Please welcome Matthew Grupp to the Healing with Horses Ranch Board of Directors. Matthew has been a regular Saturday volunteer for some time. He has been invaluable to our facility and does everything from emptying the trash to fixing the equipment. We are so excited and honored he decided to join our board.
Mid-November 2015, my family and I moved to Austin, TX from Baltimore, MD. Myself, my husband and our 2-year-old son, Rory. My daughter was still baking but she made her arrival as an official Texan just three weeks later. Soon after McKenna was born, “Small-amore” (a nickname for Baltimore because no matter how big it gets, everyone knows everyone like a small town) showed up on our street. As it turned out, a fellow alum from my husband’s high school back in Maryland ended up living on the very same...
Perspectives on Life and Art - My heart is feeling grateful and full. It never ceases to amaze me when a small group of passionate people band together and make big things happen. On Oct 19th, we had our Barn Bash. First of all, I would like to thank our Barn Bash Committee. Ariana Roman, Chris Baker, John D’Andrea, Kelly Ellis, Cari Weiss, and Davina Merkel spent months planning, asking, preparing, advertising, and hosting our 4th annual Barn Bash. It was held at the beautiful Chateau Bellevue in Austin, where a dinner...
We want to thank Tim Ray for spreading the word about Healing with Horses Ranch this year on his race car. Tim was the first president of our board and an avid supporter. He competes with the National Auto Sport Association Texas Region and ran at this year's NASA national event.
Yes.... that is Healing with Horses Ranch at the Circuit of the Americans. How cool is that!!!!!
An update and a request to support Healing with Horses Ranch.
This has been a tremendous year!
Client, volunteer, and staff (both horse and human) hours are at an all-time high. For the first time HHR has a waiting list! Here are just a few of our stats:
I am not sure where to begin as I sit at the Region 8 PATH Intl conference with two of our instructors, Libby and Cameron, our mental health counselor, Hadley, and our instructor-in-training, Lauren. This comes literally three days after our site visit from PATH Intl., as we strive to become a premier PATH center. I am not sure that I am at liberty to share, but I am sharing anyway. Two PATH representatives came to determine if Healing with Horses Ranch and our satellite center at SAGE have policies and procedures that fulfill the 115 standards that PATH centers follow.
Healing with Horses Ranch is currently a center member of PATH Intl (the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International). We are striving to become a Premiere PATH Intl member. On July 31st, two site visitors will inspect the ranch to ensure we are adhering to the 100+ PATH Intl standards. We became a PATH Intl member in 2011 because of these standards or best practices. The PATH Intl standards gave us a roadmap to follow as we were developing our policies and our business in general. They are broken down into four categories: mandatory, core, activity, and service.
It’s already so hot and it looks like this year is predicted to be hotter than normal! But the arena is doing its job! It is easily 10 degrees cooler in the arena than outside of the arena! Just a reminder to our volunteers and riders that the summer schedule starts on June 1st. Lessons will start at 8am and go until 12:45pm and then after our siesta (hahaha), we will continue lessons starting at 5:30pm until 8:15pm. Thank you everyone for your flexibility in making this change. If you haven’t scheduled your session time, please contact me or your instructor!
It’s a puzzle of intricate and ever changing pieces. As we near summer months, we contemplate schedule changes. We start with the edge pieces as we schedule 6 instructors and 75 participants. It is no easy feat as we try to make everyone happy. There are so many close fits!
Then, Cari has the task of finding the pieces of the puzzle that are all the same color and fitting them all into the right spots. In one week we need at least 125 volunteers committing to 2 hours. Some of our volunteers give more....