Coffee Creek Riding Center
17 E Coffee Creek Rd
Edmond OK 73034-4002
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Coffee Creek Riding Center "Therapeutic Horsemanship"
Mission Statement To help children with disabilities gain strength, coordination, balance and self image utilizing the horse as a motivator in therapeutic riding classes.
Contact Information
Contact Name Joy Milligan
Contact email
Address 17 E Coffee Creek Rd
Edmond, OK 73034 4002
Phone (405) 340-8377
Fax 405-3408377
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Phone 405 570-2246
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Volunteers:  Our program covers three semesters a year -- fall, spring and summer sessions -- and follows the same schedule as the school term . We accept both teen (age 13 and over) and adult volunteers to help with classes in each semester. Training is provided prior to start of each semester and during the semester new volunteers train in with a team of experienced volunteers.  Volunteers work directly with the students in classes assisting them in participating in specially designed games and exercises.  Prior to the class volunteers help get the horses groomed and tacked up for class and prepare the games for the day.  Contact us at or call 405-340-8377.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $238,000.00
Projected Expenses $218,262.00
History and Background
Former Names
Supported Organization Coffee Creek Riding Center
Year Founded 1976
IRS Ruling Year 1977
State Registration Expiration Mar 2015
Mission To help children with disabilities gain strength, coordination, balance and self image utilizing the horse as a motivator in therapeutic riding classes.
Background Coffee Creek Riding Center is the realization of a dream of Mrs. Lucille Fancey, co-founder with her daughter Joy Milligan Director of the program.  She taught English riding and jumping for 38 years and served as Master of the Lost Hound Fox Hunt for 32.  

In 1977, the center was started as the joint effort of Mrs. Fancey and her daughter, Joy Milligan who has a medical background. Now in  its 40th year, Coffee Creek Riding Center continues to provide "free" therapeutic horseback riding  to a total of 261 students served last year with the help of 180 volunteers.  The center serves approximately 180 students during the spring/fall semester and 80 during the summer session. The centers students come from both special education classes bussed in from the greater Metro Oklahoma City area and individual students brought by their parents. The program is designed as an educationally based program utilizing specifically designed games and exercises impacting students in mental, physical, emotional and self image areas.  The activities provide benefits in speech, ability for phonation, core muscle strength, impacts balance and fine and gross muscle coordination as well as following directions. A wide variety of disabilities are served including autism  spectrum, Downs Syndrome, mentally/learning challenged, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, hearing impaired and visually impaired.  The center's facility includes  an 85" X 200" indoor heated riding arena (with outdoor area as well) and is attached to a classroom complex which allows for year round classes.  Our volunteers range in age from 13 through senior adults.  Many of our teen volunteers have gone to choose careers in allied health fields and education including special education. 
Impact As a long-time physical therapist in a public school system, I've had the privilege of accompanying the Special Education students to Coffee Creek Riding Center. Even with my experience working with handicapped children and adults, I must fight back tears when I see a great big smile spread across the face of a new student with severe physical limitations, the first time he gets to sit on a horse and ride.

Each student is required to greet his horse, go to the ramp, mount and ride. Usually this requires three volunteers: one to lead the horse and two to walk on either side. Saddles are not used with our little students at this stage in their training, but they ride with a large soft pad and a surcingle with two handles. Riding helmets are also required for safety.

