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Gleneayre Equestrian Program

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018



Chief Staff Officer:  Ellen J. Healey

Employees:   Full-Time:  6  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  20

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. Volunteers are trained and supervised on an on-going basis. Volunteers are screened, which can include a background check and reference checks. Volunteers work in a tier system and must show competency in one task before advancing to another task. Many volunteers possess prior horse knowledge, although such experience is not required.

Employees meet with the Office Manager to discuss the Policy and Procedure manual on their first day of employment. Employees begin on a 90 day probation period and then are reviewed.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  2

Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. The facility is owned by Robert T. Healey Sr. and Ellen J. Healey who is the Founder and Executive Director of the Gleneayre Equestrian Program. Their son, Robert T. Healey Jr. is a Trustee on the Board of Directors.

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? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization. The Executive Director owns the property at which the organization conducts its programs.

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:
     The Gleneayre Equestrian Program (GEP) is a non-profit organization for children experiencing challenges, including but not limited to academic, family, or financial challenges and challenges associated with military families. Our program includes Working Student, Equine Facilitated Learning, and Equine Assisted Support Services components.

Designed for students as young as ten through their thirteenth year in school, the Working Student program matches each youth with a project horse at our farm. Members are responsible for all aspects of caring for and riding their project horse. Currently, there are twelve children enrolled in this program. Involving an extensive commitment of both time and effort, Working Student requires participants to attend the program a minimum of four days per week. In this environment, children must interact with each other, the horses, and their instructor. The Working Student program provides an education in sound horsemanship and riding including barn management, feeding, proper grooming, supervised veterinary care, daily care of equipment and tack, and weekly riding lessons in hunters, equitation, or dressage. The Working Student program places a strong emphasis on time management, organization, responsibility, and leadership skills.

The Equine Facilitated Learning program is a curriculum based, non-riding educational program that provides an alternative to the traditional, mainstream classroom setting. At our farm, students are provided with an opportunity to learn character skills, conflict resolution, and team building skills with horses as their facilitators and partners. Our curriculums follow the Strides to Success model and can be tailored to meet the needs of any school group. Most groups attend once a week for a few hours during their normal school day. The lessons take place in our covered arena and attached classroom and include group discussion, writing components, and equine activities. This program is designed for students who do not thrive in their usual classroom setting, including students with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, auditory and speech impairments, and truancy issues.

Our Equine Assisted Support Services program follows the EAGALA model for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. This program pairs a licensed mental health professional with an equine specialist, who are both EAGALA certified, to provide an alternate therapeutic approach. This program involves exercises with the horses on the ground and gives us yet another use for our horses who are retired from riding. This program can be utilized as part of the treatment plan for any issues that would normally be addressed in traditional therapy.

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. NA

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. 
     Horses utilized in the Working Student program are ridden in weekly lessons at which time they are observed and monitored by the trainers. If necessary, these horses may be ridden by a more advanced rider or the trainer to be sure that the horse is performing properly. Horses are exercised 4-6 times a week under the supervision of the trainers who may make adjustments in each individual horses workout regime as necessary. Horses are only accepted into our program if they are deemed to be safe around children and will be suitable for use as a project horse in our Working Student program. It has been the Gleneayre Equestrian Program policy to only accept horses when there are available stalls and in some cases we have put horses on a waiting list before accepting them. New horses are given time to acclimate to the program if necessary. Horses that are retired from our Working Student program are transitioned into our Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Assisted Support Services programs. Each horse is given time to adjust to this lifestyle, the new environment, and different scenarios on the ground before we utilize them with groups of children. Horses in this program are introduced to new situations first in the presence of the trainers before being utilized with clients.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Most horses have been donated to the Gleneayre Equestrian Program for use in our programs. In 2013, we adopted two horses from an equine rescue to utilize in our programs.

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. 
     Our careful screening process and 30 day trial period ensure that we do not accept horses who are not suited for the Working Student program. Horses that need to be retired from riding are transferred to our non-riding Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Assisted Support Services programs and they are able to perform this job for the rest of their lives. Horses very rarely leave the program, but those who do are often adopted as babysitter horses for close personal friends whose equine practices are comparable to ours.

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.). 
     Horses that may potentially be donated to our program are first screened by our Managing Director who reviews all of their medical records and horse show records if applicable. All new horses are quarantined and monitored closely to ensure that they are healthy. Horses are then evaluated by our head trainer and ridden by a member of the Working Student program before they are accepted on a 30 day trial at our farm. During their 30 day trial, they will be ridden by members of the Working Student program and exposed to different scenarios at our facility. They may be examined by the veterinarian if necessary before being accepted into our 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. 
     Horses are monitored several times each day for health issues under the watchful eyes of the caretakers, trainers, and Working Student participants. This monitoring enables health issues to be addressed as soon as they arise and allows preventive measures to be evaluated constantly. Horses are vaccinated multiple times a year and are dewormed every twelve weeks on a rotating schedule. Fecal tests are conducted yearly. Horses are promptly seen by the veterinarian if we suspect a health concern. Geriatric horses and horses with health concerns are given a customized routine including dietary adjustments and administration of medications.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     Only euthanize with severe medical problems where the quality of life becomes an issue.

