PLATINUM2024

Ridgebury Riders Inc

Mission

The Ridgebury Riders is what we call all of our riders, regardless of age, experience, neuro-diversity or riding ability. Being a Ridgebury Rider means that you have the opportunity to develop at your own pace, working with our instructors, therapists and amazing horses. Our goal is to provide life-changing therapy opportunities for patients regardless of their ability to pay. Your support directly makes that happen.

Notes from the nonprofit

Ridgebury Riders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports mental and physical health through animal-assisted therapies. Our mission is to increase the health and well-being of people with intellectual, social, or physical challenges, and to build a supportive and optimistic environment for our riders, their families and friends, and our community. Ridgebury Riders was founded in 2021 and is headquartered at Ridgebury Farms, a 56-acre property that includes 2 riding barns, 38 horses, and several chickens, goats, and sheep. Our goal is to provide life-changing therapy opportunities for patients regardless of their ability to pay. Your support directly makes that happen.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Katy Schermann

Main address

484 Ridgebury Rd

Ridgefield, CT 06877 USA

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EIN

87-2493061

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ridgebury Riders strives to provide high-quality therapeutic services conducted by licensed therapists in a peaceful, safe, and productive natural environment.

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?

Hippotherapy

We provide mounted Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy to individuals with a wide range of needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

AHA recognized Hippotherapy Center 2023

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 therapy hours provided to clients

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

Hippotherapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

Hippotherapy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goal is to provide equine hippotherapy, animal-based therapies, and holistic wellness to those who would most benefit from the service, regardless of their ability to pay.

We are constantly reviewing the programs for ways to improve; we recently added a staff full-time Therapy Director as well as a psychotherapist. We are also making improvements to the facilities, such as upgrading the barn space to include heating for the winter and additional clinical space.

1. We are continuing to expand the usage of our 56-acre property, including the trail system, barnyard, indoor and outdoor arena, and open pasture space.
2. We are adding additional staff with diverse backgrounds, including phytotherapy, OT, PT, and SLP.
3. We are actively recruiting more volunteers to support our professional workforce.

We have seen a rapid and steady increase in the program's participants in Hippotherapy, Wellness Horsemanship as well as unmounted sessions. We have also increased the number of therapy horses and volunteers, enabling us to provide services on an expanded schedule. The facility and property updates, including the Barn Yard and Barn, updated, have allowed us to increase the type and frequency of offerings as well.

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 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ridgebury Riders Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Zink

Katherine Schermann

Ian Schermann

Sean Hogan

Ray Abramson

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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/26/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/25/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.