Community Involvement

Horses with Heart is in its 24th year as a therapeutic riding center serving the special needs community in northern Arizona. Having had humble beginnings with one horse in a backyard to owning our own facility with two riding arenas and twelve horses, we have seen great growth. We served a handful of riders back in 1993; now we serve over 300 participants per year.

HwH, our acronym for Horses with Heart, is a non-profit 501 c 3 funded by generous donors, grants and the modest fees we charge for therapeutic riding lessons. Our PATH Int’l and CHA Certified Instructors give of their time voluntarily, as well as our 150+ volunteers.

HwH has several programs which serve the quad-city area which includes, Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Paulden and Dewey-Humboldt. Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Special Olympics Equestrian Team, Heroes & Horses (our veterans’ program) Silver Saddle (our age 55+ program), Happy Trails Horse Experience (summer program), Happy Hearts Rodeo, Marvelous Minis Program and Junior Volunteers are our major programs. We work with Mental and Behavioral Health organizations, educational entities and other partners to provide customized programs and services for our communities.

Although we serve the special needs community, our motto is HwH is “where disabilities become possibilities”. Our goal for each participant is to reach their maximum potential and as much independence as possible. Each day miracles occur – some small and some huge. Riders who are lost inside themselves start communicating with their special horses and volunteers. Those with PTSD and severe anxiety, immerse themselves into the care of their horse; often not having to take medication because of their time with their horse. Riders who have serious illnesses get stronger and are able to perform functions not thought possible. These miracles are only the tip of the iceberg of what happens at HwH.

Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

Prescott Chamber of Commerce 

Lions Club

Lioness Club 

Recycling Program through Prescott Noon Lions

Outreach to:

Tri City Partnership – HwH participates with this team of parents, family members of individuals with special needs, self advocates, community members and professionals who work with the disabled. The Mission of Tri City Partnership is parents partnering with professionals to improve the lives of children, adults and families with disabilities or special healthcare needs. Including but not limited to: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Behavioral, Learning, Developmental, Cognitive, Medical.

Boys and Girls Club – HwH has presented our Marvellous Minis program to this special outreach and support program for parents in the Prescott and Prescott Valley community.

Schools in the Area (ASCEND, Washington Traditional, Bright Futures.....) – HwH visits schools in the area which have classes of special needs students. The Marvellous Minis program gives these children a chance to experience interacting with a miniature horse and learning much about horse safety, horse care and history.

Other Special Needs Groups......HwH visits local care homes, rehab centers, adult day programs and other special needs programs. Once again, bringing a miniature horse to them gives them a chance to experience the horse world up close and personal.

Freeman Farms – Horses with Heart is invited each fall to the pumpkin festival at Freeman Farms in Chino Valley. Many of our Special Olympics riders and Junior Volunteers help raise funds by selling home baked goods, cider and other goodies to help our special needs riders.

Prescott Frontier Days – Horses with Heart opens the rodeo each year with Happy Hearts Rodeo. Twenty-five special needs participants have the opportunity to ride and participate in rodeo-like activities at no cost.

Prescott Frontier Days Parade – HwH is among the hundreds of floats and participants in this annual 4th of July celebration. Hope-a-Long Cassidy, the HwH mascot, interacts with the crowds and great fun is had by all.

Chino Valley Territorial Days Parade – HwH participates in this annual parade celebrating Chino Valley’s history and founding.


Other Community Events:

Arizona Equifest-
 
Dewey-Humboldt Agua Fria Festival & Old West Day 

Chino Valley’s Hometown Christmas

Prescott’s Fall Fest

Dogtoberfest