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New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/24/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  Sara Tucker, Executive Director

Employees:   Full-Time:  7  Part-Time:  2  Volunteers:  90

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. NCMT retains professionals and ensures that experience and abilities match the job requirements and the culture of the organization. Job descriptions outline the duties and responsibilities of each full or part time employee- they are signed by employees upon acceptance of a job offer. An NCMT employee handbook is provided upon hire. All employees are required to sign NMCT's Code of Ethics.The Executive Director conducts yearly evaluations of employees' performance. Those are discussed with employees who receive a copy of their evaluation. NCMT maintains employee files for general human resource matters and job performance documentation. The Executive Director is retained and evaluated by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of volunteer professionals and parents who help oversee the management of the organization, offering their expertise by participating in working committees. Committees are formed to provide support in specific areas (Executive, Equestrian Program, Fundraising, Finance, Marketing/Communications, Nominating, Strategic, Therapeutic Program). Additional volunteer help is recruited from NCMT's membership on an as needed basis. NCMT's therapeutic programs for children and adults with special needs involves a large number of volunteers who assist the PATH certified instructors as they conduct the programs. Training is provided before the start of each therapeutic session and is mandatory for all participants. A volunteer manual is also made available.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  9

Number of Board Members:  21  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


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

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     A)Troopers Program:NCMT provides a youth development and educational horsemanship program based on accountability, responsibility, kindness and respect. The Troopers program operates seven days per week during the school year and currently enrolls 110 individuals. Additionally, NCMT offers a youth summer camp program from mid June to August.

All students are required to participate in a weekly Equine Care Day where they learn about barn safety and management skills, perform barn chores, help address the basic needs of the horses, and attend an equine care lecture. Weekly group riding lessons follow a curriculum based on the fundamentals of hunt seat equitation and the principles of sound horsemanship.

Community service, mentorship, and a leadership council are all core components of NCMT's overall curriculum. Troopers aged 14 or older can become trained and volunteer in NCMT's therapeutic "Super Troopers" program. Based on merit, Troopers are promoted through the ranks, heralding back to the historical founding of NCMT in 1939 as a chapter of the Junior Cavalry of America.

NCMT exclusively relies on donated horses and ponies to provide affordable and quality horsemanship programs, with the objective of "giving horses a second chance so kids can have a first."

NCMT depends on a combination of tuition fees, fundraising and grant award proceeds to support all of its activities. It provides scholarship funding to families who demonstrate financial need.

B) Super Troopers Program: In 2012, NCMT launched "Super Troopers" to offer equine assisted therapeutic programs to serve children and adults with physical, emotional, intellectual and development disabilities. Scholarship funding is made available to qualified program participants.

NCMT has an ADA compliant facility and is PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) center member. It therefore adheres to PATH Intl strict operating standards and policies to conduct Super Troopers.

Super Troopers includes two distinct offerings: Equine Care- the curriculum focuses on activities designed to foster the human and horse connection. Weekly activities address the many facets of horsemanship including barn safety, horse behaviors, nutrition, grooming and ground work. Specific goals are incorporated into these activities to help develop social skills, fine and gross motor skills, transitioning, sequencing, self-expression, spatial awareness and motor planning.

Adaptive Riding- lesson plans are created to address the individual needs of students who have a wide array of cognitive, physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. A combination of physical, cognitive, sensory, and socialization goals are integrated in each lesson.

