Children, Horses, and Adults in

For Equine Assisted Therapy
Providing Possibilities for Exceptional

PMB 201 1842 Sugarland Dr., Suite 108
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone No: (307) 673-6161
Fax No: (307) 673-6868
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CHAPS News and Events

"The Feedbag" Newsletter

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.

March 2011

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
Most Improved Volunteer:  Jenn Yardas
see pictures

December 2010

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.

November, 2010

NARHA Conference - CHAPS staff attended the NARHA National Conference in Denver November 2-8

October, 2010

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!

September, 2010

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.
more info

August, 2010

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.
more info

July, 2010

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.

March , 2010

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


February, 2010

Join CHAPS for the Community Valentine's Dance at Highland Park Rec Center on February 12
to benefit the Matt Elliot Memorial Scholarship Fund for Adult Riders.
More Info


December, 2009

CHAPS opens 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.

November, 2009

CHAPS Staff travels to Ft. Worth for the NARHA National Conference.

October, 2009.

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.

September, 2009

CHAPS staff travels to Greybull for the NARHA State meeting...and hosts the September Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours with Kassi Catering.

August, 2009

A 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 Center.

July, 2009

CHAPS 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.

June, 2009

CHAPS committees busily prepare for the WYO Rodeo, designing and building a float and planning to help with the Gold Buckle Club's festivities.

May, 2009

The First Federal Savings Bank 'A Night at the Races' is a huge success, held at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

April, 2009

CHAPS Horses 4 Heroes veterans program and CHAPS Horses 4 Heroes Kids for children of deployed service members begins for 2009.

March, 2009

CHAPS opens for sessions in its classroom at the Whitney Building.

February, 2009

Our 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.

January, 2009

CHAPS receives funding from numerous foundations to sponsor children and adults participating in equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding at CHAPS.

November, 2007

November 13-18 - Kelly McElwee, Christa Davidson, and Sue Suddith attend the NARHA National Conference in Anaheim, CA

October, 2007

Sue Suddith named the NARHA Wyoming State Chair

October 17-18 - CHAPS Equestrian Team, volunteers, and staff attend the Special Olympics WY Fall Tournament in Casper, WY

July, 2007

July 9 - Dedication of the Dan Balkenbush Memorial Arena at the 3rd Annual Open House

July 13-15 - CHAPS Clients and Volunteers participate at the WYO Rodeo

June 22-24, 2007

CHAPS hosts the NARHA Region 10 Conference at the LaRue Young Arena

May, 2007

Nite at the Races is held at the Sheridan Holiday Inn on Kentucky Derby Day

November, 2006

Christa Davidson and Sue Suddith attend the NARHA National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana

October, 2006

Special Olympics in Casper, WY at the Natrona County Fairgrounds

A Nite at the Races

July, 2006

Sue 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

May, 2006

Fun Day at CHAPS for Clients and Families

March, 2006

Volunteer Appreciation Party

January, 2006

January Donations give CHAPS clients and staff a reason to smile

LaRue Young Foundation Donates Scholarships and More to CHAPS

December, 2005

New Footing Donated to CHAPS

November, 2005

Director Sue Suddith Attends the 2005 NARHA conference in Houston, TX

The CHAPSMobile Arrives

October, 2005

Fun Day October, 29th at CHAPS

July, 2005

Open House at CHAPS, July 9th

CHAPS Rodeo Weekend Highlights


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