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Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 03/15/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Jessica Moore

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  6  Volunteers:  125

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. Our instructors are all certified through PATH International, The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Our volunteers are trained on site and undergo regular assessment and volunteer training.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  12

Number of Board Members:  15  Number of Voting Board Members:  15

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


II. PROGRAMS

1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 90

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Banbury Cross TEC provides Therapeutic Riding Services to children and adults with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities in southeastern Michigan. Our riders ride in 7-10 week sessions (Five sessions throughout the year)and special programs and events like our summer horse camp, our annual Horse Show and Open House and numerous events geared toward helping our riders achieve each of their independent goals. We also provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for people with emotional disabilities.

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. During our summer Horse Camp program, In addition to Therapeutic Riding classes, our riders engage in a multitude of challenging and fun activities involving crafts, outdoor experiences and physical challenges and games. We also have a daily "special guest" segment that introduces the riders to other animals that they may not have the opportunity to learn about in their daily lives.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  Yes



III. POLICIES

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. 
     Our Equine partners are treated as family members by all who manage, care for and work with our program horses. Each horse is chosen based on health and personality traits that are suitable for therapeutic riding. Each horse is carefully monitored by multiple individuals on a daily basis. Our horses are frequently given "mental health breaks" so as to prevent burn out and any subsequent behavioral issues. During periods of class breaks or just on days off, our horses are frequently ridden or taken on trail rides by our instructors to again promote good mental health.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our horses are obtained strictly through a process of evaluation and donation.

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. 
     If an in on trial animal does not demonstrate a aptitude for the position, they are returned to their former owners. If horses are accepted to the program but later deemed unsuitable for either health or temperament issues, they are returned to the former owner or rehomed with a suitable family. On only the rarest occasions, if no other option is found that is in the best interest of the animal, the animal is then humanely euthanized.

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 are evaluated over a six week period based on suitability for our program. Items evaluated include but are not limited to temperament, overall health, ability to not only tolerate but enjoy working with riders with special needs as well as volunteers leading, grooming, tacking and sidewalking. In addition, horses must be able to get along with other horses and enjoy games and arena work. Therapeutic Riding can be a stressful job for a horse. It takes a truly special animal to not only tolerate but enjoy their work.

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. 
     Our equine partners are wormed every 12 weeks and periodic fecal samples are tested to determine if a changes in worming protocol is needed. Vaccinations are done spring and fall as recommended for our area. Each horse is carefully examined by our Registered Instructors at each use and given veterinary exams twice per year. Our horses see our farrier every 7 weeks unless a matter arises that hey need to be seen sooner. When considering feed and supplement management, our horses are treated as individuals and each horse is given what will assist that particular animal in meeting his maximum potential in health and fitness.

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: 
     Horses are only euthanized if they are suffering with a health issue that is not treatable or if it is would leave the horse in continual pain or unable to thrive. We have never and will never euthanize a horse that is healthy. If there is a behavioral problem, the animal is rehomed.

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 do not breed and and do not accept stallions, pregnant mares or newborns on our property.

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

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? 
     n/a

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

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. 
     n/a

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 
     No

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: 
     n/a

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:
  Other considerations are provided below.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: OUr organization does not participate in any type of adoption fee process. We are not a rescue.



IV. FACILITIES

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
Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

1223 Brauer Rd. Oxford MI 48371

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

2. Contact's Phone: 248-628-7433

3. Contact's Email: banburycross@hotmail.com

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

5-8. Not Applicable.

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: 6.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 19

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. We currently have 8 individual pastures of varying sizes. Our pastures are all grass and hilly except one dry lot for horses unable to remain on grass pasture for health reasons. Our pastures are boarded by three rail wood fencing with an ancillary hot wire for safety. Each pasture contains a lean to for protection from the elements and a hay hut to keep round bales as fresh and dry as possible. Our barn has 40 stalls allowing enough for each individual horse should the weather become too severe for the horses to remain outside.

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.
     Or horses are rotated in the existing pastures frequently to provide the most healthy and social environment possible.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 24

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 two working arenas, one indoor arena which is approximately 80x200 that has a mixture of ground rubber footing mixed with sand and our outdoor arena which is approximately 100x220 that has sand footing.

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)? No

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant.
     Our facility is not a rescue or retirement facility.

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.
     We are a PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Certified Center demonstrating that we have achieved and maintain the highest standard of safety and care for our herd, riders, volunteers and employees.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We currently have two horse trailers on site and have access to others owned by instructors that remain off site that can be used if needed in the case emergency transportation is necessary.

