Health—General & Rehabilitative

HEARTS & HORSES, INC

  • Loveland, CO
  • www.heartsandhorses.org

Mission Statement

Nestled in the foothills in Northern Colorado, Hearts and Horses is a well-respected PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Premier Accredited Facility that has an outstanding record serving those with physical, mental and emotional needs since 1997. In 2014, Hearts & Horses was awarded “Non-Profit of the Year" by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.

Our mission at Hearts and Horses is to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies.

We serve an average of 180 riders per week with the primary assistance of a wonderful herd of horses, over 1,500 volunteers annually and our highly qualified staff. Our program serves a diverse population within our local community which includes: children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and seniors with Alzheimer's. Hearts and Horses offers a dynamic array of equine assisted programs that are designed to empower participants, promote self-sufficiency, and encourage growth both inside and outside of the riding arena.

Main Programs

  1. Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy
  2. "Changing Leads" Program for At-Risk Youth
  3. "All Abilities" Summer Camp Program
  4. "Riding in the Moment" - Program for Seniors with Alzheimer's and Dimentia
  5. Hearts & Horses for Heroes
Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Front Range of Colorado and surrounding area.  Area is defined by how far people are willing to drive for our services

ruling year

1997

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Jan Pollema

Keywords

Self-reported

disabled, therapy, horses, hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, children, at risk youth, veterans, mental health services

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Also Known As

Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center

EIN

84-1387873

 Number

1891568719

Physical Address

163 North CR 29

Loveland, CO 80537

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Hearts & Horses, Inc. is a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl. - formerly NAHRA). We serve approximately 180 riders a week in a broad base of programming which includes therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine facilitated learning for at-risk youth, equine facilitated psychotherapy and learning for wounded war veterans and service personnel.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

Therapeutic Riding: Children and adults with disabilities work with PATH Intl. certified instructors in equestrian skill-based lessons to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives.

Hippotherapy: Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists partner with a horse to provide a powerful therapy team. The horse's movement can improve balance, strength and coordination for individuals with disabilities.

Category

People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

"Changing Leads" Program for At-Risk Youth

At-risk youth find friendship, develop trust and form a deep connection when partnered with a horse in order to explore emotions and behaviors in a safe place to reflect, learn and grow.

Category

At-Risk Populations

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Crime/Abuse Victims

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

"All Abilities" Summer Camp Program

When assessing the need for athletic summer camp opportunities for children with disabilities, Hearts and Horses found no programs in the community that offered an all-inclusive opportunity for kids with and without disabilities to participate in camp together.

Instead of focusing on what are often only subtle differences between children with and without disabilities, All Abilities Horsemanship Camps celebrate the similarities between the campers during their weeklong introduction to basic horsemanship skills.

Category

People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

"Riding in the Moment" - Program for Seniors with Alzheimer's and Dimentia

Seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia find joy in equine related activities. For some it is a chance to experience past memories and for others it is a new adventure.

Category

Elderly and/or Disabled

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

Hearts & Horses for Heroes

Wounded service personnel and veterans interact with a horse to nurture self-awareness, trust, coping skills and relationship skills, contributing to improved quality of life and hope for the future.

Category

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

Budget

$0.00

Results

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2. Number of volunteers

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3. Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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4. Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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5. Percentage of riders on scholarship

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to make an impact in the lives of individuals with disabilities through equine assisted therapies and activities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The strategies that we use to impact the lives of others includes utilizing the equine for its movement and motion (therapeutic riding and hippotherapy) along with the emotional impacts of the equine for our mental health programs.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a highly trained herd of four-legged therapists (equines) which serve as the conduit for our Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities. In addition, all of our staff are also highly trained personnel, holding numerous certifications and creditentials through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Intl. All of our therapists are licensed through the state of Colorado.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have five programs and each program has its own set of progress benchmarks based upon goals and objectives for each program.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our programs have always been highly regarded; however we have added several new programs in 2012 that add to the depth and breadth of the clients that we can serve. In 2014-15, Hearts & Horses underwent major improvements in our facilities through the renovation of an existing indoor arean and the addition of offices and volunteer space.
    For 2017 and beyond, we are working toward the replacement of our current fabric arena that has not held up to Colorado's harsh winds and heavy snows. The replacement arena would be an insulated steel building that will be warmer for our participants and safer in winds. With a more efficient design, we will be able to serve twice as many participants and reduce our long waiting list in a conditioned space. This will allow us to expand our operations to meet the growing needs of children with disabilities in our community.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Front Range of Colorado and surrounding area.  Area is defined by how far people are willing to drive for our services

Social Media

Funding Needs

Money is always needed for horse care, maintenance of grounds, and scholarships for riders.

Affiliations + Memberships

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

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Financials

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HEARTS & HORSES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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HEARTS & HORSES, INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Jan Pollema

BIO

Jan started volunteering in the field of therapeutic riding 31 years ago with a small program in Reno, NV. She has been with Hearts & Horses since the organization was established in 1997, first as a volunteer and then as a certified PATH Intl. therapeutic riding instructor before assuming the position of Program Director in 2000. In 2013, Jan was promoted to Executive Director. An active member of PATH Intl., Jan continues to maintain her PATH Intl. instructor certification status, has served as the Region 10 PATH Intl. Representative and is currently a PATH Intl. Site Visitor. Jan is a graduate of Colorado State University, receiving her B.S. in Biology and taught high school chemistry and biology in Washington while receiving her M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from the University of Washington as a Ford Foundation Fellow.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"What began in 1997 serving a handful of students each week has grown into a well-established organization that impacts countless lives thanks to this generous community that continues to support Hearts & Horses. Today we serve over 180 riders per week in six different programs; thanks to 28 amazing “four-legged therapists" – our beloved equines and over 1500 volunteers a year.

Reflecting back on the last year I am reminded that it was one of great physical change for our facility. Thanks to the outpouring of community support, Hearts &Horses was able to transform our outdated Kroh arena to a welcoming, well organized facility all while providing high quality service to our participants. This transformation has improved safety, increased efficiency and streamlined our operations for the therapies that we provide to our Northern Colorado community.
Over the last year I have been struck by the amazing power we have as a collective force to bring about positive change for our community at Hearts & Horses. For me one of the most defining moments was opening our doors to over 300 people at our open house in May. From community members who had been supporting us for the last 20 years to new individuals learning about the programs at Hearts & Horses for the first time, the feeling of support was palpable.

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bob Huff

Retired from the cement and construction industry.

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Nationally and internationally many individuals who are drawn to the field of therapeutic riding are women.