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White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/27/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Erin Luckey

Employees:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  4  Volunteers:  45

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. All WHOA volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training session which consists of orientation on confidentiality protocol, safety and emergency procedures, and how to lead horses or side-walk with students. Prior horse experience is not required to side-walk with students. A detailed volunteer packet with general program information is mailed to every volunteer annually. All volunteers must pass a background check and provide signed waivers, a brief medical history with emergency contacts, and proof of health insurance before they can participate in activities. Written job descriptions are given to each employee. Volunteer and employee evaluations are performed by the program director and any issues are dealt with by the director.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board 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? No

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

Additional Comments:
We do not conduct random drug screenings
We do not have an "employee handbook" but we provide employees with a detailed job description upon hiring
We conduct interviews with prospective employees & they are encouraged to provide an informal resume


1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     WHOA is a PATH Affiliated Center that currently offers therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities to children and adults with physical, emotional,or mental disabilities. The majority of WHOA programming focuses on therapeutic riding, which consists of instruction in grooming and tacking, progressive mounted riding exercises, and horsemanship education in horse physiology and psychology. Equine-assisted activities consist of ground-based interactions with horses and may include basic instruction in grooming, horse care activities, and horsemanship education.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. 

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No


1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     The number of WHOA program horses is determined by enrollment and needs of current program participants. Program horses are not ridden for more than two hours at a time and do not work more than four total hours per day. Horses are continually monitored for any physical unsoundness or mental distress caused by program use.
Program horses are continuously undergoing both ground and mounted training. A large portion of this training involves desensitization to various potential stimuli that may occur during a therapeutic riding lesson. Beyond desensitization training, WHOA horses are exercised and conditioned at least two times a week using a basic slow walk, trot, lope program with varying patterns and basic horsemanship exercises. Patience and trust development exercises are also utilized. Horses are turned out to pasture during the day, weather permitting, and are stalled at night. Horse feed and supplements needs are determined by the barn manager. WHOA is in compliance with PATH standards for horse care.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Program horses are acquired through lease or purchase agreements. WHOA accepts horses over the age of eight; the average age of program horses is 22 years. The majority of the horses in the program are retired show horses. WHOA requires a 30 to 90 day trial period to evaluate potential program horses for temperament and soundness qualities necessary for program use.

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     Horses leave the WHOA program if they become unsound, ill, undergo temperament changes, or reach retirement age. A horse that is no longer able to be used for our program will be returned to the leasing owner or found a suitable home. WHOA does not advertise unsuitable or retired horses or take them to any type of sale. Word of mouth communication with WHOA's many horse organization, equine medical, or staff contacts is strictly used to find suitable experienced homes for the unusable or retired program horses.

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     Each potential horse is evaluated very carefully before being accepted for program use. The previous owner must complete a full prospective horse history including health information, training, and temperament information. This includes current vaccinations, wormings, Coggins, last dental work, and last farrier visit. WHOA only accepts horses in good health with a good weight and body condition that is sound enough for light work. A veterinary exam is performed by WHOA's consulting vet and new horses accepted into a trial period are quarantined for at least two weeks after arriving at WHOA's facility.

