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RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/18/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Wendy Schonfeld

Employees:   Full-Time:  1  Part-Time:  0  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 new volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation, given by the volunteer coordinator. Once they have made a commitment of hours for volunteering, the training program begins. Safety policies and procedures are the first part of the program. Each new volunteer will be taught by the volunteer coordinator, equine director and barn coordinator on site for that day. They will begin shadowing and learning the care of the horses. Understanding safety and our horses personalities and the process of grooming is within the first few days of their volunteering. The volunteer will then begin training and understanding the safety of our riders. They will be taught by the equine director and certified instructor. the volunteer will begin shadowing side walking and will not be approved to sidewalk until the instructor feels the volunteer has shown proficiency. All volunteers are instructed to read and sign that the handbook has been read. They will be given handouts on proper mounting and side walking procedures as well as positions in the barn. Leading of our horses in a lesson is an advanced workshop after a minimum of side walking for 3 months consistently.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  4

Number of Board Members:  7  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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. Executive Director and President

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


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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Therapeutic Riding Center working with children and adults with special needs..

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. 
     All of our horses go through a 2 month trial to make sure that they are appropriate for our program. The Equine Director oversees the daily care of all the horses and personally exercises them weekly. The Equine Director oversees, medication, supplements, exercise and the amount of lessons a horse will provide each day. None of the horses will provide more then 5-6 lessons a days at 30-45 minutes. During extreme weather conditions unmounted lessons will be performed with riders that have the ability to perform. We have 9 horses in our program and 2 of them are for unmounted lessons only.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Full donation and donation of time.

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 that are in our program for donation of time have a written agreement with the owner that the horse will return home to the owner. At our center that is 5 out of 9 horses. If the other 4 are unable to be used they will retire at the center.

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.). 
     All horses undergo an initial meeting where the equine director will decide if a trial period will be approved prior to them coming to the center. All horses have a negative yearly Coggins and up to date vaccinations. The Equine director will make decisions as to which herd the horse will be placed in after 2-3 days of settling in. A 2 more trial of riding will begin once the horse arrives.

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. 
     All horses receive fall and spring vaccinations, yearly Coggins, every 6 week farrier care. Supplements for joint care and digestive issues are given and worming is provided every 6-8 weeks. the veterinarian is called for any issues needed. Feed is monitored and changed accordingly to the season and increased and decreased as necessary with the grass supply in the pastures.

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: 
     ONLY horses that are sick and/or the veterinarian feels euthanasia is necessary will be euthanize.

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: 
     We have only Geldings

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; Fees are not collected; Horses are not offered for adoption.

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
RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.

937 Stallion Sprit Trail Clover SC 29710

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Wendy Schonfeld

2. Contact's Phone: 8032226008

3. Contact's Email: rideabilitysc@gmail.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: H & H Holdings Ltd Co LLC
P.O. Box 1371
Clover, SC 29710

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? 
     January 1 2017- December 31, 2017 Our plan is to continue into the new year.

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.. 
     We lease and they provide a property manager to fix any issues and oversee the property. We pay the property manager as needed. The owner is not compensated.

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: 15

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. We have 3 pastures at 4-5 acres each with 3 horses in each pasture. We have wood fencing surrounding all of the pasture with gates and locks. Each horse has their own stall for feeding time and inclement weather.

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.
     We have 3 horses per pasture with plenty of grass in each 4-5 acre pasture.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 15

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.
     We have a large sand arena for training activities. The arena is surrounded by wood fencing and 2 gates that are always closed during lessons. The arena is dragged daily. We also have a sensory arena and nature trails.

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.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We have trailers to transport.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Wendy Schonfeld the Equine Director personally fits all equipment to each horse. Each horse has their own saddles, girths, bridles and balnketsas well as grooming kits.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     All volunteers work with all of the horses getting to know them and their personalities. All stalls have name plaques and all pastures have signage.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     All horses get a minimum of 15 hours of turnout and in inclement weather turnout is determined with the horses safety as a priority.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     All horses have individual feed and quantities depending on their individual needs. Changes in feed are on an individual basis depending on need. Each season requires modifications in feed and quantity. Medication is administered in feed as per our veterinarian as well as all supplements given.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Approximately Every 6 weeks our horses are weighed, monitored and evaluated to see if any changes need to be made. Visual monitoring by the Equine Director is on a daily basis. Adjustments are made accordingly.

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.
     Everyday our stalls are cleaned and stalls are stripped weekly. Manure is eventually used as fertilizer for the pastures. Our horses are de-wormed every 6 weeks on a rotating schedule. The pasture manure is spread.

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 case of fire or any situation affecting the barn the horses will be able to be placed in the far fields for safety and removed to a safe distance from the barn.

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?
     Wendy Schonfeld, the Equine Director lives in the community and can see the pastures and the horses and is able to care for the horses 24/7 if needed.

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.
     York County Sheriff Department 713 Justice Blvd, York, SC 29745 Phone:(803) 628-3190

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.
     York County Sheriff Department 713 Justice Blvd, York, SC 29745 Phone:(803) 628-3190

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/24/2017

Veterinarian: Matt Storey

    Street: P.O. Box 434    City: Fort Mill  State: SC    Zip: 29716

Phone: 8035178734    Email: mattbstorey@yahoo.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Wendy Schonfeld

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: 9.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 9

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 15

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

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

           + 0 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

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

9 = Total of 2a-2c

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

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 1 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

1 = Total of 2d-2f

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

            8 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

$7000     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$400     Bedding.

$3500     Veterinarian.

$3500     Farrier.

$450     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$3000     Medications & Supplements.

$6000     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$23850     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

3285     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: $7
Question 3 ($23,850 ) divided by Question 4 (3285).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (3285) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (9).

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? All 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? All

      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? Daily or 6 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? 45

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 50

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 48

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: 4.00  Un-Mounted: 0.00  Total: 4

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 5

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 100%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Wendy Schonfeld

         *Facility Participation:

         RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.

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

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.Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Special Oympics

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.Advanced Certified Equestrian Coach