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Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Inc. (CKRH)

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 07/05/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Ms. Pat Kline, Executive Director

Employees:   Full-Time:  8  Part-Time:  2  Volunteers:  1,30

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. Employees and volunteers are required to participate in a full-day orientation which includes both Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int'l (PATH) industry standards and CKRH specific safety procedures. Equine Care & Equine Handler volunteers have additional hands-on training/assessment with the CKRH Equine Care Manager; Lesson Volunteers (who assist particpants during therapy sessions) have additional orientation with PATH certified instructors about safety procedures (i.e. emergency dismounts.) All volunteers are given a copy of CKRH's Operations Manual, a 42 page booklet of general policies/procdure, and employees are given the Employee Manual, which is the Operations Manual plus additional Human Resource items.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  6

Number of Board Members:  24  Number of Voting Board Members:  22

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? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     CKRH provides Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies following the industry standards provided by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Int'l. Programs include:

Therapeutic Riding (TR), mounted traditional riding disciplines or adaptive riding activities conducted by a certified equine instructor in private or group lessons. Activities are designed to meet each participant’s needs and may focus on fine/gross motor skills development, balance, strength or coordination.

Hippotherapy (HPOT), mounted physical/occupational/speech therapies that utilize equine movement. Services are facilitated by a licensed therapist or speech/language pathologist and certified equine instructor in partnership with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH), non-mounted equine assisted activities and therapies with a focus on mental health issues. Co-facilitated by a licensed/credentialed mental health professional and a certified equine instructor, examples include psychotherapy, marriage/family counseling and bereavement therapy. CKRH partners with KY National Guard to provide substance abuse recovery and PTSD counseling to military veterans; Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center to provide psycho-educational services to adult survivors of sexual trauma; and Hospice of the Bluegrass for the Healing Hooves youth bereavement retreat.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL), non-mounted equine activities which incorporate equine/human interaction to promote emotional growth and develop life/social skills. Our partner in this effort is Fayette County Public Schools STABLES program for students in grades 7-12 who struggle with academics or vocational skills, and need additional support in a more individualized setting.

Therapeutic Horsemanship (TH), mounted and non-mounted equine activities which develop skills in horse care, handling or riding. Participants’ equine skills progress while improving cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral abilities. Activities include Horse-Master lessons, US Pony Club adapted curriculum and occasional horse show competitions such as Special Olympics.

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. N/A

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



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. 
     CKRH follows PATH standards for the use of all equine therapists which includes procurement/ assessment, ongoing care (conditioning, overall health, usage, etc.) and eventual retirement from therapy services.

These are supplemented by continuous supervision from CKRH's Equine Care Specialist and Veterinarian to ensure the horse's well-being.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     CKRH operates primarily on a "free lease" program where owners lease their horses to CKRH on a yearly basis. They are returned to their owner when they can no longer participate in therapy sessions.

A small portion or horses are donated permanently, if they pass an initial assessment.

CKRH is not in the practice of paying for horses.

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 are regularly retired from therapy use when both a staff/ veterinary evaluation reach the same conclusion that it is unsafe to keep the horse in use. If the horse is leased to CKRH, they are returned to their original owner. If the horse has been donated, they are retired to nearby farms that have both sufficient space & previous CKRH interaction so that we know the horse will be well-maintained.

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.). 
     The process begins with a detailed phone screening, and if promising, moves on to a scheduled site visit by CKRH staff to assess and test ride them.

If accepted (which includes current vaccines/Coggins), the horse is transported to CKRH for a 30-90 day trial period at which time they are quarantined in a separate paddock, assessed by the vet and test ridden by various CKRH staff for movement/behavioral traits before final approval.

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 equines are monitored daily by the AM & PM Hay Crews and Equine Care Specialist, as well as regularly by a licensed veterinarian. Horses are examined by a dentist (also a licensed veterinarian) yearly, though older horses or problem horses are examined every six months. A farrier trims/re-sets shoes every 5 weeks, and hoof supplements/thrush medicines are applied as needed. Horses are weighed monthly by an equine nutritionist who also adjusts any dietary needs at the time. Older/special needs equines receive acupuncture, chiropractic and other customized treatments when required.

CKRH administers de-wormer to horses in the Spring and Fall of each year. Periodic fecals are also pulled throughout the year to determine the effectiveness of the de-worming program. A de-wormer is given to all new horses during their initial quarantine period. CKRH consults the vet if changes in protocol are needed.