Potential program horses are then evaluated for temperament, soundness, and gait by WHOA employees during multiple test rides and only very calm, quiet, patient, kind, and well-trained horses are accepted. Before they are approved to be used for program activities, horses are introduced to the large mounting block, wheel chair ramp, wheel chairs, or any special equipment students may require. The horses undergo the different mounting and dismounting techniques that special needs participants may use. During training sessions horses are gently and slowly exposed to any game or arena equipment that may be used during lessons.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     WHOA employees a part-time barn manager who oversees horse health care and monitors them daily. All instructors and volunteers in contact with the horses report to the barn manager with regards to horse care. WHOA's vet gives the recommended 4-way and West Nile vaccinations annually and the horses are wormed every 2-3 months, rotating with ivermectin, pyrantel, moxidectin, and, once a year, praziquantel. Horses receive hoof trimming or shoeing from the farrier every eight weeks. An equine dentist performs a dental exam once or twice a year depending on need, and performs any necessary floating, bit seat, tooth filing or removal, or excessive plaque removal. An equine chiropractor also works on program horses as needed. Pain management is provided to horses with arthritis, using joint supplements, bute, or any other medication recommended by our consulting vet. If a horse health problem is beyond the scope of our local veterinarian, if possible the horse will be taken to a specialty clinic.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     WHOA's consulting veterinarian is involved with the decision making process involving a horse that may need to be euthanized. If the horse suffers severe lameness, or any illness that causes severe pain or that the horse will not recover from, the decision is made to euthanize on a case by case basis. It is strongly against WHOA policy to euthanize a healthy but difficult horse to make space, and would instead seek to sell or re-home the horse.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     WHOA do not breed horses or accept bred mares or stallions into the program horse herd.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training?  NA

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization has never considered this concept.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:


This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1


Location 1 of 1
201 W. Winfield St.

201 W Winfield St. Morrison IL 61270

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Tawny Wiersema

2. Contact's Phone: 815-535-6208

3. Contact's Email: rideatwhoa@yahoo.com

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Use

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Whiteside County Fairgrounds / Board of Directors
P.O. Box 88
Morrison, IL 61270

Secretary's Office 815-772-7329
(answered only during Fair Season)

Horse Barn/Racing 815-772-4491
(answered only during Fair Season)


6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     Yearly contract, started October 1, 2014-October 1, 2015 with continuing yearly renewal.

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     Whiteside County Fair leases stalls for our horses, hay, tack, & saw dust. Also included in the lease agreement are use of indoor and outdoor arena spaces, pastures for grazing and the opportunity to "trail ride" throughout the pasture. The Whiteside County Fairgrounds Board of Directors receives monthly stall rent from White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

9. 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

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 1.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 30

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. The Whiteside County Fairgrounds contains three separate, large pastures that WHOA has exclusive, rotating use of for its program horse herd. The majority of the fencing is chain link fencing with a small stretch of working, two strand electric fencing, marked for clear visibility. Where two of the pastures share a fence line, there is a strand of working electric fence along the top of the chain link fencing. All pastures have pipe gates. All three pastures have large trees for shade and natural cover. WHOA horses reside in a large sixteen stall row barn. Stalls are approximately 12' x 12'. Horses are turned out in the pasture daily, weather permitting. In inclement weather, the horses are kept stalled and hand walked in the barn for exercise. All horses are stalled overnight.

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     The available pastures at Whiteside Country Fairgrounds are large enough to easily accommodate the number of horses in the WHOA herd. The smaller winter pasture is left to "rest" while the two larger pastures are grazed during the spring, summer, and fall. All pastures are mowed the control weeds and dragged to dry manure piles in the roughs. Manure is picked up in the pastures in eating and congregating areas. Fencing is checked daily for breaks, downed wire or posts, fallen tree limbs and functioning of the electric fencing. The pastures are checked often for holes, litter or any other hazards.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 12

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     The large outdoor show arena at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds is the main area used for training and mounted therapeutic riding classes. The arena posts and rails are PVC material with three gates. The footing is a deep sand/clay mixture that drains well. This arena is an ideal size for conducting group lessons safely, has good footing for the horses, and is easily accessible from the horse barn. The indoor riding area is a large pole building with a loose dirt floor is used only during inclement weather or poor footing conditions in the outdoor arena. Horses are never loped in the indoor area and rarely jogged.