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.
     Our tack is inspected each and every time it is used. Our instructors complete a thorough tack inspection and evaluation prior to each class. Blankets are inspected as they are taken off each time the horse is used and as the horses are fed daily.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     We have a detailed pasture and horse assignment map in our barn area which shows which horses (with photos) belong in which pasture. Our stalls and tack lockers have nameplates and the horses each wear a different color blankets in the winter so they are easily identified from a distance in the field.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Any horse that is deemed in need of stall rest is placed in his or her own designated stall and observed throughout the day and at each feeding for condition and safety. If hand walking is needed, arrangements are made with a qualified leader to hand walk in the indoor arena.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Due to the maturity level of our herd in general, most of our horses are on the Equine Senior diet. Several horses with dental issues or esophageal problems that may result in an episode of choke receive their feed soaked with water. In addition to pelleted feed, our horses have free choice 1st and 2nd cutting hay in the form of round bales. Supplements are given at morning and night time feeding if recommended by our veterinarian or if the horse has trouble maintaining a healthy weight and extra calories are needed.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     The horses are evaluated and assessed by each registered instructor with each use and by our veterinarian regularly. Our Executive Director manages all aspects of equine care and management and maintains detailed records regarding each horse's weight, condition, vital statistics, worming protocol, vaccinations, dental care and general health issues.

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.
     Our facility is fortunate to have several local farms that welcome our manure to be spread on their fields to augment their fertilizer program. We therefore have no need for any other manure disposal system. our horses are rotated in their pastures to help limit the spread of disease and parasites. Any horse that is in need of quarantine is aggressively treated and isolated. Our veterinarian assists us in performing regular fecal testing to assess any risk of parasite problems

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.
     Our facility employs a live in on site farm supervisor. She and her husband visually inspect the premises daily, in the case of a facility emergency, the farm supervisor has been trained in emergency protocol procedures. Horses are in outdoor pastures and in the case of a facility fire would remain safe in their current enclosures. In extreme weather emergencies, our horses are brought into their indoor stalls, fed, watered, and bedded down for the duration needed to ensure their well being.

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?
     Our farm is gated to allow visitors and the public access to the offices and observation area while prohibiting access to the pastures and barn area. We do not currently have on site camera security but do employ a full time caretaker and farm manager who lives on site.

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.
     Lapeer County Animal Shelter, 2396 W Genesee Lapeer, MI 48446 Phone: 810-667-0236

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.
     PATH International, The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship 7475 Dakin Street Suite #600 Denver, CO 80221 www.pathintl.org (800) 369-RIDE (7433) Fax (303) 252-4610


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 01/26/2017

Veterinarian: Dr Denise Burbary-Muston

Clinic Name: Metamora Complete Equine    Street: 4040 Gardner Rd.    City: Metamora  State: MI    Zip: 48455

Phone: 810-678-3321    Email: metamoracompleteequine@gmail.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Charlotte Bass

     2. Instructor: Jan Nierzwick

     3. Instructor: Jessica Leroux

     4. Instructor: Jessica Moore

     5. Instructor: Kelly Barry

     6. Instructor: Lisa McCormack


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: 12.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 22

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 24

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:n/a

20 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

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

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

22 = 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.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

22 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            21 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            1 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2016 Horse Care Costs

$9816     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$650     Bedding.

$4114     Veterinarian.

$7655     Farrier.

$3100     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$673     Medications & Supplements.

$790     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$2998     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$80     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$29876     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

8030     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: $4
Question 3 ($29,876 ) divided by Question 4 (8030).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (8030) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (22).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

     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. Half

      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? Weekly

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? 110

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 22

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 40

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: 2.00  Total: 4

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)? 90%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. The vast majority of our programs are mounted therapeutic riding. In addition, we do offer an Equine Assisted Mental Health Program.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Charlotte Bass

         *Facility Participation:

         Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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 (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor


     2. *Instructor: Jan Nierzwick

         *Facility Participation:

         Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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 (The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen)

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 Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Jan is a lifelong horse person and PATH Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Jan also serves as office administrator of Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center.


     3. *Instructor: Jessica Leroux

         *Facility Participation:

         Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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 (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Jessica is a Registered Therapeutic riding instructor and serves a the Volunteer Coordinator of Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center.


     4. *Instructor: Jessica Moore

         *Facility Participation:

         Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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 (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2007

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Jessica is a life long horseman and Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. In addition, Jessica is the State Chair for Path International and the Executive Director of Banbury Cross Therapeutic Riding Center.


     5. *Instructor: Kelly Barry

         *Facility Participation:

         Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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 (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. In addition to being a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Kelly is a Parelli Instructor.


     6. *Instructor: Lisa McCormack

         *Facility Participation:

         Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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 (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen)

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2007

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Lisa is a lifelong horse person and a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Lisa is also a licensed Physical Therapist.