Youth Development


Empowering families, one horseback ride at a time

North Las Vegas, NV


Founded in 2006, Horses4Heroes mission is to make horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to, the families of the heroes in our community including, but not limited to:  military personnel (active duty and veterans), police and correction officers, fire fighters/EMTs, hospice and critical care nurses and special needs school teachers.

Ruling Year


President, CEO, Executive Director

Ms Sydney Knott

Main Address

4780 W Ann Road Suite 5-106

North Las Vegas, NV 89031 USA


horseback riding program for military families





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Every 22 minutes a Veteran, service member or First Responder commits suicide, they feel their lives have no purpose, that they have no place. Thousands of children are living in Foster Care and 80% of 18-year-olds who age out of the Foster Care system (nationwide) end up pregnant, incarcerated or homless. Children today have more anxiety, anger management and behavioral issues than ever before. Time spent with horses, whether in a recreational, instructional or therapeutic program, calms you down, makes you feel loved and needed, less anxious, less angry, and you come away better able to cope with life's challenges.

Our programs

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Operation Free Ride

Back in the Saddle


Life on the Farm

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is to uses horses to empower, engage, inspire, educate, entertain and employ those in our community whose Call of Duty is to Protect, Serve, Teach and Heal. We do this by making equestrian programs affordable and accessible.

Our strategies are to offer low-cost equestrian programs for all ages, including riding lessons, camps, birthday parties, field trips, corporate and special events and free workshops. We hold free open houses and open riding on the weekends with promotions like $5 Fridays and Saddle Up Saturdays and Sundays. In so doing, we hope to serve as an example for our affiliates so they can offer the same programs at their facilities.

Our HQ and flagship facility is located on a 2.5-acre urban ranch in Las Vegas. Here we offer camps, lessons, birthday parties, field trips, and free experiential education sessions with horses.

Our programs are full, our lesson schedule is booked, our clients are happy (5 Star Review on Facebook), and we are continue to expand the number of guests and clients we see on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Our web site is out-of-date and needs to be updated; we need to expand our board of directors and get more engaged members; we need to get better financials; our new program for 2020 is our corporate leadership program. We also are working on getting dirt for our community arena so we can hold events (dirt costs $20,000 +).

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?