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StableStrides

Health and Healing Through Horses

aka StableStrides   |   Elbert, CO   |  www.stablestrides.org
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StableStrides

EIN: 74-2232440


Mission

The mission of StableStrides is to significantly improve the wellbeing of individuals through a connection with horses.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Mr. Jason Frazier

Main address

13620 Halleluiah Trail

Elbert, CO 80106 USA

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Formerly known as

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center

EIN

74-2232440

Subject area info

Patient social services

Rehabilitation

Animal therapy

Mental health care

Equestrianism

Population served info

At-risk youth

People with disabilities

People with physical disabilities

People with psychosocial disabilities

Military personnel

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

StableStrides is focused on reducing suicide rates and increasing individuals independence in our community. Our services help people with mental, physical, and developmental health needs build the skills and abilities needed to engage with their communities, pursue career and educational opportunities, and thrive.

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?

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

Hippotherapy is physical, occupational, or speech therapy that utilizes equine movement to enhance the therapy. This strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes. Specially trained therapists evaluate individuals needing this distinctive therapy and lead the treatment with the help of a certified therapeutic riding instructor.  The movement of the horse is used to influence the rider; horsemanship is not a goal.

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

Therapeutic Riding is horseback riding for individuals with adaptive needs. It is taught by a certified riding instructor and the rider learns horsemanship skills during their lessons. In addition to horsemanship skills therapeutic riding contributes positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of people with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
At-risk youth

Our mental health therapy offers unique opportunities to improve individuals or families’ mental health needs through the partnership of a horse. These services have been accomplished through building partnerships with community organizations that assist in improving the mental health needs of our community. All sessions are facilitated by an equine specialist and a qualified mental health therapist.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Animal Hero Award 2016

America Red Cross

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Across all three programs - Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Mental Health and Adaptive Riding.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number is a percentage of clients surveyed about recommending our program to others. All years, 100% of clients surveyed stated they would recommend StableStrides to others.

Number of volunteers

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Across all three programs - Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Mental Health and Adaptive Riding.

Number of clients served

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Across all three programs - Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Mental Health and Adaptive Riding.

Number of people on the organization's email list

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average online donation

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

In 2020 StableStrides will help over 800 individuals achieve their therapeutic goals. Through these achievements clients will have built relationship, coping, communication, and problem solving skills that will reduce their likelihood of considering suicide in the future, as well as increase their independence and physical wellbeing. These skills will also provide our clients with education and career opportunities that they may not have had otherwise. Our goal is to reduce our clients suicide indicators by 70% and increase their functional independence measures by 60%.

StableStrides applies a group effort to enhancing the quality of life for clients. A team of PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health, specially qualified and trained mental and physical health therapists, a team of almost 200 dedicated and trained volunteers, and a herd of carefully selected and trained therapy horses are utilized to serve clients.

Through equine-assisted activities and therapies, clients address personalized goals to address disabilities while also gaining confidence and independence through the learning of horsemanship skills. One rider stated, "When I'm on the horse people don't see me as disabled, they see me as an equestrian."

StableStrides is the only therapeutic riding center in Southern Colorado holding the title of Premier Accredited Center, the highest available, with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). This demonstrates StableStrides' level of commitment to providing only the safest and highest quality of services. All StableStrides therapeutic riding instructors and equine specialists in mental health are PATH certified as well and participate in continuing education.

StableStrides' activities and therapies help individuals with a wide variety of disabilities, including ADHD; PTSD; other emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges; autism; developmental delays; mental retardation; learning disabilities; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; multiple sclerosis; muscular dystrophy; spina bifida; spinal cord injury; paralysis; amputation; head trauma/brain injury; orthopedic injury; stroke; and hearing, visual, and speech impairments.

StableStrides was founded in 1981 when individuals, families, and members of the medical community began turning to our founder for horseback riding lessons that assisted individuals with rehabilitative needs. At first basic therapeutic riding services were offered. In 1993 mental health programming was introduced, Hippotherapy services were introduced in 1994, and in 2008 mental health services for military were introduced.

