In 2020, the American Quarter Horse Foundation awarded more than $132,000 in grants to Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies centers. The grants support individualized employee/volunteer training and center immersion training through approved educational clinics or workshops. The Arizona Fund grants support individualized employee/volunteer training, center immersion training and scholarships or financial assistance for client expenses.
“The American Quarter Horse Foundation is proud to offer this opportunity through the America’s Horse Cares grant program,” said Becky Dunning, Foundation Council member. “For those who need the horse the most, these grants provide true impact. Thank you to our donors for allowing us to award this much needed funding.”
The America’s Horse Cares grant program awards funding to centers that provide equine-assisted activities and therapies to individuals with special needs. Funding supports continuing education and professional certification for therapists, mental health professionals, employees and volunteers who work one-on-one with clients to provide much-needed care. Through America’s Horse Cares, the Foundation has awarded 387 grants totaling more than $1.3 million to support equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Since 2002, the Foundation has been on a journey to help ensure special-needs individuals experience the freedom and life-changing benefits that come from being horseback. The equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry is growing rapidly, as therapists and medical professionals are gaining awareness of the powerful benefits that come from riding and working with our horse. The American Quarter Horse Foundation is dedicated to facilitating opportunities for individuals in need and being responsive to the growing industry.
About the American Quarter Horse FoundationThe American Quarter Horse Foundation connects horses and people through charitable giving in order to develop and support programs or initiatives that preserve our horse’s legacy and further the overall well-being of the American Quarter Horse and the people who comprise the Quarter Horse family.
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