Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2019

National Center For Equine Assisted Therapy (NCEFT)
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Last Updated: 08/04/2019

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation 2019 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Our organization provides equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs using instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, independent contractors, and/or service providers) who have certified training applicable for people with special needs and specific to the program offerings - either on staff or accompanying clients when participating in our programs.
Our organization does not provide community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

99% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED for:
     1. National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Our organization does not use foster facilities

Mission:
Our strong commitment to the concept of Horses, Hope, and Healing is personified in our Mission Statement: NCEFT is dedicated to helping children, adults, and military Veterans with special needs reach beyond boundaries through equine-assisted therapies, education, and research.

Summary of organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
NCEFT delivers thousands of patient and client sessions each year, benefitting more than 100 people every week. NCEFT’s goal is to treat all those in need of our services, even if they cannot afford to pay. NCEFT offers Financial Assistance to those who qualify and we rely on the generosity and kindness of foundations, organizations, and individuals to help fund our programs.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT):
Our organization provides the following equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT):
    Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
    Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
    Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology
    Riding
Not Checked:
    Vaulting
    Driving

Our organization provides services for the following specific populations:
Children (10 & Under)
Tweens (11-12)
Teens (13-18)
Young Adults (19-21)
Adults (Over 21)
Seniors (65-79)
Elderly (80 & Over)
Veterans
Ethnic Minorities
Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
At-Risk Youth

Our organization provides services to individuals with:
Alzheimers/Dementia, Amputation, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, Behavioral disorders, Cerebral palsy, Chronic illness, Cognitive disabilities, Cystic Fibrosis, Development delay or disability, Down Syndrome, Economic disadvantages, Emotional disabilities, Epilepsy, Genetic conditions/disorders, Grief, Head Trauma/Brain Injury, Hearing impairment, Intellectual disability, Joint abnormalities, Juvenile delinquency, Language impairment, Learning disabilities, Mental health disabilities, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Orthopedic issues, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Physical disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Speech impairment, Spina bifida, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Substance abuse/addiction, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Violence, abuse or trauma, Visual impairment

Overview of our programs involved with providing EAAT to individuals with special needs:
     Since 1971, NCEFT has tapped into the profound rehabilitative power of the human-horse relationship to bring healing to thousands of children and adults with cognitive, physical, neurophysiological, sensory processing, emotional, mental, and behavioral challenges.
     
     Internationally recognized as a leader in our field, NCEFT pioneered one of the nation’s first therapy programs incorporating hippotherapy and has the distinction of being the only Northern California facility member of the American Hippotherapy Association.
     
     Typical diagnoses we treat include, but are not limited to cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, autism, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, genetic disorders, learning or language disabilities, as well as PTSD, anxiety and depression, phobias, social isolation, emotional, or sexual abuse, youth and adolescent issues, family issues, and grief and loss.
     
     NCEFT delivers thousands of program sessions each year, benefitting more than 100 people every week.
     We operate year-round on a budget of $1.6 million, 74% of which is funded through contributions. The remainder comes from program fees and facility leases.
     
     NCEFT is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation (ID# 94-2378104) and depends upon the generous contributions of our donors to maintain the excellence of our facility and programs. We are a Platinum-Rated Guidestar.org Participant, a Top-Rated GreatNonProfits.org member with a five-star rating, and a certified EQUUS Foundation 2018 Guardian.
     
     Our staff comprises of 22 people, 14 horses make up our equine herd, including a miniature horse and two donkeys.
     
     All NCEFT programs rely heavily on volunteer assistance; last year, volunteers logged over 3,500 hours of selflessly donated time.
     
     Our programs include:
     
     EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPY: A treatment strategy for medically prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Equine-Assisted Therapy is not about riding a horse -– no saddles or reins are used. Instead, patients are placed on the horse’s back on thin pads so they can feel every movement of the horse. The movement generates the sensory input that is the platform for therapy treatment. By placing a patient in a variety of positions on the horse, our American Hippotherapy Association certified and licensed therapists can manipulate specific musculoskeletal motions and make use of the enhanced visual and sensory input that the experience provides. Individuals who benefit from hippotherapy include those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, autism, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and learning or language disabilities. Aside from the clinical advantages of their use in therapy, horses are warm, gentle, and accepting animals that help elevate a rider’s confidence, motivation, and self-esteem.
     
