Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Inc.
P O Box 13155
Lexington KY 40583
Contact Information
Nonprofit Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Inc.
Address P O Box 13155
Lexington, KY 40583
Phone (859) 231-7066
Fax 859 252-5016
Email pat@ckrh.org
Contact Name Pat Kline
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2010
Former Names
Central Ky Riding for the Handicapped
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We happily accept Financial, In-Kind donations, and have just initiated a new Planned Giving Program. These may include Annual Fund contributions, NIGHT OF THE STARS gala sponsorship or making CKRH the proceeds' beneficiary of a community event. In-kind can include donations of auction items to NIGHT OF THE STARS gala, used tack & barn supplies to the annual Tack Sale or donated good & services such as vaccines, office supplies, etc.) for general operating needs. Our Planned Giving Program includes Wills/Bequests, Insurance Policies, and being the beneficiary of a Trust or Annuity.
Volunteer information can be found on our website: www.ckrh.org for either barn/lesson staff support or admin/special event (non-horse) needs. 
Financial Summary
Mission Statement Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) is dedicated to enriching our community by improving the quality of life and health of individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral disabilities through therapeutic activities with the horse.
Background Statement CKRH began as a grass roots partnership between a health practitioner (Dr Peter Bosomworth) and a few horse lovers in 1981 with borrowed animals and four clients. The original objective was to offer an alternative to traditional machine-based or table-top physical/occupational therapy by using the three-dimensional movement of the horse (more comparable to a human’s natural stride) as a treatment option for special needs children. The first classes were so successful that those involved decided to press on, and CKRH was given use of a converted tobacco barn at the newly established Kentucky Horse Park. In 1987, we became nationally accredited as a riding center by PATH Iternational (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, formerly NARHA), and in 1998, attained Premier Accredited Center status which is still maintained today.
Impact Statement
2013 Accomplishments:

