Lincroft, NJ   |
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EIN: 22-2389766


Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, Special People United to Ride (SPUR) is a non-profit organization providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horseback riding.

It is the mission of the Board of Directors of SPUR to raise funds for the assistance of individuals with disabilities through need-based scholarships for SPUR therapeutic horsemanship programs. In addition, the Board of Directors will provide material assistance to the Monmouth County Park System for the implementation of its therapeutic horsemanship programs when deemed necessary by the SPUR Board of Directors.

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Mr. Dennis J Chamberlain

Main address

P.O. Box 242

Lincroft, NJ 07738 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

People with disabilities

Military personnel

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

What we aim to solve

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Our main concern is find fundraising activities that can be sustained year after year to ensure that our scholarship program remains fully funded. Our program continues to grow in volume and popularity every year. The scholarship program is critical to this effort.

Our programs

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SPUR Therapeutic Horesmanship for Children and Adults

SPUR's Therapeutic Horsemanship for Children and Adults is a program for students from the age of four throughout adulthood who come to SPUR to enjoy the many benefits of therapeutic horsemanship. Instructors and students work together in SPUR lessons to attain desired physical, cognitive, and/or emotional goals via a variety of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Children and adults with disabilities begin with a leader and side walker in addition to the instructor. Each SPUR lesson is tailored to the individual's own physical and emotional needs. All sessions are 8 weeks long.

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

Sunnyside Equestrian Center is proud to offer our veterans and active duty military personnel specially tailored Horses for Heroes workshops. Learning about horse behavior and utilizing non-mounted interactive activities, veterans develops a bond with their equine partner. The workshops are run by PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and PATH International Certified Equine Specialists.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
People with disabilities

Equine Environment for Learning (EEL) is SPUR's equine facilitated learning program. EEL is a custom eight-week program developed for school groups with up to ten participants. The program curriculum consists of classroom activities, and both mounted and un-mounted activities with horses. Goals such as team building, respect, responsibility, safety, kindness and building self-esteem are crafted within the program. Participants will explore horse behavior and care, along with basic beginner riding skills.

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

Where we work


Premier Accredited Center 2013

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horseman International

Premier Accredited Center 2015

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horseman International

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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SPUR Board of Directors currently have the following goals:

1. To organize and execute fundraising events, to seek available grants and to solicit financial support of the community for the implementation of the Board's Mission

2. To provide scholarships for those disabled individuals who can not financially afford SPUR therapeutic horsemanship lessons.

3. To provide safe retirement for SPUR horses when they are no longer able to work in the SPUR program.

4. To assist the Monmouth County Park System in purchasing appropriate horses when needed for the SPUR program.

5. To help provide financial assistance for continuing education for SPUR instructors.

6. To inform the general public about SPUR and the positive effects therapeutic riding has for disabled individuals and to gain their support.

1. Establish sustainable annual fundraising events of various levels to solidify a consistent source of funding. Establishing small teams to execute each event with a Board member serving as a team leader.

2. Continue searching and applying for grants for all our programs from local and national foundations and organizations for our scholarship program and for instructor training.

3. Continue to refine the streamlining procedure for processing scholarships.

4. Establish specific line items in the projected 2020 budget for purchase of horses, equipment & SPUR instructor continued education based on input from the Monmouth County Park System on their expected needs.

5. Expand social media activity including Facebook, Instagram and an electronic mailing list. We are continuously updating the SPUR website to ensure that current information is available. We will also continue to send out newsletter with highlights of the program and its participants.

6. Expand and diversify Board of Directors. Implement a 5 year strategic plan.

1. Premier PATH Intl. Accredited Facility with indoor arena
2. PATH Intl. Certified Instructors
3. Trained volunteers
4. Equines trained for program implementation
5. Support of the SPUR Board of Directors
6. Support of the Monmouth County Park System
7. Support of the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners

For fundraising efforts, we have expanded our efforts on a small scale working with local merchants which provides a steady stream of funds. This includes partnering with local restaurants, bars and clothing stores. Larger scale efforts are being planned as well, including seeking out large local donors.

We have expanded our search for grants to foundations requesting funding for the scholarship program and instructor training. Our efforts have been more successful with repeat awards from several foundations and recent awards from new ones.

We are still working on digitizing our mailing list and shifting to electronic notification and invitation applications to increase our outreach and reduce our administration costs.

Our ridership has increased by 25% which has required us to find new horses. We have found a couple that have worked out well in the SPUR programs and are in search of a couple more.

We developed a five year strategic plan last year that includes commitments to diversify the Board of Directors, to establish mission specific committees and to expand our search for more grant funding.

How we listen

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    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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    We don’t use any of these practices

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

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Balance sheet

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

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Mr. Dennis J Chamberlain


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 08/31/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Dennis J Chamberlain

Barbara Duggan

Barbara A Finazzo

Jill Socha

Les Neiman

Robert Finn

Michael DeJohn

Basil J. Baccash

Dennis J. Chamberlain

Elizabeth Clarke

Maria Costa

Laura Kirkwood

Lynda Synder

Chris Baker

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? No
  • 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