Special Thanks to our biggest donors for 2017

Another year has passed and 2017 has proven to have been a year full of blessing for Horses for Hope.

Baker roofing and Commercial Solutions took time off from being competitors and came together to give us a new barn roof.  The roof on our main barn had gotten in such bad shape that we could only safely use a small portion of the barn.  It’s such a blessing to now be able to use the entire barn.

Over the years we had been losing more and more of our riding ring sand to runoff from heavy rains.  We called Brinley Grading in Garner for advice on how to correct this problem.  After they came out and inspected our facility it was decided that our best course of action would be to simply resurface the ring with new sand.  Brinley Grading Co went way beyond anything we expected and called around to several sand companies in central North Carolina getting them to donate the 7 loads of sand needed for the job.  Then Brinley Grading hauled and delivered the sand and resurfaced our riding ring free of charge.

Mr & Mrs Joe & Libby Mitchiner of the Mitchiner Law Firm provided us with an awesome surprise in mid December when they funded our first Therapeutic Riding Scholarship Fund that will cover 4 riders for 2018 spring and fall sessions.

God continues to provide our needs through not only these incredible businesses and individuals but also the hundreds of volunteers that serve in various positions all year long.  Thanks to all of you for helping us continue our mission of helping those with Special Needs in 2018.

Red Hat work day

HfH is pleased to welcome the help of Red Hat Technologies.  On January 19, 2018 a group of approximately 15 volunteers from Red Hat Technologies, led by Alex Unger will be giving back to their community by volunteering at Horses for Hope.  They will be assisting in cutting new trails in the woods prior to the launch of our new trail riding program that is scheduled to start in the spring of 2018.  The additional income that this new program will generate will be used to help us continue our no cost Therapeutic Riding Program that is currently serving 40 families with over 270 families on our waiting list.  HfH extends in advance a huge thank you to Red Hat Technologies for all of their help.

HfH Happenings

Hello everyone, keep an eye on HfH Happenings for bi-weekly updates of whats going on around the barn and up coming events.

  • Training:  In an effort to get more consistency and better responsive with our horse we have implemented an intense training program that all or our horses will be participating in.  Titan and Romeo will be the first horses to complete this program and are scheduled to go into our lesson program in the spring of 2018.
  • We have added a training area complete with an obstacle course.  This area is being used to further our horses training, making them gentler, more respectful and more responsive for our students.
  • We currently have three colts that we are breaking and training.  Rocky, Chase and Gunner are currently in our colt starting program and should be in the under saddle portion of their training in the spring of 2018.
  • A Trail Riding Program has been added for 2018 and is scheduled to start in the spring.  Start date will be announced later.

2nd annual Autism Awareness Day @ HfH

Horses for Hope would like to send a tremendous “THANK YOU” to the group that came out from Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services and for spending their Good Deeds Day with us this past Sunday, April 2nd. Many projects were completed and a bunch of the mini horses were groomed and loved on by this group. It was a pleasure working with all of you and we welcome the chance to work with you again soon!

Thank you Triangle Equipment Co.

We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Greg Joyner and all of Triangle Equipment Co. Greg and team were gracious enough to let Horses for Hope demo one of their Bobcats for a brief period of time.  Because of their generosity we were able to give our facility a much needed face lift by re-working the compost piles, grading some areas with severe drainage problems and improving our training area.  Our facility looks so much better now!

This generous gift has allowed us to not only improve our facility but it also helped us to realize how much we really need one of these machines.  We are starting a fundraising effort to make this possible.  Horses for Hope is looking forward to doing business with Greg in the future and cannot recommend Triangle Equipment Co. highly enough for equipment rental and purchase needs.  Thank you again, you are absolutely great to work with.

Please take a moment and visit our partner at http://www.ncbobcat.com.

Angel

DOB: 1/10/10

Joined the Herd: 12/31/15

Breed: Morgan cross

Sex: Mare

Color: Sorrel

Angel is used in Western, English and Jumping lessons.

Rocky

DOB: 1/01/13

Joined the Herd: 12/23/16

Breed: Appaloosa/Mustang cross

Color: Sorral Appaloosa

Rocky is currently in training.

Shamu

DOB: 5/30/98

Joined the Herd: 2004

Sex: Gelding

Breed: AMHA and AMHR Duel Registered Miniature Horse

Shamu came to Horses for Hope along with Clay and Sergeant in 2004.  He had a serious front leg injury and was only able to use 3 legs so his prior owner was going to euthanize him.  Gwen felt she could rehab him and she did! You can see in his photo that he can not just walk but jump as well.  He is named Shamu because his black and white coloring looks like the Orca whale at Sea World named Shamu! He is used for 4-H and in the camp program.