After two years of thoughtful consideration, planning, and preparation, the Humble Ranch Education & Therapy Center (HRETC) Therapeutic Riding and Camp Programs will be handed over to the Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) organization in 2015, it was announced today by Cheri Trousel, Executive Director HRETC, Bob Dapper, HRETC Board President, and Julie Taulman, Executive Director of STARS. “For the past three years HRETC has been collaborating with STARS and we came to realize that we were serving not only the same local clientele, but additionally many of our volunteers and donors were supporting both organizations. It feels like a natural progression to be proceed down this path” said Trousel.
“This 2014 season finds us celebrating 15 years of providing equine therapy with a sense of accomplishment and gratitude; blended with a bit of sadness as we part with these programs created with so much love and passion by so many dedicated people,” Trousel added. “Yet we look forward with excitement for the possibilities that the future holds with the very qualified STARS team at the helm. “This is a natural fit between our two organizations,” states Julie Taulman, STARS Executive Director. “Our missions are similar; we just use different activities to help our clients with disabilities. Our goal is to build on the great program that Cheri and her staff have put together so that we can continue providing therapeutic and recreational opportunities to individuals with special needs.”
Trousel indicated that the medically based hippotherapy program will continue to be offered at Humble Ranch through Sports Med at Yampa Valley Medical Center but HRETC will no longer be in need of volunteers or donations to facilitate the hippotherapy program.
“It has been our privilege and honor to work with all of our volunteers over the years,” said Dapper. “We are so grateful for their time, energy and financial assistance and invite supporters to move forward with STARS.
STARS Therapy Riding Program will take place at Wandering Creek Ranch located just up the road from Humble Ranch beginning in June, 2015. STARS will offer private and semi-private lessons as well as group riding programs as part of their summer camps. A complete schedule including the new therapy riding program will be available on-line by March 1, 2015 at www.steamboatstars.com and the summer brochure will be mailed home to current STARS and Humble Ranch clients.
About HRETC: Since June of 2000 the Humble Ranch has been home to a Colorado non-profit, The Humble Ranch Educational and Therapy Center (HRETC). The goal of the HRETC is to provide therapeutic activities for individuals with special needs, in a natural environment, outside the confines of a traditional hospital setting.