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Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach, Inc.

 P.O. Box 2298
 Huntington Beach, CA 92647
[P] (714) 313-0922
[F] (714) 962-3770
trchb.org
[email protected]
Donna Brandt
FOUNDED: 1990
INCORPORATED: 1992
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Organization DBA Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach
TRCHB
TRC
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0519376 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

To empower people with physical and developmental challenges to discover their greatest strengths and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance through the special relationship with a horse.

The Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach (TRC) was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers who wanted to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the form of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).

Mission Statement

To empower people with physical and developmental challenges to discover their greatest strengths and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance through the special relationship with a horse.

The Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach (TRC) was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers who wanted to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the form of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $359,304.00
Projected Revenue $359,304.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Therapeutic Riding Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

To empower people with physical and developmental challenges to discover their greatest strengths and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance through the special relationship with a horse.

The Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach (TRC) was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers who wanted to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the form of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).


Background Statement

Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach (TRCHB) was founded in 1990 to empower people with physical and developmental challenges to discover their greatest strength and gain a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance through the special relationship between them and a horse.

In pursuit of this mission, we were certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International in 1991, a voluntary, peer-reviewed accreditation process confirming that TRCHB demonstrates excellence in therapeutic riding, incorporates best-practices and therapies, and maintains proper safety standards. Since then we have provided our services in a private arena at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, serving children and adults from throughout Orange and Los Angeles County five days a week. Through our riding sessions, we help our clients develop a “spirit that overcomes their disability.”

Today, we continue to provide low-cost therapeutic riding services to children, youth, and adults with a variety of physical and developmental challenges. Therapeutic riding is used to supplement the following therapies:

 

  • Physical: The horse is excellent for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building postural strength and endurance, addressing weight-bearing capacity and motor planning.
  • Occupational: Therapists combine the effects of the equine movements with other standard interventions.
  • Speech-language: Speech pathologists are able to use equine movement to facilitate the physiologic systems that support speech and language.
  • Emotional: Research has shown that interaction with animals has tremendous emotional benefits. Animals help reduce anxiety and stress, increase social skills, and cope with loneliness or change. Notably, therapeutic riding has been used to benefit patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety.

As we look toward the future, TRCHB is focused on building our capacity to meet the growing demand for our services.


Impact Statement

TRCHB’s top five accomplishments from the 2017 fiscal year include:

  1. Serving 80 individuals—65 of whom are children—with physical and developmental challenges in Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area.
  2. Increased fund development activities to support TRCHB’s sustainability.
  3. Increased the number of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)-certified instructors.
  4. Reached our goal of acquiring approximately 100 TRCHB volunteers, under the direct leadership of four (PATH)-certified instructors.
  5. Another successful Derby Day; our annual fundraising event.

 As part of our Ten Year Plan, TRCHB established the following goals for 2018:            

1.     100% of volunteers (anticipated to be 100) will be trained in equine therapy, physical and intellectual disabilities, and horsemanship;

2. Acquire Conditional Use Permit by the end of 2018 so that we can complete upgrades to arena, including adding lights for evening lessons and increasing our storage capacity for adaptive gear

3.  Begin paying instructors

4.  Expand the board of directors to include professionals with knowledge in a variety of fields

5. Increase fund development activities to build one year worth of financial reserves to sustain the organization



 

 
 
 

 


Needs Statement

TRCHB provides therapeutic riding lessons to individuals with disabilities regardless of ability to pay. It costs TRCHB approximately $1,500 per 10-week session for each student. For those individuals and families that can afford it, tuition covers about half of this expense. We never turn away individuals because of inability to pay, however, and offer scholarships for those demonstrating financial need. The disproportionate financial burden experienced by families of individuals with disabilities demands that TRCHB does its best to identify potential funding sources.

1. TRCHB relies on contributions to continue our mission of bringing healing through horses to Orange County and beyond. We receive no government funding, and 80% of our revenue is spent directly on program services and scholarships. We rely solely on grants, fundraising events, and individual and corporate donations. We also charge minimal tuition to meet our operating costs.

