partnership with horses, and by focusing on abilities rather “Throughthana special limitations, Hoofprints on the Heart Adaptive Riding Center offers
Dear Friend of Hoofprints on the Heart Adaptive Riding Center, Imagine the joy and sense of accomplishment felt by an individual with disabilities sitting astride and controlling a horse! What an empowering experience! At HOTHARC we provide recreational, therapeutic horseback riding for people with academic, physical and /or emotional disabilities. Horseback riding is one of the few exercises available to the disabled population. This unique experience gives these individuals a chance to strengthen and relax muscles, improve muscle tone, increase joint mobility, improve balance, posture and coordination. Learning becomes fun and interesting while mounted on a gentle therapy horse. Self confidence and self-reliance soar. Programs at HOTHARC are individualized based upon the student’s needs and abilities and include: • Ground Lessons • Mounted Lessons • Equine Facilitated Social Skills • Summer Camps • Cart Driving • Horses for Heroes for Veterans (to begin fall 2008) HOTH began operation with six children in April 2006. We now serve approximately forty students at the historic Hagemann Farm in the heart of Livermore with over forty families waiting for the opportunity to participate in our program. To meet the growing need in our community we are seeking sponsorships at all giving levels to expand and develop therapeutic riding programs.
“Hoofprints on the Heart has helped my child immensely. When Brian began riding he was using a walker tentatively. Now his balance is much better and he takes off in his walker without anyone standing next to him. He is learning sign language and my silent child is much more vocal.” A.B
HOW YOU CAN HELP CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COVERED ARENA FUND Our most pressing need at this time is a covered arena. The hot Livermore summers and rainy winters make lessons in an outside arena prohibitive for clients with fragile health conditions. We estimate the total cost of such an arena will be in excess of $250,000. We welcome all donations to this large capital campaign. PROVIDE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS HOTH holds four or five sessions lasting eight to twelve weeks each year. Families pay approximately $900 each year, and for some this cost is prohibitive. You can help give the gift of therapeutic riding to a family in need by contributing your donation to our scholarship fund. Hoofprints on the Heart Adaptive Riding Center 455 Olivina Avenue Livermore, CA 94551 925-449-9090 hotharc.org
challenging individualized programs which encourage physical, academic, social and emotional growth to individuals with special needs.
SPONSOR A THERAPY HORSE Our five therapy horses are our best and most important teachers. It costs approximately $2700.00 per year to feed and care for one of these special horses. You could help offset this expense and ensure the continued health and comfort of our special friends.
John a red roan appy, is the energizer bunny of the herd and surprises us all with how well he looks for his 31 years. He hates to be left behind and is adamant about getting his food on time. The children love his calm demeanor and won’t ride any other horse.
Summer is Peggy’s endurance horse and the diva of the herd. A 13 year old quarter Arab mix, she is a consistent, hard working therapy horse who is responsive to every child’s needs. She needs her clothes fitting properly and is picky about her riding cues.
This Bay Quarter/Morgan has a dual personality. One moment he can be so lovable and the next so stubborn. He loves to cuddle and would crawl into your lap if he could. He has become quite proficient at pulling a cart.
Our 17 year old Shetland Welsh pony is pint sized in stature but not in attitude. He is the main event for the children under six and everyone loves him. He just learned to pull a cart but loves it and really struts when under harness.
This gentle giant is a black roan appy / thoroughbred mix. We rescued him from the slaughter house in Washington State and gave him his second chance. Everyone at camp wants to ride the big horse. He can pack a lot of weight and will be the mainstay of Horses for Heroes.
SPONSORSHIP LEVELS & REWARDS WRANGLER - $250+ Free mug Recognition on Website and in Hoofprints Hoedown Program COWBOY - $500+ All of the above plus… 2 Tickets to the annual Hoedown Hoofprints T-Shirt PARD’NER - $1000+ All of the above plus… Seating at the Pard’ner’s table at the Hoedown Listing on the Donor’s Plaque at the Center RANCH BOSS - $5000+ All of the above plus… Name (or Company Name) on plaque of the new covered arena
Apply my donation to: ____ Sponsoring a therapy horse ____ Providing student scholarships ____ Contributing to the Covered Arena Fund ____ General operating expenses
Hoofprints on the Heart Adaptive Riding Center is registered in the state of California as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization (FEIN #11-3795349). All donations to HOTH are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Hoofprints on the Heart Adaptive Riding Center 455 Olivina Avenue Livermore, CA 94551 925-449-9090 hotharc.org