In April of every year, Rhinoneumonitis (EHV-4/EHV-1), Influenza, Eastern/Western Encephalomyelitis, West Nile and Tetanus Toxiod are administered to all horses at CKRH. Ninety day boosters of Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-4/EHV-1), Influenza and West Nile Virus are administered depending on exposure. In October of every year, CKRH horses are given Botulism and Rabies vaccinations.

Finally, electronic health records for each horse are maintained by the Equine Care Specialist.

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: 
     If euthanasia is required, it is an in-kind service performed by our vet. There is a $150 body removal fee by Conboy Enterprises, though long-term therapy horses are buried at the KY Horse Park as weather/ ground conditions permit.

In all cases, the original horse owner is consulted before any action is taken so that the horse has the opportunity to return home to their original family. In no case does CKRH euthanize horses for any other reason that medical neccesity. The last euthanized horse at CKRH was in 2015.

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 horses.

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:
*Missing

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



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

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Location 1 of 1
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Inc.

4185 Walt Robertson Rd/KY Horse Park Lexington KY 40511

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Ms. Pat Kline, Executive Director

2. Contact's Phone: 859-231-7066

3. Contact's Email: pat@ckrh.org

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: 9.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 27

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. There are 11 paddocks, ranging from a dry lot to 3 acre fields. They are enclosed by 4-plank wood fencing and have a large wooden run-in shed/automatic waterer installed in each. Limited grazing can be implemented with electric-wire fencing as needed. Stabling details were outlined previously in Question # 6 of the Policies section (Section 3.3)

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.
     Paddocks: Herd groupings are determined by grazing abilities per paddock; all paddocks are chain harrowed weekly (weather permitting) Stalls: Cleaned 2x daily when in use; muck disposed in exterior muck wagon which is transported 2x weekly to Horse Park muck station (NOTE: KY Horse Park is currently engaged in Biodiversity project to convert manure into fuel.)

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 22

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.
     Indoor Riding Arena: 92' x 60' with synthetic footing, Sure Hands wheelchair lift and two wooden mounting blocks; Outdoor Riding Ring: 100' x 200' with river sand footing and wheelchair mounting ramp; Trail Riding: CKRH has access to 1,200 acres of open farm land for horse conditioning. Primarily, programming is held in the Indoor Arena. But, when multiple programs occur simultaneously, there are other riding venues (Outdoor Ring, Sensory Trail, Barn aisle for non-mounted activities) available.

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.
     CKRH is a Premier Accredited Center with PATH and has maintained this status since 1998.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     In 2016, CKRH received a grant to purchase a horse trailer. This new tool provides transportation in the case of emergencies.

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.
     CKRH Equine Manager/Trainer evaluates confirmation and movement of the horse initially. Various tack options are tried for fit & comfort before a test ride in that respective tack. Adjustments are made accordingly. Per PATH standards, all tack is inspected prior to use (individually) and collectively (monthly) for repairs or replacements.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Photographs of our horses and their basic information are on our website. Each horse has their own halter with their name engraved on a brass plate. A listing of all horses with their paddock assignments is posted on our volunteer bulletin board and on the assignment board in the barn.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Our horses stay outside unless the weather is extremely severe or they are ill. Horses come inside when they are being used in lessons. Horses inside for recuperation are turned out on an individual plan and handled only by staff.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     CKRH uses McCauley's feed products. A McCauley's equine nutritionist weighs and evaluates each horse once per month to ensure that each horse's unique nutritional needs are met. Hay is provided by Creech Services and horses are provided hay twice per day approximately 12 hours apart.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Our horses are weighted and evaluated by equine nutritionalist on a monthly basis. Weights are tracked and adjustments made when needed. Our full time equine trainer supervises conditioning. Regular worming, dental and vaccination schedules are adhered to. Our goal would be to have all of our horses in the best condition possible for their age.

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.
     All horses entering CKRH premises must have health certificates, COGGINS and documented vaccinations are required by the Kentucky Horse Park. Horses new to the CKRH herd are quarantined for 30 days. CKRH has a divided barn. If a horse does become ill, one end of the barn can be blocked off in order to quarantine said horse. Separate stall cleaning tools, feeding pans, buckets, etc. would be kept in quarantine and a bleach foot bath would be used.