1) CKRH provided more than 2,825 sessions of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies in 2014. This is an increase of over 350% in five years (2009) since our occupation of the new facility. 
2)  August 2014 marked the beginning of the 3rd year of STABLES, the school year partnership with Fayette County Public Schools that incorporates horses into the curriculum for students in grades 7-12. CKRH has a full-time instructor to assist FCPS on-site teachers and coordinate the equine curriculum around core content classes and the electives necessary to graduate. As of November 2014, 56 students are enrolled, a 95% increase over the 2013 school year.
3) CKRH and the Kentucky National Guard have created a partnership that is an innovative example of the military joining forces with a local community organization.  Through this joint effort, 267 service men and women participated in Equine Facilitated Mental Health programs between February-September 2013 to tackle personal challenges related to PTSD, brain injury or resiliency training.
4) CKRH was chosen as Commerce Lexington's 2013 Non-Profit Oragnziation of the Year. To be considered for the award, an organization must achieve excellence in service delivery, fundraising efforts, community  impact, return on donor investment, and ability to engage/retain volunteers.  
Goals for 2014:
1) To increase fundraising and sponsorship revenue by 15%;
2) To upgrade our technology systems, specifically server capacity and newer software programs;
3) To continue upgrades within our Equine Herd;
4) To assess realistic capacity levels for core services.
Needs Statement
1) To obtain more annual gala sponsors, specifically one Gold ($20,000), one Silver ($10,000), and one Bronze ($5,000). NIGHT OF THE STARS provides nearly 20% of revenue for the yearly operational budget. 
2) To raise sufficient funds for program expansion with partners such as NeuroRestorative Rehabilitation Services, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, Urban Impact and the Catholic School system. The cost of each  partner session is projected at $6,500.
3) To implement recommendations by NetGain for IT capacity building, specifically $6,700 to upgrade server capabilities and $3,500 for software. 
4) To support Horse Care. Maintaining a high quality of health care for these beloved animals is essential...the annual cost to support one horse working in weekly sessions is $3,000. CKRH has a current herd of 33 working horses, including 5 miniatures.
5) To secure $7,500 for host site expenses related to continuing education programs. CKRH will offer two PATH national certification workshops for Instructors-in-Training/licensed therapists during 2014. Tracking demographics from previous workshops, the majority of participants came from the Southeast and Midwest regions of the US, which indicates that CKRH is an emerging national hub for industry training.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
"I think our state is very well known for it's equine industry. We are the component of the equine industry that really connects humans and horses working as a team that benefits mankind." 
-Pat Kline, Executive Director  
Board Chair Statement
"Many special moments happen at CKRH every year. A CKRH participant in Pony Club earns a badge, a rider in Special Olympics whose big smile indicates her pride in remembering the course, a STABLES student who walks just a little taller because he is able to go by himself to turn out his horse. It is the accomplishment of a young rider who finally is allowed to trot or an eight-year-old who speaks her first words. Every achievement is important. The horses at CKRH are beloved by our participants, whether they're three-years old or 70, and we want our community to better understand just how special CKRH really is. So many services we offer are on a sliding-scale basis because most of our families are stretched to the limit with so many other costs....that's why we need our community to help us keep this an affordable option for them."
-Robert Blitch, Board President
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Single Organization Support
Tertiary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Equestrian
Geographic Areas Served
CKRH primarily serves participants from Fayette, Scott, Woodford, Bourbon, Jessamine, Madison and Clark counties. We have occasionally worked with participants from further outlying counties (Anderson, Grant, Harrison, Nicholas, Powell.)
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Overall, our goals are to increase community awareness that equine therapy is a valid, safe, nurturing health treatment for people with disabilities; and to offer feasible opportunities for equine and non-equine organizations to support our efforts.
Specifically, we will strive over the next year to accomplish the following goals:
1)To continue the upgrade of our Equine Herd so we can better serve our growing, diverse population.
2) To adequately assess our current & future organizational capacity, and adjust accordingly so that we do not deplete human, equine or financial resources.
3) To correct IT deficiencies so that we can manage our facility, program services and personnel more efficiently.
4) To increase the number of non-equine partners in our constituency.
5) To market CKRH impact more thoroughly in the community.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
Clearly, many of the specific goals noted above have similar strategies to accomplish their ends (i.e. wider marketing efforts can bring awareness to non-equine corporate prospects.)
As to specific strategies, they are as follows:
1) Equine Herd: We have two staff members who assess equine health & soundness regularly. As horses need to be retired due to age or soundness issues, previous inquiries from people who want to donate their horse are contacted to begin assessments (we keep a running list of horse donation prospects.) Generally, staff will start 3-6 months out from a projected retirement date to find a replacement. Our issue is not a limited prospect pool (we get several calls a week about horse donations), rather, whether  the prospect will be a good fit as an equine therapist? A three-stage assessment process is in place: Telephone Interview (for initial intake details), Site Visit to observe prospect in home setting (and assess  temperament, soundness or recurring health issues), and the 90 Day Trial Period at CKRH if prospect seems workable. Through such diligence, we're able to winnow out prospects that won't work and incorporate new equines in a thoughtful, safe manner.
2) Program Assessment: Currently, the Board is working on the new Strategic Plan which focuses on expanding Board demographics (to better meet the expanded needs of the program), fundraising capacity (evaluate how to best allocate resources) and assessing space usage (how can we better use this facility as an income earner without further depleting staff). Program staff are currently assessing the 2014 program calendar to see what adjustments need to be made to maintain reasonable working hours.
3) Infrastructure: Because the facility is so new (finished in 2011), the focus is primarily on upgrading IT systems, which has already been outlined in previous sections. Facility maintenance records, program data and personnel (staff & volunteer) records are slowly being transferred into virtual files, and we are researching financial opportunities to address this issue. 
4) Non-Equine Partners: In 2013, CKRH joined Commerce Lexington to become better acquainted with local non-equine industries and identify mutually beneficial marketing opportunities. As we begin to make headway here, we are also considering how to market our facility as seminar/ conference site option for local companies, as we have sufficient space (conference area, commercial kitchen, Audio/Visual capacity) to support a working group of 75-100 individuals.
5) Marketing; Staff is developing a marketing plan which will include a presence in more non-equine venues, such as social media, commerce & health publications, and cooperative marketing efforts with corporate partners. Recent examples of the latter include St John & Meyer's Gingerbread House exhibition (Nov/Dec 2013) and BD Mongolian Grill, Ruby Tuesday and City BBQ dinner proceeds (Fall 2013.)
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
1) We have 33 years experience in our industry, and are a Premier Accredited PATH International Center, which requires strict adherence to operational certification standards.
2) Program staff (therapists/equine instructors) hold current state/national licenses or certifications. Senior staff on average has held their current position for more than 7 years; year-round volunteers (now closing-in on 200 per week) have typically been with us for 3 years or more...some as long as 15 years!
3) Our facilities are state-of-the-art, including multiple riding arenas (indoor/outdoor), comfortable horse stalls for 20 equines, 11 well-fenced paddocks with automatic watering troughs & large run-in sheds for weather protection, 5 grooming bays, 2 wash bays, specialty areas (Vet Room, Tack Room, Feed Room), an outdoor Sensory Trail,  3 classrooms, 1 Therapy Room, a Family Observation area, 2 meeting rooms (1 large/1 small), a Volunteer/Program Staff room, administrative offices and a lobby area. We also have a large Hay Shed adjacent to the barn which offers drive-through access for large hay trucks and ample storage space.
4) CKRH has a therapeutic riding center located in the Horse Capital of the World, which is an ideal blend with the culture of our community.
5) In 32 years of existence, we have never experienced major financial setbacks, litigation or community ill-will. We attribute that to strong financial stewardship....only spending what resources are available to us, not projected pledges. It's best exemplified by our recent $4M capital campaign which took 6 years to complete....we built the facility in stages as funds became available, and stayed in our over-crowded previous site until the new facility was sufficiently functional not to disrupt programming.
6) We have numerous, on-going community partners with local health, education, military and social service industries.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
Quantitative Indicators to be Measured:
* Increase in overall Revenue $'s (what specifically increased...Annual Fund? Gala fundraising? New Grant Partners?)
* Increase # of Contributors (what % corporate?)
* Change in # of Annual Participants (which programs have higher demand for service? Is adult population increasing?)
* Change of Annual Volunteers (#, gender, length of service, source...where did they learn about us?)
* Changes in Equine Herd (# retired? # acquired? breed type?)
* Change in # of Annual Site Rentals (who rented? how many rentals?)
* Change in # of Media coverage articles (# of articles?)
Qualitative Indicators to be Measured:
* Usage of Staff Time (how much more time can go to program planning/implementation with better IT capacity & record keeping options?)
* Facility Usage (who & what activities are the best candidates for site rentals that won't disrupt programming or make demands on staff?)
* Marketing (what new venues were successful? who/what do we need to expand our community message?)
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

