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What We Did Over the Holidays

What We Did Over the Holidays

Shining Hope Farms was quite busy over the Christmas & New Year’s break. We often use this time while kids are not on horses to upgrade the facilities and have jobs performed that we cannot do during regular business days.

Meet Charlie

Meet Charlie

Meet Charlie! As you can imagine from the pictures and videos, this handsome little man greets Shining Hope Farms staff, volunteers and equines with smiles, high fives and fist bumps every week! This enthusiasm, love and perseverance are true testaments of Charlie’s personality and attitude toward life, since doctors and therapy appointments have been frequent occurrences for Charlie in his 5 years of life.

Bryson’s and Odie’s Story

Bryson’s and Odie’s Story

We got the call in November, 2017, to foster a beautiful little boy named Bryson. He was at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital for dehydration, neglect, and scabies. He was about seven months old. It was love at first sight for us.

Feed A Therapy Horse for #GivingTuesdayCLT

Feed A Therapy Horse for #GivingTuesdayCLT

Mark your calendars, Giving Tuesday is around the corner- December 3rd, and YOU have GOOD to give! Last year you took our breath away with your efforts to help us reach our goal, and this year the same goal is back: To Feed All of the Gentle Giants Who Help Our...

It’s time to Shop for Good CLT!

It’s time to Shop for Good CLT!

Did you know that you could support our work by shopping for the items that we need most from our Amazon wish list on SHARE Charlotte’s Give Shop®? Shop for us and hundreds of other local nonprofits August 4th-9th at shopforgoodclt.org! In just a few clicks, items we...

First Ever Equine Trail Sports Event Held in North Carolina

First Ever Equine Trail Sports Event Held in North Carolina

Over the weekend of March 30-31 Shining Hope Farms hosted the first ever Equine Trail Sports event in North Carolina at the Conover farm. The event went off without a hitch and we are incredibly grateful for such an amazing event where we had the opportunity to meet some incredible individuals, beautiful and talented horses, and top notch volunteers.

What is Therapeutic Riding? Meet Amy and find out.

What is Therapeutic Riding? Meet Amy and find out.

Meet therapeutic rider Amy, her sister Frankie, and her instructor Verena. You will see firsthand what a therapeutic riding lesson looks like at Shining Hope Farms and the types of impacts it can have on a rider.

Shining Hope Farms Hosts International Hippotherapy Workshop

Shining Hope Farms Hosts International Hippotherapy Workshop

We recently hosted an American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level II workshop at our Mt. Holly farm. Licensed speech, physical, and occupational therapists from all over the United States and as far as Northern Ireland were onsite for four days January 17-20 diving deep into hippotherapy as a treatment strategy.

Speedway Children’s Charities Supports Shining Hope Farms for Eighth Year

Speedway Children’s Charities Supports Shining Hope Farms for Eighth Year

It was announced last week during the Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual grant reception that one of the grantees receiving a portion of the $1,040,350 granted would be Mt. Holly based nonprofit Shining Hope Farms—a nonprofit that provides equine facilitated activities and therapies across their three locations in the western Piedmont region of North Carolina.

Confidence and Joy: Hippotherapy Goes Beyond Physical Benefits

Confidence and Joy: Hippotherapy Goes Beyond Physical Benefits

Ethan has spent the majority of his days in different therapies for his entire life, so “to have a therapy that’s fun and doesn’t feel like therapy has a huge impact [on him],” – said Ethan’s mom Terre. Receiving occupational therapy at Shining Hope Farms has definitely had significant physical benefits for Ethan, but it’s also done something else…

Meet Janiah

Meet Janiah

Janiah, an almost 6 year old is described by her therapist as sweet and fun, but also very competitive and a hard worker. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Janiah has had challenges with her legs and walking independently, as well as with some fine motor tasks. What she also has though, is a group of people that could not be more dedicated to loving on her and helping her to reach her full potential.

Shining Hope Farms Receives $7,500 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Lift System

Shining Hope Farms Receives $7,500 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Lift System

Shining Hope Farms will use the grant to purchase a lift system for their Mt. Holly location that will allow them to transport clients with paralysis safely on and off the horse. It will also allow them to expand what clients they can serve, as it is currently difficult if not impossible to serve clients of certain sizes or with certain mobility issues as they cannot easily mount and dismount them onto the horse.

What’s It Like Volunteering At Shining Hope Farms?

What’s It Like Volunteering At Shining Hope Farms?

Have you wondered what it’s like volunteering at Shining Hope Farms? Have you been nervous to start? Shining Hope Farms volunteer Rachel Szeghy did an awesome job documenting her volunteer experience so she could tell you all about it.

Mt. Holly Farm Indoor Arena and Barn Makeover Reveal

Mt. Holly Farm Indoor Arena and Barn Makeover Reveal

Five years ago today, some very generous PUSH America members from across the southeast descended upon Shining Hope Farms’ Mt. Holly location to begin constructing what would eventually become our new indoor arena. Fast forward five years and we’ve finally done it!

Patient Brie Was Able to Overcome Her Greatest Fear

Patient Brie Was Able to Overcome Her Greatest Fear

After almost 3 months of weekly occupational therapy sessions, patient Brie, with continual encouragement from family and her therapy team, found the courage to overcome her biggest fear and pet her horse Desmond for the first time last week!

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