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.
     Horse Health Emergency: During a lesson (ex. Slight colic or lameness): Instructor calls a halt all horses and dismounts participant in center of ring. Side-walkers take participant out of the ring. Leader takes horse our the ring into the barn. Lesson resumes. Leader should un-tack the horse and the safety coordinator will assess the horses's health and take action, apply first aid or call vet. If it is highly serious and the horse is not able to walk out of the lesson ring, the staff should immediately call the vet and administer first aid until the vet arrives. Instructor call a line-up and halt. Instructor dismounts participants. Side-walkers take participants to the parent area for further directions from the instructor such as, the lesson is ending or a ground lesson will take place in the barn. The lesson instructor will issue this directive. After the ring is clear of all participants, leaders will return horses to the barn and wait for further directions as to the status of the lesson. The safety coordinator will issue this directive. 5.) Flood Emergency: If at any time when you are on the grounds and water starts to rise, call the KHP police for assistance. If flooding is heavy in the area, haycrew members should call the program director, equine manager or on-call staff before coming out to feed. It may be that the KHP roads will not be accessible. It may be necessary to move horses to higher ground. Before moving horses call the on-call staff for horse placement to ensure horse compatibility in another pasture. 6. Severe Weather (Thunder and Lightning Storms): See attached map for for designated storm shelter areas. These will be posted throughout the facility. The safety coordinator may implement evacuation procedures. If there is not an appropriate window of opportunity for people to drive home before the weather begins, people are not to leave CKRH. Driving conditions are hazardous when severe weather is involved. Visitors, students, their families, volunteers and employees are to remain inside the facility until the severe weather has passed. There is always a concern involving mounted individuals in the indoor arena during an electrical storm. Due to construction of the CKRH facility there is no need to dismount an individual from a horse in the indoor arena to reduce the exposure from electrical injury due to a lightning strike. However, there are always reservations as how the horse may react if the building was hit by lightning or may act in response to loud thunder. As well schooled as the horses are, the fact remains no one can simulate a building or a tree being struck by lightning. How the horse would react under these circumstances is an unknown factor. CKRH's storm policies have been written with this information in mind. The safety coordinator will implement emergency procedures and any necessary additional course of action when I storm occurs. Individuals on or off horses, in the pastures, trails, outdoor arena or any pens or lots on the property are to return to the covered facility immediately. Once everyone arrives at the facility, mounted individuals are to dismount and horses are to be re-stalled. If students are the mounted individuals, they are to be escorted to their family members. One everyone is inside the covered facility, all doors should be closed to prevent flying debris from entering the facility. Individuals in the indoor arena may be asked to dismount by the safety coordinator or lesson instructor, re-stall horses, and if the mounted individuals are students they are to return to their family members. The automated lift is not to be used during an electrical storm. Students are to be dismounted manually or not at all. The lift is to be shut off and unplugged. If there is loss of power during the use of the lift, the battery will engage, allowing the instructor to dismount the student. Horses inside the covered facility will be placed in a stall and horses outside will remain in their places or they will be cared for in the fashion deemed appropriate by the safety coordinator. Visitors, students, their families and volunteers are to remain inside the facility unless evacuated by the safety coordinator to the designated storm shelter area. In the event of an emergency, make the necessary emergency phone call, otherwise do not use the telephones. In the event the storm develops into a serious condition, a weather radio is to be turned on to receive up-dated weather reports. Unplug all computers, copiers and any other equipment which could be damaged. Always call for emergency aid (911) in the event someone is electrocuted. Until the emergency medical team arrives, follow the procedures taught in First Aid/CPR Classes and as outline in the First Aid/CPR Manuals. First Aid/CPR Manuals are located in the green First Aid cabinet located in the corner room across from the grooming supplies in the barn aisle, receptionist area and kitchen. The safety coordinator may close CKRH at any time due to the severity of a storm. Tornados: In the event of tornado warnings or watches, a weather radio is to be turned on to receive the weather report. Close monitoring of the report is imperative. The safety coordinator is to be kept informed of the weather conditions and changes. An emergency siren is located in the KHP Campground. When the siren is heard the evacuation procedures will be put into effect.When weather conditions are becoming severe and the safety coordinator is concerned for people's safety, evacuation to designated storm shelter areas may be put into effect. Horses inside the covered facility will be placed in a stall and horses outside will remain in their places or they will be cared for in the fashion deemed appropriate by the safety coordinator. If a tornado approaches, the