Home of Hope Equestrian program

Riding with Hope

Empowering people with disabilities through Equine Assisted Services. Our hope is to allow our clients to experience growth in social, behavioral, and psychological aspects of life. 

Sponsor a HorseEquine Program Donation
Getting Involved

Caring for the Herd

Your sponsorship is very important in supporting the backbone of our program
– our horses.

Sponsor a Horse

Caring for our herd, currently of ten horses, is a significant part of our program budget.  On average, it costs approximately $2,500 each year to provide each of our horses with food, bedding, dental, veterinary, farrier, tack, and blankets.  In addition to the costs to keep them fed and healthy, there is also the cost of the hours required to exercise, groom, and care for the herd.   

MakING a Donation

Riding for Hope program recipients receive the highest quality therapeutic and adaptive riding experiences available.  Our horses are a vital part of these experiences.  Our horses receive the highest level of care from our staff, veterinarians, and trained volunteers.  We believe that if our horses are healthy and happy they will provide the best service they can to help us achieve our mission.

Meet Our Herd

Home of Hope Riding with Hope Equine Therapy

Shotgun

  • 15 hh Sorrel Quarter Horse gelding with a flaxen mane and tail born in 1999
  • Loves ATTENTION and enjoys being with Homer
Home of Hope Riding with Hope Equine Therapy

Tanner

  • 13.3 hh Grulla Fjord gelding born in 2003.
  • Loves to nibble on everything and people refer to him as a big teddy bear.
Home of Hope Riding with Hope Equine Therapy

STETSON

  • 14.2 hh Sorrel Quarter Horse gelding born in 2006.
  • Loves to be independent and show his riders how to excel in their riding 
  • Rescued from On the Right Trail Horse Rescue 
Home of Hope Riding with Hope Equine Therapy

Copper

  • 13.2 hh Sorrel Quarter Horse gelding born in 2004
  • loves adventures and trail rides, knows when it is time to work, WILL DO anything you ask of him
  • Purchased from Tina Gay
Liver Chestnut Halflinger/Quarter Horse cross gelding

jackson

  • 15  hh Buckskin Quarter Horse Gelding born in 2009.
  • Retired Barrel Racer, loves people and other horses, very easy going and goes with the flow
  • Donated by Shannon Gunter
Liver Chestnut Halflinger/Quarter Horse cross gelding

Homer

  • 15 hh Brown and White Paint/Thoroughbred cross gelding with two blue eyes born in 2001
  • will do anything once he gains your trust, teaches patience, enjoys being with Shotgun 
  • Purchased from Travis Lewis  
Liver Chestnut Halflinger/Quarter Horse cross gelding

jack

  • 15.1 hh Palomino Missouri Foxtrotter gelding born in 2008.
  • very easy going, loves treat and attention
  • Purchased from John and Ginger Gay 
Liver Chestnut Halflinger/Quarter Horse cross gelding

Jingle

  • 8 hh Blue roan miniature horse born in 2015
  • loves adventures, very curious, likes to play with zippers and hats
  • Rescued and donated by Marja Willis
Home of Hope Riding with Hope Equine Therapy

Kota

  • 14.2 hh Brown and white Paint mare born in 2006
  • ON TRIAL Learning patience and how to mingle with other horses
  • Donated from Mia Johnston
Home of Hope Riding with Hope Equine Therapy

Chief

  • 15.1 hh Black and White Paint Horse gelding born in 2002
  • Retired parade horse
  • Loves people and all attention
  • Donated from Jodee Carrier
What we do

Our Services

therapeutic riding

We offer riding lessons (private 1 hour and group 30 min) to those with disabilities. 

Equine Assisted activities

This includes grooming, leading, and learning about horses without riding.

Volunteering

Volunteer’s provide valuable assistance leading horses, walking beside riders, and also in the care of the horses. 

Legacy of HOpe

Legacy gifts to Home of Hope can be designated for any purpose that fits the passion and interests of the donor.  For information on how a donation today or a planned gift in the future can ensure that Home of Hope’s equine program continues well into the future, contact Ralph Richardson or call 918-256-7825, ext. 1010. 

PATH International Theraputic Horsemanship

PAtH

We are a center member through PATH INTL (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International).

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Riding with Hope provides Equine Assisted Services that contribute positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with disabilities. Our mission is to empower the people with developmental and intellectual disabilities as they make progress in their daily lives and believe in themselves.

Get Involved

Volunteers provide valuable assistance leading horses, walking beside some riders, and helping groom, saddle, and feed the horses. Weekday riding sessions are held in the mornings and late afternoon/early evening making it convenient to volunteer anytime during the day. If you need volunteer hours, need something to do with your evenings, miss being around horses, or just want to make a difference in someone’s life, we would be glad to talk to you about volunteering. 

Upcoming Events

Coming Soon

We are planning some amazing stuff for 2022.

Check back 

Coming soon

Planning Phase is commencing

Staff

Equine Program Coordinator

Kallie Westbrook is our Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through PATH Intl. and oversees every aspect of our equine program from sessions to horse care. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. 

Veterinarian

Dr. Tina Bass from Vinita Vet Center takes pride in caring for our herd

farrier

Tanner Nolan comes every 6-8 weeks to keep our horses feet healthy