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Ride On St. Louis, Inc.



Ride On St. Louis, Inc.
PO Box 94
Kimmswick MO 63053
636-464-3408

Tax ID/EIN: 43-1885666
Year Founded: 1998
Last Updated 2016-04-28

Public Charity


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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a MESSENGER. Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance.

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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

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

Our organization operates programs involving horses that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies.

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

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

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


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Ride On St. Louis exists to promote health and enrich lives through love, joy and holistic healing. Ride On St. Louis is an equine assisted activities and therapies center that uses the movement of the horse to benefit children and adults with disabilities, veterans and the at-risk youth.

Horse-related programs:
ROSL is an equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) center that uses specially selected and trained horses to provide emotional, mental and physical improvements to children and adults living with diagnosed disabilities. ROSL offers therapy (physical or occupational), adaptive or therapeutic riding, sports riding, a Wounded Warriors Program and two summer camps. Our therapy department employs licensed physical and occupational therapists who treat clients on an individual basis. A client's treatment strategy includes equine movement for core strengthening, motor control, balance reactions and developmental sequencing that demand constant sensory input and modulation/integration of this input. Adaptive or therapeutic riding participants are encouraged to perform horsemanship activities directed toward functional goals. Partaking in various activities offers stimulation to muscle groups they may not utilize, problem solving, increased communication opportunities and social and sensory integration. Sports riders train to control the horse and ride to the best of his/her ability. The sports riding classes instruct and condition individuals to be true equestrians and embrace all aspects of the equine world. ROSL is proud to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project through PATH International. The mission of WWP is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The program accommodates service members who have been injured and strives to nurture the mind and body through both the physically healing movement of the horse and emotional interaction. Lesson components may consist of a variety of activities both on and off the horse. Lastly, our summer camps are inclusive day camps open to new clients, current clients, those with developmental, physical or cognitive challenges, as well as able-bodied children who are interested in riding and learning about horses in a welcoming and positive environment. Siblings and friends are welcomed and encouraged to attend. During camp, campers will utilize all of their senses to explore the sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and movement that is inherent to learning about horsemanship.
ROSL operates a 12 week spring session, 4 week summer camp, 12 week fall session and some clients choose to participate in a 4-6 week winter session. In 2015 ROSL provided 1611 EAAT hours to 59 individuals.

Non-horse-related programs:
All of our services utilize equine movement and equine interaction.


Volunteer Opportunities


Fundraising Committee Members

Experienced Equestrians

Administrative Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
(facility/barn upkeep, office, photography and craft needs)
In addition to our program volunteers we have many opportunities available in other areas of the organization, as well. Volunteers can come individually or as a group (business, school, churches, boy/girl scout troops etc.) and perform age and skill appropriate tasks that may include grounds maintenance, cleaning stalls or tack, painting, repairs or office jobs like filling envelopes, typing or helping prepare for special events.

Board Of Directors Member
Minimum Age: NA
We are looking to expand our Board of Directors and are in need of a member with experience in development and marketing.

Sidewalker
Minimum Age: 14
Sidewalkers walk along side of the horse and are responsible for providing support and stabilization to our riders who need assistance, as well as ensuring the safety of the rider.
-Must attend one 3-hour class and successfully pass a competency test
-Commitment for full riding session (typically 10-14 weeks). Next session is summer camp for 4 weeks in July/August.

Consistency is important for our clients. As a volunteer during a session, we ask that you commit to sidewalking for all 10-14 weeks of a session (or 4 weeks during summer camp). If a sidewalker cannot make a class, we ask for as much notice as possible in order to find a sub for that client.

Next sidewalker training: Tue June 21, 9am – 12pm
Please contact us to confirm your interest and the date of the next sidewalker training class.

Grounds Maintenance

Experienced Event Chairman
Minimum Age: NA
We have three major fundraisers each year, and are in need of someone to Chair each event. These include a Trivia night in April and River Music Fest in August.

Event Workers
Minimum Age: 14
Annual Volunteer Opportunities
*Trivia Night - Sat Apr 30, 2016
*Music Fest - Sat Aug 27, 2016
*Work Day - October/November
*Jan’s Party - 3rd Friday in November

Wish List Items


Good Quality Grass Mix Hay

Wheel Barrow Tire
(the kind you do not have to blow up)

Heated Water Hose

75'-100' Water Hose

4'x6' Equine Stall Mats
For Wheelchair Paths

Three 16" Metal Fans
For stall row breezeway

Scrub Brushes

3 Bags Pasture Seed (mixed)
To be able to re-seed our pastures after the flood.

4 Shop Lights

DVD/VHS Player

Purina Grain Or Coupons

Fly Spray

Pine Bedding