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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Equestrian, Health, Health Care, Sports

Mission: To provide people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a program of individualized equestrian instruction in a safe and supportive, eco-friendly family farm environment. We provide opportunities for the professional development of our instructors and volunteers, as well as ongoing training of our equines for therapeutic horsemanship and other equine-assisted activities.

Target demographics: children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or disorders

Geographic areas served: Howell, NJ

Programs: Instruction in all areas of horsemanship including horseback riding, carriage driving, grooming, tacking, equine care, and familiarization with basic horse knowledge.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started riding lessons in October at one per week. She is now up to four and volunteers on the weekend. The staff and volunteers are amazing, have watched my daughter grow in poise, self esteem, confidence and maturity since starting. It is neat, clean and inviting. The viewing area is outstanding and enjoy watching my daughter during her lessons. Bill and Christine have created a working farm in an otherwise suburban area exposing the students to new and exciting learning experiences. It is also nice to see the Special Education classes from local schools participate in job sampling activities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a pleasure it is to visit Celtic Charms each week! We've been going there now for a little less than a year, and our daughter loves it - but the truth is - we all do!

First, Celtic Charms is like stepping into a whole different world. You forget you're in central Jersey. It's a full working farm. The stable is kept as immaculate as a hospital. The facilities are great. There's a comfortable observation room where you can watch students ride and "play games" - though each 'game" the student plays works on an important skill to become a great rider. After spending part of the session in the indoor barn (something like 125' x 250'), the students hit the trails. The sessions could be longer, but my daughter can't wait to come back each week. It's the best hour of the week for her.

The staff of Celtic Charms is what really sets itself apart. Everyone there is so nice! Each person you meet truly loves what they do - and it shows in their dedication to the students. Most of the staff there are volunteers so they definitely care; but the owners - Christine and Bill - are absolutely wonderful. Everyone takes excellent care of the students, the facilities, and of course the animals. They all are so patient and considerate with each student, giving them the encouragement they need.

If you’re looking for a place to take your child for therapeutic horsemanship, Celtic Charms is an excellent facility - and the people there make you feel so welcome.

1 Geralyn D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first thing I must say about Celtic Charms is that it has been a blessing for our family. Our daughter has been forever changed by having this become part of her life. The facility is amazing. A clean, safe, and welcoming environment that truly does what it claims to do, "Bring joy and personal achievement". If you are on the fence about trying therapeutic horsemanship, please visit the facility and take a tour. It will just take you minutes to realize that it is a unique place. We truly look forward to our riding day every week. Everyone at Celtic is incredible. The horses are carefully selected and then each client is matched perfectly with their horse. I want to encourage you to see the difference with Celtic. There are so many wonderful places out there that are trying to do what they are doing here.
The difference is the people that are behind the scenes.

The love and dedication of each and every person that walks in there everyday. They make every day and every lesson count. Our instructor motivates our daughter with patience and encouragement. She talks about what she has learned all week and can't wait to go back and do it all over again week to week. I know we have found a forever home here. I will even volunteer over the summer and my daughter will never be too far away from her second home, Celtic Charms!

Celtic Charms is a blessing for so many of us! They are changing lives!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The facility is a beautiful clean safe environment for people and animals alike. All the animals are very well cared for, and the staff is not only competent but friendly. They care deeply about their mission. It's a pleasure to work in that envirnment!

2 Karen226

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm making great strides there. I used to just ride, but now I'm Carriage Driving! The people are also friendly there. And If there's an issue, it's fixed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at Celtic Charms are knowledgeable, dedicated, and caring. They have supported my special needs daughter and helped her to strengthen her core and improve her balance while also having fun. Riding the horse is the highlight of my daughter's week.

2 Coach Dillon

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms afforded my Adaptive Physical Education students an incredible experience.
We brought our class which has students with ASD, downs syndrome, CP and other physical challenges to Celtic Charms for a class trip. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable and was capable of tending to every specific need of each child. When we arrived at Celtic Charms, we were greeted by a cheerful staff as all of our medical clearance waivers were checked thoroughly. Because we had a larger class, we were divided into three groups. One group attended a tour of the beautiful farm, where we learned about all of the animals and the inter-workings of a horse farm. The second group had a "hands on" petting experience with a pony named "Merlin' as we read him a book.
The third group was taken into the ring to "saddle up" where two very experienced instructors helped alleviate any doubts about getting on a horse as they instructed the students on the necessary basics of riding. Students were able to ride their horse (with walkers) around the ring until they were comfortable enough to go trail riding.
Our students can't stop talking about their trip to Celtic Farms and keep asking when we are going back.
This organization is truly exemplary of what a non profit should be providing for its target group...a beautiful, safe, facility... an experienced, trained staff... and a memory to last a lifetime for it's visitors.
Thank you so much for allowing us to share in the joy of therapeutic horsemanship at its best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot thank Celtic Charms enough for all of the support that everyone has given my daughter over the past couple of years. Everyone always greets you with a smile and makes you feel so welcome. We all feel so at home when we go to the barn and this is all thanks to all the terrific people at Celtic Charms. My daughter came to Celtic Charms simply hoping that she could learn how to ride and has learned so much more. Thank you again to everyone at Celtic Charms and of course to all of the wonderful horses too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kudos to Celtic Charms and the great work they do. As a long-time professional equestrian and show barn owner, I was astonished when I first visited Celtic Charms. The pristine facility, the well groomed and cared for horses, and most of all, the accomplishments of their students are all nothing short of amazing. I have helped Celtic Charms with shows, and have sent my students there to volunteer at various events. I even sent them a lesson pony because I trust Celtic Charms to take great care of him and I strongly believe in their important program.







