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June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

My son Andrew has been riding at NEC for a year now and it has done tremendous things for his development, muscle strength, communication and interactions with others. My son has a global developmental delay with low muscle tone. He also had moderate to severe communication issues but so much has changed for him this year and I am certain that NEC is a big reason for that! Every week he looks forward to riding and is beginning to communicate with the amazing and caring staff and the wonderful volunteers. His core muscle strength and posture has improved to the point that he will no longer require physical therapy next year. NEC is the most helpful facility we have ever used. The staff and volunteers are compassionate and love what they do and it shows. We are so grateful for this wonderful program and hope to ride there and help the facility for years to come. -Kristi Remy

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

My son's continued progress in meeting developmental goals and the joy he gets from working with the horses. He almost never smiles or speaks to others and since he started at NEC and has made huge progress because of this program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

My daughter has been riding at Naples Equestrian for 4 years. When we first started my daughter Lynzee was very apprensive about riding she was rigid with body movements, very restless and uncomfortable. After only a few minutes of riding we would have to tell the volunteers to stop and that Lynzee needed to be done. My husband wanted to stop saying this is "too uncomfortable for her" I said the volunteers and staff really no what they are doing lets be patient. It took about 6 months with the most patient kind loving volunteers and staff and we are proud to say Lynzee rides the full time and sits in a saddle nice and straight and might I say very proud of herself.Its the kindness and presentence that made Lynzee who she is today a very happy rider!! Thanks

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

The happiness of watching my daughter, and knowing she is so proud of herself and happy!!

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

nothing all is perfect

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The smile on my daughters face as she is so proud of herself and loves to ride!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, loving patient and just so amazing!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Run a school for the special needs after they are done with their high school after age 22.... There isn't a place like that and we sooooo need something like NEC :)

Ways to make it better...

Its all good no changes for me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Im happy with this organization

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

My daughter and I volunteer for NEC every week.We look forward to seeing our riders and witnessing the improvemnet in their communication and flexability, but mostly in the pride they feel for their own accomplishments. It is so heart warming to hear the riders laugh out loud when they trot. The program is truly amazing, to see 3 year olds not afraid to sit on a horse when they can barely walk, or a grown man with tears of joy and excitement on his face when he is lifted on to his horse by volunteers. The best thing I ever did was to sign-up myself and my daughter for volunteer activities. We have experienced almost as much joy as the riders themselves. It is a mutually benefitting experience for all and one we personally look forward to every week. Sincerely, Mandy Romanelli.

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

seeing the riders improvements

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 29, 2010

NEC is a very good way to help my child. We realy thanks to every people whos working there because we feel like family every time when we go to see my happy son riding the horses. God bless you.

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

they are my family too.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 29, 2010

Since my daughter was in high school ( she will be 40 this year) we have been involved with Therapeutic Riding as volunteers. This was a natural extension of our love for horses and a way to share the wonder of these magnificent animals. When my husband and I move to Naples after retirement, I looked up the local therapeutic riding location and found Naples Equestrian Challenge. I was immediately welcomed, attended their training and got involved! In the 3 years that I have been volunteering on Thursday morning, our group-staff, volunteers and riders have become close friends. We know about each others families, lives and ups and downs. We meet for lunch, email & facebook when us snowbirds are gone. I give the NEC staff credit for setting the stage and creating an environment that is warm and caring. They are also very organized and go getters. Thank you NEC!

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

feeling that I can personally make a contribution to better the lives of others.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 29, 2010

The NEC has an amazing program and staff. My children have done therapy riding there for several years. The program has helped to strengthen them both physcially and mentally. The staff is so loving and caring while at the same time firm in their goals for each rider. One of the best things is that my kids loved riding and loved the horses. This was therapy that didn't seem like work! I can not say enough about the NEC!

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

watching my children become more focused, stronger, better communicators and grow in their love of horses!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 29, 2010

NEC does a fantastic job of helping these riders with all kinds of things. They help teach them not only riding skills but communication skills as well. The instructors try to make sure that the riders are very hands on with the horses and strive to inhance their abilities. NEC has made a tremendous deal of progess over the years that I've been there and I truely hope to see them progress futher. My sister has had great times with the instructors and other riders thanks to the NEC program.

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

the progression of my sister's learning and physical abilities. She loves this program more than anything in the world and I know that she will continue with it for as long as she can.

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

not make any changes because I feel that this organization is doing a great job with everything.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I get to spend time with the riders and make their life more enjoyable by helping them do what they love.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. The staff members and fellow volunteers are very kind to everybody and I hope to continue my journey with them on making NEC a wonderful place.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do a lot, not only for the horses but for the riders as well. With the money we could expand the organization and allow even more people join this therapeutic riding organization.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time to spend with the riders. It would give people a better chance to futher interact with the individual riders.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the horses and the weather. i think that the horses become a big challenge in dealing with all the care that these staff members put into the horses i give them lots of credit.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I get a lot of joy out of working with these riders because my sister is one of them. To interact with other riders and see their joy that comes from riding horses makes all the difference in the world to how a person would feel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 29, 2010

I can't tell you what a simple joy it is to volunteer at the NEC. Everyone is always happy there and you can't help but smile too I don't care if it's been the worst day of your life when you get there and see all of the riders who have far greater problems than you do smiling and eager to ride your problems just seem to vanish. Also the horses are the sweetest calmest and most gentle animals I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

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

I've seen a rider that when she came to us she was totally non-verbal and when I came back from a long absence due to college for the first time I heard her give her horse the verbal command "Walk On" and the command "Whoa"

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

There is nothing that needs to be changed about the NEC. This is a fantastic place with amazing people and animals doing wonderful work!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the riders grow and blossom as well as giving me some perspective when it comes to my own disabilities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

simply amazing braving the florida heat and such to help people that are otherwise written off in the regular world

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

move to a larger facility to accommodate more horses and riders invest in sound equipment and microphones that don't issue the occasional burst of static that spooks some of the horses

Ways to make it better...

if the weather was a tad more comfortable but other than that it's perfect

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the cost of maintaining older animals and finding good replacements for the ones that have been retired

One thing I'd also say is that...

this place is simply amazing and that the people that work there are wonderful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity NEC is a very professional group and very safety minded. They are a wonderful group of people helping our children and adults with their disabilities. They are so supportative to both riders and volunteers. I enjoy working with the children and seeing their enjoyment in the program makes me keep volunteering. It is a very rewarding experience.

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

seeing the enjoyment all the riders get out of their programs.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 29, 2010

I am a woman with MS and never thought I would ride a horse again. The last time was 30 years ago. I was nervous and excited about starting. It has been a wonderful experience right from the beginning. I ride with several other women that also have MS. The horses are so gentle. The volunteers are amazing. I would not be able to accomplish this without them. They help us get on and off the horses and keep us safe. They are dedicated to taking care of the riders and the horses. You can always tell when a person loves what they are doing and you see it in the faces of both the riders and the volunteers. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

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

Because of the MS, riding is helping my muscles and my gait. And since I have to pay attention to what the instructor is saying it is helping with my cognition skills. I also have a great sense of accomplishment by riding. I'm so proud to be a part of it.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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