Prospect Riding Center Inc.
34250 SR 70- East
PO BOX 424
MYAKKA CITY FL 34251-0424
Prospect Riding Center offers Therapeutic and Recreational Directed equine activities, for enhanced well being, to those with special needs while welcoming the extended family, care givers and service providers to participate.
To enhance not only the independence in the life of the participant but extend to those they are attached to by creating memories that continue to nurture beyond the lesson time.
Our vision consists of having the understanding that clients are consumers, and having a long standing belief that animals are good for people, especially children, those with disabilities, the lonely and elderly. We can’t deny the value of therapeutic riding that is relatively inexpensive, generally backed by society, understood by animal lovers and apparently free from adverse effects. 
Prospect Riding Center provides a unique, physical, social, personal Equine interaction, with each occasion being a joyous experience in a safe outdoor ranch setting.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Susan Tambone
Board Chair Affiliation not applicable
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter 2013View
Other Documents
New Site PlanView
Service Mark Ceterification from StateView
Impact Statement
Prospect Riding Center is a PATH International Member Center.  Our Executive Director recently obtained the Certification for Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.  PRC received its 501c3 designation in April 2013.  Immediately afterward, a signature fundraising event, a trail ride for local riding clubs, was held.  A significant sum was raised at the event which was immediately matched by a single unrelated donor.  That fundraising event laid down a successful template for future events; raised community awareness among people already committed to riding; increased  program volunteers and spread awareness about the program and its facilities among people who are likely to make referrals.    
PRC has also hosted community days, during which therapeutic riding demonstrations were presented.  Medical students, nurses and therapists donated their services.  The blood bank collected significant donations.   PRC has striven to be a community resource; connecting a poor and underserved community with available medical information and services.  While this is not a fundamental part of therapeutic riding, in rural and poor community like Myakka City, it is a vital bridge for our clients and their families towards a healthier life and access to available services. 
PRC made major steps towards becoming a professionally operated not for profit organization; developing the standards and documentation for an effective board, setting policies for volunteers and riders and developing plans for the most effective use of the physical location available to PRC following a detailed Master Plan.
Needs Statement
Prospect Riding Center is a new not for profit and has deepened its Board, developed a larger cadre of volunteers and set important policies to follow in our strategic plan to ensure that it grows. While all of these projects are important, PRC plans to avail itself of the free resources available through both PATH and the Community Foundation. The immediate short term projects consist mainly of improvements to the physical facilities. These include:
  1. A bathroom with handicap accessible features estimated cost 1000
  2. Additional fencing costing 650 which will increase the areas in which our special needs riders can safely ride as well as increase the areas in which regular riders or family can ride or interact with the special needs riders.
  3. Funding for part time administrative staff and IT assistance.
Background Statement
While Prospect Riding Center is a new organization, founded in 2011, its Executive Director and Board have years of experience.  Our collective accomplishments include: working with horses, working with special needs individuals, teaching therapeutic riding, designing lesson plans for riders, working with volunteers, handling aspects of administration of therapeutic riding programs like purchasing,  fundraising, and Board membership of another similar program.  We are experienced in the nuances of running this type of program and are committed to providing services in a unique and more global way.
Prospect Riding Center is a member of PATH International, which is the governing body for therapeutic riding programs, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, founded in 1969 to promote Riding Therapy throughout the United States.

We are invested with the responsibility to deliver the highest quality therapeutic and recreational directed riding, and support safe and ethical practices based on foundation of knowledge and experience, following Path International Standards. We accomplish this with planned use of our equines, allowing as much control in our special setting, suitable for our clients’ needs and with great consideration to the animal’s role. Prospect Riding Center continually assesses facility management including appropriate management of all animals while in service and not in service.
Prospect Riding Center, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization, in Myakka City, Manatee County, Florida. The Organization is only one (1) of 850 facilities that are certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding Horsemanship International. The Organization performs the activities and provides services described to its’ Clients located in Southwest Florida; specifically in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.
Our facility is located on a 38 acre ranch in Myakka City, FL. We are currently building additional facilities for business on the existing property, recently adding our first classroom. The land is an ideal location for Prospect Riding Center. It is roughly 25 minutes from either town to the east and west of us. This provides easy access for our client base without traveling a great distance.   We feature ease of access located on a main road with frontage exposure to public view. There are acres of quiet wooded, maintained trails and varied sized riding areas for rider progression. Offering additional opportunities services for able bodied riders as earned income in order to support our riders with scholarships.