safety coordinator will direct people to the designated storm shelter areas. Horses are to be cared for in the fashion deemed appropriate by the safety coordinator. Once everyone is inside the covered facility all doors should be closed to prevent flying debris from entering the facility. This facility is built to withstand 90 mile an hour winds. Instructors will dismount participants. Side-walkers will take the participant to the designated storm shelter area of the facility. Leaders will un-tack horses and place in a stall. Family, visitors and volunteers will go to a designated storm shelter area of the facility. Everyone will remain in the designated storm shelter area until a staff person or instructor has determined that the danger has passed. Evacuation Plan: Fire (Fire check location is the min paddock.) *Fire PLAN approved by Fayette and Scott County Fire Department. Safety Coordinator: Fired Emergency - Emergency 24 will call fire department and KHP Police. Safety Coordinator will call 911 and KHP Police. MOUNTED PARTICIPANTS & RIDERS IN THE INDOOR ARENA: 1. Everyone dismount as quickly as possible. 2. Side-walkers lead participants of the arena through the back gate. Continue through the exterior door to meet parents on the road. 3. Parents/Family/Visitors walk out the main lobby doors and follow road around to the left to meet the participants. 4. Families, participants, side-wlaker and visitors follow the road to the mini paddock. 5. Leaders exit the arena though the main gate and slide up door. Take the horse to the closest paddocks, un-tack horse and leave all tack on the outside of the gate, turn horse loose without head gear. DO NOT put horse in paddock between arena and hay shed. Go to the mini paddock. Check-in at the mini paddock ASAP!! 6. Barn Help lead any horses in the barn to the nearest paddock and turn loose with halter on, leave lead rope at the gate. Go to the mini paddock. 7. Everyone not evacuating horses or people, go to the mini paddock. 8. Everyone stay in the mini paddock until the safety coordinator gives an all clear. PARTICIPANTS IN THE BARN: 1. Side-walkers lead participants out the back of the barn through exit doors in stable wing two. 2. Leaders exit through the nearest door. 3. Everyone follow directions above. Tornado Warning (Storm Shelter Locations are instructor room, copy room, hallway, therapy room, vet room, women's rest room.) MOUNTED PARTICIPANTS & RIDERS IN THE INDOOR ARENA: 1. Everyone dismount as quickly as possible. 2 Side-walkers lead participants to the lobby bathrooms. Stay with the participants and families. If not enough room go to the lobby. 3. Parents/Family/Visitors meet participants in hallway in front of lobby bathrooms. 4. Leaders lead horses to the nearest stall and turn loose. Go to the volunteer lounge or program area. 5. Barn Help make sure all horses in the barn are inside a stall. All horses outside stay outside. Go to the volunteer lounge. Everyone stay in their storm shelter location until the safety coordinator gives an all clear. HAIL: If the weather becomes so severe the threat of class breaking is evident, everyone is to go to the designated storm shelter areas until the storm has passed. A radio is to be turned on to the local station for weather reports. Horses inside the covered facility will be placed in a stall and horses outside will remain in their places or they will be cared for in the fashion deemed appropriate by the safety coordinator. When tornado conditions are accompanied by hail, procedures for tornado conditions apply. Heat and Humidity: If the heat idex is greater than 100 degrees at the time of the lesson we may cancel lessons because of the danger of heat exhaustion or heat stroke to participants, volunteers and lesson horses. On hot days during lessons, water breaks will be available for participants and volunteers. In extreme heat, staff or authorized personnel will watch for elevated respiration and distress in the horses due to heat. If a horse experiences distress due to heat they will be taken to a cool, shaded area and cooled down with water from a horse sprayed directly on them. Extreme Cold, Snow and ICE: If Fayette or Scott County schools have cancelled classes, CKRH will be closed. Fire Emergencies: We must act calmly and quickly in case of fire. We love our horses, but our first priority is people. People first, then horses. Whoever first detects the fire should yell out "FIRE" loudly in order to alert everyone. The safety coordinator should be alerted immediately. If necessary, the safety coordinator will announce over the loud speaker in the red panel box at the wash rack entry door that the fire evacuation plan needs to be activated. Whoever first detects the fire needs to go to the nearest phone and call 911 to notify the fire department and call the Kentucky Horse Park Police. If the fire is contained, the person nearest to one of the fire extinguishers may attempt to extinguish the fire as the fire evacuation plan is activated. Fire extinguishers are located at each exterior door of the barn and in-door arena. The barn, office and interior area are protected by a fire suppression system, This system will sprinkle water when one of three events occurs: 1. the fire alarm pull handle is engaged (this is located in the hallway of the office area); 2. a smoke alarm detects smoke (smoke detectors are located in the office hallway); 3. a sprinkler head detects heat. This fire suppression system is monitored by Emergency24. If water flows through the fire suppression system, Emergency24 will automatically call the fire department. If the monitoring system detects something wrong with fire suppression system or the fire alarm is pulled, Emergency24 will contact the horse park police. Officer on duty from the horse park police will arrive to investigate the situation.