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


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. 
     NCMT’s facility can accommodate up to 30 horses and ponies. Before formal acceptance into our programs, a mandatory 30-day trial period allows NCMT’s staff and veterinarian to carefully evaluate each horse/pony for suitability. Once accepted, the staff conducts regular ongoing horse evaluations to monitor continued suitability.
NCMT takes great pride in providing high quality care to its horses. The priority is to ensure the overall well-being of the fleet. Since many donated horses and ponies come to NCMT with some physical limitations, NCMT takes a preventive approach to their care. Veterinary consultations are held regularly to monitor any existing or developing physical issue and appropriate steps are taken to address those issues. An exercise plan is developed - both on the ground and under saddle - to maintain each horse’s mental and physical health. Horse usage in program lessons is carefully planned and monitored daily to implement a healthy work/rest balance.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Our equine fleet consists of horses and ponies that are typically donated by private owners who want to retire them from a prior show career or who can no longer care for them.
Upon completion of the trial period to determine suitability, NCMT will accept both full donations and use donations. In the latter case, the ownership of the horse/pony remains with the owner while NCMT becomes fully responsible for its care for the duration of the use donation agreement.

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 generally spend several years at NCMT. For a horse or pony to become unsuitable for the programs, there must be a material reason such as the development of permanent unsoundness that can no longer be treated. This final determination is made by our veterinarian and staff. In that event, NCMT will use its best efforts for proper placement at a reputable retirement facility. NCMT plans for such possibility by regularly allocating funding to the retirement of its donated horses as the fleet ages.

In the case of horses that are “use donated”, owners may select to remain responsible for re-homing decisions. NCMT will then offer assistance to identify a suitable retirement facility as needed.

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.). 
     To donate a horse/pony to NCMT, the owner must fill out a Horse Information Placement form, which provides a historical health record and lists dietary needs and other pertinent health information. Proof of current Coggins test is also a requirement. Our staff will visit the prospective horse donation at his location, whenever possible to initially conduct both a mounted and unmounted evaluation, aimed at confirming overall soundness and behavioral suitability for our programs. A 30 day trial period at NCMT is then required. During that time, an extensive veterinary examination will take place and the horse will actively participate in our programs. The horse will be diligently evaluated for overall disposition, appropriate ground manners and behavior in the ring while taking part in the group riding lessons of the Troopers Program. Eligible horses will also be evaluated by our therapeutic team for potential participation in the Super Troopers program.

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. 
     Fairfield Equine Associates of Newtown, CT has been NCMT's designated veterinarian for over 25 years. FEA visits NCMT every Wednesday to address the needs of our fleet and to specifically monitor horses who experience chronic health issues or may be at higher risk of developing such issues due to their age. NCMT also consults and retains providers of chiropractic or acupuncture care as needed. Finally, NCMT provides various supplements to its horse fleet to help maintain wellness and any prescribed medications that may be required.
All of our horses and ponies are on a vaccine schedule that include oral Flu/Rhino Vaccine; Rabies/Potomac Horse Fever; Eastern/Western Equine Encephalitis; Tetanus; West Nile Virus; Coggins Equine Infectious Anemia. Vaccinations are given semi-annually, in the spring and the fall.

NCMT conducts a regular de-worming program to help manage any risk of infestation.

The horses’ teeth are floated annually. Other pressing dental issues are addressed as they arise.

A farrier frequently visits NCMT and rotates his work to provide regular shoeing of the horses. In rare “at risk” cases such as founder recovery, the farrier works closely with NCMT’s veterinarian to implement the best care.

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: 
     NCMT’s policy is to only consider euthanasia when health issues severely deteriorate or become so acute that pain and suffering can no longer be controlled and the horse’s quality of life is endangered. Euthanasia will only be decided with the approval of our veterinarian. Under no circumstances will NCMT euthanize a healthy horse or pony.

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: 
     Not Applicable

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:

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
New Canaan Mounted Troop

22 Carter Street New Canaan CT 06840

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Sara Tucker

2. Contact's Phone: 203-966-0634

3. Contact's Email: sara.tucker@newcanaanmountedtroop.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: 4.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 7

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. NCMT has 9 paddocks consisting of 5 all-weather paddocks and four grass paddocks made from sawn pressure treated southern yellow pine. The smallest paddock is approximately 30'x 70', and the largest paddock is 80’ x 80’. The entire property is enclosed with rock walls, pine fencing and gates. The barn was constructed in 2009 and consists of 30 stalls, 24 of which are 10'x 10' and six are 12' x 10'. There are also two heated grooming/wash stalls, four more grooming areas, a Learning Center, offices, four bathrooms, including handicap access, a tack room and feed room. There are eight door ways to access the barn, two of which are restricted from horse use. Each barn aisle can be closed by barn doors and/or large wooden planks to seal off the barn aisles if we want to keep the barn doors open for ventilation. All stalls come equipped with two windows; one faces the barn aisle and the other faces outside of the barn. There is a geothermal heating system that helps us maintain comfortable temperatures in the most eco-friendly way.

