2014 Annual Report



2014 Annual Report
In 2014,
because of you
My child
learned to talk,
does not cry every day,
is growing more confident daily,
is losing weight, & getting stronger.
“Because of you
We hope and dream for our
daughter and her success
without being reminded of her
Annual Report
You put 286 riders in the saddle
weekly sessions plus 109
students in the saddle
on horsemanship field days.
Client Ages
Primary Condition
18-54 36%
55+ 3%
3-17 61%
Autism Spectrum 35%
Other 20%
Intellectual 13%
Cerebral Palsy 12%
Chromosomal 10%
Developmental Delay 10%
Counties Served
Harris 67%
Fort Bend 18%
Montgomery 11%
Brazoria 2%
Galveston 1%
Waller 1%
Austin 1%
Washington 1%
Since Michael started riding, he is
able to focus for longer periods of
time and listen to instruction better.
He has gained more self-confidence,
friends. When he is at SIRE, he feels
like he belongs.
You fostered pride in the 59 riders who won
143 awards, including 21 1st-place belt buckles at the
2014 Top Hands Horse Show sponsored by the Houston
Rodeo. From our 37 Special Olympics riders, you
inspired 56 gold-medal performances.
You gave peace to 12 military veterans
and their families attending family days at SIRE.
SIRE is an approved service site for the Wounded Warrior
Project and the Mission Continues.
You gave strength to 94% of our riders,
improved the outlook for 97%, and
gave friends to 88%*.
Riding is the one thing that truly motivates my son. He has
fallen in love with his horse and I see him telling her secrets
when he rides.
With your help, 34
therapy horses enabled
hundreds of people
with special needs to
Ride Beyond.
You built the future of therapeutic
horsemanship, teaching 169 people through
SIRE’s Education and Training program
and made a difference
In 2014, SIRE provided services to professionals
from South Korea (here and in Korea) and in Argentina.
* from the 2014 Client
Survey with 67 reporting.
Financial Results
Special Events
Foundations &
Lease Conversion
Total Income
Total Expenses
You inspired the highest
levels of service. An all-time high of
7,480 session hours was provided in 2014 to
SIRE’s special needs clients. By increasing
service levels and controlling expenses, we
were able to deliver services at 18% less total
cost than in 2013.
During the year, portions of the line of
credit were used to manage cash flow. The
budget for 2015 remains conservative and
cash flow is closely monitored. Land debt
was refinanced to eliminate the balloon
payment at the end of the previous loan
agreement and to provide more favorable
terms. SIRE converted a monthly lease of a
cell phone tower to a single cash payment,
which helped with cash flow and has allowed
SIRE to establish a contingency fund. The
$725,000 value of volunteer hours is not
included in the financial statements.
2015 Board of Directors
Sabrina Shumsky, President
Cheryl Nelson, Vice-President
Rocky LeAnn Pilgrim, Vice-President
Darren Williams, DVM, Secretary
Renée Adair, Treasurer
Cody Hogue, Past President
Frank Brooks
Gloria Hogue
Anna Irion
Pat Roddy
Molly Sweeney
Advisory Council
Christopher Boutros, DVM
Bill Collier, DVM
Chris Cool
Mike Dillingham
Bobby J. Horton
Johnny Mancuso
Keith O’Connor, MA, CCC-SLP
Mark Raisbeck
David Reznicek
Richard White
Executive Director
Kyra Randall
You can trust SIRE
to value your contributions.
More than 79¢ of every dollar spent goes
to programs.
Great Nonprofits Top Rated
BBB Accredited Charity
GuideStar Gold Rated
Service Delivery Details
SIRE’s cost to provide services to
a client for a year
SIRE’s cost to provide a session
Regular tuition per session
Subsidy provided all clients
$123 or 69%
Average fee per session
Clients receiving tuition assistance
Financial aid (above general subsidy)$46,000
Thanks to you, we celebrated!
Long-time SIRE donor Mary Elizabeth Sand chaired
SIRE Under the Stars, presented by Central Houston
Audi, at the River Oaks Country Club in March. This
event raised $156,448 for SIRE.
Thank you to John and Jane Mancuso,
Ride Beyond Gala Honorary Chairs, and to
our Title Sponsor, Beck and Masten Auto
Group. We raised nearly 40% more than the
year before in our silent auction! Thank you as
well to our Ride Beyond Sponsors, Richard C.
and Nancy White and Jim and Jane Wise. The
gala grossed $263,855.
We raced to the Alamo
Drafthouse in August to watch
Hidalgo and raise $14,260.
A glorious dawn welcomed hundreds of riders and
volunteers to the 22nd Annual CGG Ride-a-thon last
October. Thank you to the Reznicek’s for yet again
donating the use of beautiful 7iL Trails. All told, we
rustled up $110,000 in support of SIRE.
You brought national recognition.
Congratulations to Christopher “C.C.” Chan,
PATH International Adult Rider of the Year.
