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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.

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Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program

Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program
P.O. Box 256
Solvang CA 93464

Tax ID/EIN: 77-0564282
Year Founded: 1990
Last Updated 2017-05-13

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:
The mission of the Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program is to provide professional horseback riding lessons and equine facilitated therapies to enhance the lives of people with special needs regardless of their ability to pay.

Horse-related programs:
The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program serves 70-100 individuals each week and more than 304 unduplicated individuals annually. Current programming includes:<br /><br />Therapeutic Riding:<br />-Individual and semi-private therapeutic riding lessons <br />-Solvang School's Special Ed. Class (on-going weekly)<br />-SYV High School's Special Ed. Class (vocational training on-going weekly)<br />-United Cerebral Palsy’s Applied Abilities (on-going weekly)<br />-Vandenberg Air Force Base Field Days for special needs children and children with a deployed parent<br />-Special Education Class Field Trips<br />-Patriot Riders - free weekly Veterans program<br /><br />HELP (Horse Enlightened Learning & Psychotherapy): <br /><br />-HELP mental health program with the Los Prietos Boys camp with our volunteer psychologist, Dr. Wilkinson (on-going weekly).<br /><br />-HELP with Dr. Wilkinson also includes 4-8 weeks sessions with 7 county-wide special education classes. Students range in age from 12-22 and have a mental health diagnosis.<br /><br />-4-week CALM Camp for children that have been abused.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Lesson Volunteers
Volunteers needed for weekday afternoon lessons and Saturday morning lessons.

Wish List Items

We are looking for a small tractor with an arena drag.

We are looking for bushes in 5 gallon buckets.