Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Sports

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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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