6. 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)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. 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.
     WHOA is a PATH International affiliated center and complies with all required PATH facility standards. PATH PO Box 33150 7475 Dakin St. Denver, CO 80233 800-369-7433

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     The WHOA barn manager has a personal truck and trailer in good condition to be used in case of emergency. If the barn manager's equipment is not available, barn staff and several volunteers have personal truck and trailers available for WHOA use.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? No

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     WHOA has several different classes and sizes of saddles available to fit the varying needs of multiple sizes of students. Tack is rotated between students and horses in different classes. Each horse has a designated bridle and bit that has been adjusted to that individual horse. Initial tack fittings on each horse determine which saddles will appropriately fit which horse along with cinches and pads. Tack fittings check balance and placement of the saddle on the horses back, wither clearance, channel width, shoulder freedom, full channel contact for even weight distribution, and lack of bridging or rocking. After the initial fitting, a visual check is done before and after every ride to check for any changes due to weight or muscle loss or gain. All tack is adjusted as needed, checked frequently for wear, and cleaned regularly.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each horse has a name plate on their stall with individual feeding instructions next to it. Staff and volunteers are introduced to each new horse as it enters the program.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Horses that are stall bound are kept in a large 12' x 12' stall with sufficient bedding and enough grass hay to "graze" on to satisfy natural grazing tendencies. Stalled horses have constant access to fresh water and are hand-walked a minimum of three times a day. The level of grain given may be decreased to control weight gain due to a lower activity level. A rotating "buddy" horse is kept in a separate, nearby stall to keep the stall bound horse company while the rest of the herd is on pasture.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     WHOA program horses are fed an 80% grass/20% alfalfa mix and/or given access to fresh pasture depending on the season. When feeding hay in the pasture, flakes are spread out in several piles to prevent feeding competition, to ensure each horse gets plenty of hay, and to prevent bare spots in the pasture. Based on energy level, weight, and health, some horses are also fed Nutrena Senior feed, linseed meal, and/or an MSM supplement. The amount of hay and senior feed each horse is given is based on each individual horses' nutritional needs. Senior feed and other supplements are fed at night while horses are in separate stalls to monitor consumption. All horses have constant access to white salt blocks and mineral blocks while stalled or in pasture. Fresh water is available at all times, including heated water in the winter.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     WHOA strives to keep program horses at number 4, 5 or 6 on the Henneke Body Conditioning Score, 5 being ideal. Any number over 6 would put geriatric horses at risk for joint or metabolic problems, or laminitis. Any number under 4 is not acceptable in a program horse. All WHOA program horses are kept within the 4-6 score range through individualized feed management plans that are adjusted as needed by activity level, changes in the weather, aging, and any stress or illness.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     Any new incoming horse to the facility showing signs of illness upon arrival are not accepted and sent back home with the owner/hauler immediately. All horses at the facility are closely monitored for stress or other health issues. Any horse showing signs of illness is separated to the quarantine area and examined by the veterinarian as soon as possible. Any recommended treatment is carried out by the barn manager and a follow up visit will be performed if determined to be necessary by the veterinarian. The WHOA facility has a designated area for the manure pile, which is removed from the grounds weekly. Feeding and congregating areas of the pasture are picked up regularly and rough areas are dragged often to spread the manure to allow for drying to kill any parasite eggs. All WHOA program horses are on a deworming and vaccination schedule as recommended by the consulting veterinarian. Water and feed buckets are cleaned weekly. Any horse that dies or is humanely euthanized while at the WHOA facility is removed from the premises as soon as possible by following all required local and state guidelines and regulations.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     In the event of a wind, snow or thunder storm, all horses are brought into the barn and stalled. There is no danger of flooding or falling trees in the barn structure. The horses and barn are checked and evaluated immediately following any type of severe weather event. WHOA keeps a full equine first aid kit at the facility and the kit is re-stocked monthly. Emergency phone numbers are posted near the barn entrance, including local emergency services, the consulting veterinarian, and all WHOA program and barn staff. The entire facility is inspected by the state fire marshal annually and fire extinguishers visibly located at all exits. The extinguishers have written expiration dates and are replaced before they expire. WHOA staff inspect the barn regularly for any fire hazards. Heated buckets, fans, radios or any other electrical devices are not allowed unsupervised and space heaters are not allowed at all. "No Smoking" signs are posted and are strictly enforced.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     The entire Whiteside County Fairground facility is enclosed by fencing and there are "No Trespassing" and "Authorized Personnel Only" signs posted at the only open gate to the property. Local city police patrol the grounds regularly and members of the fairground's Board of Directors are present a various times of the day to restrict public access. If classes are not in session, the barn manager or other staff is on site at least three times a day in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

