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We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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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Shining Hope Farms



Shining Hope Farms
P.O Box 1036
Mount Holly NC 28120
704-827-3788

Tax ID/EIN: 30-0067482
Year Founded: 2002
Last Updated 2017-04-29

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.

75% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Shining Hope Farms is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy.

Horse-related programs:
Therapeutic Riding Program - A PATH Intl. certified instructor conducts these group lessons where individuals are taught horseback riding skills as well as participate in games and activities while horseback riding. The lessons are recreational in nature and the riders are assisted by a horse leader and side walkers which provide a safe and enjoyable social environment. <br /><br />Hippotherapy Program - Shining Hope Farms is recognized by the Federal Government as a healthcare provider able to conduct Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-language Pathology, using the horse as a treatment tool, to children and adults with disabilities.<br /><br />Special Olympics - Shining Hope Farms partners with Special Olympics of Catawba, Gaston, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg Counties to provide the program. The program involves a lesson program, regional invitational show, and culminates in the optional state level competition.

Non-horse-related programs:
Both farms have small animals used for interaction as part of treatment strategies (including a bunny and cat at each location) or lesson plans in our therapeutic programs.

Community Service Programs - Shining Hope Farms hosts many workdays both with local organizations and Charlotte based corporations such as Hands-On-Charlotte, a local chapter of the national Hands-On Network. Additionally, Shining Hope Farms hosts numerous Eagle Scout projects, helping Boy Scouts to obtain their Eagle Scout award, and Girl Scout projects to help Girl Scouts to achieve their Girl Scout Gold Award. Volunteers also participate in the horse-related programs throughout the year.

We also treat our patients in our Hippotherapy Program in our clinic during a portion of their weekly session, as well as one week a month during our "clinic week."


Volunteer Opportunities


Calling All Sidewalkers, Horseleaders, & Barn Help
Minimum Age: 13
Shining Hope Farms was created for, but not limited to provide services to people with disabilities, that includes hippotherapy, therapeutic horseback riding, family and caregiver support, and social and recreational activities.

A program like ours relies on amazing volunteers to keep serving children and adults in the capacity that we do, and to be able to serve more.

We are always in need of more volunteers, so if you are interested in learning about the available volunteer opportunities at Shining Hope Farms please read on.

What would I be doing?

Here at Shining Hope Farms volunteers usually do one, or a combination of two things:

1) Barn work/Care of the horses and tack

2) Participation in the arena for a therapy session or riding lesson

We can also usually use volunteers for a) help in our office, b) for our special events, and c) for special projects. If you have special skills we're sure we could use them!

We understand that our volunteers may have tons of experiences with horses, some experience with horses, or even none at all! We want our volunteers to be happy and comfortable so we are always willing to work with your schedule, interests, and skills and abilities.

How much time do I have to commit and when?

In order to provide dependability to our riders, we ask our volunteers to commit to at least at least a couple of hours a week for eight weeks.

Wish List Items


Our Wish List Items
Toilet Paper
Fold paper towels
Paper towels
paper sandwich lunch bags
Hand soap
Hand sanitizer
Dish soap
Laundry soap
Lysol spray
Febreze
Windex glass cleaner
Toilet bowl cleaner
Bathroom cleaner
Bathroom scrubbing items
Scrub brushes for water troughs
Tall kitchen garbage bags
55 gallon drum heavy duty garbage bags
Staw brooms with dust bands
WD40
Duct tape
White board/dry erase board cleaner
Leather hole punch
Saddle soap glycerin bar
EFFAX Leder/Balsm