Naples Equestrian Challenge Recognizes Volunteer Service

(Naples, FL, March 2013) – At a recent volunteer awards dinner, Naples Equestrian Challenge recognized the service of three special volunteers Dr. Bill Swartz, Steven A. Richards, CPA, and Judy Crouse.

Dr. Bill Swartz was recognized as 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Swartz is a veterinary doctor who has owned small animal hospitals for over forty-one years and currently works as a relief veterinarian in Naples. Swartz currently seNEC-Bill-Swartzrves on NEC’s Board of Directors as vice president as well as volunteered in various roles in the therapeutic riding and equine facilitated learning programs. Additionally, he is often found on property performing routine maintenance or painting the barn.

Steven A. Richards was recognized for his contributions to the NEC Board of Directors. Richards is a CPA with LarsonAllen and joined the NEC Board in 2007. In his tenure, Richards served as the CFO and Treasurer. While overseeing the budget and auditing processes, Richards helped establish NEC’s current accounting system to properly maintain financial records and help the organization grow. Richards also was a proud side walker for his daughter Emily who was a rider at NEC.

Judy Crouse was recognized for her contributions to Naples Equestrian Challenge’s signature fundraising event, the Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance. Crouse has lent her creativity to the Barn Dance for the past four years. With a theme in mind and a limited budget, Crouse helps transform the NEC arena into a festive hall by creating grand centerpieces.

With these and more than 450 other dedicated volunteers, Naples Equestrian Challenge is able to provide therapeutic riding and equine facilitated learning programs to over 400 participants per year. Through donations and sponsorships, the organization is able to provide this vital therapy regardless of income level. For more information on programs or volunteer opportunities, visit

Naples Equestrian Challenge is a proud partner of:

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)

The Naples Children and Education Foundation

United Way of Collier County


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