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.
     Our staff recognizes the essential need of turnout for the physical and emotional well being of our animals. All horses and ponies have approximately three hours of turnout on all weather and grass paddocks every day. Some horses and ponies are turned out in pairs to ensure a safe and playful time together. NCMT has 5 all weather turnout paddocks and 4 grass paddocks. The outdoor ring may also be used for turnout. The paddocks get picked out daily by our staff. Water troughs are scrubbed and filled regularly.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 3

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.
     NCMT has an indoor ring with a heated viewing area. Windows line both sides of the 72' x 160' ring, and four barn doors with finished wooden planks allow for ample cross ventilation. Footing is a sand, rubber, fiber mix. We utilize a water truck to keep the indoor footing damp The outdoor ring is a 140' x 200' sand ring, and with a sprinkler system to keep the footing damp.

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.
     Not applicable. We are 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.
     Not applicable.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     NCMT has relationships with several local horse transportation companies which are available upon request.

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.
     Each horse and pony has their own tack hook that holds a fitted bridle and bit, martingale or breastplate if applicable, and girth. Riders select the saddle that fits the rider, and horses and ponies are assigned saddle pad types, leg protection and other needed equipment. All tack instructions are listed on a large white board in the tack room. Each horse or pony has their own turnout blanket, sheet, mid and heavy blanket.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Each stall is clearly marked with the horse's name and feeding instructions. Additionally, the stalls are numbered and cross-referenced for all tack. The turn out board lists each horse in the paddocks. Volunteers typically do not handle horses without staff supervision.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     The barn can be completely closed up with no stalls being exposed to the elements. All stalls come equipped with two windows: one that looks inward to the barn aisle, and one that faces outside. Frequently stall doors remain open with stall guards so that horses can hang their heads out. Our staff recognizes the essential need of turnout for the physical and emotional well being of our animals. All horses and ponies have approximately three hours of turnout on all weather and grass paddocks every day. Some horses and ponies are turned out in pairs to ensure a safe and playful time together. NCMT has 5 all weather turnout paddocks and 4 grass paddocks. The outdoor ring may also be used for turnout.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     Feed, Supplements, Grain NCMT uses a variety of feed to accommodate the wide array of dietary needs of each of our horses and ponies. We purchase high quality hay, which may be served wet or dry, depending upon allergies, and TNT. We also feed a variety of grains and supplements including Senior, Safe Choice, Empower, Vitality and a hay stretcher. Supplements include Cosequin ASU, and digestive aids as needed. All horses are monitored and changes to diet and supplementation are made as needed. Vet and feed specialists are also consulted if necessary. Our animals also receive a bran mash once a week and as needed for stressful situations such as extreme weather or illness.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Not applicable.

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.
     While NCMT does not have a formal Biosecurity plan, our staff is able to control the advent and spread of disease through regular waste removal and weekly veterinarian visits. NCMT maintains a dumpster for manure removal, which is removed and replaced every week or when full. In the event of the threat of parasites, NCMT relies on Fairfield Equine Associates to advise them on an ongoing and as needed basis to prevent the spread of disease. With regard to carcass removal, through Fairfield Equine Associates, NCMT has utilized the carcass removal services of professionals who come equipped to remove an animal and dispose of them either through burial (not in CT) or through cremation. If there were an opportunity to donate a carcass for veterinary research, NCMT would do so.

