Nexus Equine Inc

Connecting people and horses

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK   |  https://www.nexusequine.org

Mission

Facilitate options for horses through innovative opportunities and outreach.

Ruling year info

2016

President and CEO

Mrs. Rita Hoch

Main address

PO BOX 54572

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73154 USA

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EIN

81-1990122

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nexus Equine was founded in 2016 with the primary goal of providing options to horses. At Nexus, we believe there are times when horses find themselves in at-risk situations and need outside support and resources. Quite often, these are younger healthy horses who have a great potential for a second career or new chapter in their lives. Nexus provides assessment and training to every horse in our adoption program. As a result, all horses have a specific individually designed program that promotes the highest potential of each horse. The final step in our adoption process is matching the right person with the right horse, creating positive outcomes for the equine community. **Horses need resources and support when they are no longer appropriate for current discipline or environment. Nexus provides those option either by putting horses in our adoption and transport programs OR provide assistance to horse owners with veterinary and farrier so that horses can remain at home.

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?

Adoption Program

Through adoption, we strive to match the right horse to the right person. We provide professional training to each horses in our program and provide necessary veterinary care to all of our horses. We work with each adopter throughout the lifetime of the horse.

Population(s) Served

Nexus Equine has partnered with Dumb Friends League’s Harmony Equine Center, in Franktown, Colorado. Harmony Equine Center has an expansive adoption program and needs adoptable horses to accommodate their waiting list of potential homes. Nexus provides the horses, Harmony finds the right fit in an adopter, and this provides even more options for Oklahoma horses, keeping them out of an at-risk situation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Care Connection Fund was designed to financially assist Oklahoma horse owners with the provision of veterinary care and other health services that are not financially feasible. This program will allow horses to receive the necessary care and the option for horse owners to keep their horses in their home. Nexus collaborates with equine health professionals in formulating a team approach for the well-being of the horse. **Admission is by veterinary referral only.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program is a collaboration between Oklahoma State 4-H and Nexus. This is an opportunity to showcase Nexus horses over a 90 Day period allowing horses to receive training and learn new skills by the 4-H youth. At the end of the 90 Days, each team presents the progress they have accomplished during the time period. The winner receives a $1,500 scholarship. Creativity and innovation in programmatic development increases the Nexus impact for horses and people in our communities.  Media coverage: https://kfor.com/2019/08/13/equine-rescue-4-h-members-from-across-oklahoma-team-up-for-project-to-rehab-rehome-horses/

Population(s) Served
Adults

We created “Take Two” to be a resource for higher value horses and their owners who might need an alternative when a horse hasn’t sold but needs to transition to a new owner. Horses are accepted into this program and then leased so that a new person can have a wonderful opportunity that they might not have had otherwise.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

This fund was created in 2018 to further support the horses in our care. With this fund, we are able to provide necessary veterinary services above and beyond what we normally do when preparing a horse for adoption. This includes surgeries and extra diagnostic procedures as well as extra medications. As all horse owners know, unexpected expenses occur all the time with horse ownership. We want to be able to do what is needed for our horses so that they are able to be healthy and ready to find their home. This also allows us to take in horses that otherwise might not have a place to go, because we know we can care for them.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Right Horse Adoption Partner 2017

Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp - Jessica Gleason 2019

Oklahoma Large Animal First Responder 2019

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 animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Populations Served: Adopters

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We have room for more horses, but work to assist horse owners to keep their horses at home.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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 primary goal of Nexus is to be able to continue our mission of supporting horses, both now and in the future. Through our high impact programs, we want to better the lives of horses and provide life saving solutions. Nexus feels a a responsibility to care for Oklahoma Horses, the very horses that contribute millions to our economic impact each year. Nexus strives to break barriers and open minds by creating programs that lead to positive outcomes and brighter futures for horses. Our high impact programs provide life saving solutions and better the lives of horses, which is paramount to our success. The end goal being the provision of critical and life saving programs for horses, keeping them out of at-risk situations, and as a result, creating positives outcomes and brighter future for horses. 

2020 Program Numbers:
- Adoptions: 73
- Transport: 72
- Care Connection Fund: 67
- Take Two Leasing: 3

458 Families received support from our COVID Relief Fund in 2020

TOTAL IMPACT SINCE INCEPTION: MORE THAN 1,035 HORSES.

Nexus Equine works to partner and collaborate with other equine organizations. We know that to improve outcomes for horses, we must unify the equine community, industry organizations, welfare advocates, horse professionals and the general horse loving public. By working together, we are more successful because we can draw on the strengths of individual members who present like-minded philosophies, diversity in skills, talents and background, experiences and perspectives. As a result, we are able to share resources and knowledge and address challenges TOGETHER. Partnerships and collaboration allow us to tap into new resources, new revenue, new opportunities and the creation and success of innovative programs. Nexus is an organization that thinks out of the box, coming up with different ideas and programs that give horses a better opportunity for adoption or assist horse owners strengthen healthy horse ownership. By utilizing innovation, Nexus can maximize impact and improve the lives of MORE horses across a variety of outcome based programs.

Nexus Equine uses innovation to maximize impact and improve the lives of horses across a variety of outcome based programs. Along with our Adoption Program, we have our Transport Program and Care Connection Fund; we also have these innovative programs within our traditional programs: Oklahoma 4H Equine Makeover and our Take Two Lease Program. All of these programs involve partnership and collaboration with other equine industry organizations, animal welfare organizations and horse owners. We strive to engage the different groups across the board to come together and work to achieve good outcomes for horses. The Nexus Philosophy is to concentrate on things we can agree on, not focus on equine topics we don’t agree on. Real progress cannot be achieved if divisive subjects are the focus.

In our five years of existence, Nexus has consistently increased our ability to help more horses. Here are intake and outcome statistics since inception:

Intake:
2017 - 48
2018 - 67
2019 - 104
2020 - 145

TOTAL NUMBER OF HORSES NEXUS HAS TAKEN IN: 219 horses

Outcome through Nexus Programs:
2017 - 35
2018 - 113
2019 - 180
2020 - 673

GRAND TOTAL BY YEAR:
2017 - 83
2018 - 180
2019 - 284
2020 - 818

Our impact has increased each year since inception through the creation and implementation of outcome-based, life saving programs.

Financials

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Nexus Equine Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Whitney Zeka-McFadden

Community Volunteer

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs. Laura Trammell Dawson

Community Volunteer

Rita Hoch

Whitney Zeka-McFadden

Laura Dawson

Corrie Graybill

Cathy Sconzo-Blackburn

Tim Lindsey

Lee Young

Mary Arbuckle

Shelly Johnson

Christy Counts

Kevin Trimmell

Board leadership practices

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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 07/16/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data