BOK Ranch, Inc.

Be Kind. Be Brave. Be Okay. BOK Ranch

aka B.O.K.Ranch   |   Woodside, CA   |  www.bokranch.org

Mission

B.O.K. Ranch was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to individuals with special needs. Students who have physical, mental, emotional and/or developmental special needs learn and develop physical strength, balance, self-confidence and self-esteem through equine assisted activities.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Tish Dipman

Main address

PO Box 620702

Woodside, CA 94062 USA

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EIN

94-2947980

NTEE code info

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

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOK Ranch works tirelessly to "normalize" the idea of full inclusion. It wasn't that long ago that children who had different learning styles and abilities didn't cross paths in this world much at all. Here at the BOK Ranch, riders with and without special needs are enrolled into the same riding classes on a daily basis. Our program does not want to segregate any riders into smaller or separate programs based on need. The instructors at BOK Ranch do a great job of including anyone who is eager to ride.

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?

Full Inclusion Riding Program

B.O.K. Ranch brings the benefits of therapeutic riding to close to 100 individuals each week. We serve riders with over 30 different disabilities, from ages four to seventy six. There is no maximum age, as long as the rider has no physical or medical contra-indications. We offer a variety of classes in order to meet the varying needs of our riders and lessons are customized to achieve each individual’s goals. Working with specially trained, certified instructors, we teach classes in riding skills and our riders learn horsemanship and sportsmanship. An important part of our work includes socialization and success for students who may not be able to participate in traditional recreational activities but are able to ride and interact in a group lesson.Therapeutic Riding is enjoyable as well as purposeful. Lessons include creative games and sports activities that encourage a sense of well-being and accomplishment. In addition, students learn horse care, grooming, and equipment use through hands-on experience. This encourages responsibility, fosters the bond between horse and rider, and leads to a sense of empowerment. While most of our lessons are in small groups, each rider has specific goals. Lessons are individually designed to help students achieve these goals. The certified therapeutic riding instructor works with a team of specially trained volunteers.

Population(s) Served

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 volunteers

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Full Inclusion Riding Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The BOK Ranch volunteers join our program 7 days a week. They help in all aspects of our program including grooming, feeding, tacking, side walking, and leading during lessons.

Hours of volunteer service

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Full Inclusion Riding Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Full Inclusion Riding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The BOK Ranch offers full inclusion riding programs during weekday, after school hours, weekend mornings, and Summer Camp.

Number of organizational partners

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Full Inclusion Riding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The BOK Ranch is very grateful for our organizational partners. Between volunteers, clients, and donors the BOK Ranch is a Community Based Organization.

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.

The BOK Ranch is aiming to bring all people together with the use of the horse. We are looking to eliminate the segregation of people with special needs in the therapeutic recreation. Frequently horseback riding programs are designed for able-bodied riders OR riders with additional needs, but not both. BOK Ranch is looking to change this with a full inclusion/mainstreamed environment.

In the beginning of moving to a full inclusion model, BOK opened the riding lessons up to the siblings of the riders we already had enrolled (the riders with special needs). The next step was to advertise Summer Camp to all children between the ages of 4 and 13. In today's current climate, we routinely receive applications for riders of all abilities (with and without special needs). The full inclusion riding program has relied on word of mouth to succeed in the full inclusion arena.

The instructors at the BOK Ranch are wonderful. They are experts at adapting and modifying curriculum. In any class, we place a maximum of 4 riders. Within these 4 riders there can be any mixture of riding abilities. If, for example, the objective of the lesson is to "stop". One rider might be stopping with two side-walkers using hand over hand assistance. The next rider might be stopping with the help of one side-walker using verbal prompts and a horse leader acting as a back up breaking system. The third rider might be stopping his/her horse independently from the walk. The fouth might be working on a downward transition from the trot.

This example shows how the instructor might be teaching the same skill to each rider at the level they are currently comfortable at.

The BOK Ranch has been established as a leader in the field of therapeutic riding, mainstream summer camp, and full inclusion in general. The next big venture for the program is to expand the Vocational program. BOK Ranch now offers a job skills training program to help teens and young adults with additional needs to gain the skills necessary to gain fulfilling and enriching employment within the community.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    For over 30 years the BOK Ranch was a leader in the therapeutic riding arena. Approximately 5 years ago, there was a major environmental shift emerging to end the segregation of riders with special needs. BOK Ranch is now, exclusively considered a full inclusion program for riders of all abilities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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BOK Ranch, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maurisa Sommerfield

BOK Ranch

Kathy Kopf

Paul Stratz

Erika Stratz

Kelly Zeytoonian

Jennifer Sills

Charissa Gant

Mitch ShoopGarnder

Maurisa Sommerfield

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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