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Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship

Finding Hope and Healing through Horses

aka Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship   |   Port Jervis, NY   |  http://victoryhillth.org

Mission

To empower both children and adults with a broad range of special needs by providing the highest quality equine assisted activities and therapies in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Laurie Bryceland

Main address

1138 Mountain Rd.

Port Jervis, NY 12771 USA

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EIN

85-0998081

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Victory Hills staff, volunteers and Board of Directors are committed to meeting the mental, emotional and physical needs of the most vulnerable in our community. We are working tirelessly to develop and sustain new programs as well as monitor and evaluate our successes and identify areas for improvement. We are committed to compiling both quantitative and qualitative data in order to track our effectiveness across all programs. We are committed to providing the highest quality Equine Assisted Services in the industry and continually strive to educate our staff and volunteers on best practices. Victory Hill is committed to always making the health and well-being of our equines a top priority. All staff and volunteers are trained in the principles of equine psychology and the most compassionate training practices that focus on developing strong relationships with each horse.

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 Horsemanship

PATH Intl Certified Instructors, specially trained horses and volunteers all work together to greatly benefit the rider through the three dimensional movement of the horse. TR improves balance, postural control, motor function, strength, coordination and cognitive function. Other goals include improving social skills, spacial and body awareness, communication skills, attention span, the ability to follow multi-step instructions, mood regulation, boost confidence and lower anxiety.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Equine Assisted Learning addresses a wide variety of needs and is customized to meet the specific therapeutic or educational goals of each participant. Some of these goals include learning strategies for overcoming anxiety and depression, identifying, regulating and improving moods and overall mental health, improving cognitive function and the ability to follow a specific set of multi-step instructions. Other goals may include learning empathy for animals as well as other people, improving self-advocacy, communication and social skills, improving self-esteem and confidence. EAL is also used to meet specific educational goals determined by a parent, educator or additional service provider. EAL sessions are conducted by a professional educator and a PATH Intl certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Sessions are primarily conducted using ground work techniques. If riding is incorporated, a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor co-facilitates the session.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
At-risk youth
Victims and oppressed people

Victory Hill staff specializes in effective trauma informed treatments for veterans, active military members, first responders and their families. Using the philosophies of the Natural Lifemanship Institute which focuses on how forming properly connected relationships changes the neurobiology and function of the brain and alleviates the effects of trauma, they offer tremendous healing and successful outcomes for their “Horses 4 Heroes” participants. The specific mission of Victory Hill’s “Horses 4 Heroes” program is to significantly reduce high-risk factors by working to improve the mental health of its participants, therefore effectively reducing the incidents of substance use disorders, unemployment, broken relationships and homelessness and to support veterans with a successful social reintegration process.
This program provides Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Learning (TI-EAL) and Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) as an effective treatment alternative.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with disabilities
Veterans
Victims of conflict and war
Emergency responders
Military personnel

Stable Moments™ is a 10-month, weekly mentorship program where foster and adopted children achieve individualized life goals through Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Learning (TI-EAL). Through a trauma informed lens, the principles of neuropsychology are woven into each session and the effects of trauma are healed to create lasting change. The model utilizes volunteer mentors and PATH Intl Certified Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning to facilitate sessions. Licensed Mental Health Clinicians are also available for additional support as needed. Job readiness skills are taught to older teens and young adults who are getting ready to age out of the foster care system by preparing them for successful employment. This program improves stability and expands support to children and their care takers to ensure every young person from foster care is ready to move forward in a positive direction.

Population(s) Served
Victims of crime and abuse
Families

Hippotherapy is conducted by a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. During sessions, the child performs a series of exercises and movements on horseback to promote improved strength and coordination of identified muscle groups. The three-dimensional movement of the horse is instrumental in this process making Hippotherapy a highly effective form of physical therapy. This program is best suited for children ages two and a half to eight years old whose physician has recommended physical or occupational therapy. Strengthens muscle groups, improves balance, coordination, spatial/body awareness, postural control and both large and fine motor skills. There are many secondary benefits including improved speech, confidence and social skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Victory Hill offers teens and adults the opportunity to receive job skills training that can be used in almost any setting. The skills taught can be used successfully to gain and maintain employment or be more successful in a variety of volunteer positions throughout the community. Broad job skills include time management, prioritizing tasks, following multi-step instructions, dynamics of having a boss or manager, good communication, self-advocacy, getting along with co-workers and more. Participants can also learn about stable management, horse care, farm animal care (sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats). Programs are individually designed to meet the needs and goals of each participant.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Non-adult children
Adolescents

Victory Hill’s Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program provides Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Learning (TI-EAL) and Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) as an effective treatment alternative to traditional clinical counseling. Using the philosophies of the Natural Lifemanship Institute which focuses on how forming properly connected relationships changes the neurobiology and function of the brain and alleviates the effects of trauma, Victory Hill’s program offers tremendous healing and successful outcomes for their EAP participants. The specific mission of the EAP program is to significantly reduce high-risk factors by working to improve the mental health of its participants, therefore effectively reducing the incidents of substance use disorders, unemployment, broken relationships, disruptions in education and homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
People with disabilities
Children
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Hudson Valley Hero 2021

Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl Member Center 2020

Stable Moments 2022

Hudson Valley Veteran Task Force 2020

Orange County Chamber of Commerce 2020

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 animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the ability to use eye-hand coordination, strength, and motor control to use age-appropriate tools and utensils effectively

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

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

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

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

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

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children able to exercise appropriate control in independent and group activities

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

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

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

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

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

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of student behavioral issues reported

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of parents, community members, and non-teaching staff helping to set goals for the school

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

Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
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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

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.

