Horses as Healers

October 24, 2018

BETHEL PARK, Pa. — Joanne Slappo, PhD, CRC is one of five volunteers to receive Ariat boots as part of the EQUUS Foundation Champions program, sponsored by Ariat International to inspire and reward equine service. Slappo volunteers with Horses with Hope, Inc. (HWH) in Bethel Park, Pa. Slappo ...

Read more »

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The third PNHS Foundation Therapeutic Riding Championships were showcased as part of "Foundation Friday" at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Oct. 19, held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Over the years, the has awarded numerous grants. In 2017, The PNHS ...

Read more »

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — The long wait is over.  Three months after it was determined that Edith the donkey was expecting, a baby boy was delivered at 1:01 a.m. on Sept. 24 after a little more than two hours of labor.  Jamie Hahn who correctly guessed the birth date will the rights for the new ...

Read more »

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Police horses and carriage horses were not the only equines in New York City on Sept. 15 — several riders on horses in western saddles took an extended tour of the Big Apple to raise awareness about suicide among veterans. BraveHearts, based in Illinois, took 10 veterans, a gold ...

Read more »

  THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Anticipation..... It's been three months since it was determined that Edith the donkey was expecting. As of the morning of Sept. 17, the stork had yet to arrive.  Donkeys, Edith and her daughter, Gloria were a gift to Christiana Capra, founder and director of ...

Read more »

Hampton Classic Horse Show Hosts Year-End Championships For Long Island Riders with Disabilities BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — It takes perseverance and plain old hard work to chase a Championship title for more than 10 years. That’s what Victoria Natale of Bayville, N.Y., has been doing at the Hampton ...

Read more »

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — The Northfield Bank Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to Team Velvet Inc. to provide non-mounted horse therapy for traumatized children ages 5-12.   Presenting the grant on behalf of The Northfield Bank Foundation were Kari Mastroianni, Northfield Bank Vice President of ...

Read more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is accepting nominations for the Sixth Annual WIHS Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor and Service, presented by EQUUS Foundation and The Stephens Family. The 60th anniversary WIHS runs Oct. 23-28 at Capital One Arena in downtown ...

Read more »

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Pin The Tail on The Donkey is a game that dates back to 1899 and has long been a staple of children's birthday parties. A new twist on the game will raise funds for a real life, long-eared equine — pin the birth date on the donkey. Donkeys, Edith and her daughter, Gloria ...

Read more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 8 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5895, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act; 2018that included an amendment to increase funding for the Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program for equine-assisted therapy. The amendment, ...

Read more »

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Visitors got a glimpse of how horses are used in mental health therapies during Spring Reins of Life’s open house on June 3. Spring Reins of Life is a non-profit , EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model program offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy ...

Read more »

NEW YORK, N.Y. — SquirrelWood Equine Sanctuary located in Montgomery, N.Y and Man O’ War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center are featured in America’s Best Racing (ABR)’s “Purpose.” Purpose is a three-part digital video docuseries exploring the anecdotal evidence and quest for ...

Read more »

GARNET VALLEY, Pa. — Zip, a therapy horse at All Riders Up has been entered into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame. Zip is among 12 horses in the country that earned their place in perpetuity in 2018 in recognition of their stellar athletic performances and inspirational impact on ...

Read more »

HONEOYE FALLS, N.Y. — Rayne, a therapeutic riding horses from EquiCenter was selected for The Horse Stars Hall of Fame. Rayne is among 12 horses in the country that earned their place in perpetuity in 2018 in recognition of their stellar athletic performances and inspirational impact on ...

Read more »

HOLMDEL, N.J. — Peace, Love & Horses (PLH), Farm Academy Program, at Lucky Star Farm in Middletown, N.J. provides special individuals with an opportunity to experience the healing power of horses and farm life'. Recently, the Holmdel Board of Education (BOE) accepted funding from Hope For ...

Read more »

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — Horses and children donned hats, some fancy, some not during a fundraiser for Team Velvet, Inc. a non-profit that uses horses to help children deal with traumatic experiences in their young lives. Three local individuals were also honored at the May 6 event — Lon Hosford, ...

Read more »

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Three local individuals will be honored at Team Velvet Inc.’s May 6 fundraiser for their service helping children who have suffered from trauma. The 2018 Team Velvet Inc. Community Service Award winners are: Lon Hosford, Pier Guidi and Wilma Wilt. According to a statement ...

Read more »

MILFORD, Pa. — Dawn Benko a volunteer at G.A.I.T. Inc. was honored by as part of the EQUUS Foundation's Champions program which aims to inspire and reward equine service. "The horse's innate ability to touch and heal the human soul, as well as the human body, is unparalleled by any other ...

Read more »

Accepting Applications until June 30, 2018 for Grants up to $50,000 CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO — Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research ...

Read more »

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — Team Velvet recently welcomed tow new board members, Kathy Piparo, Ph.D. and Chery Swanson, RN joined the board of the 501-(c)-3 organization providing pediatric nonmounted horse therapy for children with adjustment and trauma. Dr. Piparo is a long-term resident of Hunterdon ...

Read more »

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Several dozen veterans, volunteers, dignitaries and other supporters gathered on a very chilly March 20 to honor a special horse. Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life (SRoL)., was honored by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Therapy ...

Read more »

HUNTINGDON, Pa. — A mare named Ebony is the winner of the inaugural Hope in the Saddle Therapy Horse of the Year contest. The Therapy Horse of the Year contest was a national competition hosted by Hope in the Saddle, along with sponsors Nutrena and Tractor Supply Company, to acknowledge the hard ...

Read more »

  THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Thanks to bitter cold weather, it had been some time since the veterans had been able to attend therapy sessions at Spring Reins of Life (SRoL). When the weather cleared the veterans arrived at the farm with news they were excited to share — Spring Thaw, the lead ...

Read more »

DENVER, Colo. — PATH Intl. has renewed its partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project(r) (WWP) to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for WWP veterans. WWP has made a significant grant to PATH Intl. for the purpose of awarding scholarships for veterans to attend local ...

Read more »

ALEXANDRIA TWP., N.J. — “Dr. Livingstone” or Stanley as he is better known, will be inducted into the New Jersey Animal Hall of Fame at ceremonies on March 11, Stanley is a 24-year-old, 16.2-hand tall Dutch Warmblood therapy horse. Every year, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association ...

Read more »

BELLE MEAD, NJ - Carrier Clinic hosted a welcome party to introduce the staff to their newest "colleagues" - six therapy animals, two horses, two miniature donkeys and two goats. Therapy horses Faith and Hope were the first to take up residence on the 100-acre campus in December; they were ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Veterans from Valley Brook Village housing in the Lyons section of Basking Ridge have been attending programs working with horses at Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge for enjoyment, education, professional, and therapeutic value.  The staff at the Somerset County Park ...

Read more »

"It's more important now than ever before that we have confidence in the charities that we support, and this is especially true among equine charities where there may be wide differences in how horses are cared for," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. The EQUUS Foundation has ...

Read more »

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) concluded its 2017 program schedule on Nov. 20, capping off a great year with the highly anticipated Year-End Celebration. The BTRC thanked head instructor Amanda Calistro for a successful year as well as Michael Taylor and Taylor ...

Read more »