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June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

I have been involved with NEC since my son was a little boy.. He loves to ride every Saturday and always has a big smile when it is time to go riding. Recently I just took him to the Disney Campground and he was able to ride a horse by himself and did wonderful! I wanted to volunteer to give back to such a wonderful organization and a very special group of dedicated individuals! To see Mike smile and enjoy something in life is priceless to me. Not only is it the therapeutic benefits, but it is a very special part of his life.

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

My son has benefited from the therapeutic riding. Not only therapeutically, but socially as well.

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

Wish that more riders could ride and get the benefits that my son has been lucky to have.

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

seeing my son happy and smiling and truely enjoying himself!

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

All of the volunteers are very dedicated and caring individuals.

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

Have more horses, have more riders and have more smiles...

Ways to make it better...

Cannot think of anything..

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

Funding in these hard times..

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

To see my son enjoying himself is priceless for me and everything to me is his happiness. Riding the horses truely does bring both him and myself joy.

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 son, who has Down Syndrome, has been riding at NEC for 3 years. During those 3 years, my daughter has been a dedicated volunteer sidewalker and leader at NEC. In addition, my husband and I have volunteered for some of the organization's special fundraising events. Our entire family is better for our involvement with this amazing organization. My son has gained confidence and poise from his riding, and his speech has improved immensely. He's so proud of his riding ability and his knowledge of how to take care of the horses! Although my daughter has always been compassionate and accepting of others, her volunteer work at NEC has taken those qualities to a whole new level. She truly loves working with the riders - her volunteer time is the highlight of her week.

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

the growth and accomplishments of both of my children.

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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 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I started volunteering with NEC mainly to participate with the horses as I think many of us may have done. However, once you experience the joy the riders recieve and see their bodies and minds respond to the therapy of riding you can never question the benefit of these programs. It has been a true joy to be part of this organization.

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

seeing strength and self esteem develope in so many of our riders over the past three years.

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

love to make fund raising easier.....

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

seeing the emotional and physical difference riding is making in these lives, young and old alike. Personally I have made many new friends and feel truly humbled to be part of this experience.

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

One big happy family!! :) Everyone has been willing to pitch in and help wherever it's needed and everyone seems glad to do it.

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

Oh boy, we could buy lots more horses and build a bigger barn and have lots more fun.

Ways to make it better...

honestly, it has been better than any of my expectations.

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

funding I think is always the biggest challenge of a non-profit. Our staff and the volunteers are ready willing and able, all we need is money to keep it going.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

Riley is a special needs seven year old child who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, is developmentally delayed, non-verbal, hearing and vision impaired and has a seizure disorder. Riley is pretty involved... he cannot communicate, see or express many emotions... However he does take in his environment. It is one that we believe he looks forward to and definitely responds to. when you are as involved physically and mentally like Riley, having him respond to anything is major. Around his third birthday, we made our first visit to Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC). A stiff breeze brought the heavy scent of the barn and horses to Riley as I pulled him out of the car. He began one of the most joyful laughs I had ever heard from him and from that moment he knew this was the place for him. He was right. This is Riley’s fifth year of riding with NEC. There have been many benefits. For Riley there is the being included. The fact that he is riding a horse, interacting with his peers, being outside, the sensation of motions and from a therapeutic standpoint, gaining strength... For his family, there is the wonderful friends we have made and seeing him laugh at the enjoyment of riding his horses. He has continually gained in strength, agility and confidence under their careful guidance. He has gained so much from the first tentative rounds of the ring to the child who sits up and screams with delight at a trot. Riley is social, so for him I think just interacting with his peers is important. But as a family we have made many wonderful friends from those who understand what we have been through and where we are going. NEC is a place of acceptance where we do not have to prove that he can improve or have the correct insurance just to keep this therapy in his life. The instructors, staff, volunteers, horses, fellow riders and their families are now part of our lives. With their help and influence, Riley has continued to gain in strength, ability and emotional well-being. As long as Riley can sit astride a horse - we will be there.

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I have experients the results for both of my children. My typically developing son is experiencing the inclusive horseback riding camp for typically developing siblings to interact amd learn from the special needs riders.

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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 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I have been involved with a number of charitable and non profit groups for many years and find NEC to be a very well run and extremely worthwhile program. I became a volunteer out of my love for horses, but now the joy in volunteering is truly derived from the riders, their families, and working with the dedicated staff at NEC. I believe fully in the merits of the program and promote it as much as possible!

