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Review for Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, Naples, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My daughters volunteered for the Naples Equestrian Challenge at their summer camp. I came to watch one of the horse shows, and being an equestrian was quite moved by the program and what they achieved with special needs children. I immediately knew that I wanted to be part of the program and began volunteering. Many have written regarding the program and the therapy it provides. Another perk to this program that is very important is the draw to teenagers to volunteer. It is magnet for young girls, and the volunteer experience at the NEC is very powerful. For each rider, 3 volunteers are needed. We have a volunteer base of around 250. It offers volunteers of all ages a hands on opportunity to truly make a difference in someone's life. This type of meaningful volunteerism shapes futures for our younger volunteers, they come for the horses and stay for the riders.

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

many daily miracles. First words among the non verbal, core development and strenngth, emotional and physical achievement of riding and controlling a large strong animal. Some of these riders will never ride a bike, but can ride a horse!

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

Meeting the special needs riders and watching their families interact with them. They are very special, and the dynamic they possess inspires me.

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

The Staff is amazing and the volunteers have more heart than any I have ever encountered. Volunteering is physically challenging, and these people are loyal, and truly step up to the plate.

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

Buy the property next door, to provide a sensory trail system for our riders, to get them out of the ring. We would be able to never have a waiting list, and provide the service to so many.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I have served on the board for nearly 10 years and oversee the Riding Program.