September 20, 2018
Contact: Lynn Coakley
mail@equusfoundation.org | 203-259-1550

EQUUS Foundation Announces 2018 Grant Recipients

The Board of Directors of the EQUUS Foundation is proud to announce that the EQUUS Foundation awarded over $200,000 in grants to qualified equine organizations this year.

The EQUUS Foundation awards small grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to charities that undergo the EQUUS Foundation comprehensive and unique verification process and receive the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation. Especially now, with the advent of the internet and social media, it is essential to make sure that organizations making appeals to potential donors and grant makers are fully transparent and operating at the highest standards.

"These charities are so grateful for the support we provide. They not only benefit from the financial assistance, but also the process helps improve their governance, staffing, and volunteer management as well as their horse care and service practices," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. "The thanks we received from Brook Hill Farm and Begin Again Horse Rescue reflects the philosophy of the 130 equine charities receiving awards this year."

Brook Hill
Molly & Panache at Brook Hill Farm

"Being recognized as a Guardian is an honor for the work that we do in equine rescue and equine assisted therapies. The more organizations we can encourage to be transparent and reputable, the more horses we can help, the more we can provide the human-horse experience to others and the more we can ensure success for the future. Thank you so much for helping so many horses over the years!!"
-- Jo Anne Miller, Brook Hill Farm
Begin Again
Gypsy & Elee at Begin Again Horse Rescue

"We are thrilled to achieve the Guardian designation! The EQUUS Foundation has truly helped make us a much better organization every year.

We have helped place more than 250 horses in the last nine years and take great pride in our horse care practices."
-- Harriett Rubins, Begin Again Horse Rescue

"While the awards are appreciated, these small grants represent less than 1% of the total direct horse care costs of the grant recipients," continued Coakley. "Over 75,000 American horses were shipped over the border for slaughter in 2017 - most were young, healthy and had untapped potential. Instead, they could be sharing their magic and power with people, like the 'lucky ones', who were saved from slaughter and rehabilitated, retrained and re-homed."

"Going forward, we will be ramping up our efforts to inspire more horse lovers to be horse protectors so that we can increase the number and capacity of equine charities dedicated to rehoming horses in transition and increase the number and capacity of equine charities dedicated to equine assisted learning and therapy."

Horse Whisperer Awards
A select group of charities are designated as Horse Whisperer Award Recipients each year by the EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors. The Horse Whisperers is the Foundation's named awards program for a special group of people and organizations who are inspired by the magical and powerful impact horses have on our lives.

Michele E. Arnhold Memorial Horse Whisperer Grant
Established in 2008 by the family of Michele E. Arnhold in memory of her life-long passion, her pursuit of excellence, and her commitment and contribution to the equestrian sport.
Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC), Brooklyn, NY
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Daniel D. Barkan Memorial Horse Whisperer Grant
Established in 2013 by the family of Daniel D. Barkan, a quiet philanthropist and gentleman, in memory of his life-long love of horses.
Brook Hill Farm, Forest, VA
ReRun, East Greenbush, NY

Elaine Enick Memorial Horse Whisperer Grant
Established in 2017 in memory of Elaine Enick by her family and friends in recognition of her pursuit to find happiness and joy in everything and her enduring love of horses.
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Santa Barbara, CA
Saving Horses, Inc, Encinitas, CA

The Michael & Kerry Gaynor Grant
Established in 2018 by Michael and Kerry Gaynor as part of the Houses for Horses Grant program where horse property owners may designate a percentage of the sale of their properties to the EQUUS Foundation.
All About Equine Animal Rescue, El Dorado Hills, CA

Lafitte De Muze Horse Whisperer Grant
Established in 2018 by Cheryl Olsten in the name of her horse, Lafitte De Muze, to protect America's horses at risk for abuse and neglect, and to inspire others who experience the joy of horses to help ensure that all horses live in comfort and with dignity throughout their lives.
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Palm City, FL
Mighty Nice Horse Whisperer Grant
Established in 2018 by Caroline Moran in recognition of 2017 Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductee Mighty Nice owned by HnD Group, which was formed in memory of the late Bruce Duchossois, who owned Mighty Nice before his passing in 2014.
Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Cream Ridge, NJ

Richard L. Parish Memorial Horse Whisperer Grant
Established in 2014 by the family of Richard L. Parish in recognition of his leadership and dedication for over 45 years to the causes supported by the Richard Laurence Parish Foundation.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Johns Island, SC
Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc., Brewster, NY
Special Equestrians, Warrington, PA

Warioto Farm & Joni Werthan Forever Farms Grant
Established in 2018 by the Warioto Farm owned by Joni Werthan, an EQUUS Foundation Forever Farm dedicated to preserving open space for America's horses, especially carriage horses, and safeguarding their comfort and dignity throughout their lives.
Draft Gratitude, WINCHESTER, NH

Weisberg Family Foundation Horse Whisperer Grant
Established in 2018 by the Weisberg Family Foundation, a private philanthropic organization with a passion for serving horses, children and veterans.
The Equus Effect, SHARON, CT