2. TRCHB volunteers are a vital part of our program. Without them, our students do not ride. Our volunteers are trained under the direct guidance of a PATH-certified instructor. TRCHB has been blessed with many volunteers of all ages, who serve TRCHB in a variety of tasks. Some volunteers assist with cleaning tack, stalls, and the arena, and others serve as side-walkers and horse leaders. No matter the task, our volunteers have consistently provided us with the love and support needed to serve our students and our horses.


CEO Statement

With devotion to offering our students an intimate and fully supportive, environment, TRCHB is proud to serve individuals with disabilities the opportunity to receive the life-changing care they need. And, by holding true to our vision to be a leading provider of equine-assisted therapies, we are confident in our ability to change the lives of many individuals and their families for years to come.

Recognizing the sensitive nature of the various disabilities that bring students to our arena, we believe that it is essential that treatment be offered in an environment where individuals are treated with respect and compassion. Our highly-skilled and knowledgeable instructors and staff are dedicated to meeting people wherever they are so that our students are able to fully benefit from our programs.

Additionally, at TRCHB, we truly excel at taking people who are battling multiple, complex concerns and addressing each and every concern separately, subsequently affording them therapy that is truly comprehensive. Whatever an individual’s needs may be, we will do everything in our power to ensure that every need is met, every concern is addressed, and the road to true healing is successfully embarked upon.


Board Chair Statement

Successes: 1) Developing and training volunteers, 2) Maintaining funding from our current corporate/foundation/individual donors

Challenges: 1) Meeting the growing demand for our programs and services in our community. The work of TRCHB extends well beyond the arena. Part of our outreach activities involves TRCHB’s public awareness events. These events are designed to educate the community on the need for equine-assisted therapies and advocate for all people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Working to improve the lives of others provides a sense of purpose. TRCHB advocates work to improve services, increase funding, and reduce social stigma.

2) Securing multi-year funding and attracting new donors by using the press wisely in our efforts to reinforce our message and to keep our donors excited about the good work being done by TRCHB.

 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

There are several ways you can help TRC accomplish our goals. 1) Contributions through PayPal by using the “Donate” and “Subscribe” buttons located at the bottom of each web page. Contributions by check may be sent to our mailing address at the bottom of or website: trchb.org. 2) Sponsor a TRC Horse-The cost of boarding, feeding and caring for our horses averages approximately $525 per month, per horse. This amount does not include any unscheduled or emergency veterinarian visits or medical care. Our program cannot function without our horses. If you would like to fully or partially sponsor one (or more) of our horses, please visit our website or call us at 714-313-0922. 3) Volunteer- Class Volunteers, and Helpers for Training, and Volunteering for TRC Fundraising Events. TRC relies on your contributions to continue our mission of bringing healing through horses to Orange County and beyond.​ We receive no government funding, and 80% of our revenue is spent directly on program services and scholarships. We rely solely on grants, fundraising events, and individual and corporate donations. We may also charge minimal tuition to meet our operating costs.   

Geographic Area Served

West Orange County
North Orange County
TRCHB serves residents of Orange and Los Angeles Counties through our private arena at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center in Huntington Beach, CA.

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Rehabilitative Care
  2. Recreation & Sports - Equestrian
  3. Human Services - Human Services

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Programs


Therapeutic Riding Program

TRCHB provides therapeutic riding programming to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to supplement traditional physical, occupational, emotional and speech-language therapy and to build confidence and self-reliance in riders. Each client arrives at TRCHB with the recommendation of their physician or therapist.

Each client begins with a one-on-one evaluation with our staff where we match individual goals and abilities with different therapeutic riding techniques. Once enrolled, clients are matched with one of six horses whom they will remain with for their time at TRCHB. Depending on student need, TRCHB uses adaptive equipment such as surcingle handles and safety straps. Most lessons are taught in a group format to allow our clients to form friendships with similarly-abled peers. For many of our students, this interaction is critical because they struggle with social interactions, verbal and non-verbal cues, and communication.

