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The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Inc. (CKRH)



Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Inc. (CKRH)
P O Box 13155
Lexington KY 40583
859-231-7066

Tax ID/EIN: 31-1024505
Year Founded: 1981
Last Updated 2017-07-05

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) is dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and health of individuals with special physical, cognitive, emotional or social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse.

Horse-related programs:
CKRH provides Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies following the industry standards provided by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Int'l. Programs include:<br /><br />Therapeutic Riding (TR), mounted traditional riding disciplines or adaptive riding activities conducted by a certified equine instructor in private or group lessons. Activities are designed to meet each participant’s needs and may focus on fine/gross motor skills development, balance, strength or coordination. <br /><br />Hippotherapy (HPOT), mounted physical/occupational/speech therapies that utilize equine movement. Services are facilitated by a licensed therapist or speech/language pathologist and certified equine instructor in partnership with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.<br /><br />Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH), non-mounted equine assisted activities and therapies with a focus on mental health issues. Co-facilitated by a licensed/credentialed mental health professional and a certified equine instructor, examples include psychotherapy, marriage/family counseling and bereavement therapy. CKRH partners with KY National Guard to provide substance abuse recovery and PTSD counseling to military veterans; Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center to provide psycho-educational services to adult survivors of sexual trauma; and Hospice of the Bluegrass for the Healing Hooves youth bereavement retreat. <br /><br />Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL), non-mounted equine activities which incorporate equine/human interaction to promote emotional growth and develop life/social skills. Our partner in this effort is Fayette County Public Schools STABLES program for students in grades 7-12 who struggle with academics or vocational skills, and need additional support in a more individualized setting.<br /><br />Therapeutic Horsemanship (TH), mounted and non-mounted equine activities which develop skills in horse care, handling or riding. Participants’ equine skills progress while improving cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral abilities. Activities include Horse-Master lessons, US Pony Club adapted curriculum and occasional horse show competitions such as Special Olympics.

Non-horse-related programs:
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