabilities as well as at-risk youth.

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

Traditional Driving lesson with a therapeutic goal. Benefits clients by increasing core muscle strength, spatial awareness, sequencing, fine and gross motor skills. Indicated for physical, mental and social disabilities as well as at-risk youth and veterans.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

This program works to improve communication, relationship and coping skills while teaching team-building and the importance of positive decision-making.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Veterans

A non-mounted, group program focusing on facilitating personal skill development that helps attend to and reduces emotional reactivity, assists in processing trauma and fosters the development of strength-based tools to work through triggers and emotions. This program is facilitated by the horse while guided by the Equine Specialist and ​Mental Health Professional.​

This program serves veterans from all over the US and from any conflict or branch of military.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Ponies travel to veteran long-term care facilities to interact with veterans. Objectives include improving fine/gross motor skills, social skills, verbalization and memory/recall.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Our ponies travel to the Child Development Center and Daybreak (a Senior care program) once a week to work with Pre-K children and seniors. Primary focus is on social skills, socialization, fine/gross motor skills, impulse control and memory/recall.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

PATH, International Premier Accreditation 2016

Awards

Region 10 Equine of the Year 2021

PATH International

Affiliations & memberships

Mission 22 2019

Best of Sheridan - Social Services 2019

PATH International - Region 10 Credentialed Professional of the Year 2021

PATH International - Region 10 Credentialed Professional of the Year 2022

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 children with disabilities served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Adaptive (Therapeutic) Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total youth served in 33 weeks: Youth at-risk and youth with diagnoses such as autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, extreme anxiety, intellectual developmental disability, etc.

Number of adults with disabilities served

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

Adults

Related Program

Adaptive (Therapeutic) Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Adults with disabilities served in a 33-week period. Most of the adults participate for all 33 weeks.

Number of veterans served

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

Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of total veterans served in a 33-week period. They are veterans from the community and the local VA Medical Center.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

CHAPS is dedicated to improving quality of life for youth, adults, seniors and veterans in our community.

According to a study by RAND Corporation, 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD or depression and is the third most prevalent psychiatric diagnosis in veterans using VA hospitals.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy has been found to significantly decrease psychological symptoms in individuals with trauma or abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, or autism spectrum disorder (Rothe et al., 2005).

The equine-human bond, in tandem with the client-therapist relationship, allows for the processing of painful emotions and experiences while simultaneously developing intimacy, identity, and partnership. This dual process creates an efficient and successful therapeutic program (Klontz et al., 2007; Yorke, Adams, & Coady, 2008).

Although MacKinnon, Noh, Laliberte, Lariviere, and Allan (1995) found no significant results in quantitative measurements of gross motor function in subjects with cerebral palsy in a therapeutic riding program, qualitative measures described steady progress in the areas of core strength, strength, balance, and seated posture.

Improvement in cognitive skills such as sensory processing, focus, attention, and the ability to follow directions as well as increased social interaction and relationship-building support the findings of Bass, Duchowny and Llabre (2009).

CHAPS offers therapeutic riding, therapeutic driving, equine assisted learning and equine facilitated psychotherapy to help clients work through individual problems. The main goal is to improve quality of life for every client we see.

CHAPS employs two PATH Certified Instructors, a licensed professional counselor, a barn manager and an Executive Director.

CHAPS is a community partner and works closely with several agencies as well as individual clinicians and physicians. In 2018, CHAPS has partnered with Mary Baldwin University, Casper College and the University of North Dakota to provide internships for Occupational Therapy students.

CHAPS is a Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), International. In 2016, our instructor was named Certified Professional of the Year for Region 10 (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).

Our instructors complete over 20 hours of CEU's each year. Additional training is highly encouraged and provided by CHAPS.

CHAPS Executive Director has been named to serve on the PATH, International Equine Services 4 Heroes Committee and to represent the state of Wyoming as the PATH, International WY State Chairperson.

A CHAPS participant was named the 2017 PATH, International Equine Services 4 Heroes Awardee.

CHAPS is growing to serve more people in our community. We have developed new programs and continue to improve old ones. We are pleased to announce we have a waiting list and the only thing holding us back is funding and space.

CHAPS is fast out-growing our current facility and is seeking funding for a capital campaign to purchase a larger facility. In order to grow and serve more people, we will need a larger facility so more than one instructor can teach at the same time as well as more pasture for an increased herd size.

In 2017-2018, we collected data through a survey we developed for the veteran program. The survey asked about specific symptoms; Pre-CHAPS 50% reported having flashbacks and post CHAPS 47% reported having flashbacks. Pre-CHAPS 28% reported having a shortened sense of future; post CHAPS 25% reported shortened sense of future. Pre-CHAPS, 69% reported sleep difficulties; 63% post CHAPS. Strong negative feelings: 38% pre-CHAPS; 31% post CHAPS. Feeling distant or cut off from others: 72% pre-CHAPS; 69% post CHAPS. Difficulty concentrating: 66% pre-CHAPS; 59% post CHAPS. Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities: 78% pre-CHAPS; 59% post CHAPS. These findings suggest that the skills and lessons learned at CHAPS and the MHRRTP are helping veterans to cope better, reducing negative behaviors/feelings.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Community members in Sheridan and Johnson Counties aged 4 and up.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    N/A

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback gives ownership to the people we serve and allows us to continue to meet needs.

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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CHAPS Equine Assisted Services

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kristen Masters

Masters Equine Design

Term: 2020 - 2023

Kristen Masters

Masters Equine Design

Mikole Soto

Chapman, Valdez & Lansing

Jill Benson

SAGE Community Arts

Devin Worman

Worman Farrier Services

Shana Neustel

VA Medical Center

Fleur Ahern

CHAPS Equine Assisted Services

Teresa Garrett-Martin

CHAPS Equine Assisted Services

Andy Earp

Army Veteran

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.