2016 Annual Appeal

horse mac 95x95Dear Friends,  Celebrating our 23rd year of existence, we are grateful to the Central Ohio community for their continued support of The Shane Center as we continue to expand our high quality programs and offerings to the community.  Our riding programs improve physical fitness, gross and fine motor skills; encourages friendship and responsibility; and builds social skills, self-esteem, character and confidence.   We are dedicated to serving participants of all ages and abilities by providing a venue that is safe, empowering, and non-judgmental.  We are inspired daily by the people that we serve.

The Shane Center is central Ohio’s original therapeutic riding program AND the only program in the area who is a Premier Accredited Center through PATH, International (The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).  We offer innovative equestrian activities that are life changing for our participants with Dis abilities.

Since its inception, no client has ever been denied services due to their financial circumstances. In order to achieve our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations for support. The Shane Center serves individuals who have a variety of disabilities, and range in age from 5 to adult. Our programs include Therapeutic Riding, Horsin’ Around, and Shane’s Cavalry. Our instruction goes way beyond riding as we teach all of our students the basics of horse care with an emphasis on safety and handling horses on the ground.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals we were able to raise nearly $47,000 last year to support the center’s innovative programs.  Our annual fund goal for 2016 is $51,000, and the good news is more than half this amount has already been raised! As you reflect on those people who have inspired you and made a difference in your life, we ask you to consider a gift to The Shane Center today to make an impact in the lives of children and adults with special challenges. Your generosity will make a difference in our community.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Karen M. Sanchez

The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship Welcomes New Board Member

IMG 0420The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship Welcomes New Board Member

By Michelle Dickerson, Shane Center Intern

October 29, 2014

The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship is excited to announce the addition of its newest board member, Robert (Bob) Williams. Bob and his wife Judy became involved in The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship (formally Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc.) twenty-three years ago. At that time, Judy was researching equine therapeutic activities for their daughter Samantha and discovered that Karen Sanchez, Executive Director of The Shane Center, was launching a therapeutic riding pilot program at Otterbein University. The care and support that the program provided and still provides coupled with the ongoing positive results for the entire family and has built a lifelong relationship between Bob's family and The Shane Center.

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Internships at The Shane Center

Summer InternsThe Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship's relies heavily on the many volunteers who dedicate their time helping from week to week. In addition to the volunteers, The Shane Center welcomed three new interns for the spring and summer session! Katie Luciano, Ian Coburn and Krystina Carter are all students at The Ohio State University and are in the process of completing their undergraduate degrees in Animal Science.

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Big Changes for Central Ohio's Original Therapeutic Riding Program!

 Ben We are very proud to announce that Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. has changed its name AND has achieved international accreditation through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). PATH has been a global authority, resource, and advocate for equine assisted activities and therapies since 1969.

As of January 27, 2014 Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. officially became The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., and as of May 20, 2014 The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship became a PATH Premier Accredited Center after scoring 100% on the site visit. Founded by Karen and Joel Sanchez, Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. has a strong reputation for providing safe, quality, family-oriented services that are second to none. Located at Willow Farm in Centerburg, Ohio and situated on 40 beautiful acres in Knox County this non-profit organization has been fulfilling its mission of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities for the past 21 years.

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Remembering Blaze

BlazeTannerIn my experience, most animals have their own unique personalities. Not all of them are extroverts like my childhood horse Shane was, but they all have something special to offer. Different horses bond with different students, just as the students bond with different horses. All of my horses have a place in my heart, but there's one in particular who really stands out. 

Blaze's owner had him since she was a little girl. As payment for some work he did, her father picked him right off a trailer that was heading to auction. Many of those horses are shipped off to Japan as meat, so Blaze got lucky. As the little girl grew older and moved on to more challenging horses, other kids started riding Blaze in 4H. As the years passed, Blaze needed a less demanding job so he was offered to our program.

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Dreams of the Future

KarenKevinIMG 0013When times get a little tough, as they are right now for many people, it's more important than ever to hold on to our dreams of the future. Here at the farm, we've had both challenges and triumphs over the last few years. The important thing is to never lose sight of the kids our therapeutic programs serve. Thinking of the impact riding has on their lives fills me with hope that this farm won't just survive, but thrive.

When we first started out with 40 acres in 1993, I was definitely naïve. We had no fences or pastures, but I figured we'd have everything built in five years. Since we only had outdoor facilities, we'd put on raincoats and work regardless of the weather.

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Shane, One Very Cool Horse

There's a special garden here to mark the final resting place of my childhood horse named Shane. He came into my life when I was nine years old and stayed in it for about 36 years. During that time, he taught me just about everything I needed to know about horses. Most importantly, he showed me how to be brave and listen when he had something to communicate. 

Shane was always keen on people,

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WinnersWhen I was very young, when the grown-ups would ask: "What do you want to do when you grow up?" my first answer was that I wanted to be a vet. I knew even then that I wanted to do something that made a difference – and of course I loved horses. One of my earliest memories is of tagging along with my mom when she took riding lessons, pestering her with, "I wanna ride! I wanna ride!"

My first horse, Shane, came to me when I was nine, and together, we got involved with 4H and Pony Club, with lessons and showing. While my vet ambitions eventually evolved into a desire to be a classroom teacher, it wasn't until after I had completed a 

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