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: 
     Without exception, we do not breed horses or accept stallions into our programs.

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.

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:


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
Gleneayre Farm

573 Eayrestown Road Lumberton NJ 08048

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Donna Capri

2. Contact's Phone: 609-267-4104

3. Contact's Email: info@gepnj.org

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

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Gleneayre Farms, Inc.
Bob and Ellen Healey
573 Eayrestown Road
Lumberton, NJ 08048
Phone: 609-267-4104
Email: ellen@gepnj.org

6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     Length of Lease: Indefinite Start Date of Current Lease: 2002

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     The owner, Gleneayre Farms Inc. provides the land, facilities, maintenance and training staff, and all related expenses. In consideration for Gleneayre Farms, Inc. providing the above facilities and services, Gleneayre Equestrian Program pays Gleneayre Farms, Inc. the sum equal to Gleneayre Farms, Inc's annual direct costs and labor, plus thirty five percent of annual indirect labor, fifty percent of annual indirect costs, and ten percent of the value of the facility annually divided into twelve monthly payments.

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: 2.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 70

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. There are four individual barns, one with 8 stalls, one with 10 stalls and two with 9 stalls. Stalls are 12ft by 12ft with the exception of an 8ft by 8ft stall for a miniature horse. Twenty pastures are fenced with post and four board fencing enclosing more than 30 acres of horse pasture.

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.
     Pastures are carefully managed to ensure that the correct horses are placed in pastures together. Groupings are made based on carefully observing the temperaments of the horses as well as their age and activity level. Different pastures are available for horses with different dietary needs, specifically related to the intake of lush pasture grass. Pastures are rested, reseeded, fertilized, and irrigated throughout the year on a rotating basis so that the pastures are always carefully maintained. Private turnout is available for horses who need such an arrangement.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 10

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.
     The Working Student program utilizes two outdoor lighted rings with sand footing. The Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Assisted Support Services programs utilize a covered arena with sand footing and ceiling lights. Rings are professionally dragged and leveled annually and are maintained, including being dragged and irrigated, several times a week. Arenas were placed in locations close to barns where drainage is appropriate and wind and water erosion is minimized. Footing was chosen to provide additional cushion and shock absorption for our horses, to drain effectively, and to be comparable to premier horse show facilities in the area.

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     The property is accessible to all horse transportation vehicles, including tractor trailers. Gravel and asphalt drives provide access to each of the barns.

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.
     Saddles and bridles are fitted to each horse and then placed on labeled racks so that they are easily identifiable. Blankets are also fitted to new horses and they are stored on the horse’s stall door when not in use. Often, horses are donated with some of their own tack and equipment. We are able to utilize this equipment as long as we deem that it is in proper working condition and fits the horse properly. As well, we supplement with other items that have been donated in the past or by purchasing our own equipment so that we can ensure properly fitting equipment for all of our horses at all times.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     Horses are turned out in numbered paddocks and a corresponding turnout map identifies which horses are in which pasture. All horse stalls have nameplates identifying the horse. In addition, each barn has a diagram of the barn that describes the location of each horse’s stall and their daily feed. Horse health information, including a photograph of each horse, is available in clearly labeled binders in the barn office. Staff, work-to-ride participants and volunteers are supervised to be sure that they are able to identify the horses with which they are working.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Horses are given time to acclimate to our facility in the setting in which they are most comfortable. Stall bound horses are adjusted slowly to turnout beginning with handwalking and handgrazing several times throughout the day. When the horse becomes comfortable with this routine, they will be turned out in a private pasture for a short duration. This time will gradually be increased until the horse becomes adjusted to spending the full day turned out. We have several different options for stall configurations, including stalls with Dutch doors to allow horses to hang their heads out to see a neighboring horse.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     All horses are given a customized feed routine depending on their individual dietary needs. This routine may be modified based on exercise, turnout time, availability of pasture grass, medical concerns, and recommendations from the veterinarian or farrier. Supplements are utilized when recommended by the veterinarian or if the horse demonstrates a need for a particular supplement. Horses are given constant access to water with automatic waters in the pastures and two 5 gallon buckets in their stalls. Water sources are cleaned daily. Horse feed buckets are scrubbed and cleaned weekly.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     Ideally, we maintain horses at a 5 on the Henneke Body Conditioning scale. Horses are constantly evaluated on a daily basis to determine what adjustments may need to be made, including changes in feed, exercise, and turnout schedule.

