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Dover Saddlery's HorsePower


Dover Saddlery’s HorsePower, has been created to bring awareness to positive actions that further unify our equestrian community, support differences, and enrich lives through experiences with horses. Here, you will find the journey of amazing foundations, groups, and individuals who all provide hope, inspiration, education, and healing, to people through the power and passion of horses. An overview on each group is listed below with a donation button that allows direct donations to each cause, if you so choose. We hope you will check in frequently to learn more about the encouraging events taking place in our sport. Help us harness the unique Power of the Horse to help heal, grow, and provide a foundation for a more inclusive sport and enriched life for our riding community.

If you are part of an organization whose mission supports diversity and enrichment of the riding community through experiences with horses, please submit your organization’s information to be reviewed to HorsePower@doversaddlery.com


 


Group: Dream Catchers

Mission Statement: Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center enriches the lives of children, adults, and families through equine assisted services offering education, empowerment, healing, and hope.

Overview:
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center enriches the lives of children, adults, and families through equine assisted services offering education, empowerment, healing, and hope. Dream Catchers provides life-changing equine assisted services (EAS) to a large and diverse community of children and adults with special needs on the Virginia Peninsula from Richmond to Norfolk, the Middle Peninsula, and the Northern Neck. The organization is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) as a Premier Accredited Center. Dream Catchers is a 501(c)(3) corporation which relies upon 250 active volunteers who receive rigorous training and who provide 20,000 volunteer hours annually. More than 800 participants are served during an average fiscal year. EAS provided by Dream Catchers include: Therapeutic Riding, Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) with a licensed mental health provider, Art Therapy with a registered Art Therapist, and Speech Therapy with a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Participants range in age from 4 years to seniors in their 90’s . In addition, Dream Catchers offers wellness programs, such as HOPE (Horses Offering Personal Empowerment), EQUESTRIYOGA, and Saddle Power, a core fitness program. Educational programs include adult and junior horsemanship, as well as an equine assisted learning program that includes curriculum to develop youth leadership skills. Programs to serve veterans, military service members, and first responders are being expanded in scope, format, and curriculum.

Donation Link: www.dreamcatchers.org

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Dream Catchers
Dream Catchers


 


Group: Saddle Up And Read

Overview:
At Saddle Up And Read the mission is to encourage youth to achieve literary excellence through equine activities. In 2017, founder Caitlin Gooch noticed the literacy rates in North Carolina were low. Caitlin acted immediately by creating an incentive with a local library. As a prize for reading, this incentive included a day at her father's horse farm. The only requirement was for children to check out 3 or more books from the library. It turned out to be a great success which led to Saddle Up And Read (SUAR). The vision is to inspire a love for reading so children develop into lifelong readers. Saddle Up And Read will assist schools, libraries, youth groups, and Pre-K classrooms to build literacy skills and increase the number of grade level readers.

Donation Link: www.saddleupandread.org or @saddleupandread

Saddle Up And Read
Saddle Up And Read


 


Group: Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy

Overview:
The Philidelphia Urban Riding Academy a non-profit 501c3 founded in January 2019 is an outgrowth and extension of the original Fletcher Street Stable, preserving and educating the public on the history and culture of black urban cowboys in the City of Philadelphia and provides a variety of equine related activities and educational opportunities to the public. PURA was founded to continue the legacy of the Urban Black Cowboy by continuing to provide “hands on” equine experiences. PURA’S mission is to preserve and educate the public on the history and culture of Urban Black Cowboys, in the City of Philadelphia . The new stable will provide a host of programs, i.e., riding lessons, after school programs and tutoring for neighborhood children, 4-H, horsemanship classes, therapeutic programs for youth and adults, and also a program for Programs for Veterans and other underserved populations.

Donation Link : www.thepura.org

Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy
Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy


 


Group: Eagala

Overview:
Eagala is a nonprofit organization that combines mental health professionals, equine specialists, and horses in a revolutionary mental health model that effectively impacts positive change in people’s lives. By incorporating horses into clients’ mental health and personal development sessions, the Eagala Model is the global standard for equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development, where the horses’ unique intuitive abilities help clients heal, learn, and grow. Mental Health needs are more important than ever. Through working with horses - even on telehealth sessions - Eagala Certified professionals help people come to terms with overwhelming emotions, strengthen resilience, and find ways to change behavior and make their lives better and more fulfilling.

Donation Link: eagala.org/donors Eagala