As noted on page 2 in the Statement/Search Criteria section, CKRH has made exponential leaps over the past four years. We have completed and now operate from a full-service facility which has enabled us to expand programming and partnerships with local organizations. We have proportionately kept our revenue/expense ratio in check, and stand on solid financial footing. We have added to our staff with experienced, dedicated personnel who work far more than 40 hours a week without complaint, month after month. We have upgraded our Equine Herd in both numbers and abilities with safe, kind horses to meet increased service demand. We have expanded our national reputation as a credible resource for industry training & certifications, and, to us most importantly, maintained goodwill amongst our participants and the community at large.
So, where do we improve? We need a stronger Board of Directors with business planning skills. We need more connections to the local corporate community for revenue and marketing opportunities. We need more certified PATH International Instructors to help with program supervision. We need time to process all this fast growth, and to plot a course of how we both sustain and grow this marvelous organization called CKRH. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Brad Scroggin
Company Affiliation Ryder Supply Chain Solutions
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mr. Chris Baker WinStar FarmVoting
Mr Michael Banahan Darley AmericaVoting
Mr David Beck CPABrandstetter Carroll, IncVoting
Mr Stuart Bennett Jackson Kelly, PLLCVoting
Mr Robert Blitch Lexmark Int'lVoting
Dr Rebecca Bosomworth MDWestside PediatricsVoting
Ms Cammie Brunker Halcyon FarmVoting
Ms Susan Bunning EsqEquine Equity Partners, LLCVoting
Mr. Adam Campbell Blue and Co., LLCVoting
Mr Charles (Tom) Creech Charles T Creech, IncVoting
Ms. Terri Johnson KY Leagues of CitiesVoting
Mrs. Alicia Smith Kazee Community VolunteerVoting
Miss Elizabeth Leatherman CPABarr,Anderson & Roberts, PSCVoting
Dr Peter Morressey BVS, MACVRood & Riddle Equine HospitalVoting
Ms. Martha Jane Mulholland JDMulholland Springs FarmVoting
Mr. Richard Nunnelly Stoll Keenon OgdenVoting
Ms Amy Owens Community VolunteerVoting
Mr Brad Scroggin Ryder Supply Chain SolutionsVoting
Ms Kari Simon Bon Marche, LLCVoting
Mr Steve Slabaugh PWM InsuranceVoting
Mrs. Linda Willson Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 62%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Stuart Bennett JD
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments
The Board has made significant effort in the past five years to bring more professionals onto its roster, with less concentration from the equine industry. In late 2012, the Board began developing the new Strategic Plan as the former one was completed in December 2010 with all goals successfully addressed.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms Patricia (Pat) T Kline
Term Start Mar 2004
Email pat@ckrh.org

