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Ongoing Help for Veterans

The Parelli Foundation has a mission to help those who have protected our country, by extending their access to horses and natural horsemanship education.  It is well established that equine assisted therapy has been helpful to many veterans as they recover from the extreme conditions of armed conflict.  Some of those veterans want to continue their association with horses and natural horsemanship when their initial therapeutic funding runs out. The Parelli Foundation is stepping up to fill this need.

Heroes and Horsemanship Video

In addition to its regular Therapeutic Horsemanship grant cycle, the Parelli Foundation will be offering a special grant cycle to support non-profit Therapeutic Horsemanship organizations who are currently providing innovative and industrious ways to pair veterans with horses using natural horsemanship methods. Grants under this program will assist organizations who serve veterans and active member of the military with extending access to horses and equine assisted therapy after other funding has run out.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to support the men and women of our armed forces through grants promoting natural horsemanship education and involvement in Therapeutic Horsemanship programs. The Parelli Foundation looks forward to providing Heroes and Horsemanship grants with support from donors who appreciate the need for funding for these deserving programs.”  Summer Wyatt Bacharach, Executive Director of the Parelli Foundation

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It's all about the connection

To be considered for a grant an organization must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • The grantee organization must be a non-profit 501c3 organization.
  • The grant request must fall within our mission: “Helping create a better world for horses and humans through Natural Horsemanship education”.
  • The grant application must be properly and completely filled and received on or before the advertised deadline.
  • Applicants must commit to natural horsemanship.
  • Applicants must have an existing therapeutic horsemanship program supporting veterans and/or active military.
  • Applicants are required to hold some certification/accreditation, such as, but not limited to: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(PATH International), formerly the North American Handicapped Riding Association (NAHRA), or Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA).
  • Applicants must provide access to behavioral health/referrals to mental and behavioral health programs.
  • Applicants must provide multiple therapeutic program options for students.

The grant application period closed April 15, 2019.
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  1. I’m trying to subscribe to your email list so that I can receive notice regarding the first grant cycle for Heroes and Horsemanship. Thank you!

  2. I’m a Speech Pathologist and Daughter of the American Revolution and I’ve been a Parelli follower for a long time (what was it called when we got the DVDs in the mail?). That is the perfect connection between all 3 world’s! Can’t wait to learn more.

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