The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship
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Address
7908 Myers Road
Centerburg, OH 43011
Phone
740/625-9324 
Email
Mrs. Karen M. Sanchez
Website
www.shanecenter.org  
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CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Karen M. Sanchez
Founder and Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Joel B. Sanchez
Retired, Ohio Department of Juvenile Corrections
Established
1993  


To improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement

2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • The Shane Center became a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH, International) Premier Accredited Center (PAC). Not only are we central Ohio’s original therapeutic riding center, we are the only PATH PAC in a 60-mile radius.  

  • The Shane Center partnered with the Wounded Warriors Project to enable alumni to participate in our Shane’s Cavalry equine services for heroes program. 

  • The Shane Center launched Shane's Cavalry, a program that serves our disabled veterans and their families. Program offerings include therapeutic riding, drill teams, trail riding teams, and family programs.

  • The Shane Center served 52% more participants each week this year with the hiring of a third PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructor.

  • Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. became The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship to better resonate with the mission and vision of our organization.

2015 GOALS

  • The Shane Center will expand services by enhancing participant assessments and evaluations, increasing communication and program offerings by 10% annually, and growing participants to reach a long-term goal of serving 50 individuals per week.

  • The Shane Center will expand the capacity and commitment of program volunteers by developing recruitment, training opportunities, volunteer appreciation efforts, and a tiered volunteer responsibility program.

  • The Shane Center will explore new program offerings such as hosting official PATH workshops, providing additional equine experiences for veterans, and partnering with local universities to enhance their equine science programs. 

  • The Shane Center will provide sustainable, exceptional equine programs that remain responsive to community needs, collaborative with community partners, and progressive in standards and effectiveness.

Background Statement

Founded as Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc., The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship  is central Ohio's original therapeutic riding organization. The center has been providing top-quality therapeutic horseback riding instruction for people with disabilities since 1993. Participants range in age from four years old to adult with a variety of physical and cognitive abilities. The children and adults served have disabilities like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, or anxiety. 

Therapeutic horseback riding students use their abilities to learn the actual skills involved in riding a horse. This is not just a pony ride! The active participation required by riding allows our students to benefit from the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of horseback riding. The Horsin’ Around program is designed for independent riders with special needs, as well as typical beginner and intermediate youth and adults. Shane's Cavalry was developed in 2014 to serve our disabled veterans and their families. StableMates is a program designed to help people ages 7 and older learn about horse management.

The Shane Center maintains the core values of transparency, excellence, innovation, individual respect, integrity, and stewardship. Participants benefit from the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of therapeutic equestrian activities with broad-reaching effects that enhance the quality of their lives. Program participants reside in several central Ohio counties, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, and Licking. 

Statement from Mrs. Karen M. Sanchez, Founder and Executive Director

As we round out our 21st year at The Shane Center, it is with gratitude to the central Ohio community for sustaining our worthwhile work that has helped so many individuals with special needs. Our energy for continuing this work is strong, and we are filled with BIG ideas for enhancing our existing therapeutic programs and constantly looking for our next step to enrich the lives of people with special needs.

The 2014 year has been our BIGGEST year yet and we have BIG plans for 2015--The Shane Center will develop an instructor training program and partner with local universities to offer introductory courses on equine assisted activities. The Shane Center will also continue to enhance its programming, develop its facilities, and fulfill its mission.

Statement from Mr. Joel B. Sanchez , Retired, Ohio Department of Juvenile Corrections

We are thinking BIG and looking toward The Shane Center’s future. The generosity of people just like you has brought us such a great distance since 1993--will you help our organization continue to serve those with special needs who gain so much from our programs? We are strong because of support from individuals like you and we are looking to the future with BIG dreams for our riders--your help plays a BIG part in our ability to make a difference in their lives.

Leadership

Management

Mrs. Karen M. Sanchez, Founder and Executive Director
Term Start 9 /1993 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Karen Sanchez, founder and executive director, has a bachelor’s degree in education and is a PATH advanced level instructor. She is an accomplished horseman, served as an equestrian judge during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, graduated at the 'A' level of the United States Pony Club, spent 10 years participating in 4-H, and served five years as the organizational advisor to the Savvy Riders 4-H Club of Licking County. Karen is studying level 4 of the Parelli Savvy System and has studied with numerous top horsemen, including Ray Hunt, Walter Zettel, Jimmy Wofford, and Pat and Linda Parelli.