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

by witnessing the measurable improvement in mobility for many of the riders, not to mention the joy it brings them.

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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 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I came to volunteer at NEC but I stayed for the giggles. There are no words to describe the thrill of hearing joyful giggles from a child experiencing his/her horse responding to their "trot on" command. Off they go! Sitting so high on one of our graceful horses and feeling so brave and light. Their courage and valor is humbling. The people and horses of NEC perform miracles. I am privileged to see those miracles in action every week.

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

Seeing the advancements of the riders as they gain confidence and skill.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I came to NEC because of the horses and stayed because of the kids. There is a warm kinship among the volunteers, riders, parents, and instructors. I have seen so many positive results from this program. Riders' and parents' testimonials affirm what I have seen. One rider can now sit upright with no assistance; one rider can walk without a walker; one rider has fluent verbal communication because of this program; one rider giggles when "trots" are done during lessons.

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I've gotten great joy and satisfaction from working at NEC. And of course, a little physical workout - walking beside the horses, leading the horses, tacking the horses. I feel blessed to have found this wonderful program right in my own backyard.

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

that I get a sense accomplishment each time a rider completes a lesson and gives the horse a gentle hug and even a kiss sometimes.

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

friendly, sincere and, above all, caring. They range in age from early teens to well-into-retirement age. Everyone has something to give.

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

be able to reach out to so many more deserving individuals who could benefit from this program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 26, 2010

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June 26, 2010

I first came to Naples Equestrian Challenge because I have a special needs granddaughter who rides in a program in Texas and I wanted to be a part of an organization like that. I've always loved horses, so it was a natural for me. The program in Naples is incredible! The staff are so dedicated and welcoming to all the riders and volunteers. The kids I work with are amazing and so happy to be with the horses. My little Elizabeth has also had a chance to ride at Naples Equestrian Challenge while visiting, and she was thrilled as all my family was while watching her ride. There's a surprisingly large group of special riders in our area, and this organization serves a truly unique need. I hope that Naples Equestrian Challenge continues to be such an important part of our community.

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

I've watched specific kids grow in abililties and confidence over several years. Kids really stay committed to this program and return year after year. The success is truly important and the smiles are amazing!

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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 24, 2010

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June 24, 2010

I have been involved as a donor, volunteer and veterinarian with Naples Equestrian Challenge for 2 years.....each occasion to interact with staff and our wonderful clients is exceptionally positive. Seeing the patience used by instructors, horse leaders, horse sidewalkers and groomers.......is so important and so helpful to our riders who are learning and enjoying the human-animal bond at the same time. To see the expressions of glee and laughter when trotting on their horse is always a joy! Having large corporations volunteer time to help complete a project at the barn at NEC when in Naples for a corporate meeting is also excellent. To see a large insurance company or bank giving to our community and NEC keeps them in a very positive light! I just want to see NEC continue to expand their services to more and more patients/clients who can benefit from their "care!"

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

Seeing young patients/clients learn to speak the commands of "Walk on" or "Trot" or "Whoa" when they have been non verbal before.Observing the increased coordination in their bodies. Seeing the pride as family members watch their child ride a horse.

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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 24, 2010

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June 24, 2010

I HAVE MS AND 6 YEARS AGO I WAS PRIVILEDGED TO GET TO RIDE AT NEC. I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WALK AND NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE IN THE WHEELCHAIR. MY LEGS ARE STRONGER THAN THEY HAVE EVER BEEN. THE RIDING HAS GIVEN ME BACK MY LEGS. I AM LUCKY TO BE BLESSED WITH FRIENDSHIP FROM THE DIRECTORS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS. NEC IS LIKE ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY. EVERYONE REALLY LOVES BEING THERE AND THEY SHOW IT. I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AS AN AMBASSADOR TO SPEAK ABOUT THE GOOD WORK THEY DO, I'M ALWAYS TELLING STRANGERS I SEE WITH A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY ALL ABOUT NEC. I THANK NEC FOR GIVING ME BACK ME!

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

MY RIDING HAS HELPED MY LEGS GET STRONGER AND I THANK NEC FOR WORKING WITH ME.

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

the caring and loving shown to every person who comes to NEC.

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

wonderful and so great. To be putting in all those hours in the cold and heat show how much they really care.

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

GET MORE HORSES. ENLARGE THE BARN. BUY THE PROPERTY NEXT TO IT TO EXPAND THE RIDING.

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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