Unbridle the Magic!®
Celtic Charms is moving, with all of its horses and critters, from New Jersey to North Carolina.
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...to provide children with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities or disorders a program of individualized equestrian instruction in a safe and supportive, family farm environment and to provide care for equines previously engaged in therapeutic riding activities and for equines in need of assistance due to neglect and/or the inability of previous owners to provide a proper level of care.
We provide opportunities for the professional development of our instructors and volunteers as well as ongoing training of our horses for therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities.”
Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, soon to start operating as a therapeutic equestrian center on a 72-acre quiet farm setting in Albemarle, NC. We started our program in Howell, NJ in 2010 and became a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in 2013.
We are dedicated to bringing joy and personal achievement to children with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities or disorders by teaching all forms of horsemanship including horseback riding, grooming, tacking, equine care and behavior, and general horse information. Students are taught individually and lessons are 45 minutes in duration which includes time for horse care.
Individual riding lessons
Vocational training through schools and group homes
Field trips for school groups, group homes, youth groups, etc.
Children can begin riding at the age of four. All participants must provide a physician's statement showing that it is safe for them to ride. Children between the ages of three and four can be accepted only after careful evaluation; however, they are limited to walk-only, lead-line lessons until they turn four years old. These early lessons teach basic riding skills and provide the benefits associated with the movement of the horse.
Our students' riding skills vary and they progress at their own pace. Students benefit from knowledgeable instruction and social interaction with staff, volunteers, fellow students, and horses.
(848) 222-1066 (temporary)
20837 Sam Road
Albemarle, NC 28001
To be determined
Hours vary, call for more information
Therapeutic horsemanship, or equine-assisted activities and therapies (“EAAT”), provides students with the opportunity to learn about horseback riding, grooming, tacking, leading, horse care and behavior, and safety around horses. Celtic Charms helps students to reach their full potential, whether learning to maintain a balanced seat, navigating a five-step obstacle course, or going on a trail ride, and it’s fun! All of these activities have therapeutic benefits that can transfer to other areas of the student’s life. Our instructors have been trained by PATH Intl. to adapt lessons to suit the unique needs of each individual.
Learning to ride a horse begins with balance, posture, and alignment. This is the foundation of horseback riding, whether you are a beginner or an Olympic rider. What is so wonderful about horses and riding is that the horse provides a dynamic base of support; a rider starts building core strength just by sitting on the horse. As the horse moves the rider is continually challenged to maintain his/her balance, requiring muscles to contract and relax to stay upright. Stopping and starting the horse, changing speed and direction increases the benefits. All of this movement helps strengthen core muscles and build muscle memory, thereby improving the three essentials - balance, posture and alignment.
The many benefits of therapeutic horsemanship include:
developing riding skills and equine knowledge
improved balance, posture and alignment
improved physical and mental coordination
increased muscle strength
improved self-image and self-esteem
improved social skills
increased focus and concentration
improved planning and problem solving skills
learning how to take care of an animal
Some of the disabilities that can benefit from therapeutic horsemanship include, ADD/ADHD, amputation, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, depression, developmental delay, down syndrome, head trauma/brain injury, hearing impairment, learning disability, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, speech impairment, and visual impairment.
Horses and ponies are carefully chosen for their calm attitude, temperament, manners and adaptability. Ongoing training and exercise ensure their continuing suitability. We ensure that our equine friends are happy and content by keeping their environment as natural as possible... in herds and out in the pasture.
Bridie is our gorgeous 15.3hh, chestnut, draft/quarter horse cross mare, who loves to work. She's strong enough to carry our larger students but gentle enough to carry our smallest!
Gentle Finn MacCool is our 15hh, chestnut, welsh/quarter horse cross gelding. Always ready to please he sensitively follows the directions given by our students. With lots of lift at the walk and trot he's perfect for the student who needs extra movement.
Our beautiful Fiona is a 15.1hh quarter horse/draft cross. She is a big girl with an even bigger personality.
Little Kira is the perfect size for our smallest students...just the right size to walk next to without intimidating anyone.
Our rock star Mazoo, is a 15.3hh quarter horse paint. Preferring the company of people rather than horses, he commands attention... and gets it! He's always a crowd pleaser at our "Experience the Magic" days.
Our little magician is a 11hh chestnut, welsh gelding who is perfect for our smallest students.
Handsome Riley is our 15.3hh chestnut (what other color would we have at Celtic Charms!) gelding. From "out west" he's a boys' boy and loves nothing better than to hang out with Mazoo at his new "home on the range"!
Lovely Tahra is a sweet, 14.2hh chestnut, welsh/quarter pony cross. She has been beautifully schooled and loves to take care of her students.
Beautiful Ruari is a sweetheart with so much love for kids!
President: William M. Landuyt
Secretary: Kevin G. Kilgallen, Esq.
Treasurer: Mark A. Alexander
Trustees: Patrick Barton, MS – Henry O. Boenning – Wallace M. Conover – Susan P. Levine, MA, CSW – Argo T. Parrello, PE
Our experienced instructors are dedicated, knowledgeable, PATH Intl.-certified professionals who love to share their passion for horses with their students. Their knowledge of disabilities enables them to customize lessons for optimum student success. Ongoing continuing education ensures instructors keep pace with advancements in the field.
Executive Director: William Landuyt
Program Director: Christine Landuyt
PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructors:
Christine Landuyt - Advanced Instructor and PATH Intl. Mentor
William Landuyt - Registered Instructor
As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, we are dependent on the generosity and support of those people who believe in our mission and the benefits that therapeutic riding can produce for our riders. We could not run our program without the help of our sponsors and volunteers.
There are so many opportunities for volunteers at Celtic Charms from leading horses and side walking students during lessons, to horse care, and barn and facility maintenance. Not sure about working with horses? No problem, we have trails that need clearing and maintaining, fences that need checking... the list goes on.
All volunteers are required to attend our administration workshop, which covers liability, confidentiality, evacuation and safety procedures etc. Lesson volunteers, who need to be at least 14 years of age, attend workshops to learn grooming and tacking, leading and horse communication, side walking and disability awareness.
Three levels of training give volunteers the opportunity to advance within the "ranks" and improve their horsemanship skills.
For more information on how you can volunteer with Celtic Charms please email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesson fees do not come close to covering the cost of running the program. We need your financial support to help:
a) Maintain the program. It costs approximately $3,000 per year to take care of one horse. This amount pays for the vet, vaccinations, farrier, dentist, feed, hay, shavings. Why not "sponsor" one of our horses for a month, six months or a year! It makes a great gift.
b) Fund scholarships. Many of our students would not be able experience the benefits and magic of riding without the support of our "Pink Sock" scholarship fund. Your gift would allow us to offer a session scholarship to a child who would otherwise not be able to experience the benefit and joy of horseback riding.
Donations can be made by either pressing the Donate button below and making a contribution through PayPal or by sending a check to Celtic Charms Inc.
A copy of Celtic Charms' 2017 Form 990 is available upon request.