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.
Jun 9, 2015

Meet Volunteer Katelyn - Turning a Passion into Purpose!

Katelyn with therapy horse Jewel
Katelyn with therapy horse Jewel

"Many young girls dream of owning a horse, and I was one of them. For many years, my love of horses extended only to Breyer models, Girl Scout horse badges, and riding lessons during school vacations. That all changed for me in freshman year of high school when I turned my passion into purpose."

Katelyn is one of eleven individuals who were awarded EQUUS Foundation Champion of Equine Service scholarships.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal, the EQUUS Foundation provides financial support and services to over 900 equine charities across the United States.

The EQUUS Foundation Champions program recognizes and rewards individuals for their volunteer service in support of these charities.

Katelyn is a 16-year old high school junior and member of the Crossroads East Valley IEA high school team. Active in her school and community, she admits, "horses are my passion".

When she was a freshman, she responded to an ad on the "volunteers needed" bulletin board for Stable Influence Charity Programs.

Katelyn recalls, "I enjoyed working with kids through Girl Scouts and as a mentor at school, so blending that with horses was a great opportunity for me." She eagerly signed up and has been volunteering weekly ever since.

"I was impressed by how responsive the horses are to the riders, and have learned to trust their instincts as they often sense something going on with a rider before we even notice."

"Clients get so much joy from their relationships with the horses and show progress toward their goals with every session. I consider this opportunity a blessing, as I am now more aware of the needs of others, how to communicate effectively, and how to offer appropriate help."

"Competition has built my confidence and strengthened my work ethic, and now I have a lifelong sport. Horses have taught me to be a leader not a master. My volunteer experience has taught me to do the best with what I have."

Learn more about our volunteers at http://equusfoundation.org/news/news-release-229.html.

Feb 26, 2015

Great things do come in small packages!

For the EQUUS Foundation, it’s all about how horses move people beyond their boundaries.  The impact of horses can be as simple as building confidence or as astounding as first words and first steps. Horses benefit people in ways that no other animal can.

In December 2012, CNN reported, “For a town that needs a hero, a hero is on the way. When the Newtown community was suffering from shock and immense sorrow from the mass murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Magic answered the call.

“All of the horses from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses are heroes but therapy horse Magic is the best known little hero," said Jorge Garcia-Bengochea, Magic’s trainer and owner.

Travelling from Florida to Sandy Hook, Magic comforted over 600 parents, siblings and first responders including the only survivor of the tragedy. USA Today said, “Excitement surrounding the visit with Magic seemed like the beginning of a return to normalcy... like a step forward after weeks of grieving." 

Magic visits over 35,000 adults and children each year, bringing her special love to where it is needed most - inside children’s hospitals across the country and with families and first responders who have experienced traumatic events.

Magic was one of 10 horses that were inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame in February 2015, a joint program of the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation established to share the stories of amazing horses.

The EQUUS Foundation provides support to over 800 equine organizations across the United States. Donations are used to reduce the unwanted horse population, retrain horses for multiple careers, and make equine therapy available to more people.

There’s no doubt that Magic has captivated the hearts and strengthened the spirits of thousands. Great things do come in small packages.

Oct 3, 2014

Appalachian Trail Hikers for Horses Cross Finish Line

Lauren & Nate at the top of Mount Katahdin
Lauren & Nate at the top of Mount Katahdin

On September 23, 2014, after 171 days and 2,185.3 miles hiking the Appalachian Trail, Lauren Davis and Nate Kramer reached the peak of Mount Katahdin completing their Hoofin' It for Horse and Healing adventure. "The climb up Katahdin was extremely difficult and dangerous. It had snowed earlier and there was a thick layer of ice and frost covering the rocks on the way up, so we were thrilled when we finally reached the top", said Lauren.

Lauren and Nathan set out on their journey of a lifetime on April 6 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. The EQUUS Foundation received nearly $8,000 from donors inspired by their passion.

Lauren and Nathan used their own funds and resources to support themselves along the trail. EQUUS Foundation Corporate Partner Ariat International provided the hikers with needed attire.

Inspired? Contact the EQUUS Foundation at equus@equusfoundation.org to organize your own charitable adventure!

Lauren & Nate almost at the finish line
Lauren & Nate almost at the finish line

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