Our clients will be required to show responsible behavior, sharing in ‘real’ work with instructors and volunteers while having the experience of mastering a rewarding skill through nurturing and grooming the horse. Thus receiving satisfaction of being a care giver rather than being solely defined as a care receiver, in a calm pleasurable environment, thus increasing social competence, for those with or without special needs.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments Our facility is located on a 38 acre ranch in Myakka City, FL. We are currently building additional facilities for business on the existing property, presently adding a classroom for 2017 programs. The land is an ideal location for Prospect Riding Center it is roughly 25 minutes from either town to the east and west of us. This provides easy access for our client base without traveling a great distance. We feature ease of access located on a main road with frontage exposure to public view.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Prospect Riding Center is important to the community because its mission will fundamentally resonate with a rural community that needs simple effective therapies that mesh with community values. It' s therapies are understandable, proven and in keeping with the community in which it is offered. PRC has already proven itself to be a good neighbor and a valuable asset. As we grow to meet our mission, PRC will strive to be integral to community growth and the type of fellowship that is needed out 'East'. PRC will be important, not just because it effectively delivers riding therapy within the standards developed by PATH International but because of our desire to innovate in not only the methods of therapeutic riding, but also in the ways that this kind of center uses social media to be a force for integration and knowledge about health care in the community.

Our unique feature is the ‘menu’ of services we offer.

School Age Children
Just out of the gates
Coordinating brain and body movement
Hold Your Horses
Youth ~ a population left to luck, on a basis of chance, needing opportunities.
Realizing ones potential, respecting life in a safe environment.
Wide Eyed Ride
Moms time out (with childcare available).
Experience the symmetry, order and beauty of the horse
Credence Ride
Seniors and those in a certain life stage perspective
Feel renewed energy and a sense of well being
Faith Ride
Letting the horse carry you through motion and releasing the worlds disquiet.
Spirit Ride
Let your spirit free with the spirit of the horse
Sense a stronger self awareness and empathy
Good Cheer Ride
Celebratory riding, be lighthearted, perk up and ride on.
Military Veterans
Bringing about a crusade of support to those who have been called upon to guard, protect and defend. Fulfilling and accomplishing advanced benefits while carrying on activities with equines.
*Budget below reflects the cost per hour.
Budget $150
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Although the following list is not exhaustive, our clients’ interaction with the horses, whether from the ground or directly on horseback, specifically results in: (i) improved balance and coordination; (ii) core muscle development; (iii) increased gross and fine motor skills, (iv) increase in cognition and speech; (v) increased communication; (vi) improvements in social, emotional and behavioral functions; (vii) increase in self-esteem and confidence; (viii) increase improving the potential of individuals with disabilities through increased independence and life skills; and (ix) emotional bonds and connections with the horses.
The unique three-dimensional movement of the horse cannot be simulated in a clinical setting.
For example, the rhythmic motion of a horse is similar the human gait (gait is defined as bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate sinuous movements of different segments of the body with least expenditure of energy). In this case, the EAAT re-educates the muscles and nerves; teaching how to improve balance and coordination.
Long Term Success Some of the lessons include grooming, nutrition and care of the horses which teaches the Clients about caring for another living being. Furthermore, such lessons lead to a bond between the Client and the Horse and results in an increased self-esteem and understanding and improvement of certain life skills.
As a Client progresses, more advanced EAAT may be applied and the results are improved accordingly. Graduated exercises are also designed to teach social and behavioral skills providing physical, emotional, social, and educational challenges, as well as building self-esteem.
Program Success Monitoring After each EAAT session, a Client is evaluated by the Trainer and the volunteers. We have evaluation forms used for such purposes. Additionally, the Organization periodically issues “Rider Progress Assessments” that record the Clients’ progress over a certain
period of time. Both of these evaluations assist us in improving the therapy as well as improving the overall activity of the Organization.
Program Success Examples
Samples of our Testimonies:

Wow, what can I say about Three T’s Ranch and Prospect Riding Center. I cannot think of a more relaxing and therapeutic environment for what you do. Your equine are so calming and beautiful. A day at the ranch is all anyone needs to begin the process of healing. Can’t wait until our next trip to visit you all.