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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been trustee of Celtic Charms since the beginning and have watched t the program become a premier facility in a few short years. This is a testament to the untiring and always caring volunteers and staff.As a riding professional I am still touched by the ability of Celtic Charms to use horses as a vehicle to improve and expand the lives of the students they teach.This gift extends from the saddle into the everyday lives of each individual. It is an honor the be a trustee and I am grateful to Celtic Charms for allowing me the privilege.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being the mother of 2 boys with special needs, it's important for me that they lead as "normal" a life as possible. Celtic Charms gives my boys that. Everyone who works there, from the owners, to the instructors, to the lead and side walkers treat my boys with such loving respect it's beautiful! The facility is clean, new and modern, with a beautiful waiting room for the families. My sons LOVE going every week, and talk about it to everyone! Great job Celtic Charms!

1 Fox1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is a great place to work. I finally have the time to persue my lifelong love of horses. I didn't realize helping with Special children would be just as enjoyable. A visit to the facility will show Celtic Charms for the beautiful place it is with beautiful people to work with. Many volunteers are family members and the students themselves. Volunteers are made to feel welcome and indespensable for any time that they can contribute.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spending tme at Celtic Charms as a volunteer has given me so many great oppotunities to work with the staff, horses and students and to learn and grow from these experiences. It is an excellent organization with individuals who are very knowledgeable and caring. I enjoy being a part of their continuing good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved with Celtic Charms from the beginning and having the experience of watching it grow over the years, has been nothing short of joyful! Seeing a dream become a reality, and the growth of the students in their riding and socialization skills makes you understand the enthusiasm of all who are involved in the mission of Celtic Charms.

To watch people come in for a tour of the facility is always a treat. You can tell that they are fascinated at the beauty of the environment, the gentleness of the horses, and the variety of other creatures, large and small to be found. You may have a rooster, chicken, pot belly pig, cat or dog cross your path. You may visit the chickens, cows, and horses in the pastures. You will always encounter friendly staff and volunteers who have a love of people and animals alike.

The special events such as the Ride-A-Thon, allow the students to show what they have learned, and parents, family and friends come to cheer them on in their progress. Their beaming faces bring tears to my eyes!

There is certainly a home away from home atmosphere, and a camaraderie amongst all who pass through those barn doors.

My only complaint is that the rest of the demands in my life have not allowed me to be there as much as I would like to be. I highly recommend anyone interested to experience the Magic of Celtic Charms. You will never forget it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Celtic Charms since day one and I can attest that they are a first class organization in every way. With their commitment to providing a facility that enhances the students and family member's experience and their loving and caring attitude towards the students and animals, they do truly "Unbridle The Magic" of therapeutic horsemanship.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is an outstanding organization that brings joy into the lives of the students everyday.
As a volunteer, I have seen the hard work and dedication of the staff transform the farm into a truly beautiful and safe environment. The welfare and safety of everyone that comes to the farm is very important to the staff and is always stressed. The horses at Celtic Charms have wonderful temperaments and are given tender loving care, which ensures the riders a positive experience.
I feel very lucky to be a part of this growing organization that treats everyone with respect.
This is the place to be if you like to feel good, and smile!

1 Sandy E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our twenty two year old son with autism, is part of a program called New Horizon's in Autism and we were looking for meaningful work experiences for Brandon and other young men with autism.
Celtic Charms has become our most rewarding work experience. We arrive early in the morning with a land crew of 5, the guys all get a wonderful sense of pride in doing necessary land and barn work. Celtic Charms is truly a warm place where everyone feels welcomed our group feels productive and a vital part of the environment. As you can imagine the grounds are pristine. Two of our guys take riding lessons at least one day per week. and the gentle, caring way in which every teacher guides each student is worthy of only the highest praises.
We believe wholeheartedly, this is an organization devoted to helping individuals and their families live a more fulling and joyful life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have nothing but wonderful things to say about Celtic Charms!! We LOVE it there!

We have been traveling to Celtic Charms for close to three years now. It is a long hike for us to get there, but it worth the thirty mile trip each week. In this time frame, we have watched the facility transform..from using port-a-potties to having two clean bathrooms accessible at all times on the premises, for example. The waiting room has made tremendous improvements, as we are able to actively observe each lesson in a warm, clean, kid-friendly (for the siblings) room. The amount of animals that they take care of has grown, so that the children can visit not only the horses, but the chickens, the cows, the rabbits, the pig, or even dogs on occasion. There is no doubt in my mind that these animals are well cared for. The staff and volunteers are phenomenal. Each and every person that has worked with my son seemed to genuinely love working with him. They have been patient, enthusiastic, and hopeful for his future progress.

We don't come for the bathrooms, the waiting room, or just to see the variety of animals; we come for the whole experience at Celtic Charms. It has been well worth the trip each and every week, and I would highly recommend this place to anyone searching.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been going to Celtic Charms for three years now. I cannot begin to explain how wonderful her experiences have been at Celtic Charms. The instructors and volunteers are so patient and understanding. You can see that everyone there loves being there and doing what they do. They have helped my daughter with her attention issues, speech, proprioception, muscle tone, and social skills. I know that without Celtic Charms, my daughter's progress would not be where it is today. They have been an integral part of her growth and success.

1 Patti26

Client Served

Rating: 5

My boys have been riding here for quite awhile now. The instructors are very caring and understand the special needs population! The staff are always helpful. We enjoy going there and seeing all the animals. The staff there treat everyone like family!! We love it here!!!