Horse riding for 68 people with disabilities

Apr 24, 2012

You Are Invited To A Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

Kentucky Derby Invite
Kentucky Derby Invite

Don’t Miss the Throroughbred of Parties!
A Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

Saturday, May 5th from 1:00-4:00
Hosted by The Grill’s
at Whirlwind Ranch
26801 SW Stafford Rd. - Wilsonville, OR

Meet members of Happy Trails Riding Center's Board of Directors and Executive Director and learn more about the great things happening at Happy Trails Riding Center.

Come and share some “Southern Hospitality” in the Pacfic Northwest!

- Wear your Big Hat -

$20 per person includes: Appetizers, desserts, a drink coupon and raffle ticket.

Fun and exciting raffle prizes will be given away! Bring a Guest!

Apr 24, 2012

Thank You Donors! Financial Summary for 2011

5 Year Celebration  & Ride-A-Thon
5 Year Celebration & Ride-A-Thon

2011 Program Summary
Thank you!

Thank you so very much for helping support our local non-profit, Happy Trails Riding Center, in 2011.  We are proud of our accomplishments and the effects we’ve had on people in our community during our first five years. Here is a short summary of how the funds you donated helped our organization. 

We are dedicated to providing a safe, fun and educational riding and social opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs. We continue to strive to reach our annual operating budget and financially sustain our programs. But have proven our flexibility to change in difficult economic conditions and our willingness to try new opportunities to learn, grow to be able to continue to serve people with disabilities and special needs in our community. 

        Horse Riding Experiences

Year        People   Rides   Income    Expenses    Budget
2006        40        125        $23,667    $23.662*    N/A
2007        67        172        $38,466    $32,767*    $77,250
2008        67        207        $75,239    $52,594*     $100,000
2009        68        329        $79,504    $57,140*    $100,000
2010        68        342        $69,672    $66,960*    $100,000
2011        66        272        $67,348    $67,304*    $100,000

* Due to shortfall in budget, staff was again primarily volunteer

In addition to the horse riding experiences we provide (shown in the chart above) we also provide a variety of social opportunities for our clientele. In 2011 we served 15 people in our first sports camp, 21 people at our movie night, approximately 50 people at our Ride-A-Thon and Five Year Celebration and 70 people at our fall dance for people with disabilities and special needs and their friends and families. We continue to make social opportunities available to our clients.

We’ve stayed true to our mission - we provide a place for people with disabilities and special needs to enhance their lives through horsemanship and social opportunities. We have enjoyed teaching people from age 2-85 with a wide range of disabilities including: Down Syndrome, developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, ADD/H, hearing and visual impairments, separation anxiety, epilepsy, Spina Bifida, Fragile X and Rhett Syndrome. We continue to function with the help of approximately 50 volunteers per year. The program is funded in part by tuition (approximately 10%), but primarily by donations.

Horse riding lessons and other social opportunities at HTRC continues to be one of very few activities offered specifically for people with disabilities and special needs in our community.  Our programs have enhanced so many lives. We’d like to share a few of the comments we  received in 2011 from people involved in Happy Trails for you to see what great things you are helping provide.

“I rode Texas last Thursday. He used to be a rodeo-queen’s horse. These days  he spends some of his time in service to kids and adults with particularly domineering physical challenges. Myself included! …Mom said I had a ‘rosy glow’ after my riding time and she was right. I could feel it inside and out.”  Teisha (rider)

“I’ve been riding a lot the past few days and it’s all still kind of just blowing my mind — can’t quite find words to talk about it, really. I probably will find some words at some point, knowing me. … Anyway, it’s been just the best thing ever. I am so happy.” Alicia (rider)

“Nicole, Thanks for helping keep Neil busy this summer. It means a lot.”
“Neil was so excited - he was up extra early. Thanks.”
-Lise (Parent of Rider and Participant in our Summer Sports Camp and other social opportunities)

“Had such an awesome time horseback riding tonight!
I hope I feel well enough next week after my surgery to ride again.”  Kayla  (rider)

We have not received any complaints or had any accidents at Happy Trails. All feedback has been positive.

We have learned so much in our first five years and have proven to be able to continue to provide our services in the hardest financial times our country has seen in decades. With your support, we can do even more. We hope you will join forces with us again and continue to provide for a very under served population.

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much!” - Helen Keller

Thank you so very much!


Nicole Budden & Happy Trails Riding Center

Jan 23, 2012

Spring 2012

We are looking forward to begninning our season for 2012 in March. Our program for people with disabiltiies and special needs will contiue to focus on riding, horsemanship and social opportunities for our clientele. Last year we added a sportscamp and will look forward to having that once again.

Here are some dates to save for our upcoming season:

Saturdays, March 10th  – Classes begin

Saturday, May 5th  2:00-5:00 Kentucky Derby funraiser party at Grill’s house

Saturday, June 23rd –Summer Day Camp 10-1:00 (kids & adults)

Wednesday, June  26th – City of Lake Oswego Teen Volunteer Camp

Saturday, July 21st Movie Night

Saturday, August 11th Ride-A-Thon (play day)

Saturday, September 15th, 2011- Fall Barn Dance with City of West Linn

Saturday, October 27th –Pumpkin Carving & Riding Camp (kids & adults)

Saturday, December 2nd - Holiday Party 2-4pm

We post information about our events on our Facebook page (Happy Trails Riding Center - "Like" us to get notices) and our website

Thanks so very much for your interest in Happy Trails Riding Center. We are primarily run by volunteers and funded by donations. Your support makes our program possible!


Nicole Budden

Executive Director

Nov 3, 2011

Winter 2011

Fall Pumpkin Carving and Riding Camp
Fall Pumpkin Carving and Riding Camp

Happy Trails Riding Center's 2011 programs have been so much fun! In addition to our regular riding lessons and summer camp, we added a week long sports camp this summer.  We held our annual ride-a-thon, celebrated our 5th anniversary, enjoyed a movie night where we played “Racing Stripes” in our arena, held our second annual fall barn dance and fall pumpkin carving and horse riding camp . Our program goes through November, but to date we have had 66 riders enjoy 264 riding experiences, 15 people participated at our sports camp, 21 people attended our movie night and approximately 70 people attended our fall dance for people with disabilities and their friends and family. All of this adds up to countless smiles!  Our season will end with a holiday party on Sunday, December 4th from 2-4pm complete with Santa, caroling and photos with our horses (wearing their reindeer antlers). We hope you can come and celebrate the season. Thank you to all involved with Globalgiving who help make this non-profit possible!

Sportscamp T-Ball
Sportscamp T-Ball
Fall Dance
Fall Dance
Aug 10, 2011

Summer-Fall 2011

Fun at Summer Camp
Fun at Summer Camp

What a great summer we've had at Happy Trails Riding Center. Our day campers rode horses, created works of art and planted. Our movie night raced by with the showing of , "Racing Stripes" - a movie about a zebra who wants to be a race horse. And our 5 Year Celebration and Ride-A-Thon was lots of fun! Although we haven't had the heat that is usually expected this time of year, the horses haven't minded a bit.

Our fall is going to great as well. We have a fall dance planned with the City of West Linn for young adults and adults with disabilities and special needs. We have a fall day camp which will include pumpkin carving and riding.

We thank you for donating and making our programs possible for people with disabilities and special needs!

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much!" - Helen Keller

craft frame made at camp
craft frame made at camp
Fall Dance
Fall Dance
Pumpin Carving Camp
Pumpin Carving Camp

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Project Leader

Nicole Budden

West Linn, Oregon United States

Where is this project located?