     ADAPTIVE RIDING (AR): Adaptive riding focuses on horsemanship and horseback riding, adapted to meet the needs of someone with a mental or physical disability. The unique combination of recreation and education facilitates cognitive, physical and behavioral rehabilitation. Adaptive riding utilizes on- and off-horse activities to positively contribute to the cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being of individuals with special needs. Our PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) certified adaptive riding instructors use NCEFT horses that respond to riders of all ages and abilities and who become full partners in the individual’s cognitive, physical, emotional, social, educational, and behavioral development.
     
     VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS PROGRAMS: Rehabilitation services to active-duty personnel, Veterans from all branches of the military, and First Responders. It is NCEFT’s policy that we never charge any military or First Responder personnel for services. We do not receive any governmental funding for these programs. Instead, we underwrite all the costs with donations, grants, and fundraising.
     
     SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS: NCEFT partners with special education classes to provide outdoor education programs for school-aged children with special needs. Adults from Abilities United and Veterans from local VA programs assist NCEFT with maintenance and upkeep of the property as part of the support network that moves them along a pathway to independence. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Bereavement Programs are among several local organizations that make use of NCEFT and our special horses as part of their service to their clients.
     
     HAPPY TRAILS SUMMER CAMP (HTC): HTC is NCEFT’s unique summer camp for patients and their typically developing siblings. All the campers, regardless of ability, participate in outdoor play, Gator utility vehicle rides, interactions with horses, dogs, donkeys and chickens, arts and crafts activities, and a horseback ride on the final day of camp. Each camper also enjoys the one-on-one focus and attention of a teenage buddy counselor, many of whom return from year-to-year to volunteer their time.
     
     EQUINE-ASSISTED MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS: We offer equine-assisted mental health programs based on Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) methods. EAGALA is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health needs. Equine-assisted psychotherapy and other mental-health exercises bring together teams of certified mental health professionals, qualified equine specialists, and horses, whose unique qualities are utilized to benefit individuals emotionally, mentally and behaviorally. These activities take place primarily unmounted, enabling us to reach an even wider population in need of treatment. These programs are run by a licensed mental health professional (marriage and family therapist, licensed social worker, or psychologist).

At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people:
     Our equines receive regular health check-ups, dentistry, shoes, body work, and receive 1-2 weeks off for rest every 6-8 weeks.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     N/A

Our Programs/Activities involving animals other than horses:
 In addition to our horses and donkeys, we occasionally use dogs and chickens in programs such as our summer camp.

DEFINITIONS:
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT): Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or ground-based, including horsemanship instruction adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services aimed at contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being, psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies that utilize equine movement, and experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills to achieve educational, professional and personal goals.

Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disability or impairment) that require or benefit from instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators who have certified training for their scope of practice applicable to the people participating in the programs and specific to the program offerings. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment or situation and/or a lack of resources, including economic resources, placing them at risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.

At-Risk: Refers to being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes. Youth are considered at-risk for a number of reasons, such as if they are homeless or transient, involved in drugs or alcohol, abused sexually, physically or emotionally, mentally ill, neglected at home or live in stressful family environments, lacking social or emotional supports, and involved with delinquent peers. At-Risk youth are likely to be involved in a number of risky behaviors, such as running away, skipping school, drinking under age, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Nancy Contro, Executive Director
Employees:   Full-Time:  9  Part-Time:  13  Volunteers:  150

Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    Prospective staff must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every member of the staff is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every member of the staff is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every member of the staff is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every member of the staff is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
    Every member of the staff provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every member of the staff has a written job description
    Every member of the staff is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every member of the staff is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every member of the staff receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every member of the staff has a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The organization provides an Employee Handbook to every member of the staff
    The Employee Handbook includes employee-related information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    One or more staff members are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application
    Prospective volunteers must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  12
Number of Board Members:  14  Number of Voting Board Members:  14

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization.
Board Member Wayne Browning, DVM, is NCEFT's vet. His veterinary business (Bayhill Equine) provides care for the NCEFT herd. Wayne is not compensated by NCEFT for his position on the board and we pay Bayhill customary fees for the veterinary services provided.