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 Kentucky Horse Park is a secured environment. In addition to our Fire Alarm/Security system, we pay the Kentucky Horse Park police to patrol our facility and paddocks. We also have staff here to check on the horses at least twice a day every day regardless of conditions.

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.
     Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control 1600 Old Frankfort Pike Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: (859) 255-9033 Website: www.lfaac.org

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.
     Dr. Robert Stout Office of State Veterinarian 109 Corporate Drive Frankfort, KY 40601 Phone: 502-573-0282, option 3 Fax: 502-573-1020


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 03/08/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Kristina Lu, VMD, DACT

Clinic Name: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute    Street: 4250 Iron Works Pike    City: Lexington  State: KY    Zip: 40511

Phone: 859-255-8741    Email: klu@hagyard.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Alyss Hudson

     2. Instructor: Annie Hickey

     3. Instructor: Claire Novak

     4. Instructor: Denise Spittler

     5. Instructor: Jenny Jackson

     6. Instructor: Joan Wilcoxen

     7. Instructor: Kathy Splinter-Watkins

     8. Instructor: Lisa Harris

     9. Instructor: Lisa Swanson


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: 26.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 26

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 30

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

26 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.

26 = 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

25 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            25 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

$12403     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$4221     Bedding.

$1655     Veterinarian.

$3427     Farrier.

$552     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$8756     Medications & Supplements.

$2344     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$118250     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$382     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$151990     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

9490     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: $16
Question 3 ($151,990 ) divided by Question 4 (9490).

Average length of stay for an equine: 365 days
Question 4 (9490) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (26).


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. 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? 900

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 66

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? 3 Months(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)? 44%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. CKRH operates 7 days per week but each horse does not work more than 5 days per week; the average is 3 days per week. Our hours of operation per week are high due offering evening and weekend hours. We strive to be available for clients whose families are unable to take off work and for those who work themselves. Between these sessions, community outreach projects and our STABLES alternative school through Fayette County Public Schools, our hours fill up easily. Our hours of operation total 66 per week: 9:00 to 8:00 Monday thru Thursday 8:00 to 6:00 on Friday 10:00-6:00 Saturday 11:00-3:00 Sunday All instructors hold a minimum of PATH Registered Level Instructor status, and one holds Advanced Level Instructor status. CKRH currently has five additional Instructors-in-Training for Registered Level status. PATH Advanced Level Instructors Lisa Harris, HPOT/Physical Therapist PATH #21077 PATH Registered Level Instructors Maggie Garrison, Therapeutic Driving, PATH #69933 Jenny Jackson, CKRH Lead Instructor, PATH #72925 Denise Spittler, CKRH Program Director, PATH #57982 Kathy Splinter Watkins, HPOT/Occupational Therapist, PATH #104 Lisa Swanson, CKRH Equine Trainer/Instructor, PATH #6841820 Claire Novak, Instructor, PATH #64087 Joan Wilcoxen, Instructor, PATH #6841820 Annie Hickey, Instructor, PATH #6892080


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Alyss Hudson

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Alyss is certified as a Therapeutic Riding instructor.


     2. *Instructor: Annie Hickey

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

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 certified instructor.


     3. *Instructor: Claire Novak

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered certified instructor


     4. *Instructor: Denise Spittler

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2005

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.In addition to being CKRH Program Director, Denise holds a BA in Social Work and an MBA. She is a PATH Site Evaluator and State Chair of PATH centers in Kentucky. She is also EAGALA certified to lead Equine Growth and Learning workshops. PATH Instructor Certification #'s are provided for all Instructors in the Facilities-Public Related Information area (Section #7.1 , Section #4, Question #12). All maintain "active" status with PATH.


     5. *Instructor: Jenny Jackson

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2009

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Jenny is a registered certified instructor. She is our Lead Instructor.


     6. *Instructor: Joan Wilcoxen

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered certified instructor.


     7. *Instructor: Kathy Splinter-Watkins

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

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 certified instructor


     8. *Instructor: Lisa Harris

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2009

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Advanced certified instructor and therapist.


     9. *Instructor: Lisa Swanson

         *Facility Participation:

         Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 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 Int'l

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered certified instructor.