Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center
1223 Brauer Rd.

Tax ID/EIN: 38-2905599
Year Founded: 1990
Last Updated 2017-01-30

Public Charity

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

90% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been established to better the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic equestrian activities. The Center provides the opportunity for each student to develop to his or her greatest potential. Through training and involvement of volunteers, Banbury Cross also hopes to strengthen understanding toward people with special needs.

Horse-related programs:
Banbury Cross TEC provides Therapeutic Riding Services to children and adults with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities in southeastern Michigan. Our riders ride in 7-10 week sessions (Five sessions throughout the year)and special programs and events like our summer horse camp, our annual Horse Show and Open House and numerous events geared toward helping our riders achieve each of their independent goals. We also provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for people with emotional disabilities.

Non-horse-related programs:
During our summer Horse Camp program, In addition to Therapeutic Riding classes, our riders engage in a multitude of challenging and fun activities involving crafts, outdoor experiences and physical challenges and games. We also have a daily "special guest" segment that introduces the riders to other animals that they may not have the opportunity to learn about in their daily lives.

Volunteer Opportunities

Therapeutic Riding Center Office Help
Minimum Age: 12
OUr volunteers not wishing to work directly with the horses can assist in the office with general light filing, computer work and phones. No talent is too small or too large. We will find a useful spot for all interested.

Derby Day Benefit Volunteer
Minimum Age: 12
On the first Saturday in May, Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center holds our annual Derby Day Benefit. Many volunteer opportunities are available during Derby and and the week before. From setup and tear down to waiting and bussing tables, Yard clean up, greeting guests, assisting on the computers and other necessary task we can find a spot to use almost any talent.

Therapeutic Horse Riding Volunteer
Minimum Age: 12
Volunteers are the backbone of our program. With their efforts, our riders are able to achieve their goals. Some duties include but are not limited to: Grooming and tacking, leading and sidewalking, cleaning tack, assisting instructors in class activities, assisting in horse care, greeting riders and families and general clean up.

Wish List Items

Automated External Defibulator
This portable electronic device automatically diagnoses the life threatening cardiac arrhythmias and is able to treat them through defibrillation. This device would give our employees, volunteers, riders and families the peace of mind to know that we are able to deal with such an emergency.