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.
     Stalls are mucked daily and pastures are mucked several times a week. This manure is placed in bins which are dumped daily into a dumpster that is then removed from the farm every week. All horses are dewormed regularly on a rotating schedule and fecal samples are collected and tested annually. Deceased horses are removed from the property immediately. New horses are quarantined for thirty days to be sure that they do not interact with our horses until we can be assured that they are disease free. Horses are vaccinated regularly, and at the recommendation of our veterinarian, are given boosters when they may be susceptible to disease, such as during a widespread outbreak. Horses that are new to the facility or that have been shipped in for the day are not allowed in the barns or pastures.

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.
     If a storm is forecasted to affect our area with possible power outages, we stock and store water for the horses. Fire extinguishers in each barn are inspected several times a year by the fire department and there are working smoke detectors in each barn. Staff is trained to deal with a variety of issues that may arise on the farm, including loose horses. All barns are built on high ground to avoid flooding issues.

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?
     Entrances to the farm are gated and padlocked in the evenings to ensure that horses are contained. All gates to the horse pastures are secured at all times. A caretaker lives on the premises in addition to the trainer and executive director, allowing at least one capable and knowledgeable person to be at the facility at all times.

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.
     NJSPCA, 1119 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Phone: 800-582-5979

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.
     EAGALA PO Box 993 Santaquin, UT 84655 Toll Free (in U.S.): (877) 858-4600 Phone: (801) 754-0400 East Coast Equine 191 Route 545 Chesterfield, NJ 08515 Tel: 609-298-0786 Fax: 609-298-3097 Mobile: 732-757-7521 (Dr. Ted) Mobile: 732-757-7042 (Dr. Jess) Email: Eastcoastequine@msn.com Last Chance Ranch 9 Brick Road Quakertown, PA 18951 215-538-2510 pets@lastxhanceranch.org Foundation Equine 183 Bordentown Crosswicks Road Crosswicks, NJ 08515 (609)291-0535 info@foundationequinenj.com Mid Atlantic Equine 40 Frontage Road P.O. Box 188 Ringoes, NJ 08551 Phone: (609) 397-0078 New Bolton Center Hospital for Large Animals 382 West Street Road Kennett Square, PA 19348 610-444-5800 Butch Dase 1235 Shiloh Pike Bridgeton, NJ 08302-6774 8564593522

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/17/2018

Veterinarian: Ted Mazzarisi

Clinic Name: East Coast Equine    Street: 191 Rt 545    City: Chesterfield  State: NJ    Zip: 08515

Phone: 732-757-7521    Email: eastcoastequine@msn.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Alison Newman

     2. Instructor: Jeannie Mattioni

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: 32.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 35

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 36

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:We have four horses boarded at the facility that are not used in any program.

33 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

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

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

33 = 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.

           - 4 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

4 = Total of 2d-2f

29 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            24 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            5 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

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

$394355     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$0     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

11680     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $34
Question 3 ($394,355 ) divided by Question 4 (11680).

Average length of stay for an equine: 354 days
Question 4 (11680) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (33).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds


6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 75

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? 52

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

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

    Mounted: 1.00  Un-Mounted: 1.00  Total: 2

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

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

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. *We used 12/31/2017 data for the information provided in this section. *Some horses work mounted while other horses work unmounted due to their specific nature of their EAAT Program. No horse in the EAAT Program works more than one hour per day. *The lengths of our waiting lists vary by program depending on the availability of different horses for each program.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: Alison Newman

         *Facility Participation:

         Gleneayre Farm

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.EAGALA

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.The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families, and groups by setting the standard of excellence in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Alison has completed her level 1 and level 2 EAGALA certifications.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Managing Director and Trainer Alison has served as barn manager for Frank Chapot (former Olympian and Chef d’équipe of the US Equestrian Team) and spent 15 years as a riding instructor. She also has a degree in psychology and equine science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Alison is certified by EAGALA and Strides to Success. She is a member of the USEF, USDF, USHJA, and ECRDA. She has been with the Program since 2001.

     2. *Instructor: Jeannie Mattioni

         *Facility Participation:

         Gleneayre Farm

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Program Assistant and Trainer Jeannie has been riding since an early age and successfully competed in disciplines including eventing, dressage, equitation, and trail riding. She has a B.S. in animal science and technology from the University of Rhode Island. Now, Jeannie puts her welcome knowledge and skill to good use training students of all levels at the Gleneayre Equestrian Program. She is a member of the USEF and USHJA. She has been with the Program since 2014.