News and Events
Volunteer Certification for 2012 - click here for info
Get ready for Volunteer Boot Camp 2012 (No, we aren't going to make you peel potatoes or march through a swamp!) in January and February. Kelly and Jessica have been researching horse handling methodology and are ready to offer outstanding training, designed to keep returning volunteers sharp, and new volunteers armed with information and tools to be safe and effective in their volunteer positions. CHAPS is recruiting volunteers for the following positions:
- Horse leaders for sessions
- Side Walkers for sessions
- Stable help and feeders
- Office Assistants
We are also seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for mornings Monday - Friday.
The 6th annual Volunteer Appreciation Party recognized outstanding contributors to our program.
Outstanding Volunteer for 2010: Paula Durham
Outstanding Intern of the Year: Megan Phillips
Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - CHAPS Executive Director and rider Tahia Grosch made a presentation at the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities annual meeting December 2 in Casper to talk about the benefits of therapeutic riding for persons with developmental disabilities.
NARHA Conference - CHAPS staff attended the NARHA National Conference in Denver November 2-8
New Board Members - We are very happy to welcome two new board members, Barbara Baker, Ann Gardner and Sherry Holmes! Our program is very fortunate to have the support and expertise of these dynamic community leaders!
Fall Horse Show - CHAPS is holding our 3rd annual Fall Horse Show on Friday October 1 at the LaRue Young and Dan Balkenbush arenas, located at our riding center, 501 US Hwy 14 East. This exciting opportunity for our clients to compete and display their skills and talents for their families and friends is made possible by generous donations from the community.
Volunteer Roundup - this is the second in our educational seminars for volunteers, staff, parents, anyone with an interest in therapeutic riding, equine assisted activities and CHAPS. It will be on Wednesday August 25th, 6:00 PM at Sheridan College in the Whitney Building room 150. Refreshments and Pizza will be served and our speakers are Catherine Johnson from KARES/RENEW to talk about working with clients with Autism, and Dr. Kathy Scholljergerdes, LCSW, from the Sheridan VAMC to discuss what to expect from clients presenting with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This event is free to CHAPS volunteers, and there is a $5.00 charge for the public.
Volunteer classes are July 6 and 10. more info.
Chaps will be closed for administrative break July 12 - 17.
CHAPS Polo Cup sponsored by Morton Buildings July 25, 3:00 PM at the Big Horn Equestrian Center.
The 5th annual Volunteer Appreciation Party recognized outstanding contributors to our program:
Outstanding Volunteers for 2009 (tie): Hillary Sexton and Jackie VanMark (voted on by CHAPS volunteers, board of directors, parents and caregivers)
Outstanding Referring Agency for 2009: The Sheridan VA Medical Center
Outstanding Business Partner for 2009: The Holiday Inn INNvolvement Team
for the Community Valentine's Dance at Highland Park Rec Center
on February 12
to benefit the Matt Elliot Memorial Scholarship Fund for Adult
our classroom at the Highland Park Recreation Center on Avon Street
in Sheridan for un-mounted, cold weather equine assisted activities
until May 1, 2010.
Staff travels to Ft. Worth for the NARHA National Conference.
The CHAPS Fall Horse Show
offers a competition opportunity for participants thanks to
generous community support.
CHAPS Power of 500 Club is introduced as an economical opportunity
to invest in CHAPS' future.
staff travels to Greybull for the NARHA State meeting...and
hosts the September Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Business
After Hours with Kassi Catering.
new chapter in CHAPS Horses 4 Heroes begins with a pilot program
for PTSD group sessions meeting weekly at CHAPS..Morton Buildings
sponsors the CHAPS Benefit Polo Cup at the Big Horn Equestrian
participates in the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and becomes partners
with the Gold Buckle Club, who donate a scholarship to CHAPS
at the Saturday night performance.
committees busily prepare for the WYO Rodeo, designing and building
a float and planning to help with the Gold Buckle Club's festivities.
First Federal Savings Bank 'A Night at the Races' is a huge
success, held at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
Horses 4 Heroes veterans program and CHAPS Horses 4 Heroes Kids
for children of deployed service members begins for 2009.
opens for sessions in its classroom at the Whitney Building.
mechanical horse, Elliot Equicizer, a gift from First Federal
Savings Bank and the Elks Club arrives and proves to be a big
help for equine assisted activities in cold weather.
receives funding from numerous foundations to sponsor children
and adults participating in equine assisted activities and therapeutic
riding at CHAPS.
13-18 - Kelly McElwee, Christa Davidson, and Sue Suddith attend
the NARHA National Conference in Anaheim, CA
Suddith named the NARHA Wyoming State Chair
17-18 - CHAPS Equestrian Team, volunteers, and staff attend the
Special Olympics WY Fall Tournament in Casper, WY
9 - Dedication of the Dan Balkenbush Memorial Arena at the 3rd
Annual Open House
13-15 - CHAPS Clients and Volunteers participate at the WYO Rodeo
hosts the NARHA Region 10 Conference at the LaRue Young Arena
at the Races is held at the Sheridan Holiday Inn on Kentucky Derby
Davidson and Sue Suddith attend the NARHA National Conference
in Indianapolis, Indiana
Olympics in Casper, WY at the Natrona County Fairgrounds
Nite at the Races
Suddith, Director, and Stan Legerski, CHAPS Client parent and
volunteer, attend the state conference for Special Olympics coaches
and become certified for Equestrian Events and Unified Sports
in Casper, WY
Fun Day at
CHAPS for Clients and Families
give CHAPS clients and staff a reason to smile
Foundation Donates Scholarships and More to CHAPS
Donated to CHAPS
Suddith Attends the 2005 NARHA conference in Houston, TX
Fun Day October,
29th at CHAPS
at CHAPS, July 9th