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July 10, 2014

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July 10, 2014

I have been a Registered Instructor at the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center for over 28 years. Many times people ask me why I still teach and what is so special about this program.....there are 100 reasons why I have stayed – the look on a rider’s face when they connect with their horse; the smile of a parent who watches their child and for a short while forgets that their child has a disability; the smiles and the hugs our riders give to the volunteers and horses; the compassionate and dedicated volunteers; the smile of a rider who may not talk, may not walk, who may feel different, but on the back of a horse can do anything; the celebration of the small successes with a rider who has worked hard; knowing I have the opportunity to work with other dedicated professionals who believe in our work; the “warm and fuzzy” feeling I always have when I finish working with our riders, no matter how bad my day may have been; all of the riders who have each touched my heart...

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I would love to have more people volunteer, donate or become involved with NCTRC so that we can serve more clients and expand this life changing work!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 10, 2014

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July 10, 2014

I happened upon NCTRC by chance, and attended one of their fund raising events on a beautiful summer evening in August. As we arrived on the farm and joined the activity, a sense of peace and care washed over us. Their were families perusing around the farm, kids eating ice cream and playing with each other, and smiles on every single face. They had arranged a demonstration with riders from their programming, to show visitors what can be achieved on a horse. I was blown away! Why did it take me so long to find this place? I asked to speak to someone about volunteering and Ive never left.

I have been involved with horses my entire life through riding, training, farm management and veterinary assistance care. I was so pleased with the condition of the horses, the expertise of the instructors and the dedication of the volunteers. Mostly I was astonished to see the effect that the horses had on their riders. Riding has always been therapeutic for me, but I had no idea what level of relief it could provide to those who truly needed it. You can see the pride, accomplishment and joy in the eyes of every rider, every day.

I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to be part of the experience for the riders at NCTRC. I plan on spending the rest of my life involved with this organization in any way possible. It is truly the best investment of my love and time that I could ever make!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

May 30, 2014

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May 30, 2014

In 20+ years of involvement, I have continually seen NCTRC create increasingly impactful change in the lives of clients. It is truly incredible what can be accomplished by putting a child or adult with a disability on a horse. Equally importantly, NCTRC strives to follow best practices, ensure safety at all times, and is a careful steward of donated funds.

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

ensure that they had sufficient income to increase programming and secure a permanent home.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

April 29, 2013

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June 30, 2011

If you ever wanted to ride a horse, or you love horses, you understand why this organization is so valuable. For people who are physically challenged, NCTRC gives an opportunity to ride with safety, ... more

April 29, 2013

NCTRC has been around on various farms since our daughters were high schoolers looking to do some volunteer work. They are now in their 30's and our oldest has continued to volunteer and support NCTRC in many capacities, serving on the board, teaching riding, even as director. After 20+ years, NCTRC has the potential for a home farm and the growth that will serve the population it is meant for. The program staff has always been very safety minded, very professional, with many physical therapists doing the hippotherapy and teaching the classes. The farm they are trying to purchase is beautiful and has the ideal indoor arena so classes go on regardless of weather. They serve students of all ages and abilities, and now are trying to add classes for wounded warriors. The VA has a facility in nearby Durham and they should have this component available. This Center is recognized and valued by the community. They offer the opportunity to have therapy outdoors doing a 'normal' activity with animals. The horses are expensive to maintain, everything has gone up. It is too easy to say, this is too expensive and too hard to offer. It enriches lives of people who are at a disadvantage, it allows people who love animals, the access to share their lives. I hope you will support this organization and help them continue in their dedication and ambition to build a world class center for therapeutic riding.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 30, 2011

If you ever wanted to ride a horse, or you love horses, you understand why this organization is so valuable. For people who are physically challenged, NCTRC gives an opportunity to ride with safety, mobility and the joy of 'doing'. The act of riding is stretching and comforting to muscles that must be worked for health, but the joy of being one with a horse is a special gift. It is liberating, it is loving. The staff and volunteers at NCTRC are special people who meet a big overhead every month to keep horses fed and fit to ride. Tthey fall in love again during every class --ith students, the horses and the positive, magical atmosphere of Clearwind Farm. We donate time, financial support and I was on the board. I consider NCTRC most worthy of support, It is an outstanding organization, a very special place in North Carolina that we should all support.

