Get ready for a great spring and summer fun at Happy Trails Riding. Our classes are for people with disabilities and special needs. Please see our facebook page or www.happytrailsridingcenter.org for details. We have some great things planned and hope you can join us! Ride - Volunteer - Donate. We are primarily funded by donations and run by volunteers. "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much" - Helen Keller
As we near the end of 2012, we'd like to thanks our donors through GlobalGiving and let you know the great things Happy Trails Riding Center has been up to this year. This year we provided 255 riding lessons (16 youth riders to date in our classes, and 17 adults with disabilities and special needs). We hosted a 6 person riding party for adults with disabilities, a large (approximately 70 person party for Down Syndrome Network Oregon – with 44 riders- approx 34 had down syndrome or other developmental disability. Of the 44 riders 5 were adults).
So we are estimating our total served for riding was 22 adults and 55 youth and approximately 23 volunteers helped make this possible.
Our fall dance was attended by 55 total people.
Our holiday party was attended by approximately 50 people.
We are so very thankful to all of our donors, voluteers and of course our horses that are helping make riding and social opportunities available to people with disabiltiies and special needs.
Our 2013 classes will begin in March and run through November.
We wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
Happy Trails Riding Center
Thank you so very much for helping to make our programs possible. Happy Trails Riding Center is primarily funded by donations and run by volunteers. Our riding lessons, camps and social opporutnities run from March - November each year. So far this year we have provided 222 total riding lessons to date. We eare estimating 252 by the time we end our 2012 season.
Happy Trails served 16 youth riders to date in our classes, and 17 adults with disabilities and special needs. We hosted a 6 person riding party for adults with disabilities, a large (approximately 70 person party for Down Syndrome Network Oregon – with 44 riders- approx 34 had down syndrome or other developmental disability. Of the 44 riders 5 were adults). So we are estimating our total served for riding was 22 adults and 55 youth and approximately 23 volunteers. In addition to riding, we do have social events such as our fall dance which was attended by 55 total people.
Here are emails we have received this summer regarding our program:
I felt honored to have been a part of it (volunteered at Down Syndrome Event at Happy Trails) Nicole, you have a wonderful organization. Thank you, Tonya B
Thank you for all that you have done. You made a little girl VERY happy. Alicia T (aunt & guardian of rider)
Thank you for giving him (Adam) the opportunity to attend (camp on scholarship)!!!!! His life had blossomed and he is slated to have a great summer! Leigh Anne (Outing provider)
Thank you Nicole for taking PJ on and giving him the chance to ride Darlin. He had so much fun and it warms our hearts, and my folks, to have him be so happy there. We went several days later to Bend and there was the option of a pony ride and he wasn't interested at all...nothing but Texas or Darlin for our guy... :-)
Thank you again, Lora and Peter R. (Parents of Rider)
Upcoming Events at Happy Trails
10-27-12 Pumpkin Carving and Riding Camp (11-1)
12-2-12 Holiday Party (2-4)
Our summer has been so very much fun so far. We held our first Horses-n-Harmony camp where riders learned basic riding, learned new camp songs (taught by a music therapist) and created a musical horse shoe symbol while meeting new friends.This month Happy Trails hosted a Down Syndrome Network Oregon summer party for people with down syndrome and their families. We served approximately 44 riders and their families at this event. We will have our annual ride-a-thon on August 11th.
Our classes go through November each year and in fall we will have our pumpkin carving camp and fall dance. We will also have our fall diner auction, The Black Beauty Banquet at the Oregon Golf Club on October 13th. We hope you will be able to join us! We are currently procuring auction items and will be selling tickets soon for this event. We remain a non-profit that is primarily run by volunteers and funded by donation. We are so thankful to all of you who have helped make our programs possible.
Together we are making a difference!
2011 Program SummaryThank 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 ExperiencesYear People Rides Income Expenses Budget2006 40 125 $23,667 $23.662* N/A2007 67 172 $38,466 $32,767* $77,2502008 67 207 $75,239 $52,594* $100,0002009 68 329 $79,504 $57,140* $100,0002010 68 342 $69,672 $66,960* $100,0002011 66 272 $67,348 $67,304* $100,000* Due to shortfall in budget, staff was again primarily volunteerIn 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 KellerThank you so very much!Sincerely,
Nicole Budden & Happy Trails Riding Center
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