After many months of consultation with various SIRE stakeholders, the Board of Directors has adopted the following strategic initiatives to meet long term vision and mission to lead SIRE into the future. These initiatives are based on the overarching goal to meet the mission of SIRE in a sustainable environment that serves as many people as possible in the Greater Houston community. To achieve this goal, the Board of Directors identified three strategic intents to guarantee that people with special needs will continue to obtain the best therapeutic horsemanship activities possible.

  1. Financial Stability
  2. Program & Operational Excellence
  3. Adaptable, State-of-the-art Facilities

This plan is a work in progress that will be reviewed and revised at least annually by the Board of Directors to meet new challenges and a changing environment. If you have any questions, ideas, or can help us meet our strategic intents, please contact Joe Wappelhorst, Executive Director, or Charlotte McIntyre, Board President.

Progress Report


  • November 15, 2019 – Donor Appreciation Polo Match
  • October 2019 – Engaged DiniSpheris to perform Capital Campaign feasibility study
  • September 2019 – Kicked off first Donor Appreciation event at the Skeeter’s Baseball game.
  • July 2019 – Implemented plan for monthly website review to insure accessibility and up-to-date information

Program and Operational Excellence

  • August 2019 – Entered into partnership with Harris County Department of Education to provide Equine Assisted Learning for four alternative schools
  • July 2019 – Received $5,000 grant to help implement online surveys to track rider satisfaction and outcomes
  • March 2019 – Formed Program Committee to research and provide feedback to the Board of Director’s and Executive Director on possible improvements and additions to current SIRE programs

Adaptable, State-of-the-Art Facilities

  • October 2019 – Board of Directors approves plan to consolidate north Houston operations to current Spring location.
  • August 2019 – Task Force receives Broker opinions of value of various SIRE properties
  • June 2019 – SIRE upgrades to Office365 cloud computing and new laptops are purchased for all employees
  • May 2019 – Board of Directors form a Task Force to recommend a plan for consolidation of operations