Heartland Horse Heroes' mission is to provide and support equestrian activities for individuals who have mental, physical, emotional, social challenges or learning disabling conditions.
*For volunteer training information, please contact LaRue Dowd at
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Lessons are only available to persons who are challenged by a disability. This includes a physical, mental or emotional disability diagnosed by a physician or any person who is facing or has faced and been treated for terminal illness within the last 3 years. also eligible are persons who are socially challenged, meaning they have been under supervision by CPS, APS or are living in foster care or have lived in foster care within the past 3 years, or are a person living in a shelter to escape domestic violence, or have lived in such a shelter within the past 3 years.
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On Nov 14th, 2009 Heartland Horse Heroes (HHH) underwent 5 1/2 hours of inspection, observation and interview by site inspectors from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) which is headquartered in Denver, CO. HHH's program and facility were scored on safety and quality standards that encompassed approximately 100 areas. To receive accreditation, compliance of 100% of PATH mandatory standards and an additional 80 percent of the general standards is required.
HHH received a perfect score and met 100 percent of all PATH standards to be titled a "PATH Premiere Accredited Center".
In 2010, LaRue Dowd completed a year-and-a-half long process of testing in the areas of Equine Management, Horsemanship, Instruction, Teaching Methodology and Disabilities to obtain her Registered Instructor status by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. The Ranch is currently hosting regular lessons in conjunction with Heartland Horse Heroes under the instruction of LaRue Dowd.