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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cheryl71

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our fifteen year-old grandson has been a student at Celtic Charms for nearly eight years. From the moment he was placed on a horse, Chris became aware of the comfort and emotional connection that these beautiful animals can provide. Together with the caring, professional instructors at Celtic Charms, he was given the opportunity to learn success, acceptance and the skills of horsemanship. Our family and community have the utmost appreciation of Celtic Charms. Thank you. Cheryl and Fred Briard

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship in Howell, NJ has been a godsend in the positive development and the quality of life of our grandson, Christopher. He began riding at Celtic Charms when they first began their program in Howell. Chris really grew up there, learning about respect for animals, the environment, his teachers and himself. Growing up with Asperger's Syndrome is tough, the staff at Celtic Charms have helped Chris every step of the way, and have also helped our family, too. This Program and its skilled and caring staff have been pivotal in our grandson's maturity and success, we will never be able to thank them enough. Cheryl Cramer Briard

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best place to leave your troubles at the door and enjoy the feeling you get when you enter the barn.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen therapeutic riding in several venues and they exceed the others in commitment and dedication. Their attention to detail, coupled with a true caring, nurturing approach creates an experience of true quality.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is truly the kind of place that changes lives. It changed my life. I think everyone that walks though this door finds a sense of peace here. The horses are the real magic and what they can do for the students. Everyone benefits from this welcoming environment. Volunteers, students, parents, siblings... It is not just this place to pass by and wonder, "Hey what do they do there"? Come and see for yourself... I am glad I stopped here and volunteered my time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is a warm and welcoming place where everyone fits in and is appreciated. As a volunteer, it is truly gratifying to watch students improve over time and to see how happy they are to ride and take care of their horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is aptly named, for it truly is a magical place that transforms people with disabilities into equestrians. While volunteering there I have seen the expressions of joy and pride on the faces of the riders and their family members. There are Celtic Charms students who cannot walk, others who cannot speak, and some who cannot make eye contact; yet their instructors get them onto their mounts or into a horse-driven carriage, and they move freely, focus their minds, strengthen their bodies...and often smile.

The facility is immaculate and the grounds and horses are beautiful, but the best thing about Celtic Charms is the people. The instructors are highly skilled, patient, and passionate about their students, the horses, and the progress they make together. Celtic Charms is a happy, bustling place where everyone is on the same winning team – instructors, family members, volunteers, even the facility manager and the animal attendant. They all play their parts (and so well!) in supporting the organization’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a leader at the barn, leading the horses in the lessons. All the animals a well kept, the barn is kept very clean and all the staff and volunteers are wonderful to work with. Non of the riders, volunteers, or animals are ever put in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable. Celtic Charm is a wonderful place to volunteer at.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work mostly with the smaller animals. Beyond horses we have a cow, a pot-bellied pig, two ducks, two barn cats. One of the cats even sometimes let's strangers hold him, but no guarantee he'll always be around. We also have chickens, oh so many chickens. As such we have a limited amount of fresh eggs and yes, they are for sale. Now more than a few of these lovely animals live on parts of the property clients are unlikely to spend much time in. Instead you get the volunteers who are very nice, and the horses that are very nice, and the instructors and the owners and the staff; Everyone is very nice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Celtic Charms is an amazing and rewarding choice. I was overwhelmed by how many people just simply give out of the goodness of their hearts to this wonderful non-profit. The horses, instructors, students, parents.... are all what makes this a great family. We are all there for the same reason and have one goal in mind. The founders are incredible people that pour their heart and soul into this organization day after day. Please consider giving anything you can -- even if it is just your time. You have not truly lived unless you give to others .. something that truly cannot be repaid.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Took a tour with a friend and observed 1st hand how much they are helping her daughter. Such a lovely place with kind staff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms is a fantastic place to receive riding lessons. The staff is prompt, and extremely knowledgeable. It has a fun loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Having been to many barns in New Jersey, I can safely say that Celtic Charms is like no other. A top notch facility with well groomed, and well mannered horses. I would recommend Celtic Charms to any current, or potential riders.

Andrea92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Must start by saying how wonderful and fulfilling Celtic Charms has become to me . I started volunteering and didn't realize what an impact riding and spending time w a horse can make. I've seen children come alive when they are riding and grooming the horses. The farm is beautiful and the staff couldn't be more helpful. I walked into this just to volunteer but the staff is so great w so many individuals and their needs, that I find myself in awe. Everyone is so helpful and knowledgable that they answer all my questions and I go home learning something new everyday .Its a wonderful place and just knowing the difference they are making to even just one child is really a blessing..

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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.