In order to offer services to disabled children, adults and military service members wounded in the line of duty, we humbly request your support of our incredible mission through our Horse Sponsorship Program. We are excited to announce new sponsorship levels, improved stall and website recognition, opportunities to get a picture with your sponsored horse and ability to link your business website for corporate partners.
Our farm is currently home to 16-20 equine partners from diverse backgrounds including family pets, former police mounts and rescues. Our barn is filled with a variety of shapes, sizes and colors of horses ranging from small ponies through large draft cross breeds. Each unique animal brings specific capabilities to our program, allowing us to serve over 100 special needs and veteran riders each week across five specialized programs. In 2018, the organization provided 1,356 individuals with over 3,500 hours of lessons. This wouldn’t have been possible without the 12,000+ hours of donated volunteer support.
Specially selected and trained therapy horses require hay, feed, veterinary care, dental services, dietary supplements, stall bedding, adapted tack and equipment, training, staff care time and more. Our program has recently been updated to better represent horse sponsorship levels that cover the true cost of maintaining a horse in our program each year. The revised program reflects increasing costs in feed, hay and care services while providing additional visibility and recognition through new signage.
The total cost to maintain a specialized EQUI-KIDS horse is $5,000 a year. Due to the generosity of our community partners, our actual costs are significantly less than what the true horse care costs would be for the level of care and quality of life that we provide to our special equine partners. Even with the discounts and service donations from our community partners, the horses remain our most costly program expenditure. Your support through a horse sponsorship provides the gift of allowing additional resources to be focused on program delivery and scholarships to our riders in need.
Horse sponsors will get their corporate or family name, or ‘In Memory of’ message, proudly displayed on one of the stalls at EQUI-KIDS, as well as website recognition for the year. Enjoy visibility from the thousands of annual visitors to our farm, including participants, their families, volunteers and potential donors. Through our new website, your sponsorship will be linked directly to your business website or a photo of your family with the horse you are sponsoring.
This opportunity will provide a daily reminder to members of our community that your support is having a lasting impact on our most deserving special needs programs.
Sponsorships are recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit contribution and available at the following levels: $5,000 (full), $2,500 (1/2 share), $1,250 (1/4 share), or an agreed upon custom sponsorship. Contributions can be made as a one-time check, ACH or credit card transaction, or can be set up for monthly credit card processing.