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Shining Hope Farms is excited to announce that they have received a $1,700 grant from the Healthy Charlotte Alliance to purchase an AED or automated external defibrillator for their Charlotte farm.read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
The funds generously donated by the Community Foundation of Gaston County will be utilized to make very necessary improvements to the tack room and office at Shining Hope Farms’ Mt. Holly farm including installing a PTAC unit, washer and dryer, and flooring.
In honor of its 10th anniversary this month, AcuCare Clinic in Denver will donate 10% from each acupuncture treatment in September to Shining Hope Farms. AcuCare Clinic is an acupuncture and herbal medicine practice serving patients in our area. "I'm incredibly...
Press Release: Coca-Cola Consolidated Surprises Shining Hope Farms with $50,000 Gift and Commercial to Air Nationally During the World Equestrian Games
Coca-Cola Consolidated had a few surprises up its sleeve at a picnic held at Shining Hope Farms on Friday.
Clinton Anderson Method Ambassador Cale Young will be offering a 3-Day Fundamentals Clinic at Shining Hope Farms’ Conover NC farm October 19-21st.
On May 5, 33 local athletes competed in a Fun Horse Show hosted by Shining Hope Farms at their farm located off of Beatties Ford Road.
Shining Hope Farms is hosting a Fun Horse Show on May 5 with individuals from surrounding counties. This event will be a great way for riders with disabilities as well as those who are able bodied to show off their hard work and skills to family and friends, socialize, and have fun!
Meet Elizabeth. She is unable to speak and with the help of her speech language pathologist Colleen she recently got a communication tablet. Colleen is helping her learn to use the tablet to express herself.
While many people are familiar with the therapeutic benefits that horses provide, they are not always familiar with what Hippotherapy specifically is. Read on to learn all about this unique treatment strategy.
It was announced during the Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual grant notice this month that one of the grantees would be Shining Hope Farms. Speedway Children’s Charities has been a regular supporter of Shining Hope Farms, providing them with a grant for the past seven years. The grant will provided funds for the their Hippotherapy program.
When triplets Forest, Sky and Laurel first started riding at Shining Hope Farms, they were two year olds who were not yet potty-trained, speaking or responding to anyone. Recently, Laurel and Forest were able to join us again as spunky seven year olds and the benefits they gain now are just as great as when they started riding.
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