2018 Grant Recipients
New England
Draft Gratitude, WINCHESTER, NH
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc., WEST TOWNSHEND, VT
Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Rehoboth, MA
H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Inc., Washington, CT
Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center, Naugatuck, CT
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
Little Britches Therapeutic Riding, Woodbury, CT
Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Middletown, CT
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc., Salem, CT
New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc., New Canaan, CT
Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam, CT
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham, ME
Rising Starr Horse Rescue, West Redding, CT
The Equus Effect, SHARON, CT

Middle Atlantic
Access Equestrian, Inc., VALHALLA, NY
Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc, Honeoye, NY
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Buffalo, NY
Building Bridges Foundation at Anderson Farm, CONESTOGA, PA
Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., BEDFORD, NY
Equi-librium, Inc., Nazareth, PA
G.A.I.T. Inc., Milford, PA
Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC), Brooklyn, NY
Gleneayre Equestrian Program, Lumberton, NJ
Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc., Brewster, NY
High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, GHENT, NY
Kali's Klub House Inc., Apalachin, NY
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Inc., Dover Plains, NY
Mane Stream, Inc., Oldwick, NJ
New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, Inc, Cranbury, NJ
North Shore Horse Rescue, Baiting Hollow, NY
Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Airville, PA
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Purple Pony Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc., BERGEN, NY
R.A.C.E Fund, Inc., Harrisburg, PA
ReRun, East Greenbush, NY
Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue, Varysburg, NY
Special Equestrians, Warrington, PA
Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue, RIVERHEAD, NY
Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Cream Ridge, NJ
Sunshine Horses Inc., Clay, NY

East North Central
Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc, Elkhart Lake, WI
Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement, Emmett, MI
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Harvard, IL
Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER Michigan), Commerce Twp., MI
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Chagrin Falls, OH
Illinois Equine Humane Center, NFP, Big Rock, IL
Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Rice Lake, WI
Out Side In, Inc., Grand Haven, MI
People & Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS), Bloomington, IN
Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, Spring Valley, WI
The Barn for Equine Learning, LOWELL, MI

West North Central
Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc., Washington, MO
HETRA - Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gretna, NE
Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, LINN CREEK, MO
Ride On St. Louis, Inc., Kimmswick, MO

South Atlantic
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center, Burnsville, NC
Bridle Paths, McLean, VA
Brook Hill Farm, Forest, VA
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Johns Island, SC
Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Abingdon, MD
Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon, MD
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Palm City, FL
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, Guyton, GA
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Inc., Dunkirk, MD
Great and Small, Boyds, MD
Hands and Hearts for Horses, THOMASVILLE, GA
Happy Hooves, Inc., MARIETTA, SC
Healing Hands Youth Ranch Inc., WALESKA, GA
Heartland Horses Equine Activities & Learning, Inc. (HHEAL), Avon Park, FL
Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Lexington, VA
Horsepower, Inc., Colfax, NC
Horses Healing Hearts, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL
Maryland Horse Rescue, MOUNT AIRY, MD
Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Clifton, VA
Pasture at Mercer Farm, CHADBOURN, NC
Prancing Horse, Inc., Southern Pines, NC
Project HORSE, Inc., Great Falls, VA
RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center, Clover, SC
Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., Greenville, NC
S.T.A.R. Ranch, Waynesville, NC
Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc (SMART), Bradenton, FL
Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc, Hinesville, GA
Shining Hope Farms, Mount Holly, NC
South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Homestead, FL
Sunset TRP Inc, DBA Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, Miami, FL
Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., Upper Marlboro, MD
White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue, Burkeville, VA

East South Central
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Inc. (CKRH), Lexington, KY
Horse Haven of Tennessee, Inc, Knoxville, TN
Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Lexington, KY
Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, Lexington, KY
Red Barn Foundation AKA The Red Barn, Leeds, AL
Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., Kingsport, TN
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, COLLIERVILLE, TN
Special Equestrians, Inc., Indian Springs, AL

West South Central
Dream Catcher Stables, Inc, Spring, TX
Equest, Dallas, TX
Healing with Horses Ranch, Manor, TX
Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation, GUTHRIE, OK
Horse Feathers Equine Center Inc., Guthrie, OK
JoyRide Center, Inc., Magnolia, TX
Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, Spring, TX
Riding Unlimited Inc, Ponder, TX
Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement Home, Inc., Gilmer, TX
Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc., Guthrie, OK
Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Longview, TX

Blue Rose Ranch, Inc., Springfield, CO
Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy, SHERIDAN, WY
Colorado Horse Rescue, Longmont, CO
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Longmont, CO
Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, Green Valley, AZ
Hearts & Horses, Loveland, CO
New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding, Santa Fe, NM
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, Elbert, CO

All About Equine Animal Rescue, El Dorado Hills, CA
Animals as Natural Therapy, Bellingham, WA
Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center, Siletz, OR
CANTER California, Los Gatos, CA
Healing Arenas, Inc., ESCALON, CA
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Santa Barbara, CA
Heavenly Horse Haven, Anza, CA
Hope for Horses, Inc., GALT, CA
National Center For Equine Assisted Therapy (NCEFT), Woodside, CA
NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, Bellingham, WA
Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship, La Mesa, CA
Pet Place International, YUCCA VALLEY, CA
REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs & Strengths), Bonsall, CA
Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc,, Sylmar, CA
Saving Horses, Inc, Encinitas, CA
Special Spirit Inc, Shadow Hills, CA

Be A Star for America's Horses

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses. 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: www.equusfoundation.org.
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