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Acts 19:11 dba Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center

13620 Halleluiah Trail
Elbert CO 80106

Tax ID/EIN: 74-2232440
Year Founded: 1981
Last Updated 2017-04-04

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Utilizing the unique and therapeutic attributes of the horse, our mission is to serve those with diverse needs, empower change, foster resilience, and nurture whole health through sustainable and innovative programs.

Horse-related programs:
PPTRC serves individuals with disabilities or special needs through three core programs: hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy. <br/><br/>Hippo therapy is physical, occupational, or speech therapy that utilizes equine movement. This strategy is part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes. Specially trained therapists evaluate individuals needing this distinctive therapy and lead the treatment with the help of a certified therapeutic riding instructor. The movement of the horse is used to influence the rider. Activities designed to achieve targeted outcomes include physical and neurological stimulation exercises. <br/><br/>Therapeutic Riding is an adaptive riding lesson taught by certified therapeutic riding instructors. The rider learns to influence the actions of the horse. Horsemanship skills are included to address physical, cognitive, and emotional goals. The lessons are usually in small groups and may include riding, grooming, and unmounted ground work between clients and horses.<br/><br/>Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy offers unique opportunities to address individual's mental health needs through the partnership of a horse. This service is facilitated by a certified riding instructor and a qualified mental health therapist. Ground work and/or riding activities address each client's goals. As participants learn to interpret a horse's behavior, honestly assess their own behaviors in order to improve their interactions with the horse, and influence the horse in a positive way, they are also learning relationship and other skills that they can use in their lives outside the barn.

Non-horse-related programs:
PPTRC provides only equine-assisted activities and therapy.

Volunteer Opportunities

Event Coordination Volunteers
Minimum Age: 18
Volunteers are needed to help with the planning and execution of PPTRC's annual fundraising and community awareness events. Volunteer duties and commitment can vary from being involved in the entire process to simply helping greet attendees the day of the event. From logistics to in-kind donations to business sponsorships, there is something for everyone!

Facility Maintenance Assistance
Minimum Age: 14
A variety of duties are available in this position including turnout pen cleaning, painting, barn cleaning and chores, etc. These duties can be performed by one person or by a group if you would like to coordinate a group volunteer day.

Administrative Assistance
Minimum Age: 14
A variety of duties are available in this position and can include stuffing envelopes for mailers, creating/updating lists using internet research, making phone calls, filing, and other administrative support as needed.

Mental Health Program Volunteers
Minimum Age: 21
Mental Health Program Volunteers maintain a safe and supportive environment during lessons, primarily by being an advocate for the horse. They observe and give feedback on horse behaviors, and share observations with the therapist about what is see with clients & horses.

Solid horse handling skills and knowledge of PPTRC procedures is required. Must be able to confidently direct clients safely around horses and able to understand and abide by heightened confidentiality protocol. Excellent communication skills are needed, along with the ability to leave one’s personal issues outside the arena during lessons.

Minimum Age: 14
Side Walkers are responsible for the safety of riders. You may assist your rider with helmeting and mounting, at the instructor’s direction. You guide your rider safely as he or she gets to know and care for the horse. During the class itself, your job is to provide safety and support for the rider, specifically to prevent the rider from falling off. Your instructor will give you directions on what type of hold to use with each rider.

Horse Leaders
Minimum Age: 14
Horse Leaders are responsible for the horse’s safety and control at all times. The horse, not the rider, is your responsibility. You reinforce rider’s signals to the horse and maintain proper distance from other horses in the class while walking, changing directions, and passing. You don’t interact directly with the rider; that is the side walker’s job. This role takes extensive horse experience, and if you are new to horses you will be assigned to sidewalk first.

Team Leaders
Minimum Age: 18
Volunteer Team Leaders assists PPTRC staff in supporting other volunteers in their roles, in order to provide quality experience for our clients. He/ she acts under the direction of the Instructor and reports to the Volunteer Coordinator.

The Team Leader will be nominated by an instructor based on their skills in the following areas: positive attitude, good organizational skills, familiarity with the operation and orientation of classes, comfort with all aspects of horse readiness, extremely safety-conscious, and willing to participate in all new training opportunities available to them in order have the knowledge to train and communicate with all members of their Team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Arriving 45 min or more prior to class time to help organize daily sessions

• Participating in pre-session briefing with the Instructor to discuss Volunteers, Riders, Horse needs and Instructor specific expectations for the classes

• Checking in with the office- Communicating weekly with Instructors and/or Volunteer Coordinator with regard to comments and concerns, both positive and negative, and upcoming volunteers absences or other issues requiring the attention of the Volunteer Coordinator

• Communication between the office and barn as needed during assigned classes

- Assisting new Volunteers in “first day” training
- Coordinating all of the haltering, grooming, tacking, and warming up of lesson horses according to instructors plan for the day.
- Supporting the Instructor to facilitate volunteer assignments. Makes suggestions to Instructor in regard to Volunteer/Rider needs
- Identifying tasks for Volunteers and filling in as Side Walker/Horse Leader in classes as needed
- Assisting Instructor in checking the tack room after classes to ensure everything is in place and organized for the next classes.

Wish List Items

Volunteer Appreciation Items
Gift Cards to Businesses in the Pikes Peak Region
New or Gently Used Horse-themed Items
Other Ideas Welcome!

Miscellaneous Items
Keurig coffee machine and Keurig coffee/drinks to keep our volunteers warm
Easels for Displaying Large Photos and Pictures
Flip Chart

Three Horse Trailer

Ranch Supplies And Tools
Stackable bins for storage
Tank heaters
Heated Buckets
Miscellaneous Ranch & Hand Tools
Farm Tractor
Portable Loafing Sheds/Hay Barn
Portable Corral Panels

New Or Gently Used Saddles And Tack
Therapeutic Saddle Pads - English & Western
Side Pull Bridles
Rainbow Reins
Surcingle for Pony
Lead Ropes
Tack Cleaning Supplies
Full-bar Saddles for Large Horses - English and Western

Feed Shed
PPTRC is in need of a small feed shed, where hay and feed will be stored. This will allow the current barn being used for this to be utilized to increase the number of therapy sessions that can be conducted as one time, as well as an additional indoor arena to be used for therapy sessions during inclement weather.

Utility Vehicle
PPTRC is in need of a small utility vehicle for our satellite location at Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs. The vehicle will be used for transporting tack and volunteers to the horse barn, as well as transporting feed and water to horses.

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.