Metropolitan Equestrian Team Inc

New York, NY   |  www.meteqteam.org

Mission

Metropolitan Equestrian Team (MET) is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to cultivating young, aspiring athletes in grades 3-12 by developing their talents through training and exposure in various local and national competitions. Our goal is to inform and educate student riders about the many college opportunities and various formats of college equestrian competitions, as well as to provide riders with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. MET promotes academics and horsemanship, by introducing representatives from colleges and universities to our students' through various education programs. As a result, our students' have received over $1,000,000 in college scholarship opportunities.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Jane DaCosta

Main address

1460 Broadway

New York, NY 10036 USA

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EIN

80-0627656

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Metropolitan Equestrian Team (MET) aims to address the inclusivity of equestrian sports and promote students to high levels of education to achieve a college degree. Many children in America are not given or even know of the chance to be an equestrian. Through our team, members are given a community to be involved in. Our students come from all walks of life and can learn valuable life skills through horses such as animal husbandry, therapeutic riding and competition events. MET offers members our Alternative Learning Program (ALP). ALP is an education program provided to our students with the goal of varying interests based in a S.T.E.A.M Curriculum. (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts, and Math) The equestrian community is usually considered only a sport only for the wealthy, but that is not the truth within our program. MET aim to change many false narratives around equestrian sports, Metropolitan Equestrian Team (MET) aims to address the inclusivity of equestrian sport.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Interscholastic Equestrian Association

The IEA purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary school levels (primarily ages 11 through 19).

To fulfill its purpose, the IEA offers guidance regarding the creation and development of school and/or barn associated equestrian programs. IEA coaches aim to develop understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports through organized student competitions and additional equine educational opportunities.

Students have the opportunity to earn scholarships toward their college education through awards in competition and through sportsmanship activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Athletic Equestrian League is an organization of 4th-12th grade equestrian athletes who compete in practical horsemanship.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

MET’s reach goes well beyond its local community. Our organization partners with barns across the US to bring its Equine Opportunity Program and the positive benefits of horseback riding to kids all over the country. Horseback riding provides therapeutic value. A child's presence in the barn grooming, feeding, and caring for our horses reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and improves overall health. In our NYC location, children have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing trail ride through over 400 acres of beach and trails throughout Jamaica Bay Riding Academy Preserves. The experiences in our locations outside of NYC range from arena riding, to riding through the mountains of America, and much more. Overall, it is the companionship with our equine partners that is the foundation of our growth in relationship to these animals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Our mission is to provide horseback riding and educational opportunities to kids from grades 3-12 regardless of socioeconomic status. We aim to restore the lives of children in unbelievable situations and provide community involvement to all our members around the country. Offering this kind of structure to our members lives’ will indefinitely benefit them in their futures and help them in their professional and educational careers.

To move toward our missions, MET offers an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and Athletic Equestrian League (AEL) Competition Teams. Students who participate on our competition teams participate with over 15,000 children throughout the country. In addition, students in our program also compete in yearly College recruitment events such as the College Preparatory Invitational (CPI). CPI offers young equestrians, in grades 8 – 12, the opportunity to explore the college equestrian experience through comprehensive education, competition, and scholarship/community service program. During the CPI Horse Show event, students experience the college equestrian competition format; they can explore an equestrian-focused college fair, attend educational presentations and take advantage of the opportunity for direct conversations with college admissions representatives and equestrian team coaches from all over the U.S. For a lot of our members, they never aspired to achieve a college education. We prepare and expose them to their own potential. Our members are extremely intelligent and diverse. Our members are often not challenged in their everyday lives or traditional education experience. We also offer a therapeutic riding experience known as the Equine Opportunity Program (EOP) This program exposes a various background of students which allows students to connect with our horses and promote the therapeutic aspects of horse husbandry.

Our organization has large goals and our mission is a never ending pursuit. We have an array of riding academies we partner with in order to expand our organization. Currently, we have riding programs in Utah, Texas, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Georgia. Our locations expand on a regular basis. Our partnered riding facilities are thoroughly background checked along with their respective trainers to insure a quality experience for our members. Our competition teams are on a tightly maintained weekly schedule to create a structure for members. We also partner with many other non profit organizations. Through our partnerships with other non profit organizations, we are able to continue our mission to provide horseback riding and educational opportunities to all.

Outside of horseback riding, our members are stimulated by our educational programs. Our Academic Advisory Committee Chair, Kathryn Cullen-Dupont, provides a wealth of knowledge to our students from College Essay assistance, degree background reviews, and is very involved in our ALP curriculum. In all of education and horseback riding programs, there are career paths we would love to see our members grow towards.

Our Board of Directors is made of highly intelligent and talented individuals. All of them have achieved great success independently in a variety of fields. Their talents range through education, marketing and advertising, business development, visual arts and other fields of study.

Metropolitan Equestrian Team has come from a thought to a complete organization. We have grown exponentially in our ten years of operation. Starting as an additional program to one riding academy has now turned into multiple riding teams,consistent training programs, educational advancement, college advisement and therapeutic riding opportunities. Our mission is to provide horseback riding and educational opportunities regardless of socioeconomic status. In our ten years of operations, we have connected our members to $1.3 million in college scholarships at college and universities throughout the country. These scholarships were earned by our members and we are extremely grateful to have such incredible students representing M.E.T. Our members have received scholarships from highly accredited institutions including S.C.A.D., Mount Holyoke, Colgate University, L.I.U. Post, Texas A&M, SUNY Binghamton, and Centenary University!

Our members have grown tremendously outside of their college education. We are extremely grateful to have our alumni return to the program and pay visits to the current members. It speaks to our Founder/Executive Director, Jane DaCosta who will be the first person to tell strangers her story. How her equestrian development was a generous favor of a New York City Police Officer. Since her early days, this organization is her way of paying it forward to the next generation of equestrian development. Our Alumni have connected to her experiences and follow her mantra, pay it forward.

Metropolitan Equestrian Team began in New York and only partnered with one riding academy. Today, ten years later, we partnered with riding academies throughout the country. These partners are crucial to us and how we plan to continue growing. We have members and barns located in New York, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Utah, and Maryland. Our headquarters is located in New York at 81 Prospect Street, Brooklyn, NY. This new headquarters is a community workspace and we are looking forward to networking with the other businesses within the area. Our new corporate headquarters offers the organization off site training and further the community development between our members. M.E.T’s expansion has also grown internally. We have hired two incredible operations assistants who are highly involved in our future plans. We hired them to help support the organizational infrastructure and better serve our parents and members.

Financials

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Metropolitan Equestrian Team Inc

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

Elizabeth Kee

CORE Real Estate


Board co-chair

Sara Check

Jane DaCosta

Metropolitan Equestrian Team

Elizabeth Kee

CORE Real Estate

Sara Check

Mitchel Rubin

Sarah Mannone

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