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Greg Strever, Volunteer

A year and a half ago my wife was having a rough time at work with her management. I was into a Facebook series that Mike Rowe (Dirty jobs) was doing to high light exceptional people in America. It was called returning the Favor. In one episode he high lighted a Therapeutic Equestrian ranch in the Phoenix area. My wife likes horses so I thought that this would help her to deal with the work issues. We found HORSEPOWER and have fell in love with program and the Horses. Now almost a year and a half later and we still get excited every time we get to go out there and volunteer.

HORSEPOWER came to me through another volunteer I knew, and has quickly become one of my favorite places to be. The students, instructors, and fellow volunteers have created such a comfortable, safe space to learn and teach.

Keelin Wolfe, Volunteer

I’ve always had a love of horses from a very young age. I didn’t have a lot of experience with them other than some riding here and there. But I’ve always longed to spend time with them somehow. After a divorce, and my only child leaving for college, I was left not knowing what my purpose was or what I would do with my time. I decided it was time for me, time to do something for myself that would also benefit others. I got in touch with HORSEPOWER and started cleaning stalls. Just to be in that atmosphere, being around the horses and making a nice clean space for them, and connecting with other people who were there for similar reasons to mine told me that I was in the right place. I am now a barn leader and a class leader and I absolutely love my time at there. Getting to know staff and other volunteers and the riders has been wonderful. They’ve all been so kind and patient with me as I am learning. Getting to know the horses and their personalities has been so amazing and rewarding. I am so grateful for the opportunity.

Sue Durant, Volunteer

I found HORSEPOWER in November of 2019 when I was going through a lot of transition and nothing felt solid or familiar. Very quickly HORSEPOWER became a part of my day to day and the people I meet felt like family. I am blessed to have found this place and these people that makes me feel so at home and the opportunities I have been given to grow.

Kat Doyle, Staff/Volunteer

I first volunteered at HORSEPOWER in 1999, I was 21 at the time. I volunteered for a couple years while in college trying to figure out how to begin my life and career! Being around their horses has always done more for me then I felt I ever did for the population this farm serves. But what equine therapy does for the population they serve is down right amazing. The horses that are chosen to participate are incredibly patient, calm and perfect. If your a horse person you know how tricky horses can be. Now I get the pleasure of volunteering with my 9 year old daughter in the barn on Saturday afternoons. She loves it and hopes to grow in the volunteer program to different responsibilities as she gets older. HORSEPOWER will always have a special place in my heart no matter where life takes me. They are an incredible organization that has made and will continue to make a positive difference in so many peoples lives. ❤️

Beth Norris, Volunteer

Riding at HORSEPOWER is my son’s favorite activity. We have been part of the HORSEPOWER family for over ten years. The developmental and social changes in my son, due to HORSEPOWER , have been tremendous. The only thing that he doesn’t like is not being able to ride everyday. We are grateful for the staff and volunteers that have poured their energy and love into not only my child but so many other children too. 😊😊😊

Maureen Carrey, Parent

My son has been doing lessons with HORSEPOWER  since last summer. We heard about HORSEPOWER  from a place where he did horseback riding lessons and horse camp at last year! He wanted to keep riding horses and we still wanted him to do horseback riding lessons because he is so good at it and they recommended HORSEPOWER since that place was closing down. Their instructors, volunteers and programs are awesome! When Blake rides a horse he is so compassionate and caring about the horse which is teaching him responsibility. He is so focused, he listens to the instructors and has a great time when he does his horse back riding lessons at HORSEPOWER ! Horse power lessons have built up his confidence and he loves riding so much! We are so grateful for HORSEPOWER therapeutic riding program and their facility is such a beautiful and amazing farm area for the horses. You can see that they are truly passionate and care about these amazing animals! I give HORSEPOWER  a 5 star rating they are wonderful and so generous to the kids!

Ashley, Parent