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New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.



New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.
22 Carter Street
New Canaan CT 06840
203-966-0634

Tax ID/EIN: 06-0726610
Year Founded: 1939
Last Updated 2017-08-31

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 organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Founded in 1939 as a chapter of the Junior Cavalry of America, NCMT's mission is to to build leadership, responsibility and confidence in youth through sound horsemanship and to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities. We provide a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that emphasizes teamwork and follows a proprietary curriculum focused on horsemanship, riding, and equine care instruction. Additionally, our "Super Troopers" therapeutic riding and equine care program serves children and adults with special needs.

Horse-related programs:
A)Troopers Program:NCMT provides a youth development and educational horsemanship program based on accountability, responsibility, kindness and respect. The Troopers program operates seven days per week during the school year and currently enrolls 110 individuals. Additionally, NCMT offers a youth summer camp program from mid June to August.<br /><br />All students are required to participate in a weekly Equine Care Day where they learn about barn safety and management skills, perform barn chores, help address the basic needs of the horses, and attend an equine care lecture. Weekly group riding lessons follow a curriculum based on the fundamentals of hunt seat equitation and the principles of sound horsemanship. <br /><br />Community service, mentorship, and a leadership council are all core components of NCMT's overall curriculum. Troopers aged 14 or older can become trained and volunteer in NCMT's therapeutic "Super Troopers" program. Based on merit, Troopers are promoted through the ranks, heralding back to the historical founding of NCMT in 1939 as a chapter of the Junior Cavalry of America. <br /><br />NCMT exclusively relies on donated horses and ponies to provide affordable and quality horsemanship programs, with the objective of "giving horses a second chance so kids can have a first." <br /><br />NCMT depends on a combination of tuition fees, fundraising and grant award proceeds to support all of its activities. It provides scholarship funding to families who demonstrate financial need. <br /><br />B) Super Troopers Program: In 2012, NCMT launched "Super Troopers" to offer equine assisted therapeutic programs to serve children and adults with physical, emotional, intellectual and development disabilities. Scholarship funding is made available to qualified program participants.<br /><br />NCMT has an ADA compliant facility and is PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) center member. It therefore adheres to PATH Intl strict operating standards and policies to conduct Super Troopers. <br /><br />Super Troopers includes two distinct offerings: Equine Care- the curriculum focuses on activities designed to foster the human and horse connection. Weekly activities address the many facets of horsemanship including barn safety, horse behaviors, nutrition, grooming and ground work. Specific goals are incorporated into these activities to help develop social skills, fine and gross motor skills, transitioning, sequencing, self-expression, spatial awareness and motor planning. <br /><br />Adaptive Riding- lesson plans are created to address the individual needs of students who have a wide array of cognitive, physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. A combination of physical, cognitive, sensory, and socialization goals are integrated in each lesson.

Non-horse-related programs:
N/A


Volunteer Opportunities


Fundraising Events
Minimum Age: 21
Help is always appreciated for set up and take down as well as general help during events.

Horse Show Volunteers
Minimum Age: 21
We can always use extra hands with parking, ingate and jump crew!

Therapeutic Riding
Minimum Age: 14
Our "Super Troopers" therapeutic riding and ground program needs volunteers in the ring for horse leading and side walking. Experience not required as we offer training. For information and training dates contact Caroleigh Evarts at supertroopers@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Wish List Items


Ponies And Horses
We are always in need of kind, good-natured horses and ponies, ranging from the ability to teach walk, trot, canter to the ability to jump 3 feet.

Jumps
New or gently used jumps

Paddock Fencing
We would like to create additional paddocks for turn out; installation included would be ideal.