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July 20, 2011

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July 20, 2011

I am the Education Director of Camelot Therapeutic Day School in Kankakee and I worked with Sandy (the owner) to plan a fun and educational experience for our special need and social emotional disorder students. The day was a lot of fun. I feel that the students learned a lot from the very courtious staff at Victory Reins as well as the amazing riding experience. For most of the students this was the first time on, or even near, a horse. The staff worked with each student to get them familiar with the horse and they were able to ride and participate in fun activities while on the horses. Even though the day was hot the staff Sandy and her staff did an amazing job of accomodating us throughout the day. I feel it was a great and positive experience and I cannot wait until the next time we get to bring a group of students there. They all had a blast. Our group consisted of about 22 students ranging from asperger's to autism and other special needs as well as students with learning disabilities and social emotional disorder. Every student was able to take something great from this experience and Sandy was wonderful with planning the day around our students, our needs, and our schedule. It was great!

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

The therapeutic domain. They did wonders for our special needs and social emotional disorder students with giving them great information about horses and the jobs involved in keeping them as well as the riding lesson. The students faces all lit up.

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

I have thought about this a lot and there wasn't a single thing I would change. The grounds were lovely and very well kept, the staff was amazingly courtious, and the whole experience was planned to suit our group.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

They are a local therapeutic riding group that I found while researching a place that provided a riding experience for our special needs students.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I think it changed me in that I need to try new things. I believe that all of the staff and students walked away with the idea that it is great to get out of your box and try new experiences and participate in activities that you wouldn't normally get a chance to do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 1, 2011

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July 1, 2011

I have been with Victory Reins since ground level. I knew Sandy and her husband Jim from church and about 5 years ago moved my daughters horse to her barn. After that I found out Sandy's dream about a riding program for people with special needs, I jumped right on board! I started a candy bar fundraiser to help raise the money for Sandy to become a NARA Certified instructor. Everyone at the barn was happy to help and we raised the money needed. That was how much I believed in Sandy and the vision that God gave her. I have two children with special needs that were in the program and loved every minute of it!! I have been involved in many ways, volunteer, board member, donor, client, fundraiser person and best of all friend. I have since moved to Michigan but actually came back this year for the Candlelight Bowl Fundraiser! I think it says it all when you drive 41/2 hours to participate in a fundraiser!

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

Seeing the joy on my childrens faces when they were riding. My son has had great improvemenr with core strength and my daughter started to communicate more and more.

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

My only prayer is that Victory Reins would get enough corporate sponsors that they could waive the fee for every person in the program!

July 1, 2011

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July 1, 2011

I have been to Victory Reins twice with groups of disabled Adults. They have loved every minute of the time we spend there. Sandy and her staff take to the time to help every individual have a great experience touching,feeding,walking ,grooming the horse. They love it and are made to feel very comfortable there. My clients can't wait to get back there.

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

Special ed clients were thrilled with the opportunity to deal with the horses.

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

I wish I was in a position to help them financially.They are very generous to us.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

This is my first full summer volunteering at Victory Reins, and it has been an incredible experience. I am currently a Special Education major in college, and the impact that the lessons have on the students is truly amazing. Miss Sandy's passion for the students and for the horses is contagious, and I learn something new each and every time I volunteer! The time that I have spent at Victory Reins is priceless, and I look forward to every opportunity to visit!

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

viewing the progress of the students, and their pure happiness during the lessons. While working with the students during these lessons, it is impossible not to see both their improvements and their joy.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make the stable closer to my university so that I could volunteer more often during the school year!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I've had nothing but a great experience so far!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My volunteer experience has had an incredibly positive effect on me. I have learned skills concerning both teaching and working with horses.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

As I have stated earlier, my time at Victory Reins has been priceless. I have felt completely welcome at VR from the start, and have witnessed how much of an impact that therapeutic riding can have on both students and volunteers alike.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I thank God that He led me to volunteer at Victory Reins. I have been blessed beyond belief by Sandy, the horses, the wonderful students, the wonderful parents, and the GREAT volunteers. Sandy truly reflects her love for the Lord in providing wonderful therapy for all of us!

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

Seeing the smiling faces of the students and parents.

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

pray for it's expansion, but that it not lose its integrity.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I am a physical therapist whose daughter is attending Victory Reigns. The instructors and volunteers are amazing. They make it fun; they are knowledgeable; they are friendly. The horses are wonderfully tempered working with children with disabilities and any able bodied folk. We love it and my daughter cannot wait to be old enough to volunteer. We highly recommend Victory Reigns!

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

My daughter has gained core and leg strength as well as an improvement in her attention span

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

Allow them to expand and have heated arenas in the winter to allow lessons all year long!

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I am a healthcare professional that has just started volunteering at victory reins. Being around the students and the animals is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in my entire life. It is amazing to see how the kids/adults with special needs interact with the horses. The therapy these individuals get from riding horses can not be done in a classroom or in conventional physical/occupational therapy. It helps with balance, motor skills, muscle strengthening, confidence and gives them a way to interact with others that they normally would not do. Victory reins has a warm, caring environment...everyone is there because they want to be.

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

I heard about VR through one of my patients that rides there. She highly recommended VR because it has helped her maintain her mobility, muscle strength, balance and has increased her flexibilty. The physical and mental benefits she receives from the riding program and the environment at VR is outstanding.

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

It's hard to say.....probably get an inside bathroom and add more stalls to the barn.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

When I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease my doctor had told me that horses were a great form of therapy. Now, 10 years later, I fully understand what he meant. I have been volunteering with Victory Reins for almost a year now and I can't imagine how I went so long without being part of this community. The people there are amazing and the interaction with the children is so powerful. All of the staff, parents, students, and even the animals make Victory Reins my favorite place to be each week! I truly believe this organization is worth its weight in gold and so many people benefit from its existence. Come on out and see for yourself!

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

many ways. I have seen the impact that the organization has on the students and their growth in as little as one lesson. I've seen it make a difference in the parents and their interaction with their kids. It makes a difference in the lives of the volunteers and staff members and even the animals grow!

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

Make sure that it got the funding needed to operate at its true potential. This organization has an amazing momentum behind it that (as is to be expected) is only stunted by the lack of funds at times as it continues to grow.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It has had many. I've brought new friends there to share the experience with as well. It's unlike any other volunteer work I've ever done...and I have done A LOT.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It warmed my heart completely!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

Victory Reins is a place of acceptance, hope, love, understanding and trust. Not only do the students learn but any and all who enter learn as well. You make lifelong friendships and lessons at Victory Reins. Sandy and her horses are amazing. They create a bond with each and every person who enters and they enrich your life in a way that cannot be described. Victory Reins is truely a blessing.

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

My daughter is a volunteer and she has grown into the most sincere, sympathetic, understanding and patient person and I credit Victory Reins for teaching her all of these qualities.

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

nothing

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

victory reins is a wonderful place that teaches adults and children to cooperate, understand, and benefit off of what god has and hasn't given them. from being a volunteer i know the hard work that everyone puts in to help each other. taking time with each student, they focus on goals the student and parent would like to reach within their ability. when students ride they ride in groups with many helpers to guide them along there way in the journey.

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this organisation has helped me understand everybody for they are, become tolerant, and learn to be more caring, i now help who ever needs it and will not ask for a reward in return.

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

i would make no changes to this organization, everything about Victory Reins is amazing and great.

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Sidewalk with a student and help in a lesson. Groom a horse and put their saddles/ bridles on. General horse/animal care. Various daily chores around the farm like cleaning stalls, feeding the horses and turning them out in the pasture.