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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

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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

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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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June 30, 2011

Victory Reins – Amazing benefits both physical and emotional.
I am the parent of a special needs child that has been riding at Victory Reins for 4+ years now. My son has Cerebral Palsy affecting all four limbs with excessive muscle tone. When we began, my son was scared of the horses. Sandy
and her supportive staff encouraged him to begin with grooming the horse and getting to know him. Within a short time Sandy had my son up on the horse and loving it. He was so excited to be a "cowboy"! Since that first day we were hooked. My son asks every week if he can go riding and has truly fallen in love with the horses and the staff. But the best part is not seeing his excitement to ride but seeing the amazing benefit that he receives physically and emotionally. My son struggles with his excessive muscle tone making it extremely difficult to accomplish tasks that a normal 7 year old could do. His inner leg muscles are so tight that his legs cross when he tries to walk. Riding a horse and getting that deep stretch has allowed him more freedom of movement. He is now able to walk with a Taos Walker. With each ride we see his confidence; overall body strength and posture improve. I have recommended VR to anyone and everyone that will listen to me. My son’s therapist has even attended sessions with him on occasion and was so impressed that she told many of her clients about what an amazing place Victory Reins is. Sandy creates a lesson that is geared towards the needs and abilities of each rider. She is wonderful to work with and loves our kids like they are her own. I can not say enough wonderful things about the impact that VR has made in our family.

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

Improved muscle control, strength, and flexibility. Emotional strides in confidence. Overall resperatory support and vocal clarity.

Ways to make it better...

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

Heat the arena so that we could ride all year long!!!

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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?

from a friend

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I became involved with Victory Reins after reading an article about it's opening. I had been looking for a place that would let me ride a horse and get some exercise at the same time. I contacted Sandy the director and started 3 years ago. My husband and I were asked to be on the Board which we were honored to be a part of. I also helped run the last 3 fundraisers. Since I am a volunteer, special needs student and Board member I have been able to see all sides of this organization. Not only do I receive the therapy I need, I get to ride a horse in a safe and friendly enviorment. Victory Reins is more than an organization it is a family. Friendships are made and information is exchanged. Once you observe or work with a special needs student
you form a bond. Nothing is like watching a fearful child break into a smile as the horse begins to move and the accomplishment that child feels at the end of the ride. I hope all special needs community members find their way to Victory Reins and experiance the love and devotion of the volunteers and horses. Sandy becomes your friend, mentor and instructor all rolled up into one. I can't wait to see what the future holds!

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

observing the students year to year and my own improvement with my health issues.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the arena and have newer and more equipment to serve an increased amount of special needs community members.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

a newspaper article in 2007

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Building an addition to gain more riding space, hay storage and ADA bathroom and office/education room.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Serving the communities special needs members and groups. Increasing trained staff and obtaining more horses. Providing an animal petting zoo for the more timid visitors and students to enjoy. Educating the public about what Therapeutic Riding is.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Victory Reins has to be one of the best theraputic riding facilities in the Midwest if not in the nation. The facilites has a host of positive reinforcement for the horse community and riders with disabilities. I have personally watched the faces of children turn to sheer delight while receiving lessons from Director, Sandy M. The volunteers are there to to assist, provide stability to the riders and ensure safety is adhered to. This is definitely a clean, friendly and family oriented facility that welcomes all with open arms. Thank you Victory Reins for the job that all of you do so well. Christine J.

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

during several visits while observing lessons, grooming techniques and all around TLC.

Ways to make it better...

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

love to donate more money if I could.

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June 30, 2011

I love Victory Reins, plain and simple. I'm volunteering there, and didn't realize what an enriching experience it would be when I first started. I thought it would be just leading some horses and cleaning stalls, but I learned very quickly that it was much more than that. I can't begin to explain how I felt when I had finished my first time leading a horse for a lesson and the child dismounted and giggled "I think I had too much fun". It's one of the best feelings to see kids come into the barn and ride the horses and hear them laugh and see them smile when they're trotting or hunting for toy cars around the arena. Victory Reins is a beautiful place working towards a wonderful cause, and I intend to volunteer here for many years to come.

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

watching children who would normally not be able to ride a horse have SO much fun doing simply riding and enjoying the animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

spread the word! The only thing that I would change is the amount of people who don't know about this wonderful place yet. The people deserve to know!

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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 really couldn't think of a single thing to change.

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

I used to be extremely horse shy, I was afraid they were mean animals that just wanted to kick and bite me, but now that I've had more contact with horses, I've learned that they're actually highly intelligent and gentle.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fantastic. I don't think I've ever known what it was like to be a part of something that was bigger than yourself until I came here.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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always a wonderful experience with such great caring people. God has and will continue to bless you!

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

watching Sandy work with the kids and horses. Amazing!

Ways to make it better...

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

give her anything she needs.

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June 30, 2011

I am the mother of a volunteer, and I love what my daughter gets out of it. I have watched the joy on my daughter's face while riding or helping others. She has helped out with the animals and lessons there. I love the environment at Victory Reins, it is so inviting and friendly. All of the animals there are very calm and patient with the children. Everyone is welcome at Victory Reins!

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

my daughter.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it closer to home.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

www.VolunteerMatch.com

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I am a certified Therapeutic Riding instructor who trained under Sandy from Victory Reins. Sandy is an amazing teacher! I have seen first hand how she has helped children and adults overcome so many obstacles with her riding program. What she offers is wonderful, no matter what age or what disability you are dealing with. You leave with new skills and new accomplishments that you never had before. Safety is always first, but you also have fun with the horses, games,volunteers and other students.
I have been around horses for over 30 years and this is one of the best experiences I have ever had helping others with horseback riding.. These gentle animals ,sincere volunteers and knowledgeable instructors can change your life....try it.....you'll really enjoy it! Giddy up and happy trails!! Brenda O

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

Watching people become more and have better self esteem because of this program

Ways to make it better...

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

none at this time

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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.