Victory Hill aims to empower both children and adults with a broad range of special needs by providing the highest quality equine assisted learning and therapies in a supportive and inclusive environment. We have a variety of programs specifically designed to serve the most vulnerable in our community. These programs are developed to help remove obstacles to care for disadvantaged populations and effectively teach necessary life skills that will allow for the most positive outcome possible.

Therapeutic Riding - The physical act of riding improves balance, posture, trunk control, spatial awareness, motor function, strength and coordination. Other benefits include increased attention, communication skills, speech and social skills. Appropriate for children ages four years old and up as well as adults.

Equine Assisted Learning - Addresses a wide variety of needs and is customized to meet the specific therapeutic, mental health or educational goals of each participant. Some of these goals include learning strategies for overcoming anxiety and depression, identifying, regulating and improving moods, overall mental health, improving cognitive function and the ability to follow a specific set of multi-step instructions. Other goals may include learning empathy for animals as well as other people, improving self-advocacy, communication and social skills, improving self-esteem and confidence. EAL is also used to meet specific educational goals determined by a parent, educator or additional service provider.

Specialty programs that fall under the Equine Assisted Learning umbrella include "Stable Moments", a trauma informed model that tackles the challenges faced by foster and adopted children, and "Horses 4 Heroes", a trauma informed model that tackles the challenges faced by veterans, military personnel, first responders, law enforcement and their families.

Vocational Training - Certified Instructors and professional educators offer teens and adults the opportunity to receive job skills training that can be used in almost any setting. The skills taught can be used successfully to gain and maintain employment or be more successful in a variety of volunteer positions throughout the community.

Mentor Program for future PATH Intl CTRI (Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor) and PATH Intl ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. A PATH Intl certified mentor assists all candidates through the process of achieving their certification with PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).

Certified Instructors and Professional Educators work hand-in-hand with caretakers and adult clients to set clear goals and map out an effective plan of care for each client. Evaluations are conducted to assess progress and identify levels of skills progression, needed areas of improvement or a change in strategy to achieve the desired goals.

Therapeutic Riding - PATH Intl Certified Riding Instructors, specially trained horses and volunteers work together to provide the highest quality experience for both children and adults with a wide variety of special needs. These may include autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, CP, MS, TBI, developmental or cognitive disorders, hearing or sight impaired and more.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a program that is designed to meet specific educational goals determined by a parent, educator or additional service provider. EAL sessions are conducted by a professional educator and a PATH Intl certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Sessions are primarily conducted using ground work techniques. If riding is incorporated, a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor will facilitate the session. We would be happy to customize an Equine Assisted Learning session to meet your specific needs.

Horses 4 Heroes - This program is provided at no cost to participants and is specifically designed for veterans, active duty military, law enforcement personnel, first responders and their families. We offer hope and healing in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our staff personalizes each participants goals according to their individual needs and offers the opportunity to improve their physical, mental and emotional health. The unique challenges created by years of service, military training, combat and moral injury are all considered very carefully. Working with our horses offers the opportunity to reduce stress, anxiety depression, anger, isolation and the effects of PTSD. Equine activities offer the participant strategies for healing broken relationships and a more successfully integrating into society after the wounds of war, or years of being on the job, may have left them feeling isolated.

Stable Moments - Stable Moments is a 10-month, weekly mentorship program where foster and adopted children achieve individualized life goals through Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Learning (TI-EAL). Through a trauma informed lens, the principles of neuropsychology are woven into each session and the effects of trauma are reduced to create lasting change. The model utilizes volunteer mentors and PATH Intl Certified Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning to facilitate sessions. Job readiness skills will be taught to older teens and young adults who are getting ready to age out of the foster care system by preparing them for successful employment. This program will improve stability and expand support to children and their care takers.

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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, Compile data on effectiveness of programs

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brenda Duff

Garnet Health

Term: 2023 - 2025

Brenda Duff

Garnett Health

Tonya Addy

The Munshine Group

Ariana Vele

Wife of FDNY Firefighter and mother of a child with ASD

David Ofshinsky

Retired Army Veteran and Non-Profit Executive

Heidi Nyland

Port Jervis School Administrator

Rose Little

Director of Clinical Practices at CHIPA (Community Health Independent Practice Association)

Elizabeth Miller

Project Director for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

David Isaac

Retired Army Veteran and Army National Guard

Laurie Bryceland

Executive Director of Victory Hill

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 ? No
  • 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 1/15/2024

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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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/03/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.