 

 
Mrs. Jessica Wolgast, Program Director
Biographical Statement

Jessica Forsyth graduated from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Arts in equine management in 2009.  She is an enthusiastic horseman, as well as a certified PATH registered instructor. She has been involved with Equine Assisted Therapy during the past few years as a program volunteer and college intern.

 

 
Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 65 
Staff Retention Rate: 100% 

Infrastructure

Policies
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information
Government Licenses Charitable Bingo
National Accreditations North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - Accreditation
National Affiliations North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)

Governance

Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Joel B. Sanchez, Retired, Ohio Department of Juvenile Corrections
Board Chair Term 3/2011 -  3/2016  
Board Members
Mr. John Hinton, Retired, Otterbien University  
Miss Carrie Holtvogt, Nationwide Insurance  
Mr. Raj Hora, Tutto Vino  
Mrs. Tina Root, Freedom Home Health  
Mrs. Kathie A. Sanchez, Retired, Columbus City Schools  
Mr. Robert Williams, Retired  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 70% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%

Demographics

Gender Female 42%
  Male 57%
     
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 71%
  Hispanic/Latino 14%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 14%

Advisory Board

No members in the Advisory Board.

Programs

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic Horseback Riding is geared toward individuals age 4 and up with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities. Students use their abilities to learn the skills involved in riding a horse. This is not just a pony ride! The active participation required allows riders to benefit from the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of horseback riding. A student may need two or more volunteers, hand-over-hand assistance, and verbal or physical support to safely ride a horse. Lessons encourage riders to be as independent as possible and can include grooming and tacking, crafts, formal riding instruction, games and exercises on horseback, sensory trail rides, and horse management. Lessons emphasize natural horsemanship techniques, helping riders safely interact with horses with horses from the ground as well as in the saddle.

 

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Shane's Cavalry

Shane's Calvary is targeted to disabled veterans and their families, reaching military heroes through the Wounded Warrior Project and beyond. Available services include therapeutic riding, drill teams, trail riding teams, and family programs.

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StableMates

StableMates is designed to help people ages 7 and older learn about horse management. Participants learn everything regarding the health, safety, and care of horses. This non-riding program enables participants to help care for the horses used in our riding programs while gaining valuable skills.

 

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Horsin' Around

Horsin’ Around is designed for independent riders with special needs, as well as typical beginner and intermediate youth and adults. Riders in the Horsin’ Around program often include siblings of students in the Therapeutic Horseback Riding program, volunteers, and 4-H members. Lessons focus on learning natural horsemanship methods both on the ground and in the saddle and can include games and activities, as well as videos and demonstrations. Most classes are taught using English-style riding techniques and emphasize learning to ride in balance and rhythm with the horse. Horsin’ Around lessons focus on enabling students to be well-rounded equestrians so they can take what they have learned and apply it anywhere they encounter horses.

 

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Financials

Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
Projected Revenue $160,000
Projected Expense $158,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Direct Support $56,585  $83,366  $41,826 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $56,585  $83,366  $41,826 
Government
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $26,153  $26,903  $29,068 
Interest and Dividends $1,342 
Membership Dues
Special Events $7,187  $2,645  $12,938 
In-kind $3,680  $6,402 
Other $50,153  $56,395  $58,677 
TOTAL REVENUE $143,758  $175,711  $143,851 

Expense by Type

  2013   2012   2011  
Programs $120,250  $114,013  $121,676 
Administration $34,555  $25,914  $29,594 
Fundraising $38,004  $39,398  $14,497 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $192,809  $179,325  $165,767 

Assets and Liabilities

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Assets $121,180  $169,164  $171,345 
Current Assets $33,312  $55,594  $67,276 
Total Liabilities $3,859  $2,792  $1,358 
Current Liabilities $3,859  $2,792  $1,358 
NET ASSETS $117,321  $166,372  $169,987 

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