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

watching the success of improved function of students and in happy laughing of every class.

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

Make NCTRC a high profile organization in the Triangle so that people know who and where they are and appreciate the great work they do.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

In my experience as a volunteer with the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC) I’ve volunteered as a horse leader for classes, and been trained and certified as a Special Olympics Equestrian Coach.

NCTRC makes miracles happen. I have seen children and adults with traumatic
brain injury, blindness, mobility problems, and mental illness; improve balance, strength, relaxation, speech, social skills, and confidence. It's just amazing!

If you like a volunteer activity that makes your face hurt from smiling, this is the place for you.

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classes

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

help them find more volunteers

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

I've volunteered at the NC Therapeutic Riding Center and cannot imagine a group more dedicated to the nurturing of children With disabilities. Outstanding!

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Seeing the wonderful results with the children in the program, increase self esteem, strength, etc.

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i cannot think of any.

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

NCTRC is a miraculous place! Dedicated volunteers and staff consistenly welcome and work with adults and children of all abilities. Using horses as a "therapy tool" they guide and assist their clients (and clients' familes) in their quest for independence and confidence.

The facility,
Clearwinds Farm, is a dream location! They have a farmhouse that serves as office and "hotel " and classroom for workshops and visitors. They have a huge covered arena and outdoor arena. This allows them to work in most any weather. There are beautiful rolling pastures and lots of farm animals to enjoy.
The programs are year round with all abilities camps in the summer in addition to therapy sessions.
NCTRC hosts teaching seminars and certification classes for therapeutic riding instructors. They also work with nearby universities on research projects to better understand the impact and effectiveness of hippotherapy.
This organization has evolved over many years into a powerful service group with a major impact!

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I have enjoyed contact with clients at NCTRC fundraising events and have heard their enthusiasm about their success.

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

I would supply them with resources to expand the programs they currently have in place and realize the plans and the vision they have for the future.

June 5, 2011

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June 5, 2011

As a board member of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, I am most impressed with the dedication of its volunteers, professionals and board members in their efforts to promote the effectiveness of the Center on all levels. I have personally witnessed "lessons" and been myself rewarded by the happy faces of the riders. There is no doubt that the clients experience positive psychological and therapeutic results.

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Please see above.

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

I am not certain about this.

June 3, 2011

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June 3, 2011

I have seen the great strides that therapy riding can accomplish in so many different individuals, as a result of the work of dedicated individuals at NCTRC. The benefits of therapy riding are not ones that should be understated, and I hope more organizations such as this keep working as tirelessly as it does!

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

Gaining personal awareness of the benefits of therapy riding, and have, as a result, helped to spread the word of such great organizations such as this.

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

Make it clone itself!

June 2, 2011

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June 2, 2011

I have been on the Board of Directors of NCTRC for about 2 years now, and have been continually amazed by the quality of work the organization does and the effect it has on the lives of its participants. NCTRC is a great demonstration of what a talented and dedicated group of individuals can accomplish to improve the lives of others. Seeing children and adults with physical or mental challenges giddy with excitement and pushing their own limits is truly an awe-inspiring experience. The connection between horses and people that NCTRC fosters is clearly therapeutic and is a huge positive in the lives of people with some major challenges.

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

Seeing the participants work with the horses and expand their own boundaries. I also work with several people whose children have been participants in the program, and all universally praise the work of the organization.

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

Expand the donor network to allow even more clients to be served by the organization. Rider fees pay only a minority portion of the cost of the programs, so a robust donor network is essential.

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help a child with autism say her first word. Or enable the only hour all week that an adult has spent out of a wheelchair. Or help in the office so that those moments in the arena can continue - we need volunteers for all sorts of tasks! Volunteer