I started volunteering at EPH this summer and am highly impressed. The horses are well-cared for (and many are advanced in years, so caring for these horses requires extra time, money, and effort in order to keep them healthy and fit enough to function as mounts for the program). Brian and Charlene are wonderful people, and Charlene has been helpful in offering tips and training advice with my own horses. I'm a horse owner and have had extensive experience under another trainer, and know what a healthy horses looks like--and all of the horses at EPH are healthy and are in the best possible condition. If something were to happen that I couldn't take care of my horses anymore, I would be perfectly comfortable knowing he went to EPH for the remainder of their days (don't have any plans for that, but if circumstances ever made it impossible for me to care for my own horses, I'd have no problem with them going to EPH). The special saddle has arrived and has been used very successfully, and it has been amazing to see how the summer program has helped the riders gain confidence and build social skills.
It is the complete and utter ridiculousness of people that write things like the first three comments here that make me lose faith in the human race. Then I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to volunteer at a magical place like EPH in the summer. The people running it are salt of the earth good people. They reach out to people and horses with such love and commitment. They help me to see there is good in the world. The lives they change, both equine and human, are astounding. To see it in action is breath taking! Brian and Charlene know and love each horse as if they were their own children. They know their likes, dislikes, and all their personalities. The kids light up each time they come out to ride. They grow each week and there is a real and tangible connection between them and their horses. I have thought about what to write here about EPH and I couldn’t find the words. They are a very deserving charity that throws all they have and all they are into what they do at EPH. The lies and speculations I read before made me so livid I could hardly put into words how it makes me feel. It’s taken me a few days to stop being mad enough to write a review. I stand 100% behind Brian and Charlene and their amazing horses, clients, and volunteers. My name is Megan M.
My daughter started with EPH this past summer and it was the best experience for her and for myself. Brian and Charlene are wonderful, caring people who go above and beyond to help everyone have an enjoyable and valuable learning experience. They have the nicest horses to work with and obviously spend hours and hours of their time taking care of these beautiful animals. Thank you EPH!!!
I am a volunteer and client of EPH. I have been going out there for three years. Brian and Charlene have not only helped me and my kids in learning about a horse. Ex. Parts of the horse, saddle, how to feel a horse when under saddle and always improving my seat. They have also taught me the proper ways to side walk, lead and dismount when helping in therapy. Charlene has the patience to teach the youngest of kids to the oldest of adults. She knows each and every horse inside and out. She always puts the best horse with the clients that she has. She is so knowledgeable about training both in therapy and in general. She will teach you as much as you personally want to learn. She is so giving to any and everyone. Any committed volunteer would know that this program is designed to help these children and adults to better their lives and bring joy. Every year the same clients come back and every year she gets more and more interest. Thus EPH is doing what it's set out to do. A place where people and horses come together.
It's sad that people feel the need to hurt others in more than one way. Those that don't have a true knowledge of what goes on should really keep it to themselves. Ex. Making 40,000 in donations and tons of money from United way. I think my definition of "tons" is a heck of alot smaller than yours. Maybe you should ask United way if EPH can get that "tons" because that sure would help with the extra feed, medication and much more. Next time you want to hurt someone, you should also have enough guts to say who you are. This is a GREAT program. Brian and Charlene do a wonderful job and are totally committed to each and every horse and person.
I will stand behind and beside my friends and the horses and the program. My name is Kristin P.
Horspice is a great organization that provides a second chance for horses and a first chance for children who need that extra help that a horse can provide. Brian and Charlene are dedicated to helping both the children and the horses in their care. They have proven to be worthy recipients of my donation.
Some of the kiddos I teach participate in this program. The kids are so excited and proud of themselves with all the accomplishments they achieve. The weekly activities are organized and fun. I have toured the facility and each horse is well taken care of. The riders tend to ride the same horse to generate a bond and feel like that is 'their horse'. The energy out there is palpable and contagious!
In the past several years, I have had students involved in this program. What an amazing program! The children and families have all returned each year because of the kindness, love, and benefits bestowed upon the children while participating. The Stephenson's are wonderful people. So kind, caring, and generous - to everyone that is fortunate enough to cross their paths and to the horses! They truly want to do things to help people (and animals!). Not only at their Horspice program but in their everyday lives - to me that is a true testament of a loving spirit. I would highly recommend Horspice to any of my students and would not hesitate to have my own family involved if needed. Alliance is truly blessed to have the Stephenson family!
I'm horrified at the first comments on here.....I have volunteered for many years at the Stephensons and they both care for these horses as part of the family...me and my husband helped build shelters from the money they received from a fund raiser....I have a horse of my own out there and they call me about every little thing to keep me updated on his situation.......we recently moved away from the area and I left my horse in their care because he is so happy there and well cared for......I personally think the person or persons that wrote the negitative comments are very immature and must not have gotten their way about something. It seems to be someone mad at Charleen by the very untrue comments....or they are after attention which they are getting, so let's not spend anymore time one them.......this is a wonderful place to go visit and I'm sure you are all welcome to check it out.......forever grateful!!!!!
My husband and I have been volunteers at East Point Horspice for the last two years. We have never participated in such a wonderful program as East Point! Brian and Charlene are two of the most caring individuals that we have ever met. They put their hearts and souls into the program. The horses are taken care of 24/7. We have 8 horses of our own and know first hand how expensive feed and medical care can be for a large group of horses! The horses at East Point are given wonderful care. In 2013 we boarded our 2 year filly at East Point while she was being trained by Chole H. Beauty was given the best of care and was very well trained by Chole under the direction of Charlene. All horses at East Point are trained by Charlene using the methods such as "Clinton Anderson". These methods are very time consuming but the most loving way that anyone can train a horse. Anyone who works with horses could recognize the time and dedication that Brian and Charlene have to be able to train these rescue horses to be used in the Therapy Riding Program! We have seen first hand the difference that the Therapy Riding Program has in the lives of the riders. Not only are the riders improving their muscle tone, balance, and motor skills, but they are also developing a good self esteem and self confidence! The activities are fun and engaging. As a volunteer, we see the improvement in our riders increase weekly. The kids enjoy this program and are certainly benefiting from their participation. As for the new building, this is NOT for the personal gain of Brian & Charlene. This building is the future home of all of the tack, helmets, props for activities plus a classroom for lessons and a handicap bathroom facility and a vet care area for horses in need. Large Building projects are indeed expensive. We admire Brian & Charlene for taking the first step in a multi-year project. As fund raising efforts have money coming in more of the project will be able to be completed. As for the therapeutic saddle, it was OUR idea that we presented to Charlene after working with a young rider with cerebral palsy. We asked if this saddle would benefit the Therapy Riding Program at East Point and offered to help lead the fundraising efforts. With receiving a local grant, raffle, garage sales, and wagon rides at Harvest Moon Fall Festival in Hemingford the cost of the saddle was met. The saddle HAS been ordered and will arrive before the 2015 Therapy Riding Program begins. We can hardly wait for next year's Therapy Riding Program! We will continue to support and recommend this wonderful program to everyone we meet! Dan & Cheryl L.
I am a volunteer at eastpoint horspice. It is nothing like the horrible things you have suggested it is. They treat those horses like their own children. They are the most dedicated people I know.