Shane Center Updates

Coronavirus Update: May 5th

Hi Everyone!

Great NEWS!!

The Shane Center is opening for lessons starting May 12, 2020!!! We are so excited to be able to offer some of you a chance to get out and enjoy the services we offer.
That being said, in order to stay compliant with the State of Ohio’s responsible protocols for getting Ohio back to work, there are a number of changes to our programs as well as to whom we can serve at this time. We do hope to be able to offer more traditional therapeutic riding lessons for our riders who need more support riding later this summer and/or fall.
Please read the attached documents carefully. We are moving to 50 minute private lessons and at this time are only able to serve those riders who can be safely served by an individual instructor OR an individual instructor plus one volunteer or instructor’s aide, if one is available. All riders and people coming to the center will need to wear a face mask. 
Do consider the risk vs. the benefit of participating in programming at The Shane Center for YOUR RIDER.
  • Despite infection control measures taken by SCTH there is a risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • (Of course,) there is also the potential to fall from the horse despite the safety measures and equine training taken by SCTH.
  • Your rider may be at a higher risk due to having an underlying medical condition.
  • Your rider may be at a higher risk because he/she struggles or cannot maintain social distancing.
  • Your rider may be at a higher risk because he/she touches their mouth/face frequently, drools, etc.
  • Riding improves physical fitness, gross & fine motor skills, and self-esteem.
  • Riding encourages fun, friendship, and responsibility.
  • Riding builds trunk control and posture, character and confidence, as well as social skills and communication.
  • During this pandemic especially, riding gives participants opportunities to get outside and participate in a customized therapeutic recreational activity that helps improve the quality of life.
About 10 of you paid for lessons from the previous session, which was interrupted, and the center still owe you lessons. That being said you will have first priority for scheduling if you choose to do so. Otherwise, please consider turning your lesson fee into a charitable gift to SCTH. If you need a refund, we will honor that as well. We ask that all credits be accounted for by the end of summer riding which is August 8.
TO REGISTER FOR MAY RIDING: ( 3 week session May 12-May 30)
  • Email or call me with three preferred days/times
  • Return the attached signed release form via email
  • I will make sure your other annual paperwork is up to date, if not I will send you what needs to be completed.
TUES, WEDS, THURS:  2:30 pm, 3:45 pm, 5 pm, and 6:15 pm
SAT: 10 am, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm
Please call or email me with any questions or concerns. We look forward to serving you again!

Coronavirus Update: April 30th

Hi Everyone!

As we navigate the COVID-19 situation The Shane Center is committed to  following the State of Ohio as well as federal CDC guidelines to keep you safe. You know, as well as I do that this changes daily!
At this point in time, our board of directors has been meeting virtually EACH WEEK to help keep the center funded, our bills paid, and address the huge task of re-opening. The center has been blessed with a Paycheck Protection Program loan to carry us forward over the next couple of months in regards to staffing. We are also very thankful for those who have made donations and financial gifts over the past two months. I am floored by your generosity! We are still in active fundraising mode, seeking grants and individual donations AS well as plans for our 4th Annual Golf Scramble in September, which is still a GO. Even if we have to continue to social distance we have 2 contingency plans to use to keep everyone safe while they have a great time on the golf course AND raise funds for The Shane Center.
I will be sending out some formal guidelines and policies regarding how we plan to re-open, who we can serve, and what we are going to do to keep you (and our staff) safe. 
If you have any questions or concerns, PLEASE don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me. We have been looking at trying to do virtual learning for those that might not be able to return right away and we would love to hear your thoughts on that.
In the meantime, if you don’t follow us on FaceBook, know that we have started a Shane’s Stories in the Stables where we read books to the horses on our YouTube channel. Check it out! 
The link for The Shane Center YouTube Channel if you want to subscribe is:
Stay safe! We miss all of you! The horses are all back in light work in preparation for your return. Jessie, Laura, and I have been keeping them on their toes and even teaching them a few new maneuvers! 
Karen Sanchez  CTRI, ATRI
Executive Director

Coronavirus Update: April 1st

Dear friends,
I hope and pray that you and your families are all healthy and safe. In compliance with the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, The Shane Center will remain closed until at least May 1. There is a real possibility that we could remain closed longer, but our hope is to run a four week spring riding session the month of May. I will be confirming spring riding registrations the week of April 27 if we are indeed able to open. Once the stay at home order is lifted, I do know that some of you are going to want to remain isolated for a bit longer for your own health and safety.

In the meantime, we are busy with very limited staff and one volunteer family taking care of the facility and the horses. We have mandated a COVID-19 Compliance Checklist outlining stringent health and sanitation protocols for the few people who are allowed to come to the center.

I just had a meeting on zoom yesterday with Mindy, Laura, and Jessie and they are all doing well despite the order to stay at home. They have not been to the center since we closed on March 17. We miss each of you and want you to know that we are all ok. 

We would love to hear from you your words of encouragement and testimonials as to what this program means to you. Often, when writing for grants we use bits of testimonies to help foundations and businesses know the impact their donation has on the lives of people in our community.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones!

Karen Sanchez CTRI. ATRI
Executive Director

Coronavirus Update: March 23

Dear Friends,

As you may already know, to do our part to in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus we made the difficult decision on March 17, 2020 to close until April 13. As more information becomes available, we will evaluate whether we need to close for a longer period of time. The changes in daily life we are experiencing are stressful, and even more so to those whose challenges prevent them from understanding what this disruption is all about.

The ongoing crisis has shut down our charitable gaming fundraising activities and stifled our current efforts to seek sponsors for our annual golf scramble. In addition, closing the center has halted riding lesson revenue. This loss of income is significant to our small non-profit who has been a staple in the community for the past 27 years. The Shane Center has very limited financial reserves from which to draw.

Although our operations have ceased, the horses still need cared for and vendors need to be paid. Horses rely on humans to take care of them both physically (grain, hay, water, bedding, shelter, and turn out) and mentally (horses do best with a routine, exercise, and on-going training) to keep them healthy and ready to do an important job. Even if the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health gave a green light for businesses to resume services starting tomorrow, it would take The Shane Center a minimum of one-two weeks to get employees and volunteers back on the job, client schedules organized, and horses prepared for therapeutic riders.

If you are able, we are asking for your help by making a financial contribution today. If you are going to participate in our 4th Annual Golf Scramble scheduled for September 26, 2020, please consider a sponsorship opportunity or team registration now. Thank you. May God bless you and keep you safe during these uncertain times. If there is anything The Shane Center can do for you please let us know.