Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   35 reviews

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Location: 206 Ridge Drive Naples FL 34108 USA

Mission: Our mission to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing effective equine-facilitated therapy.Therapeutic riding has long been recognized as a method to improve the physical, emotional and mental development of the rider.  Increased joint mobility, muscle tone and coordination are among the many physical benefits.  The positive emotional and mental aspects of equine-facilitated therapy are improved self-esteem, confidence and socialization skills.  Started in July 1995 as a satellite of the Fort Myers Special Equestrians, the Naples Equestrian Challenge became an independent 501(c)3 in January 1998.Our goal is to strengthen and expand our services, while maintaining an effective and safe therapeutic riding program for the people in our community with disabilities.
Geographic areas served: Collier County
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed every minute of my experience with NEC. The volunteers are very personable and ready to teach new volunteers how everything should be done. The staff members are very passionate about the program and do a great job of communicating and making me feel part of something so much bigger than myself. As I conducted the interviews with the parents and riders I was overwhelmed with their stories. I can tell the riders really enjoy their time with the horses and the volunteers/staff members. It's something I really can't explain but it gives me such a great feeling inside, to know that I am helping the riders do something they love and giving them that "king/queen of the world" experience that everyone deserves.

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

the reward I get from watching the riders progress.

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

Seeing the riders faces when they arrive to the class and watching them grow.

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

personable, passionate, ready and willing to help.

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

buy more land and more horses. They could offer a larger variety of therapy programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with horses for years and was a member of the National Ski Patrol for over 30 years. When I came to Naples, I sought out NEC to learn what they were doing and to help. Their teachers are so well trained and SO patient; the horses are 'saints'. The students seem to get some joy, maybe a sense of accomplishment and comeraderie. The volunteers get to feel good about helping others less fortunate. All in all, it is a wonderful experience.

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

so many different ways - from meeting and working with the students to working with the other volunteers to working with wonderful horses that have to be 'bullet proof'.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I found Naples Equestrian Challenge on Volunteermatch.org shortly after moving to Florida a year ago. Not being familiar with their programs, I volunteered as a sidewalker and went through their training program. From my first visit, and each subsequent trip, I've never failed to come home without a smile on my face. The work done at NEC benefits young children to mature adults with differing degrees of handicaps by offering them a chance to experience the joy of horses while exercising their bodies and minds. Sidewalkers provide an invaluable safety ingredient to successful experiences. Autistic children find dormant voices and adult MS patients exercise failing muscles. The reward for the valued voluteers are hugs and smiles, and oh yeah,3 year old Nathan's giggle as he trots! Thanks, NEC, for the opportunity to help you change lives!

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

by watching the riders, 3 years old to 50+, as they advance their skills as riders, but more importantly, as they develop as people in a mainstream activity that only NEC can provide.

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

The happiness that is felt by staff, riders and volunteers alike.

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

Selfless people who have hearts of gold and don't judge by physical differences.

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

Quit worrying about money and touch more lives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The benefits that NEC provides for its participants is beyond compare. To see the smiles on the faces of the riders... To know that the program is providing physical and mental stimulation and support for the participants... NEC is an absolutely wonderful program. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing assistance to those in need. If you have not visited NEC, please do so. Not only is it worth your time, but you may find yourself signing up as a volunteer.

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

my participation as a side walker [my daughter was also a side walker during her high school years and the experience was without compare].

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

The MOST WONDERFUL group of people in Naples! They provide horseback riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. The staff, volunteers, and the horses are outstanding! Thank you for considering this worthy organization!

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

Our daughter has grown from her experiences with the horses, staff, and volunteers each year. They are terrific!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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