DeEtt M. Bailey, MSW

Community Relations Specialist

Safe Place Coordinator

Family Resources, Inc.

361 6th Avenue West

Bradenton, Florida 34205

941-708-5843 / Fax 941-741-3578

Prospect Riding Center is a judgement-free zone where everyone is treated with patience, respect, a generosity of spirit, and faith that their potential is both attainable and worth reaching for. What our clients gained by their visit to the Center cannot be expressed in words.
Second Chance-Last Opportunity
P.O. Box 1027
Sarasota, FL 34230
"Prospect Riding Center is an exceptional place to be. Susan Tambone is an experienced PATH International Instructor who provides a safe and fun atmosphere to her students and their caregivers. We appreciate her hard work and dedication and we always look forward to our next visit."
Pam Hennessey, Volunteer
My son is doing better than I could have ever imagined since starting with The Prospect Riding Center. It has given him confidence, better balance and a place where he can be himself.
Parent of Participant
Program Comments by Organization
Approximately 70% of Prospect Riding Center's time is devoted to providing equine-assisted activities and therapies (“EAAT”) to the Organization’s participants. EAAT, as practiced by our Organization and elsewhere throughout the world is always preformed with the assistance of, and in the presence of, equine partners; which are generally horses but can also include mules.
In most cases an individual’s disabilities will not limit them from interacting with horses and such interaction has a positive impact on the Clients. Generally, EAAT is a form of physical education, which draws from elements of special education, occupational therapy/education and physical therapy. EAAT teaches those with disabilities the skills to improve physical, emotional and social, abilities by utilizing the horse-human partnership.
 According to the United States Census Bureau, of the 53.9 million school-aged children (aged 5 to 17) in the U.S., approximately 2.8 million (5.2 percent) were reported to have a “disability” in 2010. The statistics in Florida as to the number of school aged children that have a disability are higher than the U.S. average and estimated to be 6.25% of all school aged children.
Furthermore, according to the School Boards in in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Hardee Counties, the total number of school aged children with disabilities is approximately 18,000.
The total number of individuals (aged 5 and up) in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Hardee Counties with disabilities are estimated to be approximately 150,000.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 60
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
PRC has since its inception collaborated with various not for profits, including;
Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Youth Division
YMCA Adventure Guides Families
Adult Boy Scouts with Special Needs Troop
Second Chance Last Opportunity
Family Resources of Manatee County
Safe Place
Gulfcoast Girl Scouts
Mighty Fine Stock 4H
CYD Boys and Girls Club
Apple Benevity UTC
All of the above Organizations have experienced at an introductory level Therapeutic Riding.
Myakka City Foundation has sponsored PRC Open houses and likewise PRC has sponsored Myakka City Foundation events.
We are a designated Safe Place2b, affliated with Bradenton Safe Place 2b. We have had consumers from their Bradenton location here for introductory Therapeutic Riding.
Florida Farm Bureau2007
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization2011
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Safe PlaceSafe Place 2 Be2012
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Special Event Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
  • Approximately 70% of Prospect Riding Center's time is devoted to providing equine-assisted activities and therapies (“EAAT”) to our participants (“Clients”).
  • Community Outreach and Education: 10% of the Organization’s time is devoted to Community Outreach . Community Outreach includes educating local individuals, groups, schools and businesses about the benefits of the Organization and specifically the Therapy. The Community Outreach programs will have some overlap with the Fundraising programs.Fundraising: We anticipate that 10% of the Organization’s time will come from various means of fundraising, including individual and corporate donations, local government, civic groups and special events.
  • Administration: 5% of the Organization’s time is devoted to Administration (board meetings, correspondence, accounting, records keeping).
  • Miscellaneous Volunteer Services: 5% of the Organization’s time is devoted to general maintenance, building restoration.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Recently, Prospect Riding Center was selected by The Patterson Foundation as one of only four nonprofits in a 4-county region to participate in an 18-month journey to develop and implement a business plan that will open our center up to the general public for recreational horseback riding. Through this entrepreneurial initiative, we will have the unique opportunity to boost our revenue and expand our mission impact. As a result of our hard work to date over the past several months, we are now well prepared to implement this new plan and take our organization to new trails!