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes

Organization documents available on our website:
    Equine Intake Guidelines

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Employee Handbook
    Bylaws

Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 08
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Review
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2018? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Return  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase from auction, kill pen or feedlot  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares

Not Checked:
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated
Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the horse is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the horse is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Surrendered: The ownership and custody of the horse is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent without the use of a donation document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The horse was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the horse has been transferred back to the organization.
Transferred In: The custody and/or ownership of the horse is transferred within an organization or from one organization to another non-profit or foster organization to provide retirement, retraining, rehabilitation and/or adoption services.

Feral/Wild Horse: Free-roaming horses that are descendants of the domesticated horse and have no or limited human contact.

Foal: An equine up to one year old; a colt is a male foal and a filly is a female foal.
Mare: A female equine.
Stallion: A male equine that has not been castrated.
Gelding: A castrated male equine.


Our organization will accept the following breeds:
    American Saddlebred
    Appaloosa
    Arabian
    Donkey/Mule/Burro
    Draft
    Mustang
    Friesian
    Hackney
    Miniature Horse
    Morgan
    National Show Horse
    Paint
    Quarter Horse
    Standardbred
    Tennessee Walking Horse
    Thoroughbred
    Warm Blood
    Mixed Breed
    Other
    Icelandic Horse
    Haflinger
    Norwegian Fjord
    Paso Fino
    Pinto
    Appendix Quarter Horse
    Rocky Mountain Horse

Not Checked
    Andalusian/Lusitano
    Gypsy Vanner
    Feral/Wild
    Missouri Fox Trotter

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Our "no" answers are because these breeds have large size or gaits that would preclude them from serving as a good therapy horse - they would be too tall or too fast at a walk to accommodate side walking.


Intake, Assessment & Training
Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The horse is scanned to check for a microchip
    The horse is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time

The organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
Not Checked:
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations

The organization has the following policies in place prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility:
    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    Horses are not taken on trial
    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
    Horses are on trial for 60 or more days
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care

Horses are assessed for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    Clipping

The typical length of quarantine is:   Horses are not quarantined

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   Daily

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
We do not specifically assess for loading, although we do typically transport the horses we acquire/free lease/or accept by donation, so we have an idea of whether they load well. If we suspect issues with health, hooves, or teeth, we have a vet/farrier/dentist assess the horse. Otherwise, trained barn staff assess the horses. We don't vaccinate or deworm since we expect those to already be up to date by the time the horse arrives at our property.


Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    Our organization does NOT breed horses.
Not Checked:
    Our organization breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses


Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances
    Our organization may have a horse euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not euthanize horses under any circumstances.
    Our organization may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
    The Board of Directors, or a member of the Board of Directors, without a veterinarian's recommendation
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
Re: methods of euthanasia, sedation would be administered prior to an intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates.

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
Not Checked:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits to see the horse within the first two years of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to visit the horse at any time.
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
Not applicable; None received

Our organization has the following rehoming fee policies:
    Not applicable
Not Checked:
    All equines have one set fee
    Fees may vary depending on species
    Fees may vary depending on the equine level of training
    Fees may vary depending on the equine breed
    Fees may vary depending on the equine age
    Fees may vary depending on the equine type
    Fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
Not Checked:
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized

Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No
View Re-homing Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy
880 Runnymede Road Woodside CA 94062
Contact: Nancy Contro
Contact's Phone: 650-851-2271
Contact's Email: info@nceft.org

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? No
If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant.
     We would need to review the requirements in detail, but we are not directly involved with rescue and retirement as a primary focus. However, we have been approved by Stanford University and San Mateo County as a facility to house horses from the community in an emergency.

If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     We have a current professional stable license from the Town of Woodside. We are members in good standing of the American Hippotherapy Association and past members of PATH International. (We have chosen to focus our facility membership on AHA because our ability to offer hippotherapy as a treatment strategy is a key differentiator for us among other services in our area. Our adaptive riding instructors are all PATH certified.)