Since 1998, StableStrides has been the region's only Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), an internationally recognized certification and accreditation organization for the equine-assisted therapy industry. In 2015, StableStrides opened the Dom Cimino Center at Norris Penrose satellite location, providing mental health services inside Colorado Springs city limits, after a two-year pilot proved the need.

StableStrides is proud to have received numerous community awards in recent years.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    StableStrides serves children, adults, seniors, service members, and veterans who are addressing a physical, developmental, or mental health condition, symptom, or disability.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    StableStrides extended the hours services are available to include evenings and Saturdays.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It provides the client with the ability to have more control of the services they receive.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

4.41

Average of 16.55 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.3

Average of 5.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

14%

Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of StableStrides’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $276,806 $155,860 -$197,884 -$73,335 -$217,241
As % of expenses 58.6% 29.0% -38.6% -11.2% -21.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $274,939 $152,279 -$202,019 -$78,554 -$222,459
As % of expenses 58.0% 28.1% -39.1% -11.9% -22.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $749,497 $697,195 $444,238 $575,845 $832,627
Total revenue, % change over prior year 108.8% -7.0% -36.3% 29.6% 44.6%
Program services revenue 20.3% 21.2% 25.3% 36.1% 53.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.1% 0.4% 0.5% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.2%
All other grants and contributions 78.9% 77.8% 116.2% 60.7% 40.8%
Other revenue 0.6% 0.9% -41.9% 2.8% 2.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $472,264 $538,291 $512,778 $654,141 $994,202
Total expenses, % change over prior year 25.0% 14.0% -4.7% 27.6% 52.0%
Personnel 64.6% 68.0% 70.5% 67.4% 70.2%
Professional fees 4.9% 7.0% 3.1% 4.6% 3.1%
Occupancy 4.7% 4.1% 4.2% 4.3% 5.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 25.8% 20.9% 22.2% 23.6% 21.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $474,131 $541,872 $516,913 $659,360 $999,420
One month of savings $39,355 $44,858 $42,732 $54,512 $82,850
Debt principal payment $0 $19,000 $0 $20,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $367,970 $0 $0 $17,417 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $881,456 $605,730 $559,645 $751,289 $1,082,270

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Months of cash 1.5 4.6 9.2 5.1 3.3
Months of cash and investments 3.3 5.7 13.6 8.3 3.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.6 4.9 9.1 5.1 0.7
Balance sheet composition info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cash $57,974 $208,387 $394,218 $276,213 $269,799
Investments $71,141 $49,454 $188,079 $177,520 $20,235
Receivables $19,636 $36,940 $16,736 $31,099 $54,638
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $512,324 $506,766 $161,316 $173,915 $178,915
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 22.8% 22.7% 73.9% 68.8% 69.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.7% 3.7% 5.8% 5.7% 16.1%
Unrestricted net assets $458,851 $611,130 $409,111 $330,557 $108,098
Temporarily restricted net assets $51,505 $57,156 $198,867 $179,969 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $51,505 $57,156 $198,867 $179,969 $240,163
Total net assets $510,356 $668,286 $607,978 $510,526 $348,261

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Jason Frazier

Jason Frazier joined StableStrides as Executive Director in 2021. Mr. Frazier’s previous position for 11 years was Regional Executive Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving where he oversaw all operations for Arizona and Nevada. He was heavily involved in developing and growing MADD’s educational programs that included multiple school districts across both states and multiple educational programs geared towards offenders and reducing recidivism. Mr. Frazier was active on numerous community service committees, taught Victim Services to advocates across the country on an annual basis and worked on legislative issues both locally and nationally. He oversaw all budgeting, fundraising efforts and wrote and monitored numerous grants during his time with MADD. Prior to working with MADD Mr. Frazier worked as a child abuse investigator for5 years with the Arizona Department of Economic Services. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Nikki Herman

Amergint Technologies, Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2022

Robert Book

Strategic Financial Partners, Inc.

Nikki Herman

ISS, Inc

Reggie Graham

Centerpoint Insurance Group

Jeff Mandarich

BiggsKofford, CPA Firm

Janis Shane

PATH Int. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Kathleen Solano

Colorado Springs Utilities

Beth Romano

Unlimited Potential

Stacy Bandock

Amy Kennedy

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability