The Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, has a long history of making things possible at Naples Therapeutic Riding Center. NTRC is grateful for their support and looks forward to the next year of programs made possible by their generous grant. Because of the Foundation, therapeutic riding and other equine-facilitated programs will continue to impact the lives of hundreds of children with special needs and disabilities
Inspired Living: Passion and Purpose by Julia Browning
“Tally Ho! Missy Saracino helps bring Collier County a revolutionary therapeutic technique.”
It is so great that NTRC realizes how important continuing education is for the staff and the volunteers. Thanks to Chris Cook of B-C Foundation Station for coming to NTRC and sharing is Horse Development and Horses Helping Humans curriculum clinic. Being involved with horses, on the ground or in the saddle is a never ending learning experience.
Lea Haven, PATH Certified Instructor at NTRC
Naples Equestrian Challenge Announces New Name
Announcement comes on the heels of capital campaign completion
(Naples, FL, March 7, 2017) – Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) is excited to announce that it has changed its name to Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC). NEC has provided therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted programs for children and adults with special needs for more than 20 years and will continue to do so as NTRC.
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, NTRC celebrated our volunteers along with our name change and the new expansion that we will be opening soon.
I hope the volunteers realized what an important asset they are to NTRC. Without them we could not run our program. They are all so invested in helping our riders, taking care of the horses, doing property improvements and working in the office. I don’t ever remember a volunteer saying “no” when we ask them to do something.
They clocked over 16,000 volunteer hours in the year of 2016 – that is amazing.
From Lea Haven, PATH-Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor … “It is so nice to have lessons starting again. Good to see the familiar faces of our volunteers and riders. Good to see new faces. Nothing better then hearing a rider laugh as they watch the ring slide down the pole. Little things that make my day. Looking forward to our program expanding to be able to share this with more riders.”
People ask me why I have worked at NEC so long – if you read this email from one of our new rider’s mother that should answer the question.
” It was a pleasure meeting you and your team yesterday at Jonathan’s riding
evaluation! Jonathan, Jeffrey, and I had a wonderful time. I have never
heard Jonathan be so vocal and make so many happy noises! I believe he
truly enjoyed the experience.
On the drive home, every time his brother said “horse”, Jonathan would make
his happy noise. He was completely relaxed for the remainder of the
evening, no seizures, and slept peacefully through the night (probably
dreaming of riding ??). He’s typically restless and sleeps on and off, so I
believe the stimulation and activity helped. I wouldn’t be surprised if his
first word one day is “horse”!
Thank you again and have a wonderful day!”
The Special Health Care Needs Resource Guide for Florida has been updated and we would like all of our riders and families to have the opportunity to check it out! Click on the below link to download the guide!
Updated Florida Resource Guide 2016
Barn Raising Capital Campaign reaches $2,375,000!!! We are more than half way there…