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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


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