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ROSE OF SHARON EQUESTRIAN SCHOOL INC
May 18, 2010

My daughter has Aspergers syndrome, anxiety, and coordination issues. She is strong willed, and used to doing things her way. She was also terrified of animals prior to working with Joan. Who would have thought that soon she would be following Joan's directions on how to care for these huge animals? Joan is an amazing person, who has the perfect balance of respect, love, and firmness to work with kids on the spectrum. I could go on and on about how much she has changed our lives for the better, but will share just one story. When the time came for my daughter to mount "her" horse Izzy for the first time, she froze. I was outside the ring watching. She tensed up, and she started repeating “I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared.” Those of you who know children on the autism spectrum may recognize this moment as the moment before a melt-down. If I had been the person by her side, I know she would have refused to get on, no matter how much I encouraged her. I watched from the distance. Joan just said “It will be OK” and my daughter got on Izzy! That was a miracle for me. Joan had somehow unlocked the door that had gone up in my daughter's mind. She didn’t push her through the door. She didn’t say “come on, get on!” She just made it possible for my daughter to believe she could do it. My daughter rode for at least 10 minutes that day, praciticing to start and stop, to keep good posture, and to tell Izzy she was a good horse. All I could think was "I'm soooo lucky to have found Joan"!

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

watching my daughter grow and reach beyond her comfort zone, learning to follow directions, to care for another living being, to listen to her own body, to be respectful of others.

Ways to make it better...

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

help complete the indoor arena!!

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

the patience and persistence of Joan and the wonderful volunteers

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

excellent

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

build an indoor arena, and expand to reach out to more people, whose lives would be greatly improved, in so many ways.

Ways to make it better...

there were an indoor arena for riding in inclement weather

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, funding, and funding. Joan is a very capable leader, with a great vision, and only needs funds to support what is already a wonderful organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & My daughter takes riding lessons here.