An update and a request to support Healing with Horses Ranch.
This has been a tremendous year!
Client, volunteer, and staff (both horse and human) hours are at an all-time high. For the first time HHR has a waiting list! Here are just a few of our stats:
We partnered with two residential rehabilitation centers providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to their clients.
Facility improvements continued installing more than 1500 feet of permanent fencing; arena, stall, and parking lot lighting; and 17 permanent horse stalls (in progress)
We are now one of ~100 worldwide Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl) Premier Centers. This level certification highlights our exceptional focus on safety, quality, and customer care.
The challenge is....
Our mission is to provide affordable equine therapies to our clients. Although we charge for our services, our fees cover less than half our cost.
I often joke that “horses eat like horses!” To put this in perspective, we will use more than $14,000 worth of hay, $5000 feed, and $21,000 in farrier and veterinary services this year.
In addition, we internal fund a financial hardship “scholarship” program. This year 60+% of our clients participated and we already funded more than $50,000 in scholarships to date.
Did I mention our instructor and mental health professionals get paid (barely) and we need more…..
Now for the part I find the hardest – asking for money. Here is my humble request.
Please attend and/or sponsor our annual Barn Bash fundraiser - October 19th at Chateau Bellevue in downtown Austin. Your purchase includes dinner, open bar, HHR drink glass, keynote speaker, door prize raffle, and access to our 60+ item live auction. (Information and purchase here)
Please consider making a donation - if you cannot attend. Does your company have a donation matching program? Even a few dollars weekly matched by your company goes a long way to keeping our horses feed and our riders in their saddles! (Donate here)
Note: all sponsorships and donations are tax deductible.
Thank you so much for your support.