AHEAD WITH HORSES INC

Ride. Smile. Grow.

Shadow Hills, CA   |  www.AWHLA.org

Mission

AWH's mission is to:
Maximize potential of disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences, with measurable improvement physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Ms. Michelle Newman

Main address

10157 Johanna Ave

Shadow Hills, CA 91040 USA

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EIN

95-3165603

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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AHEAD With Horses

Results (outcomes) oriented, AHEAD (Accelerated Habilitation Education And Development) WITH HORSES INC. has a 52-year history of providing unique, innovative, highly motivating and effective developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and the environment to disabled, disadvantaged and other special-needs children and has earned recognition educationally, medically and scientifically. AWH has an impeccable reputation fiscally and programmatically and for its commitment to excellence.

AWH’s mission is to:
Maximize potential of disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences, with measurable improvement physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives.

Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve. Two unique aspects of this therapy are the immediacy of response and visibility of its effectiveness across multiple domains (motor, communication, cognitive, social, emotional, self-help, vocational). Predicated on the philosophy that everyone can learn and achieve, the emphasis is on working with those that others feel lack the ability to respond. Most have not responded to traditional forms of therapy and/or education, or are not eligible for other services. Ahead With Horses fills this gap.

Program services are comprehensive and combine the benefits of physical, occupational, speech, educational and recreational therapy; psychological and sociological counseling, other developmental services such as behavior management, sensorimotor services, etc., and transportation to client areas.

AWH documented history of effectiveness includes many dramatic responses such as walking or speaking for the first time but it is best told in the success of EVERY CHILD! AWH has an unrivaled history of effectiveness with autism- a devastating disability that has now reached crisis proportions affecting more children than cerebral palsy. Few, if any services are available.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Where we work

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AWH's mission and goal is to:
Maximize the potential of disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and the environment, with measurable improvement physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives capable of contributing to their community and society.

AHEAD With Horses has a 50-year history of providing unique, innovative, highly motivating and effective developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and the environment to disabled, disadvantaged and other special-needs children and has earned recognition educationally, medically and scientifically. AWH has an impeccable reputation fiscally and programmatically and for its commitment to excellence.
AWH documented history of effectiveness includes many dramatic responses such as walking or speaking for the first time but it is best told in the success of EVERY CHILD! AWH has an unrivaled history of effectiveness with autism- a devastating disability that has now reached crisis proportions affecting more children than cerebral palsy. Few, if any services are available.
AWH plans to continue to use these techniques that have provided great responses to the children we have served over the years.

AHEAD With Horses serves dozens of children of all disabilities each year through on-going therapy, with field trips and special events/activities (Costume Day/Halloween, Santa Horse, Children's Annual Demonstration and Photo FUN DAY, etc.) AWH serves individuals throughout the greater Los Angeles area, with a primary base in Shadow Hills and a mobile program site at Sullivan Canyon in Brentwood, targeting children with multiple and severe disabilities who have no other services or who have not responded to other therapy or education. Thousands of people have benefited from our services, and we plan to continue to serve as many children as possible.

AHEAD With Horses has been working with children since 1968. Over the decades, we have seen huge improvements in the quality of life for so many children and their families. Some of our students have spoken their first words or taken their first steps while at our program. We are currently in the process of creating a "Forever Home" facility that we will own where we will be able to continue our mission for the next 50+ years to come.

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AHEAD WITH HORSES INC

Board of directors
as of 12/18/2021
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Board chair

Ms. Judy Beem

AHEAD With Horses

Term: 2020 -

Judy Beem

Floyd Newman

Michelle Newman

Beth Muraida

Joyce Davison

Arline Latino

Arlo Tysinger

Alexandra Lind

Laurelyn (Timi) Brown

Annie Howley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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