The Board of Directors of the EQUUS Foundation is proud to announce that over $250,000 was awarded in grants and scholarships in 2015 to ensure the well-being of horses, improve the quality of life of people through equine-assisted activities and therapies, and foster the horse-human bond.
"Our challenge is to not only come to the rescue of horses in need and to make equine therapy available to more people, it is also to ensure that the charities receiving financial support are operating at the highest standards for the care and use of horses," said Jenny Belknap Kees, the Foundation's Chairman of the Board.
All charities seeking support are required to publicly disclose their horse care and use practices. Modeled like Guidestar, which is a free information service on the general operations of charities in the United States, only charities that make available to the public detailed information on their equine policies and practices are designated as "Messengers" and eligible to apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant.
"We have developed one of the most comprehensive and impartial verification processes to inspire donor confidence in our evaluation and selection process - and immense pride among those charities awarded Messenger Grants each year. It means something to be awarded an EQUUS Foundation grant," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.
The following organizations received financial support this year:
*All About Equine Animal Rescue
*Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc.
American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Inc.
American Saddlebred Horse Association, Inc.
*Animal Assisted Therapy Services, Inc.
Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc
Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement
*Blue Rose Ranch, Inc.
*Brook Hill Farm
*Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
*California Coastal Horse Rescue
*Celtic Charms Inc.
*Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
*Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
*Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER Michigan)
*Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Dream Catcher Stables, Inc.
DreamPower Foundation, Inc.
Equestrian Aid Foundation
Equine Land Conservation Resource
*Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
*Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center
*Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC)
*Gleneayre Equestrian Program
*Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc.
*H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Inc.
*Hearts & Horses
*Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
*Heavenly Horse Haven
*High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
*Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center
Horses Healing Humans, Inc
*Horses of Tir Na Nog
Humane Equine Aid & Rapid Transport (HEART)
*Illinois Equine Humane Center, NFP
Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation, Inc.
*Kentucky Equine Humane Center
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
KIPP DC Riding Team
Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
*Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.
National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics( NAEAA)
National Horse Show Association of America
*Nature's Edge Therapy Center
*New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.
*Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center
Out Side In, Inc.
PATH International (formerly NARHA)
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
*People & Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS)
Project HORSE, Inc.
*Ray of Light Farm
*Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
*REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs & Strengths)
Retired Racehorse Training Project
Ride On St. Louis, Inc.
*Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
Riding Unlimited Inc
*Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc.
*Saving Horses, Inc
*Shining Hope Farms
*SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers
*Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.
*Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center
*Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc.
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Inc
Unwanted Horse Coalition
Washington International Horse Show Assn. Ltd
*We Will Ride Therapeutic Riding Inc.
*White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue
*Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center
*Wings and Hooves Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
*Messenger Grant Recipients
All organizations that have received financial support from the EQUUS Foundation for the past 12 years are listed here. You can learn more about the 2015 recipients of EQUUS Foundation Champion of Equine Service Scholarships made possible by Ariat International, the sponsor of the EQUUS Foundation Champions volunteer program here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.