CHAPS was founded in August, 2003 and was originally established as a Therapeutic Riding Program to serve children and adults with special needs. We are a member in good standing with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), a global authority and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies that inspire and enrich the human spirit. Over the years our program has expanded to offer Equine Assisted Activities and Equine Facilitated Learning. Our participants now include, not only individuals, but also groups of Veterans from the Sheridan VA Medical Center and at-Risk youth from Fort MacKenzie High School.
We offer vocational rehabilitation training for the Compensated Work Therapy program at the Sheridan VA Medical Center and the Wyoming Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. CHAPS also provides community service opportunities for non-violent offenders from the Sheridan County Justice System·
The benefits of human-horse interaction have been well known for many years. Equine Assisted Therapy or ‘Horse Therapy’ can be highly rewarding and works on several different levels. It can be a physical benefit, for example, riders can build core strength, increase flexibility and improve balance. On a mental-emotional level, working with the horses can help people achieve emotional growth and learning.
Our professional staff and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions and increase a rider’s confidence. A new rider is generally assisted by two side-walkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader. CHAPS’ instructors have a strong equine background, as well as an understanding of various disabilities.
Therapeutic ground-work sessions are a collaborative effort between a licensed clinical therapist and an equine professional who work directly with participants and the horses. By addressing challenges like leading a horse through a maze, or creating an obstacle that must be encountered and overcome, they get to see the new ways of coping in their own lives. Participants may relate these experiences to obstacles they are having in their own life and see they have the power to personal resources to effect change
Little Big Horn Trout Unlimited’s membership is made of women and men of a variety of ages and all walks
of life. The combination of the diversity of the membership and the commonality
of interests is the strength of LBHTU. The members of LBHTU have joined and
remain members of TU for one of more of the following reasons:
– To help conserve and protect the wild places that they love;
– To meet other anglers and participate in chapter projects, events, and meetings;
– To learn more about angling;
– To share their knowledge of fisheries, fish or fishing with others;
The Wyoming Wilderness Association (WWA) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization first created in 1979 by a group of wilderness advocates and outdoors people who envisioned the Wyoming Wilderness Act.
In the 1970’s and 80’s, the WWA worked hard to educate and train activists, which ultimately resulted in the passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984. The passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act brought to all Americans the permanent protection of an additional 1.1 million acres of ecologically diverse, wild country. Currently the wilderness system in Wyoming is roughly three million acres. Five million acres of spectacular wild land in forests, deserts and plains remain unprotected and vulnerable to development.
WWA was incorporated with the State of Wyoming in 1994 in response to the need for a local voice for the protection of wilderness and roadless areas. It was established as a non-profit tax exempt organization in 2003.
With the rebirth of the Wyoming Wilderness Association, we have the opportunity to protect additional wild watersheds, intact ecosystems, old growth forests, important wildlife habitat, and wildlife migration corridors – wild landscapes that truly deserve lasting protection as Wilderness.
As of 2016, WWA’s membership has grown to over 800 members. It is YOU, our members, who give us the inspiration to work for a wild Wyoming!