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     The 20 cities and towns in San Mateo County contract with the County to operate a countywide animal control program. San Mateo County Animal Control & Licensing, 225 37th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403. Program manager: (650) 573-3726. The County contracts with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS), a private non-profit organization, to enforce all animal control laws, shelter homeless animals, and provide a variety of other services. Services provided by the PHS, 12 Airport Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94401; 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, (650) 340-8200

Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     None

Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 16

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)
     1. Instructor: Alondra Ammon, MOT, OTR/L
     2. Instructor: Anna Lee, Adaptive Riding Instructor
     3. Instructor: Barbara Hill, Adaptive Riding Instructor
     4. Instructor: Chris Ellsworth, Equine Specialist
     5. Instructor: Chris Swan, PT & Program Director
     6. Instructor: Cindy Sidaris, OT
     7. Instructor: Darrell Le Blanc, Horse Handler
     8. Instructor: Dr. Martha Monetti, PSY.D. Equine-Assisted Mental Health
     9. Instructor: Hannah Canevaro, Horse Handler
     10. Instructor: Heather Schilling, Adaptive Riding Instructo
     11. Instructor: Marty Raynor, Barn Manager
     12. Instructor: Meghan Rabello, OT
     13. Instructor: Quiara Smith
     14. Instructor: Sabrina Canepa, Horse Handler
     15. Instructor: Skylar Assaf, Horse Handler
     16. Instructor: Wendy Funk, Horse Handler

National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 12
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 10  Run-in sheds: 0
Pastures: 5  Paddocks/Pens: 31
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 1  Indoor Rings: 0







Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 feet above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/encosures?    Yes    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to insure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 0-3;
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are being trained
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
✔    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
✔    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
✔    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
✔    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)
✔    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Pastures are rotated

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
✔    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
✔    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
✔    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
✔    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
✔    Horses are checked overnight
✔    No Trespassing signs are posted
✔    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
✔    Entrance gates are locked at night
✔    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
✔    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
✔    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)

National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 05/14/2019
Veterinarian: Wayne N. Browning
Clinic Name: Bayhill Equine    Street: 123 Belmont Avenue    City: Redwood City  State: CA    Zip: 94061
Phone: 650-851-2300  
Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    Onsite computer with cloud-based backup storage system
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
✔    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
✔    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    Horses are fed in individual stalls
✔    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
✔    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
✔    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
✔    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
✔    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
Not Checked:
    Horses are fed in groups
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
✔    Horses are assigned a Henneke Body Condition score upon arrival at the facility
✔    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
✔    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
✔    A weight limit of no more than 20% of the horse’s weight is established for each horse and is kept with the horse’s records and updated when needed
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated monthly
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually and when an issue arises

Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Only when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week

Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place: (Check all that apply
    The protocol for each horse is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets
    Fans

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
✔    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
✔    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
✔    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy horses
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
✔    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
✔    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
✔    Horse trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where horses are sheltered
✔    Horse-specific equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is not shared and is clearly labeled
✔    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
✔    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
Not Checked:
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
✔    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
✔    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities
Not Checked:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Manure is piled in an area where horses are not located
    Manure piles are covered
    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
✔    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
✔    Name plates are located on the stall
✔    Photos are located on the stall
✔    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each horse is easily accessible
✔    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each horse with horse names and photos
✔    Horse photos and profiles are available on the website
✔    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
✔    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the horses
Not Checked:
    Horses wear halters with nametags
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on confirmation, markings, colors, and breeds

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
✔     All horses have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
✔    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each horse appropriate to the horse's needs and the weather conditions
✔    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
✔    Tack is cleaned only when needed
✔    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
✔    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
✔    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's body condition changes
✔    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
✔    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
✔    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
✔    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
✔    Helmets are shared
✔    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
✔    Helmets are replaced after a fall
Not Checked:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.


Emergency Preparedness
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
✔    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
✔    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
✔    The facility owns or has access to a generator
✔    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
✔    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
✔    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
✔    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
✔    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:

The written EPP addresses the following areas:
✔    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
✔    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
✔    Medical emergencies for horses
✔    Evacuation plans
✔    Power outages
✔    Fire
✔    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
✔    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
✔    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Terrorist attacks

The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
✔    Smoking is strictly prohibited
✔    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled
✔    Permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
✔    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
Not Checked:
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Annually
Electrical Systems are checked: Annually
Fencelines are checked: Monthly
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Annually
Fire drills are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Annually
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Horse Transportion
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  1 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  1 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
8-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  1 Access offsite;
10-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;


Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually: 200
Total number of individual clients participating in unmounted activities per week: 60
Total number of individual clients participating in mounted activities per week: 140
Total number of horses participating in EAAT programs at this facility: 14
Number of horses aged 3-8: 0
Number of horses aged 9-14: 4
Number of horses aged 15-20: 4
Number of horses aged over 20: 6
Average number of mounted hours per day each horse works: 1
Average number of unmounted hours per day each horse works: 1
Total number: 2
Total number of mounted horse hours per week: 5
Total number of unmounted horse hours per week: 5
Number of days per week that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 5
Number of weeks per year that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 45
Number of days per week that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 5
Number of weeks per year that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 45
Additional explanation: * Each horse does not always do both mounted and unmounted work each day. Numbers above are estimates based on the way the questions are asked.






FACILITY CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

14 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
0 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction
0 Purchased from Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
Transfer
0 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
14 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2018
14 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 14 on 1/1/2018+ 0 Intakes - 0 Departures = 14 on 12/31/2018

32 Total number of all horses on December 31, 2018
32 Maximum capacity of horses on December 31, 2018




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Actual Horse Care Costs
$34000     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$17000     Bedding
$8500     Veterinarian
$600     Farrier
$2800     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$26000     Manure Removal
$4500     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$20000     Maintenance
$3500     Horse/Barn Supplies
$11000     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$127900     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$0     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$29000     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$13000     Manure Removal
$0     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$700     Maintenance
$0     Horse/Barn Supplies
$0     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$42700     2018 Total Donated Costs

Average cost per day per horse: $25




INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS

     1. Alondra Ammon, MOT, OTR/L

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2017
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Additional information about this instructor: Alondra received her B.S. in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University & Masters of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University. She is passionate about advocating for diversity within the profession and loves serving her patients. She joined NCEFT in 2019.

     2. Anna Lee, Adaptive Riding Instructor

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2014
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Therapeutic Riding Instructor, which means I'm trained to teach safe adaptive horseback riding lessons to adults and children with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional special needs in private or group settings.
Additional information about this instructor: Anna Lee, NCEFT Adaptive Riding Instructor Anna is a Bay Area native who learned to ride in Portola Valley and first started volunteering in adaptive riding sessions when she was in high school. Anna did her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) instructor apprenticeship while in grad school in Madison, Wisconsin. Anna returned to the Bay Area, Palo Alto, to start her Ph.D. in environmental science and found her way to NCEFT as a volunteer. She began teaching at NCEFT in 2015 and says she feels so lucky to have found such an amazing center with such talented horses, staff, and volunteers, and such a wonderful group of students and families. Anna enjoys baking, playing the viola, and long-distance trail running.

     3. Barbara Hill, Adaptive Riding Instructor

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Certified Therapeutic
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2012
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 880 member centers and more than 8,000 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 66,000 men, women and children--including more than 6,200 veterans--with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.
Additional information about this instructor: Barbara Hill, NCEFT Adaptive Riding Instructor Barbara, who is certified to teach adaptive riding by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), joined NCEFT in 2017. Formerly the Executive Director of Halleck Creek Ranch in Marin, Barbara began riding with 4-H as a youngster and has two horses of her own.

     4. Chris Ellsworth, Equine Specialist

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Chris Ellsworth is a trainer, clinician, and teacher of horsemanship from Wyoming. An avid student of all things equine, he has come to believe that horses and humans were meant to help each other. Chris holds an A.S. degree in Animal Science from a small college in Wyoming.

     5. Chris Swan, PT & Program Director

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PT Licensure by State of California Board of Certification
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 1996
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: All applicants for licensure are required to take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) (Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant Examination) and the California Law Examination (CLE), which relates to the practice of physical therapy in California.
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (R) certification by American Hippotherapy Certification Board
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2010
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: The American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB) endorses the concept of voluntary, periodic certification by examination for all professionals who incorporate hippotherapy in their practice. This examination is specifically for professionals who utilize hippotherapy at an advanced level in their practice and meet the eligibility requirements to take this examination. Certification is one part of a process called credentialing. It focuses specifically on the individual and is an indication of current knowledge in a specialized area of practice. (However, AHCB does not warrant the performance of any individual.) Board certification in hippotherapy is highly valued and provides formal recognition of a high level of knowledge in the clinical specialty.
Additional information about this instructor: Chris Swan, NCEFT Program Director, MSPT, ATC, HPCS Chris has been with NCEFT since September 2007. Chris graduated with a BS in health education and athletic training before attaining her MS in physical therapy. In 1996, Chris trained with one of the pioneers of the treatment strategy of hippotherapy in the US, Barbara Heine, before going on to volunteer at NCEFT as a side walker and working as a per diem PT in 1998 and 1999. After that, Chris worked in out-patient orthopedic and home health settings before returning to NCEFT in 2007 and attaining her clinical specialist certification in 2010. Chris is mom to three boys, and she enjoys activities such as photography, kickboxing classes, hiking, dancing, jewelry making, and drawing. Chris loves her work at NCEFT because it represents a never-ending puzzle for her to solve and because she loves the interactions with patients who, although they are working hard, enjoy her playful and encouraging approach to their therapy.