Pat came to CKRH as the interim Development Coordinator in December of 2003, and became the Executive Director in March 2004. Pat holds a B.S. in Education and worked as a Title 1 and regular classroom teacher for 9 years in both New Jersey and Ohio. Pat has an M.S. +30 in Personnel Services specializing in child guidance and taught at The Lexington School for seven years. She served as President of the Parents’ Association at TLS, and was a member of their Executive Committee for 3 years. She chaired their annual Fall Festival twice and served for many years on their fundraising event CELEBRATION. She also served on the Board of Directors at TLS. The position of Development Coordinator was made a permanent position in February of 2004 and later in 2004, Pat became CKRH’s Executive Director.

Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 328
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Ms Nancy Herring June 1990 - Feb 2001
Mr Mark Palmer Feb 2001 - Dec 2003
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

Therapeutic Riding (TR) are mounted activities including traditional riding disciplines or adaptive riding activities conducted by a PATH certified instructor. These sessions are taught in private or group lessons four days a week (Mon, Wed, Thurs and Sat) for approximately one hour. Mounted activities are designed to meet each participant’s individual needs and focus on development of fine/gross motor skills, balance, strength, coordination, tactile senses and basic social interaction.

Budget 214900
Population Served , ,

Hippotherapy (HPOT) is mounted physical, occupational or speech therapies co-facilitated by a licensed therapist and certified PATH instructor for hourly 1-on-1 sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays. A long-term partnership with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, this porgram typically works with neurological/orthopedic outpatients.

Budget 110700
Population Served , ,
Equine Assistes Activities & Therapies (EAAT) is an umbrella term that includes TR and HPOT (as noted above) and these additional categories:

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL): Non-mounted equine activities that pair individuals/smalls groups with a horse for ground activities such as grooming, obstacle courses or team-building exercises under the supervision of a certified instructor, educator or licensed therapist. Examples include Adult Day services with NeuroRestorative, or Special Education curriculum with Fayette/Woodford County Public Elementary Schools (Dixie and Huntertown Schools.)

Equine-Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH): Non-mounted equine activities that focus on mental health issues such a psychotherpy, family counseling and bereavement with partners such as KY National Guard (Combat Veteran's PTSD Resiliency Training), Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (sexual trauma survivors), and Hospice of the Bluegrass (youth bereavement workshop)
Therapeutic Horsemanship (TH): mounted and non-mounted equine activities which develop skills in horse care, handling or riding. Partners include US Pony Club and Special Olympics. 
Budget 325617
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
Kentucky National Guard
Hospice of the Bluegrass
Fayette County Public Schools
UK/EKU Health Sciences
Georgetown/Midway College Equine Scholars
Asbury University
US Pony Club
Neuro Restorative
Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship2011
External Assessments and Accreditations
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - Accreditation2010
Premier Accredited CenterNARHA1998
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $733,750.00
Projected Expenses $650,395.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$329,442$443,931$267,862
Investment Income, Net of Losses$609$1,024--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$301,685$91,266$164,872
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$632,161$647,705$485,330
Administration Expense$83,656$72,399$55,270
Fundraising Expense$73,856$54,665$48,914
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.951.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%84%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%10%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$4,895,810$4,914,324$4,920,834
Current Assets$63,688$87,873$117,794
Long-Term Liabilities$79,424$136,193$165,371
Current Liabilities$2,685$2,655--
Total Net Assets$4,813,701$4,775,476$4,755,463
Form 990s
2014 Form 990
2013 2013 CKRH 990 Final
2012 990
2011 Form 990
2010 990
2009 Form 990
2008 990
2007 990
Audit Documents
2013 2013 CKRH Audit Final
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
Our Special Events such as Night of the Stars, Tack Sale/Trail Ride and Paul Frazer Horse Show continue to provide nearly 37% of annual revenue; 38% comes from contributions/grants; 21% from program fees; and about 4 % from miscellaneous sources (Colostrum Bank proceeds, interest, etc.) We continually search for new partners beyond the equine industry to support operating expenses with a new push in the health & services industries.
Address P O Box 13155
Lexington, KY 40583
Primary Phone 859 231-7066
Contact Email pat@ckrh.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms Patricia (Pat) T Kline
Board Chair Mr Brad Scroggin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ryder Supply Chain Solutions