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About CIRT

Mission Statement

To promote the well-being of persons with disabilities through the provisions

of horseback riding and other related activities within a safe and enjoyable

atmosphere designed by professionals and implemented primarily by volunteers.

 

History

CIRT began in 1983 with money from a 4-H grant, borrowed horses and six riders.

Today CIRT is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with eleven horses and serves ninety plus

riders per week.

 

Credentials

CIRT is recognized by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) formally known as North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) as a “Premier Accredited Center” – the highest possible level of accreditation, demonstrating a superior level of adherence to national industry standards.

 

Who We Serve

Approximately one hundred students per year ride at CIRT, ranging in age from three to

adult, with a variety of physical, emotional, behavioral and mental disabilities including but not limited to:

Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, visual and hearing impairments, learning

disabilities, head trauma, strokes, PTSD, etc.


Staff

CIRT’s staff includes an Program Director, a Volunteer Coordinator, an Barn Manager, an Office Assistant, five PATH Intl. certified instructors, and three Sub PATH Intl. certified instructors.

 

Sessions

CIRT provides lessons five days a week, Monday through Friday, April through December weather permitting.


Benefits of Therapeutic Riding (Just to name a few)

· Increased balance, strength and flexibility

· Increased ability to process information

· Independence and self-confidence

· Improved language and communication skills

· For movement impaired disabilities, horseback riding mimics the human

motion of walking in a way that is not replicated by any equipment

· Increased quality of life—it’s FUN!!

 

Referrals

No referral is needed. However, some students are referred by private physicians,

therapists, or teachers. Others find us by word of mouth.

 

Budget

Our annual budget is $149,000. Less than ¼ of our income comes from lesson

fees; the rest is raised through private donations, grants, and fundraising.

 

Volunteers

Approximately 200 volunteers assist with lessons, facility maintenance,

fundraising, and special events. Members of the CIRT Board of Directors

are volunteers as well.

 

Community

High School and College volunteers are able to fulfill mandatory community service

requirements at CIRT.

 

 
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