Budget  $300,349.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Rehabilitation Services
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

TRCHB has set the following measurable goals to track progress toward our overall outcome goals:

 

  • 100% of our clients will participate in therapeutic riding or equine-assisted activities.
  • 100% of clients will participate in mainstream extra-curricular, horse-related events, including horse shows at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, Orange County Fair, California State University, Fullerton, and other locations.
  • 90% of clients will remain in the program for a minimum of one year.
  • 90% of clients will hold their own reins. While many of our clients start riding with adaptive equipment, graduating to independent reins dramatically increases their self-confidence.
  • 90% of clients will meet at least one of their treatment goals such as strengthening their core.
  • 90% of our clients will “right” their balance. For many of our clients struggling with body awareness and control issues, sitting straight in the saddle can be difficult. We aim to help our clients recognize when they are off balance and gain the core strength to rebalance themselves without assistance.
  • 75% of clients will increase their social skills, develop friendships, interact with volunteers, interact with horses, and be able to integrate skills into their daily lives.
  • 60% of clients will improve their receptive and expressive language skills.

 

Program Long-Term Success 

While client success is largely based on each client’s personal treatment plan, TRCHB helps our clients achieve the following long-term goals:

 

  • Help clients meet their individual treatment goals and incorporate new skills into everyday life.
  • Increase the self-confidence and quality of life of all clients.

 

Program Success Monitored By 

To monitor the success of our clients, TRCHB works with each client and their physician, occupational, physical, or speech therapist, and caregivers to monitor progress toward treatment goals. While goals may vary, typical outcomes include increased self-confidence and independence, as well as enhanced quality of life. To ensure the overall quality of our program, we conduct quarterly evaluations for all our participants and volunteers. Each evaluation includes separate questions for the rider and their parent/caregiver.

Examples of Program Success 

We love sharing the stories of our riders like Sara, as told by her mother:

“TRCHB has been an integral part of my daughter’s life since she was 15 months old. Sara suffers from developmental delays, low muscle tone, speech delay and autism. The therapeutic benefits for my daughter have been tremendous. She has developed trunk control and balance, improved her overall body strength, and gained verbal and social skills. The interaction with the horses, instructors and volunteers are priceless for my child.

When we had to stop lessons because of financial hardship, my daughter suffered greatly. Fortunately, TRCHB was able to offer Sara a scholarship, and we were able to continue riding! My daughter has gained so much in her ability to communicate appropriately, maintain eye contact, and utilize better posture and core strength. There are so many therapeutic benefits to what TRCHB has provided my daughter that I cannot say enough about how happy I am to have TRCHB as part of our lives.”


Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Donna Brandt
CEO Term Start --
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Donna grew up in Missouri, where she loved spending most every weekend at her grandparents' 500-acre farm.  On the farm were all kinds of farm animals, including horses.  But Donna did not start riding until college, where she rode saddle seat, entered some shows, and won several ribbons.  Then she was hooked!

After graduating from college with an engineering degree, Donna moved to California, where she met her husband Bruce.  Donna and Bruce have three children.  Their second child, Jamie, is severely developmentally delayed and autistic.  When Jamie was eight-years-old, she began riding with TRC, and she flourished.

Donna soon became a side-walker with TRC, and then a horse leader, which eventually led to her current positions as Board President and Head Instructor.  Her entire family is involved with TRC, helping with the horses and fundraising.  Donna says, "I have seen first hand what this program can do for children and adults with all different types of disabilities.  It builds confidence and self esteem where there is usually little."

Donna currently owns a sweet horse named Trigger that does gymkhana, trail and recently, cow sorting (and yes, he is a Palomino!).

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Donna Brandt
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Donna Brandt -- --
Heather Burns -- --
Joy Forbes -- --
Karen Graves -- --
Scott Sanders -- --
Cherie Schenck -- Voting
Kelly Szatowski -- Voting
Mark Szatowski -- Voting
Caroline Winnik -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


 

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $359,304.00
Projected Expenses $359,304.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Total Revenue $171,866 $213,851 $103,809
Total Expenses $134,598 $122,496 $75,330

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$79,907 $137,565 $29,147
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue $66,065 $79,283 $49,185
Investment Income, Net of Losses $25 $35 $54
Membership Dues $3,750 $0 $625
Special Events $16,079 $-6,250 $23,817
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 --
Other $6,040 $9,468 $981

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Program Expense $115,460 $109,446 $74,886
Administration Expense $19,138 $13,050 $444
Fundraising Expense -- $0 --
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.28 1.75 1.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 89% 99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Total Assets $264,077 $226,809 $132,079
Current Assets $238,859 $226,809 $132,079
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 --
Current Liabilities -- $0 --
Total Net Assets $264,077 $226,809 $132,079

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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