New Kingdom Trailriders

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, Sports

Location: 4343 - 16th Street Pmb 305 Moline IL 61265 USA

Mission: Since 1984, New Kingdom Trailriders (NKT) has provided equine-assisted therapeutic programs for the educational and recreational benefit of physically, mentally, and emotionally disabled individuals in the Quad Cities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter began riding with NKT 4 years ago. When she is on the horse she is happy for the entire 45 minute lesson.It is usually impossible to hold her attention longer than just a few minutes but there is something very special about those wonderful horses and volunteers at NKT :)

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

David's core strength has signiciantly improved since starting w/NKT 4yars ago. His behavior has also significantly inproved in that he used to whine almost the whole time, but now is laughing and enjoying himself. He's even looking at his horse with a smile and using signals to "walk on" and "whoa" since he can't use words. He has improved with following directions, but doesn't always "hit the mark" if he's asked to throw something into a bsket. He just likes to throw! It is a great organization mainly due to the wonderful volunteers. The competitions where the riders can show off their stuff and win ribbons and trophies is a real boost to their egos. GREAT ORGANIZATION!!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have only been a volunteer in the office during last winter after retiring in the fall. I have really enjoyed learning how NKT helps so many families in the community. In June I did my first evening event. I enjoyed all the smiles on the faces of the riders and the looks of pride on the faces of their families watching them have a good time. NKT has an awesome set up, with a beautiful arena and so many friendly people who are there because they want to be. I am proud to be part of such a hard working group of caring people who want to make another persons life better. I have heard so many stories of the improvement our riders make and I am excited to see it first hand. I watched their faces and lit up and saw how happy it made the riders to have their family there watching them do something they could be proud of. I can't wait to see more!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am fairly new but the faces of children having fun and forgetting all their problems for an hour is wonderful to witness. The hard work and long hours of the people involved in this organization is amazing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more people familiar with this organization so we could have more volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I think more office help is needed. Too much is put on too few people to accomplish everything that is needed.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I have met many new friends and one of my hopes was to learn more about horses. I learn more each time I have volunteered. I have learned more about myself, that I get so much joy out of doing things that help others.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes you feel purposeful to give back to others. I love horses,helping others and nature and enjoy the time outside with the animals. It makes for peace in a hetic life. Thank you NKT!

Rating: 5 stars  

New Kingdom Trail is fabulous! It gives our 28 yr. old son, who is severely mentally and physically challenged a chance to get out of his group home for a while, have fun riding and at the same time receive therapy. He just loves it! The great thing is that his dad and I are able to participate as volunteers. His dad is one of his sidewalkers and I meet and greet the riders as they come in. When our son first started riding he couldn't sit straight in the saddle and it was a chore to keep him up. Now in his 4th year, he's sitting with minimal assistance and smiles and laughs. He's starting to take more directions and follow through on them. What a blessing! It makes my heart filled with joy to see him having such a good time. NKT offers the opportunity for those who are challenged either physically, mentally or both an opportunity they wouldn't usually receive. They also get to make great friends and participate in rodeos, 4-H programs and other award giving programs all made possible by NKT's committment to this population. They are wonderful, caring and hard working people - volunteers who give of their time and effort to keep this wonderful program going. Thanks NKT for all you do!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 4 stars  

My daughter was born 3 mos. premature-a triplet weighing about 2#. When we lived in rural Nebraska, she began therapeutic horseback riding in kindergarten. We moved to the Quad Cities in 2001 when she was in 2nd grade and after asking around about continuing her therapeutic horseback riding, we were put in touch with New Kingdom Trailriders. It has proven to be most beneficial in helping her with gross & fine motor skills, balance, and self-esteem & confidence. Since my daughter is a triplet, it is a sport she can call her own as her sisters do not need or participate in therapeutic horseback riding. Barb Clauson works tirelessly to keep this organization running. She gives selflesslly every possible minute of every day doing whatever necessary to ensure the program continues to be successful. We are most grateful to New Kingdom Trailriders as our daughter's life would not have been the same without it!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful program that benefits both the riders and their families. Our kids develop not only muscle tone, confidence and riding skills while having fun with the horses, we've also had a child who spoke his first word ever after joining the program and riding for only a few weeks! For the families, the program gives the childrens' caregivers a little break and it allows them to see their children participate in a "normal" activity. There is much smiling, waving and picutre taking going on as the riders go by the observation area! It take a tremendous amount of work and money to keep this program going, and every year I am grateful to be a part of helping others benefit mentally, physically and spiritually from being with the horses.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the physical and mental differences in the kids from the beginning of the riding session to the end of the session.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give Barb a couple of days off! She's earned it!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Have nightly volunteers do a little cleaning before they leave.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I sometimes feel a lack of confidence in my riding lessons, and remembering the joy and determination of the kids often spurs me on.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It is very rewarding to know that I've made a difference in someone's life--that's why I keep coming back!

Rating: 5 stars  

Working with NKT as a volunteer has been an extremely rewarding experience. It is so wonderful to see the riders improve over a short period of time. I love spending time with the horses and riders! It's also a great way to make new friends.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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