HEARTS & HORSES, INC

Hope. Horses. Healing.

aka Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center   |   Loveland, CO   |  www.heartsandhorses.org

Mission

Our mission at Hearts & Horses is to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies. Hearts & Horses is committed to excellence, not only in our own community, but also in the field of therapeutic horsemanship internationally. It is our goal to continuously provide our community with equine facilitated programs that are therapy-based and outcome-oriented.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Ms. Jan Pollema

Main address

163 North County Road 29

Loveland, CO 80537 USA

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EIN

84-1387873

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs and results

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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?

Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

Therapeutic Riding: Children and adults with disabilities work with PATH Intl. certified instructors in equestrian skill-based lessons to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives.

Hippotherapy: Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists partner with a horse to provide a powerful therapy team. The horse's movement can improve balance, strength and coordination for individuals with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Youth-at-risk find friendship, develop trust and form a deep connection when partnered with a horse. Emotions and behaviors are explored in a safe setting to reflect, learn and grow in order to improve the development of trust, respect, empathy, self-respect and confidence, accountability and conflict resolution.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia find joy in equine related activities. For some it is a chance to experience past memories and for others it is a new adventure.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Wounded service personnel and veterans interact with a horse to nurture self-awareness, trust, coping skills and relationship skills, contributing to improved quality of life and hope for the future.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Instructor of the Year - Tamara Merritt 2010

PATH International

Horse of the Year - Sir Rocko "Bud" 2012

PATH International

Adult Independent Rider of the Year - Cliff Uber 2012

PATH International

Premier Accreditation 2002

PATH International (formerly NARHA)

Premier Re-Accreditation 2008

PATH International (formerly NARHA)

Premier Re-Accreditation 2013

PATH International (formerly NARHA)

Loveland Chamber of Commerce 2014

Non Profit of the Year

Adult Independent Rider of the Year - Karissa Peterson 2016

PATH International

Equine of the Year - Region 10 "Sadie" 2016

PATH International

Veterinarian of the Year "Dr. Suit" - Region 10 2016

PATH International

Volunteer of the Year - Dave Culbertson 2016

PATH International

Equine of the Year "Cola" - Region 10 2018

PATH International

Premier Re-Accreditation 2018

PATH International

Professional of the Year "Liz de Kock"- Region 10 2020

PATH International

Equine of the Year "Varsity" - Region 10 2020

PATH International

Volunteer of the Year - Carol McKennan 2020

PATH International

Veterinarian of theYear "Dr. Lecair" - Region 10 2021

PATH International

Affiliations & memberships

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association 1997

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 clients served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2019 we served 841 participants which is lower than the previous year due to the construction of a new indoor arena that will allow us to significantly increase our participants in the future!

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

678 participants received scholarship awards totaling $308,821

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of riders on scholarship

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to make an impact in the lives of individuals with disabilities through equine assisted therapies and activities.

The strategies that we use to impact the lives of others includes utilizing the equine for its movement and motion (therapeutic riding and hippotherapy) along with the emotional impacts of the equine for our mental health programs.

We have a highly trained herd of four-legged therapists (equines) which serve as the conduit for our Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities. In addition, all of our staff are also highly trained personnel, holding numerous certifications and creditentials through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Intl. All of our therapists are licensed through the state of Colorado.

Our programs have always been highly regarded; however we have added several new programs in 2012 that add to the depth and breadth of the clients that we can serve. In 2014-15, Hearts & Horses underwent major improvements in our facilities through the renovation of an existing indoor arean and the addition of offices and volunteer space.
For 2017 and beyond, we are working toward the replacement of our current fabric arena that has not held up to Colorado's harsh winds and heavy snows. The replacement arena would be an insulated steel building that will be warmer for our participants and safer in winds. With a more efficient design, we will be able to serve twice as many participants and reduce our long waiting list in a conditioned space. This will allow us to expand our operations to meet the growing needs of children with disabilities in our community.

Financials

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Operations

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

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HEARTS & HORSES, INC

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike McGinley

Senior Consultant, Brakke Consulting, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2021

Roger Bates

Retired CPA/Financial Advisor

Adam Bliven

First Advantage Bank

Michelle Griffith

FLIR Systems

Judy Whichard

Consulting Associates, a company specializing in research, evaluation, grant writing and strategic planning

Tracy Hogue

Bank of Colorado

Bob Dehn

Front Range Fire Protection, Inc.

Elizabeth Kearney

Elizabeth Lamb Kearney, P.C.

Jared Goodman

Cushman & Wakefield

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? No
  • 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 02/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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