     6. Cindy Sidaris, OT

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2010
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Additional information about this instructor: After a 20-year career in high tech, Cindy earned a M.S. of Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2010 and worked with pediatric clients in a private clinic for over 7 years. A passionate horse owner and rider, she greatly enjoys combining her love of all things equine with her skills as an OT to help her clients achieve greater functionality.

     7. Darrell Le Blanc, Horse Handler

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Darrel Le Blanc, NCEFT Horse Handler Darrel, who has an educational background in animal science, has been an NCEFT horse handler since March of 2014, but first came to the organization in 2013 as a volunteer side walker. In fact, Darrel kept his own horse here when the property was a boarding stable known as Charter Oak. Darrel was born and raised along the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana where most of his large extended family still resides. After a few years enduring the winters of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Darrel elected to move to California where he established himself as an IT quality assurance and load testing specialist for large corporations such as Delta.net, GAP, and HP. When Darrel isn't riding or horse handling, you'll find him using his magnificent voice to sing the blues with a band of friends or gardening at his home in Redwood City, which he shares with his beloved dog, Reddy.

     8. Dr. Martha Monetti, PSY.D. Equine-Assisted Mental Health

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: EAGALA Mental Health Specialist
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2012
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: In my Equine assisted work, I am certified in the EAGALA method, which is a co-facilitator model, using horses that are unmounted. In this co-facilitation model, there is a Mental Health Specialist, and an Equine specialist.
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: CA Board of Psychology Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 1994
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Board certified licensed clinical psychologist
Additional information about this instructor: Dr. Martha Monetti, NCEFT Consultant, Psy.D. Lic. Psych. EAGALA MH, NCEFT Equine-Assisted Mental Health and Learning Co-Facilitator Dr. Martha is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist with extensive experience working with children, families, and adults in a variety of settings. She is certified as a Mental Health Specialist thru EAGALA. Dr. Monetti's experience includes working with individuals who are facing challenging life circumstances, including grief and trauma, as well as working with staff as a consultant, and with the aim of addressing staff self-care. She fell in love with horses later in life and now is bringing her passion for them to her professional practice. In her work at NCEFT, Dr. Monetti and NCEFT staff facilitate supportive mental health groups with Veterans utilizing the EAGALA model of equine-assisted intervention. In addition to direct clinical work, Dr. Monetti is currently teaching at Alliant International University and is assisting in developing curriculum for use in university and professional training programs.

     9. Hannah Canevaro, Horse Handler

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Hannah Canevaro, NCEFT Horse Handler Hannah, who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area all her life, has been with NCEFT since 2015. Hannah's love of horses and her desire to help others originally brought her to the NCEFT community. Hannah has two siblings and is studying mechanical engineering. Her hobbies include running, fishing, hiking, and pretty much anything else in the great outdoors.

