HIDDEN ACRES RESCUE FOR THOROUGHBREDS INC

Horses with Heart!

aka HART   |   Cocoa, FL   |  www.hartforhorses.org

Mission

HART's mission is harnessing the healing power of the human-horse connection.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Ms. Suzanna Norris

Main address

6360 Arborwood Ave

Cocoa, FL 32927 USA

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EIN

45-2373616

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our program works synergistically in a cyclical effect of humans helping horses and horses helping humans simultaneously combating two issues at once.

Each year there are many thousands of thoroughbred race horses that are no longer suitable for racing, and for many this means the end of the road facing the end of their days in horrific conditions at a slaughterhouse. These horses deserve another chance at a second career, or simply a loving home. Through rescue and rehabilitation many of the horses can go on to new careers, and create joy in the human lives who take a chance on them.

Studies have shown, and we know first hand, the power the horse has at healing human hearts and nourishing our souls. It is imperative to our program that the very horses we seek to rehabilitate and retrain in return give back to the community through programs of literacy, developing positive character traits in at-risk youth, and guiding those in need to better coping mechanisms.

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?

Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome Off The Track Thoroughbreds

Our organization allows trainers, owners, and breeders of thoroughbred racehorses a safe haven for their retired racehorses. While in our care they are retrained as pleasure and show horses to transition them to their second careers and ensure them long term, loving homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Horses allow us to explore many aspects of ourselves, and teach us skills in relationships, persistence, patience, and the power of love. We have many avenues to engage people with the horses to help create a positive environment for both horse and human.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Accreditation 2018

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Accreditation 2020

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Accreditation 2016

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) Verification 2017

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) Verification 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome Off The Track Thoroughbreds

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome Off The Track Thoroughbreds

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Improving our adoption rates will help us help more horses.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

​We are committed to being the voice for Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs), to finding them their forever homes, and to stewarding a mutual journey of self-discovery for all of our horses and the people that adopt them or interact with them.

We are seeking better ways to get these horses to more homes.

We are striving continually to set up programs that will allow these horses to serve the community in ways that will mutually benefit both horse and human.

We are improving everyday our lesson program to teach current and potentially future horse owners effective ways to manage, care for, and love their horses.

Our competition team works to expand the awareness of the athleticism and ability that many of these horses possess.

HART seeks to educate audiences about the plight of retired racehorses through volunteer outreach, special events, and rescuing, retraining, and rehoming our athletes.

By keeping in touch with the families of our adopted horses, we get to observe firsthand the impact of our mission both on the horses we have saved and on the families that have adopted them.

Additionally, we partner with our local Florida Racetracks and other racehorse rescue organization in order to educate our community and re-home our horses.

We continue to partner with various local community groups and schools to share the value of the horse to those in need.

The experience of our directors as well as our volunteers allows us to successfully rescue and retrain our horses and then assess the likelihood of a successful match between specific horses and potential adopters. Our community presence and involvement with our local sheriffs department makes our facility a hot spot for rescue horses needing special care, rehabilitation, and rehoming.

We have increased our social media presence and have been successful in sharing our mission across stateliness--we have adopted out horses not just within our local community but to other states as well. We have created alliances with many other organizations, both in and out of state.

We are an accredited organization with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance that both mentors and provides resources, and also holds us to the highest standard of care and governance.

We are verified with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries to provide reassurance that our program is being run both efficiently and effectively, with morals and integrity.

We have started educational equine programs for youth, at risk youth, veterans, and those with emotional or mental disabilities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
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Financials

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Operations

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

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HIDDEN ACRES RESCUE FOR THOROUGHBREDS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maynette Smith

Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds, Inc.

Catie Russell

Newman Equine

Maynette Smith

Jeannie Ruiz

Donna Manfredi

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.