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Therapeutic Horsemanship
Therapeutic Horsemanship
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Paralympic Gold Medal Winner Lauren Barwick
Paralympic Gold Medal Winner Lauren Barwick

Horses are increasingly used as facilitators in a variety of therapies. They provide fun, rhythmic exercise for children with physical and learning disabilities, help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, and offer teens a way to improve their communication and social skills without passing judgment or leveraging peer pressure. The Foundation will provide and fund education for therapeutic horsemanship program staff and volunteers, and support opportunities for individuals with disabilities to build their horsemanship skills.

“Horses are dang good therapy for people.”Pat Parelli

Dressage Paralympian Lauren Barwick at the
2014 Parelli Natural Horsemanship “Future of HorseManShip Tour” stop in Perry, GA

The Parelli Foundation provides grants to therapeutic horsemanship centers. 

Grant applications will be accepted October 1st – November 15th, 2020. Be sure you are signed up for our newsletter to be notified of grant and scholarship award periods and other Foundation news and announcements.

 

 

Since our inception in 2012, we have granted over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants in our four program areas.  (Includes amounts awarded through our predecessor, the Horsemanship Fund.)  We grant funds for therapeutic horsemanship projects within the United States which further our mission of:

“Helping create a better world for horses and humans through natural horsemanship education”

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Grant Reports: If you are a current grant recipient and need to file a report, click here.

McKenna Farms Video
McKenna Farms shares a little of what a Parelli Foundation grant has done for them.
Serenity Farm and Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Serenity Farm Tells us what Parelli Natural Horsmanship and the Parelli Foundation have done for them.

Here are some examples of the types of grants we provide:

  • Funding to train your staff and volunteers in natural horsemanship
  • Certification of staff members or volunteers by natural horsemanship related organizations
  • Public outreach through Natural Horsemanship Education
  • Educating the public about issues related to therapeutic horsemanship

Grants may be given for any combination of the above and will be considered for other related activities. Grants may range in size from $500 to $5,000. If you are considering applying and need help to determine if your grant request falls within our mission, please contact us.

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 requested must fall within our mission as described above.
  • The grant application must be properly filled out and received on or before the advertised deadline.
  • Applicants must commit to natural horsemanship.

All grant applications are considered for funding without knowledge of the identity of the applicant.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please proceed to the next step below.

Waypoint Veterans
Waypoint and Kris
It's all about the connection

Heroes and Horsemanship Initiative: Horses Helping Heroes

Parelli Foundation’s Heroes and Horsemanship Initiative is a grant program supporting non-profit therapeutic organizations serving veterans, active members of the military, first responders and their families, or as we like to call them, heroes helping heroes.

The Parelli Foundation has a mission to help those who protect our country by extending their access to horses and natural horsemanship education. It is well established that Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) has been helpful to many veterans and first responders as they deal with the extreme conditions associated with armed conflict and their careers. These American heroes should have the opportunity to heal and cope through EAT. The Parelli Foundation is stepping up to fill this need.

Heroes and Horsemanship Video
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Horse selects veteran
Veteran and his partner

In addition to its regular Therapeutic Horsemanship grant cycle, the Parelli Foundation will offer a special grant cycle each year to support non-profit Therapeutic Horsemanship organizations currently providing innovative and industrious ways to pair veterans, active military, first responders and/or their family members with horses using natural horsemanship methods. Grants will assist recipient organizations reach their full potential in helping these individuals through their proposed projects, which can include things like:

  • Funding to train your staff and volunteers in natural horsemanship
  • Providing therapeutic horsemanship opportunities for free or lower cost to veterans, active military, first responders and/or their family members
  • Extending veterans’ access to equine therapy when Veterans Affairs funding has run out
  • Certification of staff members or volunteers by natural horsemanship related organizations
  • Public outreach through natural horsemanship education

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, active military, First Responders, and/or their family members.
  • 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. Ex: Groundwork, therapeutic riding, retreats, group or individual sessions.

Click Here to preview our grant application in PDF format.

The application period for grants is now closed.  Be sure you are signed up for our newsletter to be notified of grant and scholarship award periods and other Foundation news and announcements.

Kris and Jewel “I got out of the military after serving eight years as a section leader in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  I deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.  I received a purple heart and was medically released from service. When I returned home from deployments, I thought my war was over, boy was I wrong. My fight was just beginning.  Since returning to the civilian world I have struggled in a lot of ways I never thought would be a problem because I was just going to live my life like I did before the military. I soon found out I can’t go back to the way I was before because I have changed.  I struggled in life because I lost my sense of purpose and felt like I was “broken”. Pride and stupidity kept me stuck in a perpetual freefall of negative and destructive behavior. Basically, I was a nuclear bomb and the countdown was at zero.  When I finally talked to another military veteran, he introduced me to Stephanie Cirasa, the founder and Director of Waypoint Ranch. Her vision and leadership was and is what I longed for, which is purpose and direction. The relationship with horses and how the wounded veteran can benefit from that and also the horse benefits too. I was raised in California on a thousand-acre cattle ranch. My idea of horsemanship meant put your boots and saddle on and try to not fall off. Since returning from 4 days with Nancy Slater and seeing her incredible display of what the Parelli Natural Horsemanship model is all about completely changed my idea of what my purpose and direction was. Nothing could prepare me for when I experienced a horse named Jewel lowered her head and yawned. She trusted me. I have been shot at, blown up, jumped out of airplanes and although the reality was that in the military that was my purpose. Nancy, Stephanie, and the Parelli Foundation and a horse named Jewel showed me what my purpose is and that is to be a role model to other veterans that we have what it takes to live productive lives again. That was only possible by Stephanie and Waypoint Ranch and her team to reaching out to the community and showing people like me that there is still value and meaning in life. “Rangers lead the way” is my unit’s motto and natural horsemanship and Waypoint Ranch has proven to me that I can lead and now others need to see it and experience it.”  – Veteran Army Ranger, Kris

Workshop at Best Friends Animal Society
Workshop at Best Friends Animal Society

Therapeutic Workshops

Are you in the Therapeutic Horsemanship field and want to learn about what it takes to achieve well-informed staff and volunteers, happier horses, safer programs and better therapeutic outcomes? If you and other centers have a minimum of 20 participants, please contact us to discuss a customized workshop for your needs.

Waypoiint

“Peace at Home Project” for Veterans

A Licensed 2* Parelli Professional known as “Nancy Natural” hosted a retreat for Special Operations veterans who are on a working journey. “They are self-starters, self-guided, and self-driven at Waypoint Ranch in Carrollton, Ga., where their motto is “Live, Learn, Work, Ride. Your self-carriage is your choice,” said Nancy Slater. “Stephanie Cirasa runs the Peace at Home Project there using her horses. She wanted to see what I was doing in Lake Wales, Fla., using Parelli Natural Horsemanship as a healing tool.”

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Born 2 Be Therapeutic Center

Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center

“Consistency in handling is vital when you have many volunteer hands working with a herd of therapy horses,” Mary said. “The training the volunteers received has made them more effective leaders, teaching them to think like a horse! We have also been fortunate to have Debbie share her talents to teach us all a new and effective way to communicate with our horses.”

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Gail and Ernie

Parelli Friendly Therapeutic Centers

This listing is provided to recognize and honor those who use natural horsemanship principles to enhance the mental, emotional and physical health of their herd and to provide a tool to help these centers find and network with one another. [See list…]