There are times when hard work is combined with a joyful spirit, and
when that happens, the result is a person of rare ability. C.C. is a true
delight to everyone he rides with, the volunteers, and instructors. When
C.C. first started riding, he needed maximum assistance from two tall,
strong sidewalkers and could ride for only 20 minutes. Now C.C. rides
almost independently even at the trot. C.C. loves competition and has accumulated quite a collection of ribbons and trophies.
paraphrased from C.C.’s nomination
We thank our
$25,000 or more
Beck and Masten Auto Group,
John and Sharon Beck
Discount Tire's Regional
Philanthropy Program, Driven to
The George Foundation
Bryan and Cheryl Nelson
Molly O. Sweeney
The Wallace Family Foundation
Richard and Nancy White
$15,000 to 24,999
Audi Central Houston
Jenny Booth
Otis Booth Foundation
Brooks and Sparks, Inc., Westbelt
Surveying, Frank and Glynis
CGG Services, Inc.
The Cockrell Foundation, Richard
and Carol Curran
Houston Golf Association
NuTech Energy Alliance LTD, Allen
and Linnie Howard
William and Marie Wise Family
Foundation, William and Marie
$10,000 to 14,999
Michael and Barbara Coleman
Bob Creasy & Pat Roddy
Dow Chemical Co. Foundation
Fearnley Offshore LLC, Herman
and Wenche Flinder
Fort Bend Junior Service League
Barry Goldware
Hamman Foundation, George
and Mary Josephine
Albert and Ethel Herzstein
Charitable Foundation
Mayde Creek Animal Health
Center, Darren Williams and
Carrie Dolezal
William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill
Fred and Mabel R. Parks
Forrest and Lauren Roth
Nils and Mary Elizabeth Sand
Saudi Refining Inc.
Waste Management of Texas, Inc
Jeremy and Christine
Jim and Jane Wise
$7,500 to 9,999
Burguieres Family Foundation
Andrew and Meridith Davis
Jon and Genna Evans
Guy and Judith Hunter
Mancuso Harley-Davidson, Team
Mancuso Power Sports, John
and Jane Mancuso
The Strake Foundation
$5,000 to 7,499
Stan and Lynne Brown
Clarksons Shipping Services USA,
Linda Clifford
The Coneway Family Foundation
FEMCO, Marvy and Elaine Finger
Fort Bend Cares Foundation
Geospace Technologies
Jones Day
Liatis Foundation
The Robert and Janice McNair
Memorial Drive Presbyterian
Heather Moody
Dan and Leah Peed
Janice Rogers
Thomas and Jan Simmons
Spindletop International
TGS-NOPEC Geophysical
Union Pacific Foundation
Vivian Wise
Major Gifts-in-Kind
7IL Trails
Cotton Club Collection
Lauren Diggans
Innovative Concepts Group
Lansdowne-Moody Company LP
Mike & Laura Marshall
Cheryl Nelson
Kathy Oliver
Page International
Mary Elizabeth Sand
Debbie Sweren
Texas Business Theatre
Vivian Wise
SIRE Sustainers those who give
each month or quarter
Congratulations to
Renée Adair, PATH
International Zone 8
Volunteer of the Year.
Andy Blackburn
Boss Hoss Cycles Houston
James & Peggy Brewer
Mary Brezina
Renee Cater
(Pictured right.)
Jim Healy
Douglas & Dianne Jones
William Mize
Heather Moody
Bryan & Cheryl Nelson
Kimberly Perez
Janice Rogers
George and Holly Strapulos
Brock Wagner
Rodney Wetzel
Richard & Nancy White
Mary Woodling
343 SIRE volunteers gave 32,150 hours in 2014, worth
“I am constantly amazed at the magic of the connection
between the horse and rider that SIRE provides.”
“Being friendly to volunteers and clients is a very big
strength. You will always feel welcome. Also, the horses have
great lives at SIRE. They are happy, healthy, and improving all
the time.”
“Seeing the light in each client's eyes as they are working
with the horses is pure joy.”
Three U.S. centers were selected by the Institut
Français du Cheval et de l’équitation to study the best
therapy horses, SIRE was one.
SIRE is one of eight horse facilities in Texas to be
commended by the Equus Foundation for exemplary
horse care.
Research by the MS Society and the University of
Texas Medical Branch continues at SIRE.
Institutions Served,
Collaborators and Partners
Avondale House
Aldine ISD
Houston ISD
Klein ISD
Tomball ISD
Waller ISD
Bethesda Lutheran Home
Lone Star College School of Nursing Institut Français du Cheval et de
The University of Texas Medical
Branch Galveston, department of Dow Chemical Company
Occupational Therapy
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Grace Fellowship Church
Wounded Warrior Project
Mission Continues
Tri County Veterans Group
Rice University
Richmond State Supported Living
Center (RSSLC)
Montgomery County Juvenile
Probation Department
Yes Prep Academy
Riders’ Addresses
The mission of SIRE is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through
therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies and educational outreach.
SIRE Hockley
24161 Spring Drive
Hockley, TX 77447
SIRE Spring
4610 Sloangate
Spring, TX 77373
SIRE Fort Bend
Richmond State
Supported Living Center
2100 Preston Street
Richmond, TX 77469
[email protected]

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