Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. dba The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanshi
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7908 Myers Road
Centerburg, OH 43011
Mrs. Karen M. Sanchez
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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

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

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We received grant funding to develop our first strategic plan to help staff and board members focus efforts on key areas critical to growth and financial health. A separate business plan was also created to direct day-to-day operations.

  • The recent economic downturn caused a significant increase in requests for financial support and we awarded 10 scholarships to families in need.


  • We served 46 individual riders, who collectively enrolled in 115 eight-week sessions.


2013 GOALS

  • With the help of a consultant, staff and board leadership will implement an organizational strategic plan. We will also develop and adopt an operational and program growth plan to support the strategic plan.

  • We will work with a consultant to increase fundraising capacity and expand on implementation details for our development program, taking the next steps in sustainable, planned growth.  

  • We will engage in board development activities and develop a marketing plan. Collectively, these plans and strategic efforts will increase program sustainability, quality, and efficiency.

Background Statement

Equine Assisted Therapy is the oldest central Ohio organization providing top-quality therapeutic horseback riding instruction for people with disabilities. 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, gross motor delays, or visual and hearing impairments. 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. Equine Assisted Therapy participants reside in several central Ohio counties, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, and Licking.

Through the therapeutic horseback riding program, children and adults may take part in grooming and tacking, crafts, formal riding instruction, games and exercises on horseback, sensory trail rides, and horse management. Equine Assisted Therapy also offers the StableMates program to allow children to learn about the health, safety, and care of horses; and Horsin’ Around, designed for independent riders with and without special needs, emphasizing learning to ride in balance and rhythm with the horse. These quality therapeutic horseback riding and complementary programs are provided through the work of a small, dedicated staff and very hands-on board of directors. 

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

Equine Assisted Therapy has been a part of the community for 20 years, and in that time, we have built a solid reputation for our professional services, impeccable safety record, high-quality programming, and dedicated staff.  We provide a venue that empowers participants of all abilities. Our therapeutic riding program improves physical fitness and gross and fine motor skills; encourages friendship and responsibility; and builds social skills, self-esteem, character, and confidence. 

Our staff, volunteers, and students have created a unique sense of community where everyone is accepted, appreciated, and cared about. Several times, a client has left the program to obtain therapeutic riding services closer to home only to return because their experience at Equine Assisted Therapy could not be matched. Our innovative programming allows participants to escape from the confines of their disabilities and experience a new and joyful adventure.



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: 55 
Staff Retention Rate: 86% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
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)


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Joel B. Sanchez, Retired, Ohio Department of Juvenile Corrections
Board Chair Term 3/2011 -  3/2013  
Board Members
Mr. John Hinton, Battelle Memorial Institute  
Mrs. Tina Root, Freedom Home Health  
Mrs. Kathie A. Sanchez, Retired, Columbus City Schools  
Mr. Robert Williams, Professional Equestrian  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 90% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%


Gender Female 80%
  Male 20%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 80%
  Hispanic/Latino 20%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%

Advisory Board

Miss Carrie Holtvogt , Countryside Veterinary Clinic
Mr. Raj Hora , Fred Henkin, CPA
Mr. Christopher J. Ralston , Christopher J. Ralston Attorney at Law



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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Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic Horseback Riding is geared toward individuals with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities. Typically, students are between the ages of 5-21, but adults are also served if their needs can be met. 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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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 to anywhere they encounter horses.


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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012
Projected Revenue $200,000
Projected Expense $198,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2011   2010   2009  
Total Direct Support $41,826  $43,624  $32,309 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $41,826  $43,624  $32,309 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $29,068  $38,601  $29,600 
Interest and Dividends $1,342  $2,106  $141 
Membership Dues
Special Events $12,938 
In-kind $9,164  $1,922 
Gaming Activities
Gaming Activities
Other $58,677  $72,026  $78,688 
TOTAL REVENUE $143,851  $165,521  $142,660 

Expense by Type

  2011   2010   2009  
Programs $121,676  $119,497  $133,262 
Administration $29,594  $24,198  $24,239 
Fundraising $14,497  $14,206  $11,776 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $165,767  $157,901  $169,277 

Assets and Liabilities

  2011   2010   2009  
Total Assets $171,345  $194,533  $186,227 
Current Assets $67,276  $66,173  $70,293 
Total Liabilities $1,358  $2,630  $1,944 
Current Liabilities $1,358  $2,630  $1,944 
NET ASSETS $169,987  $191,903  $184,283 


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