EQUUS Foundation

The mission of The EQUUS Foundation AKA Horse Charities of America is to improve the quality of life of horses, foster the use of horses to enrich the lives of people in need and educate the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal.
Sep 8, 2014

Take two minutes to help Horses ROAR!


From one horse lover to another, thank you for your support of our "Rescue - Rehab - Retrain - Rehome" project! We are writing to you to ask that you help us again!

Horse lovers everywhere have from now until October 7th to prove that "Horses Have the Loudest ROAR"!

The EQUUS Foundation is one of Animal Planet's eight charitable partners participating in the 2014 Animal Planet ROAR (Reach Out. Act. Respond) Matching Campaign - and the only HORSE charity!

The funds from the ROAR Campaign will be used to:
• Reduce the unwanted horse population
• Retrain horses for multiple careers
• Make equine therapy available to more people

There's $100,000 in matching funds available and five $10,000 bonuses - Top Fundraiser – Dollar Amount, Most Unique Number of Donors, Most Traffic to our Cause Page, Fan Favorite and Loudest “ROAR” Heard by Judges.

Ready to help horses ROAR? Here’s how:

Help us win Fan Favorite - Vote every day to help us win the Fan Favorite poll by clicking HERE and voting for the EQUUS Foundation!

Help us win Most Traffic! All it takes is just one click HERE between now and October 7th to increase traffic to our GlobalGiving cause page - Rescue- Rehab – Retrain-Rehome Horses Healing People.

Click HERE  this link to make a donation between now and October 7th. Animal Planet will match donations from $10 to $10,000 per donor until their matching funds are depleted.

Share this link - www.equusfoundation.org/ROAR - with 10 friends!

Helping the EQUUS Foundation in the Animal Planet ROAR Campaign will help horses everywhere! Help us prove that "Horses Have the Loudest Roar" and make the world a better place for horses.

Jul 15, 2014

Hikers Reach Halfway after Equine Charity Visit

Lauren & Kramer Half-Way at Harper
Lauren & Kramer Half-Way at Harper's Ferry

After 94 days on the Appalachian Trail, Lauren Davis and Nate Kramer arrived in Harper's Ferry, marking the half-way point in their Hoofin' It for Horse and Healing Adventure. "This mile marker is considered the 'psychological halfway point' because just about everyone that will likely fail the trail will quit before or just at this point," said Lauren.

Lauren and Nathan set out on their journey of a lifetime on April 9 to hike the Appalachian Trail to make a positive impact on their lives and to contribute to their passion - the welfare of horses and their powerful bond with people.

Brook Hill Visit - Making the adventure even more meaningful!
"It was a great boost for us to visit Brook Hill Farm in Forest, Virginia," said Lauren. Not only was it an incredible treat for them to enjoy some creature comforts like a comfy bed, hot shower, and homemade meals after living in the woods for over two months - more importantly, their spirits were rejuvenated.

Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, under the leadership of Jo Anne Miller, Brook Hill rescues and rehabilitates horses that are no longer useful and/or injured. Once healed, the horse is available for placement requiring a life-time free lease agreement with a carefully screened applicant or the horse is used in Brook Hill's Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) program. Brook Hill Farm is a PATH International member center with staff members that are certified Registered instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning in addition to an educator with a degree in learning disabilities.

"Brook Hill is unique in that it is a horse rescue focused on rehabilitation and retraining, a safe haven for unwanted horses needing sanctuary, but also provides equine assisted activities and therapies for area youth and adults," said Lauren. "We hope that sharing our experience will help to shed more light on the endless benefits of horse rescue coupled with human therapy."

One of their most innovative programs, United Neigh, matches unwanted horses with at-risk youth ages 12-18. As a United States Pony Club Center, United Neigh uses the Pony Club curriculum to teach basic horse care, horse rehabilitation, riding skills and personal accountability with the goal of decreasing the high school drop–out rate.

The National Education Association's Twelve Point Plan for Reducing the School Dropout Rate pinpoints "community-based, real-world learning experiences for students" and involvement in small after school groups as a key factor in increasing the rate of high school graduation. Brook Hill's unique program utilizes equine facilitated learning to provide just such an experience for at-risk youth in the Central Virginia area.