19. 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.
     Hooved Animal Humane Society of Illinois 10804 McConnell Rd. Woodstock, IL 60098 Ph. 815-337-5563 email-info@hahs.org OR Whiteside County Animal Control 2350 Lynn Blvd. Sterling, IL 61081 Ph. 815-625-3507

20. 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.
     Whiteside County Sheriff's Department 400 N Cherry St. Morrison, IL 61270 815-772-4044

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/18/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Calvin Vandermyde DVM

Clinic Name: Morrison Vet Clinic    Street: 14993 Lincoln Rd.    City: Morrison  State: IL    Zip: 61270

Phone: 815-772-4047    Email: morrisonvet@frontier.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Bev Downey

3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 7.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 7

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 7

2016 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:Our program currently has free leased horses available for use in our program. (as long as free leased horses continue to be available to us, donated or purchased horses will be used if necessary) These horses arrive a few months before classes start for the year depending on need for training and work. The horses are returned to their owners or are full boarded at an acceptable boarding facility at the expense of their owner when classes end for the year. This is why we had 0 horses at our facility on December 31, 2016 and 0 horses at our facility currently. The free leased horses for 2017 will begin arriving at our facility approximately April 1 or May 1 with our first lesson session starting May 30, 2017. (We are starting later this year due to instructor availability) We included our horse board expense in line 3-k also, since this is a significant expense for our program at $2430 for 2016.The other $270 of that line is for transportation. (3-k Totaling $2700)

2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 4 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

7 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 5 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 2 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

7 = Total of 2d-2f

2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            0 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2016 Horse Care Costs

$430     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$580     Bedding.

$780     Veterinarian.

$995     Farrier.

$100     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$615     Medications & Supplements.

$890     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$5550     Horse Care Staff.

$713     Horse Training.

$2700     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$13353     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

230     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.

Average cost per day per horse: $58
Question 3 ($13,353 ) divided by Question 4 (230).

Average length of stay for an equine: 33 days
Question 4 (230) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (7).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds

     1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time

      4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time

B. Structural

      1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time

      2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time

      3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time

      4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time

      5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time

      6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes

      7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses? Yes

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-Some of the time

      8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All

      8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week

      8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? Most of the time

      2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All

      3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA

      4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All

      5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? Most

      6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? 4-5 Days a Week

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months

      2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually

      3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually

      4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week

      5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time

      6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time

6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 24

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 30

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 10

4. What is the average wait list time? 0 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 3

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 3

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 80%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Horses are located at the facility and cared for approximately 7 months of the year. Classes and other therapeutic riding programming are currently only conducted for 16 weeks of the year.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Bev Downey

         *Facility Participation:

         201 W. Winfield St.

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. (yyyy)2011

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Instructor with PATH International- Requires one-time completion of two year certification process, understanding of and compliance with all PATH Intl. safety standards, and 20 hours of continuing education annually

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Bev has been a PATH certified instructor for six years. She trained at Braveheart in Harvard, IL and with Kim Henning from Michigan. Bev was the first instructor for Brightspot in Clinton, IA and was one of two instructors there for two years. She has given private therapy lessons to several children and adults since 2015. Bev has ridden horses her entire life, with an extensive background in trail riding in many different countries and in the US. She is also a competitive trail rider and endurance rider and a certified horse judge. Bev was a horse leader for 4-H for 15 years, and coached the State of Iowa 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging teams to National Competition. Bev also completed her Master of Equine Manager at ISU.