Youth Development

HORSES 4 HEROES INC

Empowering families, one horseback ride at a time

North Las Vegas, NV   |  www.horses4heroes.org

Mission

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 info

2007

President, CEO, Executive Director

Ms Sydney Knott

Main address

4780 W Ann Road Suite 5-106

North Las Vegas, NV 89031 USA

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EIN

20-4872971

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operation Free Ride

Free horseback rides for returning combat veterans, service members, and their families.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$50,000

Life skills workshop for adults.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$50,000

Life Skills Workshop

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$50,000

Free field trips for elementary school children that teach important life, social and communication skills, while learning about horses, farm animals, ranching and farming. We also invite senior citizens to visit our Farm.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Budget
$50,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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 +).

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HORSES 4 HEROES INC

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

MS Sydney Knott

The PR Group

Term: 2007 -

Kim Westhoff

Retired

Carol Wright

Arbonne

Dorene Opava

VA RET

Nancy O'Neill

Retired

Amber Seegmiller

Insurance

Teri Boyle

Human Resources

Ellen Burson

Public Relations

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

horseback riding program for military families