With the support of the Partners for Youth – Equine Advisory Council, the CHAPS arena was made possible through a generous grant from the Charity Ball Association and substantial donation by Ruth Russel. The base and sand were made possible through substantial in-kind donation from Urban Concrete. The arena measures 60×150′ and is fully lit. It has been a wonderful asset that allows classes to be held during very sunny and rainy weather as well in the evenings. The Horse Care, Horsemanship and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy classes are held in the arena.
With the support of the Partners for Youth – Equine Advisory Council, the CHAPS round pen was made possible in 2011 through a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The round pen is used by the CHAPS Team to conduct ground work with the horses to ensure proper exercise and conditioning in preparation for the various CHAPS classes. The round pen is also used during the Horsemanship Classes to teach children about communicating with horses non-verbally through groundwork exercises.
RUN In STABLES
With the support of the Partners for Youth – Equine Advisory Council, the stables were made possible in 2011 through a grant by the Andy Mireles Charitable Foundation. The stables currently house four horses, a tack room and a feed room. During the classes, the stables are very busy and serve as the hub of the program! Additionally, the feed room serves as a mini office for the CHAPS Team.
The CHAPS maintenance shed was made possible through the Bexar County Juvenile Board. The maintenance shed houses our tractor, grounds keeping equipment and supplies as well as overflow equine and class supplies. This shed is accessed only by the CHAPS Team.
With the support of the Partners for Youth -Equine Advisory Council, the Enviro-Loo bathroom and structure was made possible through a grant from the Texas Bar Association. Additional funding was provided by the Equine Advisory Council. Funding was secured n 2013 with construction occurring in 2014.
The two-sided shelter was made possible through the Partners for Youth – Equine Advisory Council. The shelter was constructed in 2015 and has been a great addition for the horses. They access the shelter frequently for shade and relief from foul weather.