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StableStrides

Health and Healing Through Horses

aka StableStrides   |   Elbert, CO   |  www.stablestrides.org

Mission

The mission of StableStrides is to significantly improve the wellbeing of individuals through a connection with horses.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Mrs. Kay Tally-Foos

Main address

13620 Halleluiah Trail

Elbert, CO 80106 USA

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Formerly known as

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center

EIN

74-2232440

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

StableStrides is focused on reducing suicide rates and increasing individuals independence in our community. Our services help people with mental, physical, and developmental health needs build the skills and abilities needed to engage with their communities, pursue career and educational opportunities, and thrive.

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?

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

Hippotherapy is physical, occupational, or speech therapy that utilizes equine movement to enhance the therapy. This strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes. Specially trained therapists evaluate individuals needing this distinctive therapy and lead the treatment with the help of a certified therapeutic riding instructor.  The movement of the horse is used to influence the rider; horsemanship is not a goal.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with physical disabilities

Therapeutic Riding is horseback riding for individuals with adaptive needs. It is taught by a certified riding instructor and the rider learns horsemanship skills during their lessons. In addition to horsemanship skills therapeutic riding contributes positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of people with disabilities.

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

Our mental health therapy offers unique opportunities to improve individuals or families’ mental health needs through the partnership of a horse. These services have been accomplished through building partnerships with community organizations that assist in improving the mental health needs of our community. All sessions are facilitated by an equine specialist and a qualified mental health therapist.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Animal Hero Award 2016

America Red Cross

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Across all three programs - Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Mental Health and Adaptive Riding.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number is a percentage of clients surveyed about recommending our program to others. All years, 100% of clients surveyed stated they would recommend StableStrides to others.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Across all three programs - Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Mental Health and Adaptive Riding.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Across all three programs - Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Mental Health and Adaptive Riding.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

In 2020 StableStrides will help over 800 individuals achieve their therapeutic goals. Through these achievements clients will have built relationship, coping, communication, and problem solving skills that will reduce their likelihood of considering suicide in the future, as well as increase their independence and physical wellbeing. These skills will also provide our clients with education and career opportunities that they may not have had otherwise. Our goal is to reduce our clients suicide indicators by 70% and increase their functional independence measures by 60%.

StableStrides applies a group effort to enhancing the quality of life for clients. A team of PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health, specially qualified and trained mental and physical health therapists, a team of almost 200 dedicated and trained volunteers, and a herd of carefully selected and trained therapy horses are utilized to serve clients.

Through equine-assisted activities and therapies, clients address personalized goals to address disabilities while also gaining confidence and independence through the learning of horsemanship skills. One rider stated, "When I'm on the horse people don't see me as disabled, they see me as an equestrian."

StableStrides is the only therapeutic riding center in Southern Colorado holding the title of Premier Accredited Center, the highest available, with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). This demonstrates StableStrides' level of commitment to providing only the safest and highest quality of services. All StableStrides therapeutic riding instructors and equine specialists in mental health are PATH certified as well and participate in continuing education.

StableStrides' activities and therapies help individuals with a wide variety of disabilities, including ADHD; PTSD; other emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges; autism; developmental delays; mental retardation; learning disabilities; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; multiple sclerosis; muscular dystrophy; spina bifida; spinal cord injury; paralysis; amputation; head trauma/brain injury; orthopedic injury; stroke; and hearing, visual, and speech impairments.

StableStrides was founded in 1981 when individuals, families, and members of the medical community began turning to our founder for horseback riding lessons that assisted individuals with rehabilitative needs. At first basic therapeutic riding services were offered. In 1993 mental health programming was introduced, Hippotherapy services were introduced in 1994, and in 2008 mental health services for military were introduced.

Since 1998, StableStrides has been the region's only Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), an internationally recognized certification and accreditation organization for the equine-assisted therapy industry. In 2015, StableStrides opened the Dom Cimino Center at Norris Penrose satellite location, providing mental health services inside Colorado Springs city limits, after a two-year pilot proved the need.

StableStrides is proud to have received numerous community awards in recent years.

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

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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

Financials

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Operations

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

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StableStrides

Board of directors
as of 10/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Nikki Herman

Springs Wealth Group

Term: 2023 - 2025

Nikki Herman

Springs Wealth Group

Reggie Graham

Centerpoint Insurance Group

Jeff Mandarich

National Builder Group

Kathleen Solano

CORE Electric Cooperative

Chris Valentine Valentine

UCCS

Zach Bunney

First Bank

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 10/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.