Hunkapi Programs, Inc
Hunkapi Programs, Inc
11250 E. Arabian Park Dr.
Scottsdale AZ 85259
Tax ID/EIN: 26-3902877
Year Founded: 1999
Last Updated 2016-03-18
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.
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.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.
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.
95%% 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:
Hunkapi is the horse program with heart and a name you will never forget. Hunkapi, a Native American word translated to mean \"I am related to everyone,\" offers horse programs for individuals with emotional, behavioral, and physical challenges that emphasize learning about relationships with yourself and others.
The Hunkapi program was founded through the research of Dr. Debbie Crews of Arizona State University in 1999. After three years of research investigating sports on attention and self-esteem, Dr. Crews discovered that an eight-week horseback riding program yielded the most positive attention and self-esteem changes to children suffering from autism, attention deficit, and emotional disorders.<br/> <br/>Since 1999, the Hunkapi program has expanded to offer not only traditional and therapeutic riding, but also equine assisted psychotherapy. 75% of our clients are diagnosed with emotional, psychotic, or developmental disorders. The mission of Hunkapi Farms is to be a sustainable, therapeutic farm dedicated to healing, empowering and employing individuals with diverse abilities.
In addition to offering therapeutic riding and equine assisted psychotherapy, our program has also recently expanded to offer horticulture therapy. No additional animals, besides horses, are involved in our program.