Many of our little children are dependent upon others for their mobility, but when they are riding, their legs are replaced by the legs of the horse and wheelchairs are left behind. Cognitive and physical benefits occur from riding. Motor planning skills, improvement of posture and vestibular stimulation are among the physical benefits. Sensory stimulation from tactile, auditory, visual, skeletal and vestibular systems is experienced. However, the kids don't know they are stretching their hamstring and lower back extensors and stimulating their joint proprioceptors; they just thought they were leaning forward to give their horse a hug. Or that they were increasing trunk rotation, weight shifting, increasing strength and range of motion, visual tracking, and increasing self-esteem, when they were only shooting a ball through a basketball hoop.
Horseback riding is something every child dreams of doing. Because of Coffee Creek, handicapped children have the opportunity for this dream to come true. Provided free by the wonderful people who volunteer their time and charitable contributions, this is a tremendous opportunity for the children and for those of us fortunate to share the experience.
Maxine Gunter
1) Volunteers for classes  throughout the week to work with the 270 students (generally utilizing about 180 volunteers per year ranging in age from 13 through adults.)
2) Funds for Staff Horse Support includes : Coffee Creek has 10 horses on staff to serve the children and their expenses include  (feed, vet  and farrier) 
 3) Replacing and updating  older  riding equipment used with children in classes with their horses. 
4) Purchasing new games utilized with the children during their riding session
5) Overall general budget for operating the year round program and keeping it Free for all the participants as we have since 1977. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement It has been our joy and privilege to provide therapeutic riding opportunities to the community impacting children with challenges and disabilities.  By many miracles, God's faithfulness to His promises,  and being included as a United Way agency and a wonderful outpouring of support from the community in volunteers and finances,  For the past 39 years the program has been free for every child that has participated!  We have the honor of assisting families (along with all the other therapeis that their child receives), in being  a part of helping that child to reach their fullest potential .   
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Coffee Creek serves the greater Metro Oklahoma City area with both special education classes from schools and individual students brought by their parents.  Some individual participants come from Kingfisher, Yukon, Norman, Moore, Choctaw,  Harrah, Edmond as well the Oklahoma City area.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Animal Related/Animal-Related NEC
Tertiary Organizational Category Youth Development/Youth Development Programs
Description Providing Free therapeutic riding opportunities for the past 39 years. Serving primarily 3 to 11 year old children with therapeutic riding opportunities with a few teens.  Serving a wide range of disabilities from both special education classes  and individual families.  Utilizing specific games and exercises to facilitate interaction and progress in a variety of areas.  Currently serving 270 students per year with the assistance of 180 volunteer assistants as well as instructors and class assistants. 
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Other Health/Disability
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Increased our students from 140 to 180 students currently served on a free basis.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Joy Milligan
Start Date Apr 1977
Experience 2
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 101
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency2012
North America Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)2012
Board Chair
Name Tiana Douglas
Company Affiliation Retired Maps Plan Oklahoma City
Term July 2012 to June 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of Aug 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Kim Bandy Spero ProjectVoting
Lloyd Bush RetiredVoting
Linda Cloud Coffee Creek Riding Center InstructorVoting
Tiana Douglas RetiredVoting
Lisa Haines Northridge Elementary SchoolVoting
Jacque Ross Attorney, Parent RepresentativeVoting
Don Schiesz RetiredVoting
Larry Ward Larry Ward Pool Construction, Parent RepresentativeVoting
Laurie Willis Southgate Apartment Complex, Parent RepresentativeVoting
Ann Wilson Ann Wilson InteriorsVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Joy Milligan Director, Coffee Creek Riding Center
Mark White Retired
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Terms for board members is unspecified until replaced by their successor. The bylaws allow ongoing participation without restriction for continuity of board.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015-June 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $238,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $218,262
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$74,437$194,601$53,172
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,922$1,822$1,728
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$3,979$8,965($184)
Revenue In-Kind$150----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$183,678$195,831$203,650
Administration Expense$25,871$26,372$26,987
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.940.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$50,001$52,099$64,587
Current Assets$4,013$400$7,266
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$8,877$7,761$6,565
Total Net Assets$41,124$44,338$58,022
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.450.051.11
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $116,247Individuals $194,601Indirect Public Support $110,449
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $74,437Special Events $8,965Individuals $53,172
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporations $5,000Other $3,131Foundation & Corporations $40,000
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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Address 17 E Coffee Creek Rd
Edmond, OK 73034 4002
Primary Phone 405 340-8377
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CEO/Executive Director Joy Milligan
Board Chair Tiana Douglas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Maps Plan Oklahoma City


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