At Hope Horses, you’ll find that southern charm doesn’t just apply to the staff and volunteers, the horses too are as friendly as they come. It’s no surprise then that all around their beautiful facility in Cullman, Alabama, you’ll find bright, welcoming smiles. This year, they are putting smiles on the faces of 39 students – and many more to come this summer during their summer camps.
Their summer camps include Art in the Barn, Pony Friends Day Camp, and Cowboy and Indian Camp. Kids ages 5-10 learn skills including proper horse care, horse handling and showmanship, basic independent riding skills, as well as breeds, markings, herd behavior, and grooming and tacking. The kids have a lot of fun and get to work alongside the horses all summer.
Missy Blaylock, Activities Director at Hope Horses, says that “I personally feel that ‘having fun’ at Hope Horses is very therapeutic and educational. That’s what we strive to do every day at Hope.” Over the last four years since the organization began, their programs have continued to grow. In addition to their summer camps, they have a therapeutic riding program and also offer field trips to their barn.
School groups, organizations, and church groups are all welcome to take a field trip to Hop Horses barn. They’ll get a tour around the facility and get to see the horses as well. There’s no charge, but all donations are welcome.
None of these programs would be possible without the help of the dedicated volunteers. Kelsey Rice, Executive Director at Hope Horses, says that “it takes a great team of dedicated individuals to run the Hope Horses program.” Volunteers are essential, and help immensely in achieving Hope Horses’ mission and serving all the participants. They are grateful for every volunteer and all they do to serve and make the organization what it is today.
Recently, the organization asked some of their volunteers why they volunteer. One volunteer said “I volunteer because being able to help others and seeing the joy that we can bring them puts a smile on my face.” Another volunteer shared that she volunteers because it’s a great opportunity “to help others and do what I love at the same time.” Many volunteers shared that they enjoy seeing the happiness and achievements of the riders they help. Another volunteer said “I love helping people and seeing them smile.”
Check out the new video from Hope Horses, Grow Hope Campaign, to learn more about their goals and mission. Visit their website below today.
How to Contact This Farm:
1301 Convent Road NE
Cullman, AL 35055