Tempus Renatus School of Classical Horsemanship

Gratia Custodiendi Artis Equestris Historialis

Raeford, NC   |  http://www.tempusrenatus.org

Mission

Tempus Renatus School of Classical Horsemanship is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preserving the historical equestrian arts. Tempus Renatus brings these art forms to its local community, giving performances for the enjoyment of the local community and educational programs and certifications to those who otherwise do not have the opportunity to learn these arts, including veterans and underprivileged youth.

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Debbie Wright-Thomasson

Training Director

Emily Wright

Main address

1578 Montrose Rd

Raeford, NC 28376 USA

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Formerly known as

Wright Tempo School of Classical Horsemanship

EIN

81-3950303

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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In modern society, people have forgotten their connections to the past and have become stressed, burned-out, and disconnected from each other and the world. They look for ways to escape the “daily grind” and to see something beautiful and unique that also tells a story. In the past, classical dressage satisfied this need. It is an art form that incorporates music, dance, and animals in a unique way. Horse and rider work in harmony, changing a wild creature into a powerful, elegant being completely at one with its rider, and they express this connection through a type of specialized dance. However, classical riding is suffering as an art form. By and large, the public has forgotten that it exists as an art form, yet when they do have the chance to see it performed at its pinnacle of excellence, they are amazed and delighted. There are others who want to learn it for themselves. However, there are few training centers that teach this art in a systematic method to many demographics

Our programs

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

Steeds for Soldiers

A program for veterans or active duty members of the armed forces to learn classical riding over the course of several retreats or through a longer internship.

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Goals & Strategy

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The School’s purpose is to preserve and promote the art of classical dressage. Through systematic training of horse and rider, classical dressage is preserved without the pressures of the competitive sport world.
Tempus Renatus then brings these art forms to its local community, giving performances for the enjoyment of the local community and educational programs and certifications to those who love horses, regardless of economic status. Scholarships make programs available to those who otherwise do not have the opportunity to learn these arts, including veterans, underprivileged youth, and those who have been victims of violence. The school will partner with local musicians and dance studios to offer a venue for performance.
Training for the core riders will include internships and other specialty programs. The intern programs will create more advanced riders that will share the system of training around the globe, while the specialty programs will introduce new people from various backgrounds and demographics to riding.
Training also has a restorative aspect and programs are offered through EAGALA certified therapist for troubled youth or young adults/veterans suffering from PTSD. Other programs serve as an adjunct for physical therapy for recovering from injuries. Special labyrinth walks and trails for Shinrin Yoku are planned as well as gardens for meditation.
The classical breed of horse for these performance is the Lipizzan, which once considered the prize of nobility is now on the Livestock Conservancy endangered list. Active members of the USLF and the international registry the school also has a robust breeding program to aid in the preservation of this and several other classical livestock examples.
A unique feature of this project is the plan to have a negative carbon impact. We are working closely with conservation groups to have a positive environmental presence from fencing and building techniques to pasture management and composting.
A large portion of the school's purpose is education. Multiple tours are planned for educational activities about the various aspects of the farm such as sustainable agriculture, the use of herbs and other natural healing techniques in addition to lectures and introductions to the livestock and training.
We aim to reach a broad spectrum with these programs and will offer corporate retreats and other groups for various lengths of time.

We have a few different strategies for accomplishing our mission:
At the core, our strategy is to have multiple long-term interns that become full-time riders (and therefore teachers and performers) at the school. These interns may come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all will be passionate about the art form, about horses, and about the mission of this school. These will be the future and will carry on the school's legacy. Those that do not wish to stay at the school for whatever reason will be professionals in their own geographical areas, creating referral centers for participants in training programs and in other special projects.
Outside of that, we have short-term intern programs that are open for 3 or 6 months. These will educate other riders that wish for an intensive program but may not stay for a long period. These may be professionals, but they may also be passionate amateurs who will create referrals from their own areas.
In order to pique the curiosity and give a good introduction of our work to special populations, several weekend or week-long (or even month long) programs will be given with special themes. Some are focused on youth, others on veterans, and one on women who have been victims of abuse.
For local youth, we have one-on-one programs that allow students to work off their lessons taken on a case-by-case basis. These may become full-time interns if they choose, but the goal is to give them the skills necessary to earn scholarships at different universities and give them special life skills that can be learned through caring for horses.
Because art needs the support of the public, awareness will be brought to the public through various facility tours, from touring the stables and seeing the horses in work to walking through the trails or gardens. The pinnacle of these will be regular performances hosted on site or presented off-site with partners, such as Horses for Healthcare. These give the riders, interns, and other students a chance to show what they have accomplished as well as educate the public about the art form and the animals within. These performances will involve local artists, such as musicians and dancers, to encourage cohesion in the entire community and create a new level of experience.

Our organization is working with 24 horses that are suitable for the training and performance programs, from beginning riders through advanced. It is also using a facility with a covered arena and an outdoor arena that are suitable both for performances and for training programs. Our training director is certified to teach classical dressage through the high levels, and our artistic director also assists in the training in masterclass settings.

So far, we have assisted several youths and teens in our area. We have educated professionals, both well established as well as riders that have more recently become professional and are now teaching and training on their own. We have also helped raise money for other local charities by giving performances before their events and are gaining attention in those areas.
For the future, we are in need of infrastructure for our interns to stay on site for better education. We also need housing for special projects that are in development so that participants may come from all over the country to stay for the weekend, week-long, or month(s)-long programs that they have enrolled in.
An important goal is to develop an endowment fund which can be invested so that the school has financial stability and room to grow. This helps to ensure perpetuity over generations.

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Tempus Renatus School of Classical Horsemanship

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Debbie Wright-Thomasson


Board co-chair

Emily Wright

Oscar Coddou Molina

Tarra Millender

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