About NDR Therapeutic Riding

We improve the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs.

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image: man in wheelchair with a smile hugging a horse

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What We Do at NDR Therapeutic Riding

NDR Therapeutic Riding is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. NDR provides equine-assisted activities (EAA) for people with disabilities/limitations ages 4 and up. It is composed of structured interactions between PATH and EAGALA Certified Instructors, participants, horses and volunteers.

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We have caring staff to help with individual needs

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We work at each participant’s ability level

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We select, train and maintain our horses to promote safety and responsiveness

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We work hard to develop a positive and structured learning environment to develop trust

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The Story of How NDR Therapeutic Riding Began

NDR Therapeutic Riding is located at “No Drama Ranch” in Norco, CA. NDR Therapeutic Riding originated in 2010 when Peppermint Ridge, a large residential facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Corona, CA, asked the owners of No Drama Ranch, Joe and Donna Hyde, to develop a therapeutic adaptive riding program.

Realizing the huge need, the Hyde’s accepted the challenge. Donna Hyde became an instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). She is certified as both a PATH Instructor and in PATH Mental Health and Learning. Donna obtained additional certification through Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) for Equine-Assisted Activities. Donna has been providing therapeutic adaptive horsemanship and other equine-assisted activities ever since to “Ridge Riders” and other participants ages 4 and up!

We provide a safe environment

Safety First!

NDR Therapeutic Riding provides a very safe, warm and organic environment. Our primary focus is to provide experiential learning to optimize outcomes. Every participant is required to wear a helmet and gait belt. Riding helmets reduce the risk of serious head/brain injury. Gait belts can supply additional support and safety ultimately preventing potential fall or injury. All NDR volunteers receive in-depth safety training to enhance their ability to assist each participant.

Additional training is provided to aid volunteers to be aware of rules for working around horses for their own safety and wellbeing.

NDR also utilizes several adaptive tools (color coded reins, saddles/stirrups, permanent two-sided mounting platform and lift system) to assist participants in safely optimizing their individualized goals.

Our Board and Staff

Meet the Valuable People Behind the Scenes With 40 Plus Years of Experience

Board of Directors

Donna Hyde, PATH Certified & EAGALA Certified

Board of Directors – Executive Director

Pam Myers

Board of Directors - Chairperson

Christine Ullerich, Ed.D – Educational Administration

Board of Directors – Vice Chairperson

Mary Gumbrecht, RN, BSN, PHN

Advisory Board – Secretary

Joseph Hyde

Board of Directors- Treasurer

Martha Gibson, OTR/L, BS – Allied Health

Board of Directors- Internship Program Coordinator

Advisory Board

Mary Gumbrecht, RN, BSN, PHN

Advisory Board - Chairperson

Melissa Weiss

Advisory Board

Jewels Farmer, Realtor

Advisory Board

Staff

Donna Hyde, PATH Certified & EAGALA Certified

Head Instructor/Mental Health & Learning

Tamara Andrew, MS Community Counseling, MS Rural Sociology

Intern Mentor

Marc Ullerich

PATH Instructor in training

Brenda Blecker, BS Biology, Secondary Teaching credential with supplemental credential in Math

Volunteer Coordinator

Joseph Andrew, Cybersecurity Professional, Security +

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Questions?

Are you wondering if adaptive therapeutic riding or equine-assisted activities will work for you?

Reach out to us and we can answer all your questions about our individualized programs at NDR.

What we have done

Noteworthy Qualifications and Accomplishments

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Official Host and Training Camp in 2015

We were so pleased to host the Special Olympic Equestrian athletes as they trained and prepared for competition in the 2015 World Games located in Los Angeles, California.

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NDR Receives 2015 Norco Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award

“On Thursday, January 29, 2016, the Norco Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation & Awards Dinner at the American Legion Post 328 to install the Chamber’s Board of Directors for 2016 and recognize the work of community businesses and Chamber members over the past year….

Business of the Year, an award designed to recognize a member of the Chamber that has made exceptional strides and significant efforts in the community over the past year, was presented to Donna Hyde, owner of NDR Therapeutic Riding. Hyde has spent more than 30 years working with people with disabilities and developed her business in order to provide unique treatment through horseback riding that has proven to be incredibly successful and effective. The program has garnered more than 60 clients, and their facility became the training site for the Special Olympic U.S. equestrian team.”
(As published by the Norco Chamber of Commerce)

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