Equine Welfare Network Messenger

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We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.

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.

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SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers

SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers
11211 Katy Freeway, Suite 660
Houston TX 77079

Tax ID/EIN: 74-2168515
Year Founded: 1983
Last Updated 2017-04-25

Public Charity

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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.

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

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
SIRE's mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding and related activities.

Horse-related programs:
SIRE primarily provides therapeutic riding to nearly 250 clients with special needs per week. We serve ages three and older, with the most common diagnosis being autism spectrum disorders. In addition, we have programs tailored for schools, ground lessons, and our Horses for Armed Forces program. Finally, SIRE has an extensive education and training program for volunteers and aspiring therapeutic horsemanship professionals.

Non-horse-related programs:
We do not have any non-horse-related programs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Barn And Grounds Volunteer
Minimum Age: 14
Gardening, carpentry, poop scooping, tractor work - you'll have a variety of choices should you opt to be a grounds volunteer at SIRE.

Office Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Office volunteers help with data entry and paperwork. At least some of the work available can be done at home.

Special Event Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Special event volunteers help plan specific events or serve as volunteers on the day of the event. Our premier events are our gala in May and our ride-a-thon in October. Others include the all-SIRE horse show, also in May.

Lesson (arena) Volunteer
Minimum Age: 14
Lesson (or arena) volunteers serve as horse leaders - grooming, tacking and handling the lesson horse - or as sidewalkers - providing verbal encouragement and/or physical support to the rider. Ideally, you'll commit to participating for a block of 1-3 lessons one day a week for a semester.

Wish List Items

General Supplies And Equipment
Gift cards for tack, toys, office supplies, tools, hardware, groceries, and general discount or big box stores
pallets of 16-oz water bottles
granola bars and other snack items
Toilet paper & tissues
Paper Towels
Disposable coffee cups
Disposable water cups
Antibacterial hand soap (Liquid refills)
Low suds, high efficiency laundry detergent
Copy paper
Cover stock
Plastic white kitchen size trash bags
Plastic trash bags (39 gallon)
Fabric hand towels

gift certificates for restaurants, professional services, and leisure activities such as golfing, to be used in auction baskets

donations of professional goods and services such as electrical work, plumbing, printing, photography

Horse Trailer