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NEW HOPE EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY

aka New Hope   |   Argyle, TX   |  www.newhopeequine.com

Mission

New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy provides therapeutic horseback riding services for people with a wide variety of disabilities. Our program is designed to bring hope, healing and happiness to our riders through encouraging the horse and human connection.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder & Executive Director

Mrs Sharla Kershen

Main address

6151 FM 1830

Argyle, TX 76226 USA

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EIN

90-0854084

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Health Support Services (E60)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem is how to meet the need to continually expand our facilities number of horses, trainers, and volunteers to meet the ever-increasing needs of the disabled in North Texas. According to Disabled-World.com, 11.6% of the population of Texas is disabled. New Hope is a PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) center in North Texas where people with disabilities benefit from the use of horses for strengthening, rehabilitation, emotional assistance, and fun. The need is great in our area for Therapeutic Horseback riding as evidenced by our growth from 1 rider to 80 riders per week as we began our 8th year. Some of the disabilities currently served are Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Paralysis, Mental Health, Developmental Delays, Multiple Sclerosis, and Down Syndrome. Our mission is to bring hope, healing and happiness to our riders through encouraging the horse and human connection.

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?

Equine Therapy

Therapeutic horseback riding is the use of horses and equine-assisted activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who have disabilities. It not only focuses on the therapeutic riding skills but also the development of a relationship between horse and rider. It uses a team approach in order to provide treatment for the individual with the guidance of riding instructor.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

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 children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Health, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Equine Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During the 2020 year, no early intervention services were provided due to the pandemic.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Health, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Equine Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers down due to pandemic

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Health, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Equine Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer numbers down due to program closure for pandemic.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Equine Therapy

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of programing delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Equine Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours down due to pandemic closures

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 consistently meet the needs and positively impact the lives of our riders, their families, and our community.

We combine traditional instruction in balanced seat riding with concepts of physical, occupational, speech, and social & emotional therapies to improve riders in the following areas: Physical, Mental, and Social & Emotional. Physical- improves core strength, muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, stamina, endurance, and relaxation; stretches spastic muscles, increases range of motion, and promotes sensory integration. Mental- improves motor planning and problem-solving skills, bolsters ability to follow directions, and helps hand-eye coordination. Social & Emotional- improves self-esteem, self-confidence, sense of well-being, patience, and self-discipline; increases emotional control, and develops courage.
Our intended impact is to change the lives of our riders, their families, our volunteers, and our community for the better. One mother says, 'we have been so blessed by the love and encouragement they have given to our daughter, Grace...We visit New Hope weekly and ... are overwhelmed by the kindness of the staff, the gentle spirit of the horses, and the great families that have been blessed by their services. We ... watch in awe as the arena and sensory trail become an environment where the lives of the students are transformed no matter what disability they may have.
New Hope’s plan is to create a facility where riders may achieve the highest goal they aspire to, breaking the traditional bounds of disabilities. Starting with Early Childhood Development where riders receive Hippotherapy with oversight from a Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapist, and then moving on to Therapeutic Horseback Riding with PATH, Intl. certified instructors. Then, when and if riders desire, they may move into Paralympic training with master instructors, or some other form of higher-level riding. In addition, the facility will offer horse training and neuro-typical lessons with the idea that lesson horses will be ridden by trainers and higher-level riders to keep them desensitized and in tune.

New Hope's strategies for growth is ensuring client satisfaction by maintaining a professional and caring environment. We teach our riders about horsemanship, we do not just give pony rides. We encourage our riders to reach for new heights on the back of their horse. We celebrate our volunteers and include them in every part of our process. We provide a place for our caregivers to rest and recharge by allowing them time to read, listen to music, take a nap, pet therapy goats and pig, participate in the lesson, or just sit quietly with no demands on their attention. Our riders, volunteers, and caregivers overwhelmingly agree that New Hope is their 'Happy Place'!

When we are successful reaching the goals stated above, our program has proven to grow almost effortlessly. Growing from one rider in March of 2014 to 80+ riders in January of 2020 is a testament to our strategy. All our growth is word of mouth. How we manage that growth is where practical strategies come to play.

We implemented a database and online forms system during the epidemic to make registration and management easier, and less paper intensive. We are in the process of preparing for PATH, Intl. Premier Center Status which, when achieved, will mean we meet the highest standards for our industry.

New Hope currently has five PATH, Intl. Certified Instructors, five PATH instructors in training, 10 therapy horses, one and one half acres of Sensory Trail, 1/2 acre of lighted arena space, and 100 active volunteers.

New Hope, with these resources, are committed as a PATH Intl. Member Center to deliver, safe, effective programming to our participants and families. PATH Intl. provides industry standards in the areas of center administration, facility safety, equine welfare and activities. PATH Intl. Member Centers and Certified Professionals sign an annual statement of compliance that they follow and abide by PATH Intl. Standards. Sessions at PATH Intl. Member Centers are supervised by PATH Intl. Certified Professionals who have undergone a stringent certification process and possess a strong equine background as well as an understanding of various disabilities.

Wonderful volunteers are critical to our success. We count 300,000+ volunteer hours since we opened our doors in 2012. We partner with local Boy and Girl Scout Troops to provide opportunities for earning badges and Eagle Scout projects; to date we have helped 11 young men earn Eagle Scout status with 3 more scheduled, as well as completed several projects with a local Girl Scout Troop. We partner with local Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs, we provide practicum opportunities for local college students, and volunteer opportunities for local public and private schools. Collaborations in our community are important to the long term plan to expand our facility and the reach of our services. We are blessed with corporate partners like Otter Box, Vector Concepts, Perficient Inc., IBM, and BNSF, and civic partners such as local retirement communities, students at local middle and high schools, and students of TWU and UNT that allow our program to have an impact in the community by providing meaningful opportunities for individuals to serve.

Partnership with MHMR and their Early Childhood Intervention Program allows children with disabilities to get an early start in therapeutic horseback riding. Horses and volunteers work together with Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists providing Hippotherapy (therapeutic horseback riding with PT, OT, SPT). Many of those two-year olds stay with us and participate in Therapeutic Horseback Riding. Our partnership with Ausome Moms, a local non-profit for moms with children on the Autism Spectrum, opened the doors for strong participation of riders on the Spectrum.

New Hope started with one instructor, one horse and one client on 4 acres.
Since inception, New Hope has added:
A sensory trail with 12 stations
Fenced arena
Fenced paddocks & paddock sheds for every horse
Arena lighting
Large hay barn so we can buy hay in bulk
Tack room
Round pen
Equine Learning Center

Ten horses have served 80+ riders per week.
Grown staff to 5 certified instructors and the equivalent of 6 full time paid and volunteer staff.
Five instructors in training
We

Financials

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Operations

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NEW HOPE EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY

Board of directors
as of 11/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Kathleen Beisly

New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy

Term: 2020 - 2023

Dave Kershen

Oracle Corporation

Kathleen Beisley

IBM

Darrell Thompson

Retired Engineer

Jeremy Kokenes

Lorien Kokenes

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/14/2022

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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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/14/2022

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 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 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.