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Prospect Riding Center has continual Media coverage since conception. Bradenton Herald acknowledged us in many ways. SRQ Magazine had one of our Therapy Horses photos in a summer issue.  We were featured with photo coverage repeatedly in Manatee Chamber of Commerce magazine, 'Current'. Life Legacy Video provides our YouTube videos as In-Kind gifts. Myakka Livin'  supports our events by highlighting us in our local free newspaper
Just recently Manatee Educational TV was on site for our first Fun Ride Fundraiser. They provided complete coverage and interviewed, Volunteers and Participants, as well as myself CEO.
Board Chair
Board Chair Susan Tambone
Company Affiliation not applicable
Board Term May 2013 to Apr 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Zoe Gavette Community Youth Development
Michelle Hulbert Manatee County School
Laurie Kealing Retired
Ginny Pellizzaro Windward Design Group
Mary Ann Romanello retired Special Education teacher
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization Prospect Riding Center's activities are both charitable and educational. The Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies provided by Prospect Riding Center improves the quality of life and contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and well-being of the participants. Additionally, the therapy assists the participants in building
strength, life skills and independence so that they are able to and learn to become more productive citizens in the community. Participants’ improved functional skills benefit their families, neighborhoods and schools, as well as ease pressures on the medical, welfare and justice systems, which leads to a stronger workforce and healthier communities.
The increased demand for services, new Clients, additional therapy horses, new equipment and tack is a continual challenge. Accordingly, public and private support is becoming increasingly necessary for Prospect Riding Center, Inc. to continue to serve the mentally, psychologically, and socially challenged children and adults of Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto and Hardee Counties.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $64,111.00
Projected Expenses $40,717.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$31,420$26,707$9,202
Administration Expense$11,276$3,483$2,068
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.131.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%88%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,783$1,102$2,638
Current Assets$5,652$1,102$2,638
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$3,409
Total Net Assets$8,783$1,102($771)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $19,597Lessons $17,764Lessons $7,551
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $15,814Fundraising $7,492Contributions, gifts, grants $3,190
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $8,914Contributions, gifts, grants $5,968Fundraising $1,952
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----0.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
If broken down per hour of Equine Assisted Activities provided, the actual cost to the Organization is approximately $120 per hour, which does not factor in countless volunteer hours.
Funding for the Organization so far has primarily come from individual donors and program service fees. Program service fees charged by the Organization are average when compared to similar PATH certified facilities. Specifically, our program service fees $25.00 per half hour and $40.00 per hour for EAAT. The program service fees equate to approximately 25% of the actual cost of each session; therefore, we will be required to attain the remaining funds from the fundraising activities. Scholarships. Notwithstanding, the program service fees that are generally paid by the Clients, Prospect Riding Center will not turn away a individuals for their inability to pay. Financial aid and scholarships are available. For some families 25% is too much, so a ‘call to action’ request is put out to the Organization’s supporters designating tuition monies awarded in scholarships. Sponsors record their pledge and scholarship gift.
Fiscal Responsibility. Prospect Riding Center strives to keep program fees at an affordable level for all.
Financial Comments by Foundation Federal 990s for 2011 and 2012 provided by the organization do not include any financial information; accordingly, financial data for those years has been taken from the compilations.  Financial information for 2013 - 2015 has been taken from the organization's 990-EZ.
Nonprofit Prospect Riding Center Inc.
Address 34250 SR 70- East
PO BOX 424
MYAKKA CITY , FL 34251 0424
Phone 941 713-1736