WarHorses for Heroes is expanding rapidly, and so is the facility. In order to better serve our veterans, we have multiple projects underway. Please check out the ones in progress and what we’ve already accomplished! If you are interested in donating to a specific project or need more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. General donations can also be made in our shop!
The purpose of our future capital campaign is to upgrade the electrical system in the barn where we hold our equine therapy sessions with our veterans. The electrical requirements of the barn include powering sufficient lighting for the stalls, grooming areas and arena where we hold our sessions. In the summer, we need to power several fans to keep our instructors, volunteers, veterans, and horses cool and healthy. In the winter, water lines and buckets need to be heated to keep water flowing for our horses. As our program is growing, the current electrical capacity of the barn is not high enough to consistently power all of these, so we will soon begin a capital campaign to upgrade our electrical system so that it is safe, efficient, and so our program has the capacity to expand and reach more veterans.
FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018
We have been invited to the World Equestrian Games! Watch for us the last weekend of WEG!
The FEI World Equestrian Games, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events in a pre-determined location. The FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event. The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games will be held in Mill Spring, NC, over thirteen days from September 11-23rd, 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.
As we expand our program beyond participants dealing with mental health issues to those dealing with physical disability, we need to upgrade several aspects of our facilities to accommodate our participants’ varied needs. The bathroom access at our facilities is currently limited to a port-a-potty, and we would like to improve the comfort and accessibility our veterans experience during their sessions. Our vision includes a full service, handicap-accessible bathroom with a shower for our staff and volunteers to use when necessary.
We have received several generous donations of second hand tack and riding gear from local tack stores and individuals, and have been raising money for the nonprofit by reselling it in our online store (link here) and in person at a few limited events. A trailer would give us the opportunity to expand our market with a mobile store that could travel to horse shows in the area, raising both money and awareness for WarHorses for Heroes.
We would like to refinish the stalls in the barn. Our horses deserve the best and that includes a nice room to stay in! For this project, we will need to purchase 5 gallons of stain, 10 packs of sandpaper, and rent a few belt sanders.
Update: Thanks to a generous donation, we were able to coordinate volunteers to come spend the day with us and refinish all of our stalls in October 2017! We were even able to begin work on touching up our wash racks!