Our History

Horses with Heart had a very humble beginning in 1993 when Vickie Stuart’s dream to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in therapeutic and recreational horseback riding came true. She held riding sessions on weekends and during school breaks at the S Bar & J Ranch in Chino Valley. “Buddy”, a Quarter horse, was the first donated horse in the program.

In 1996, Trudy Chapman-Radley reorganized Horses with Heart, became its first Executive Director and became a PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (formerly NARHA) Certified Instructor. Sessions were moved to the ranch on Cherry Circle in Dewey where more horses joined the program.

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Volunteering at HwH

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Last year we had over 22,000 volunteer hours and used every one of them. Thank you for your support of our ongoing need for additional team members.


FALL FUN RUN coming up! 
Come in costume (or not) Saturday, Oct. 27, 1-mile run/walk starting at the ranch. For people and pets (dogs and minis on leads). Get all the details here.
Download your entry form here.  
OPEN ARENA: Sunday, Nov. 18, 1-4 pm, HwH Ranch, 2705 S. Hwy 89, Chino Valley. Just $10 per horse/rider pair. Ride in the covered arena, use ground poles, barrels, etc., or work in the round pen. Tack sale, too! Click for details. 

Quick notes

~ Are your volunteer hours up to date? Be sure all your time is recorded so that you can be recognized at our annual Appreciation Day Luncheon in January.

~ Get ready for next year’s Bowl-A-Thon! Plan on attending the first meeting for the 2019 event Thursday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m. at the HwH office. Bring lunch if you like. For more info: Volunteer Coordinator Maureen Owen, 702-335-6909.

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