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National Sports Center for the Disabled



National Sports Center for the Disabled
1801 Mile High Stadium Cir STE1500
Denver CO 80204
970-726-1518

Tax ID/EIN: 84-0738419
Year Founded: 1970
Last Updated 2016-07-11

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

8.5% of our total programs and services are horse-related.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The NSCD enables the human spirit through therapeutic sports and recreation. Each year more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities participate in our programs to learn more about sports and themselves. The NSCD offers lessons in Western or English riding skills and therapeutic recreational activities. Learn basic horse care, grooming, horse health and behavior. Lessons can be booked for individual days or 5-week sessions

Horse-related programs:
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons<br/>Therapeutic Riding involves teaching riding skills to riders with disabilities, with adaptations as needed. The primary goal of therapeutic riding is to learn riding and horsemanship skills. However, as the movement of the horse is inherently therapeutic, riders frequently enjoy secondary benefits such as increased postural control, balance, strength and speech.<br/><br/>Unmounted/ ground therapy – Ground therapy is built around interactions with horses. This type of therapy can be used to assist people with mental and emotional difficulties, including anxiety and mood disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), behavioral challenges, or undergoing life transitions or losses. <br/><br/>Trail rides (summer/ fall only) - Enjoy the fun of riding horseback on our scenic trails. Our one hour trail ride is the ideal way to view the beautiful Rocky Mountains while visiting Grand County, Colorado. <br/><br/>Hippotherapy is occupational, physical or speech therapy using the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy. During a hippotherapy session the movement of the horse is utilized the way a therapy ball or swing is used in traditional therapy. The goals for a client participating in hippotherapy are the same as those within a traditional therapy setting, such as improving postural control, balance, coordination, articulation, cognitive skills and fine or gross motor skills.<br/><br/>Therapeutic Horse Riding Camp<br/>Love horses? Join us at the riding center for our 4-day camp ideal for beginner or intermediate riders. Campers take part in grooming, feeding and tacking. New skills learned while in the arena will be enhanced while out on daily trail rides. Spend 2 nights camping with the horses at the riding center in tents enjoying cookouts and campfires. The final night of camp will be spent in a cabin at the YMCA of the Rockies.<br/><br/>Buckaroo Camp<br/>This exciting 3 day camp includes horseback riding, cookouts, campfires and tent camping at the riding center. Campers will learn to lead, groom, saddle, and ride a horse. All buckaroos come home with a great sense of accomplishment (and yes, they're very tired and very dirty)!<br/>This camp is limited to independent adults and children ages 10 and older.

Non-horse-related programs:
During the summer we also offer: rock climbing, rafting, lake activities, NSCD Moves (obstacle course), kayaking, resort activities (Winter Park Resort), Backpacking, camping and sailing.

During the winter we also offer: rock climbing, NSCD moves (obstacle course), kayaking, alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski bike and Nordic skiing.


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Needs At The Therapeutic Riding Center-

Volunteer Needs Of The Therapeutic Riding Center
Attendance at a volunteer training session is REQUIRED prior to being able to volunteer at the TRC. Below are our needs so far for the summer of 2015:

Date Time Group/ private Volunteers
18-May 10 am-3 pm Set up 10
20-May 10 am-3 pm Set up 10
16-Jun 12:00 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
17-Jun 9 am - 12:00 pm Woods camp 15
18-Jun 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
18-Jun 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
19-Jun 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
19-Jun 10:30 am - 1 pm Adams camp 10
23-Jun 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
24-Jun 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
25-Jun 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
25-Jun 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
26-Jun 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
27-Jun 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Family camp 12
7-Jul 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
9-Jul 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
9-Jul 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
11-Jul 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
11-Jul 10:30 am - 1 pm Adams camp 10
14-Jul 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
15-Jul 1 pm - 3:30 pm Adams camp 19 (8 riders, 5 staff)
16-Jul 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
17-Jul 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
17-Jul 10:30 am - 1 pm Adams camp 10
28-Jul 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
28-Jul 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
29-Jul 1 pm - 3:30 pm Adams camp 19 (8 riders, 5 staff)
30-Jul 12:30 pm - 3 pm Adams camp 10
31-Jul 8:30 am - 11 am Adams camp 10
26-Aug 9 am - 12:00 pm Camp Woods 15

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