EQUUS Foundation

Appalachian Trail Hikers Rally for the EQUUS Foundation to launch "Charitable Adventures" Program

WESTPORT, CT - February 24, 2014 - In just over a month from now - on April 1, 2014, Lauren Davis and Nate Kramer are setting out on a 5+month journey of a lifetime hiking 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.

After completing the hike covering 2,200 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the top of Mount Katahdin in Maine, they plan to continue on into the International Appalachian Trail by hiking up to another 690 to 1,900 miles.

Hoofin' It for Horse & Human Healing

"Lauren and Nate approached me with their project, "Hoofin' It for Horse & Human Healing", and I was immediately inspired by their passion", said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. "We hope that horse lovers everywhere will be inspired as well and this will be the first of many charitable adventures to benefit the EQUUS Foundation."

Lauren and Nathan will be utilizing their own funds and resources to support themselves along the trail. 100% of the donations raised in connection to this adventure will be used to improve the quality of life of horses and make equine therapy available to more people.

Lauren struggled as a child and young adult to find normality in a twice-divorced family, a constant clash with her siblings, and a terrible loneliness. A "throw away" horse, whose function as a brood mare was over, changed the direction of her life.

Nate, serving in the Marine Corps for nine years, experienced the detrimental effects of war and military life, and discovered how horses are improving Veterans' lives.

Lauren and Nate's goal is to raise $25,000! The donor levels match important landmarks on the Appalachian Trail. When a landmark is reached, the donor will receive:
  •  Harpers Ferry, WV: a photo of gratitude in front of Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the “psychological” half-way point
  •  Gardners, PA: a photo of gratitude at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, PA engaging in the ½-gallon ice cream challenge
  •  Mount Washington, NH: a photo of gratitude at the peak of Mount Washington, NH, a location labeled as having the “worst weather in the world”
  •  Mount Katahdin, ME: a photo of gratitude at the peak of Mount Katahdin, ME, the original through-hike finish line (should you choose, photo can also include your name, logo, or message)
  •  IAT Cap-des-Rosiers, QC, Canada: a photo of gratitude in front of the Imperial Lighthouse (Cap-des-Rosiers) in Gaspe, Canada, a very rare through-hike finish line (should you choose, photo can also include your name, logo, or message)

Hoofin' It for Horse & Human Healing
Lauren and Ginger
"I finally had a purpose, as did she."

Hoofin' It for Horse & Human Healing

Countless numbers of horses are abused, abandoned, and destined for slaughter every year.

Hoofin' It will help save some of these beautiful creatures and also train them as therapy animals, forever changing the lives of children and adults also in need. Equine therapy assists with autism, PTSD, and many other physical and/or cognitive disabilities.

The psychological and physical impact of horses can be as simple as building confidence to as astounding as first words and first steps.

Hoofin' It will raise essential funding to reduce the unwanted horse population, retrain horses for multiple careers, and make equine therapy available to more people.


Inspired?  Click HERE to contact us to organize your own charitable adventure!

About EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is 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. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org Website: equusfoundation.org.