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.
     Using online weather applications, the staff at NCMT is able to anticipate weather related events that could not only impact our ability to run the program but the health and stress levels of our horses as well. In the event of severe weather, the program is cancelled via posts to the website, and the barn doors and windows are secured. A staff member usually stays on site in our Learning Center. NCMT also has a fire suppression system in place that is directly linked to the New Canaan Fire Department. Annual fire drills are conducted. In partnership with the New Canaan Police Department, we have an Emergency Plan that primarily deals with internal and external threats of dangerous intruders.

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?
     While NCMT does not provide on-site housing, the majority of our staff and board members live locally and can reach the barn within minutes in the event of a security breach. As stated previously, the facility boasts a fire suppression system that links directly to the New Canaan Fire Department, and we are fortunate to be located in a Town with ample police and fire resources that are available upon demand. The entire property is enclosed by fencing and gates. However, as per fire code, gates are not permitted to remain locked.

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.
     Animal Control Officer & Park Ranger Town of New Canaan 174 South Avenue New Canaan, CT 06840 203-594-3510 Maryann.Kleinschmitt@newcanaanct.gov

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.

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/19/2017

Veterinarian: Dr. Bob Neff, DVM

Clinic Name: Fairfield Equine Associations    Street: 32 Barnabas Road    City: Newtown  State: CT    Zip: 06470

Phone: 203-270-3600    Email: info@fairfieldequine.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Hannah Wirfel

     2. Instructor: Nicole Karaman

     3. Instructor: Stacy Gendels

     4. Instructor: Suzanne Angier

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: 27.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 27

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.

           - 3 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

3 = Total of 2d-2f

23 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            23 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

$70000     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$33000     Bedding.

$57000     Veterinarian.

$31000     Farrier.

$2000     Dentist.

$14000     Manure Removal.

$10000     Medications & Supplements.

$9000     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$121000     Horse Care Staff.

$86000     Horse Training.

$13000     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$446000     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

8395     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: $53
Question 3 ($446,000 ) divided by Question 4 (8395).

Average length of stay for an equine: 323 days
Question 4 (8395) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (26).

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?

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-All 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? 190

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? 50

4. What is the average wait list time? 6 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)

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

    Mounted: 1.00  Un-Mounted: 0.00  Total: 1

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

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 75%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. We have eight to ten equine care classes a week from September to June for our Super Troopers students, our therapeutic program for children and adults with disabilities. In addition, we offer an equine care only curriculum within our youth development/horsemanship program to give young children an opportunity to try NCMT without the commitment of a full riding program and for those children that want to learn about horse care and behavior. We typically have about 15 children in our equine care only program.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Hannah Wirfel

         *Facility Participation:

         New Canaan Mounted Troop

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)2013

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certification is for a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor by PATH.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Hannah had an illustrious junior riding career, having trained with Walter "Tim" Kees in the equitation divisions, and with Leslie Burr Howard in the amateur owner jumper divisions. She competed in the Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden, and has numerous ribbons and accomplishments at Devon, WEF, Lake Placid, Southampton, and Harrisburg. She has taught riders of all ages, including beginners, summer camp, adult riders, and junior equitation riders seeking to get qualified for the Medal and Maclay Finals. Hannah has also served as a "walker" for the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Program, as well as trained the Trinity College Equestrian Team for the IHSA show circuit. She was also the assistant coach and the Equestrian Director for the Miss Porter's Equestrian Team. Hannah is a graduate from Trinity College in Hartford with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Hannah obtained her PATH certification to become a therapeutic riding instructor in December 2013.

     2. *Instructor: Nicole Karaman

         *Facility Participation:

         New Canaan Mounted Troop

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)2014

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification by PATH

     3. *Instructor: Stacy Gendels

         *Facility Participation:

         New Canaan Mounted Troop

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)2015

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

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

     4. *Instructor: Suzanne Angier

         *Facility Participation:

         New Canaan Mounted Troop

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)1995

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

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Suzanne received the Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in 1995 and received the Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in 2005.