     10. Heather Schilling, Adaptive Riding Instructo

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2014
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 880 member centers and more than 8,000 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 66,000 men, women and children--including more than 6,200 veterans--with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs. PATH Intl. upholds its mission to promote excellence in EAAT through four primary program areas: instructor certification, center accreditation, educational opportunities and advocacy work. PATH Intl. is the credentialing organization that certifies instructors and accredits centers according to a set of field-tested standards designed to ensure the highest levels of safety, ethics and effectiveness in the industry. Instructors must attend workshops and pass both a written and practical exam to become certified to teach EAAT programs, and centers may undergo a voluntary site visit to become accredited service providers. The process is led by trained PATH Intl. members who volunteer their time and expertise to help teach, test and grade fellow professionals seeking certification or accreditation. To date PATH Intl. has more than 4,800 certified instructors and equine specialists in mental health and learning in several disciplines and 877 member centers who confidently provide EAAT services according to PATH Intl. standards. In addition to certification and accreditation, PATH Intl. offers many different educational resources to its members and other industry professionals, including hands-on workshops, educational publications and industry newsletters, online education, mentor programs and peer networking, and regional and national conferences. PATH Intl. conferences attract hundreds of attendees each year, who come to hear lectures by leading industry professionals, learn about the most recent developments in EAAT, earn continuing education to maintain the highest level of professional credentialing and participate in discussions about trends in the medical and equine fields. In addition to these educational opportunities, PATH Intl. also advocates for the application of professional standards in all realms of EAAT and partners with like-minded organizations to promote the use of EAAT in new and innovative ways.
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: EAGALA
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2014
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Founded in 1999, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs.
Additional information about this instructor: Heather Schilling, NCEFT Adaptive Riding Instructor PATH-Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, EAGALA Equine Specialist Heather, originally from Woodside, California, has been with NCEFT since November 2015, and was previously (roughly 10 years ago) associated with NCEFT as a Horse Handler. In addition to her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certifications, Heather has extensive experience in jumping, dressage, vaulting, carriage driving, cutting, and gentling young Bureau of Land Management mustangs. Along with her daily work with adaptive riding students at NCEFT, Heather manages and teaches NCEFT's Lava Lakes program for Veterans. In her time off, Heather enjoys fishing, hiking, snow sports, and just about anything else outdoors.

     11. Marty Raynor, Barn Manager

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Marty Raynor, NCEFT Horse & Barn Manager Marty has been with NCEFT since 2015. Marty was born and raised in southern New Jersey where she rode throughout her childhood (learning to ride at Winnie Stables, no less!) and went on to compete on the Lehigh University equestrian team. Marty relocated to California in 1984 and began riding and competing in hunter/jumpers and eventing. While raising three daughters, Marty managed the Woodside Junior Riders and was Joint District Commissioner for Woodside Pony Club for 10 years. In addition to her full-time work at NCEFT, Marty is currently a member of the San Mateo County Horsemen's Association and a Member of the Board of Governors for the Horse Park at Woodside. Marty holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago. Marty enjoys horseback riding, hiking, cooking, and family.

     12. Meghan Rabello, OT

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2013
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Additional information about this instructor: Meghan was born and raised in Los Gatos, CA. She earned a B.A. in Marketing from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas in 2008 and a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2013. She has enjoyed working with pediatric populations in a variety of settings, and is passionate about incorporating equine movement as a meaningful treatment tool to further function.

     13. Quiara Smith

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Quiara graduated with a BA in Sports Medicine from the University of the Pacific, and a Master's in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University. She's practiced OT in hospitals, outpatient pediatric clinics, and schools in Hawaii and California. She enjoys yoga, surfing, spending time with her family & friends, and taking her therapy dog, Nelly, on walks.

     14. Sabrina Canepa, Horse Handler

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Sabrina grew up horseback riding in the area, and her love for the sport and horses led her to volunteer at NCEFT during high school. After receiving her BA at the University of San Francisco, she went on to work at a therapeutic barn in Nashville, TN. Sabrina is thrilled to join the NCEFT team so many years after it sparked her love of therapeutic riding.

     15. Skylar Assaf, Horse Handler

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Skylar Assaf, NCEFT Barn Assistant Skylar, who joined NCEFT in 2017, is a college student. Skylar grew up in the local horse community volunteering at a nearby therapeutic riding program and advancing through pony club. She has a heart for horses and people and is very excited to be at NCEFT. When she is not at the barn, you can find her in class designing and sketching fashion illustrations.

     16. Wendy Funk, Horse Handler

         Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: Wendy Funk, NCEFT Horse Handler Wendy, who was born and raised in Menlo Park along with two brothers-one her twin-first came to NCEFT in 2014 after learning about the program from the parent of a patient. Wendy studied and played soccer at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her BA in Psychology. Today, Wendy is happily and energetically working on prerequisites for Physical Therapy at De Anza College. In her free time, you can find Wendy busy with the best dog in the world, Finn, or playing soccer for a semipro team.