Where to focus your #GivingTuesday contribution can be a hard decision. I know, I want to give locally and to other nonprofits outside of the area that I have a strong desire to support. But, in the Upper Valley, we often pride ourselves on shopping locally, small business, and our nonprofits. This #GivingTuesday, let's focus on a local nonprofit that needs our help.
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program is asking for help with funding for riders. High Horses might have come up with a long list of needs for #GivingTuesday, but this year they have decided to celebrate the riders.
It's their 25th Anniversary, and they are asking for donations to total $7500, which would allow 25 riders, who otherwise would be unable, to participate in the programs.
High Horses moved to their new facility in Sharon a little over a year ago, and they have been taking on projects to improve the experience of both the riders and their families. One of the significant additions in this past year has been a heated viewing room, created so that others can watch the riders in comfort.
On #GivingTuesday, High Horses would like to invite the public to join them in the new viewing room and see what High Horses does, in action.
Other big changes this year include a 30% growth in riders served in the last year! High Horses also expanded their time to 5 days a week and extended hours, increased collaborations with other nonprofits in the community (the Haven, Safeline, Sharon Academy, East Valley Academy, Zack’s Place), and increased staff and volunteer training as well as clinic opportunities.
High Horses noted, “This year more than ever we need your help. With our large growth in ridership, we have an increase in operating costs and an increase in the request for scholarships.”
Riding in the indoor arena
High Horses has plenty of expansion planned for next year too, including, fencing in more pasture for the horses, building run-in sheds for paddocks/pastures, working on the Sensory Trail and Memorial Garden, creating outside seating by the arena, and general repairs to existing structures.
If you're unable to donate money this time of year, High Horses has other needs as well. They are always looking for volunteers who can help with anything from leading horses to building fences.
This spring, High Horses will be holding a used tack sale to raise money, so donations of used tack in decent condition are always welcome as well!
This video shows the old facility but is a fabulous introduction to High Horses and the work that they do.