One of Jo Anne's methods is to pair each child with a rescue horse that shares similar personal traits with the child, thus giving the child a project that not only helps the horse but in return teaches them how to cope with their own issues or disabilities.

Lauren remarked, "The beauty of it is that they foster a family-type of setting, which some of the children have never or will never get to experience outside of the program, in their own homes. We were able to personally chat with each of the kids during their riding session, as well as the volunteers and staff. Listening to the stories of these kids was so heart wrenching. It was so clear how much the program meant to them."

$7,500 Already Raised! Lauren and Nate's goal is to raise $25,000 to essential funding to reduce the unwanted horse population, retrain horses for multiple careers, and make equine therapy available to more people.

May 14, 2014

Equine Service Volunteers Receive Scholarships

Over $11,000 in scholarships were awarded to thirteen individuals to reward their volunteer service in 2013.

Six academic scholarships, including one $1,000 scholarship reserved for members of the United States Pony Clubs (USPC), and $1,500 for members of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Two individuals received a $1,000 scholarship reserved for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) members to advance their equestrian and/or academic education. Four individuals received a $500 scholarship reserved for Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) members to advance their equestrian and/or academic education.

New this year, the EQUUS Foundation awarded a scholarship to cover the registration fee for an individual to become a PATH Intl. Registered Level Certified Instructor.

Read the stories of these amazing individuals who are helping horses and healing people!

Alicia, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Pawtucket, RI
"My experiences with the children and the horses has changed my life and is the reason why I am pursuing a career working with children with disabilities". Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-hoffman.html

Katie, Champion Scholarship Recipient – PATH, Bozeman, MT
"I see now how my love for horses can be shared with others and how their interactions with horses can change their lives forever." Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-jacobson.html

Taylor, Champion Scholarship Recipient - USEF, Dunedin, FL
"It is impossible to have a bad day after spending time with severely challenged individuals who smile, simply because they shared time with a horse and to see them trust a horse with their life." Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-masters.html

Amelia, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Jamison, PA
When Amelia was very young, she thought horses were the most beautiful animals on the planet. Volunteering taught her about the true beauty of horses.
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-rogus.html

Alissa, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Shelton, CT
Alissa needed community service hours for high school and discovered "the profound impact horses have on the lives of people, whether able or disabled, from a simple smile to making bridges in the mind that were not previously there." Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-scinto.html

Elizabeth, Champion Scholarship Recipient, Lawrenceville, GA
"I was hooked from the first day I started volunteering. I thought that therapeutic riding only benefited the participants; however, I now realize that I was also being shaped and impacted by these horses." Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-willet.html

Claire, Champion Scholarship Recipient - USPC, Boxford, MA
"Everyone is known for something in high school, such as 'the pretty one, the class clown, the troublemaker, the geek'. I was known as 'that horse girl'."
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-siebols.html

Frances, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IHSA, Pine Village, In
A victim of teenage bullying, Fances learned that horses offered the children she worked with an escape from their harsh reality and their problems, as it did for her, and that horses healed them, as she had been healed.
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-garrett.html

Shelby, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IHSA, Highland Falls, NY
Shelby grew up on a fifty horse farm in West Point, New York. "It was the best way to grow up." She plans to pursue a career in the equestrian sport.
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-cashman.html

Brianna, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, Ooltewah, TN
"I learn something new every day. I hope that one day I will get certified to be an instructor – and also a coach for an equestrian team."
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-lineberry.html

Hallie, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, High Point, NC
"Horses taught me so many life lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, especially determination. If you fall off, you have to pick yourself up, dust off the dirt, and get back on."
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-austin.html

Tessa, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, Sudbury, MA
For all of the differences between the students that Tessa works with and Tessa, Tessa learned that there are a million more ways in which they are similar.
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-james.html

Julianne, Champion Scholarship Recipient - IEA, Boca Raton, FL
Julianne has logged over a 1,000 service hours since she began volunteering in 7th grade when she visited a program where her autistic brother interacted with miniature horses.
Read more at http://www.equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-167-weiss.html

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