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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Youth Development Programs

Mission: SonRise Equestrian Foundation is a free, non-profit organization making a positive difference for children living with social, emotional, or physical challenges including terminal illness.

Programs: In the saddle - a one-on-one horseback riding program that teams up one child, one mentor and one horse 100% of the time. This ensures no hurting child gets lost in a crowd and keeps our program extremely safe.

team equine - a working ranch program where children work in teams doing ranch chores and caring for horses in need of rehabilitation. The program builds self-worth by providing children with goals they can achieve and letting them easily see the product of their labor.

traveling tails - a miniature horse program which brings minis to children's hospice care homes and schools for children with special needs.

Community Story

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter has struggled with many issues, including dyslexia, a mood disorder, depression, a major family loss, social issues, and more. On her first day at Sonrise she met other kids with the same issues and finally felt that she could be around people who understood what she goes through. A 10 year old doesn't understand their diagnosis, they just feel terrible and misunderstood. The only time she felt happy was around animals, so Sonrise has given her not only the chance to care for animals, but to also be with peers who understand her, while the staff offer so much more. She often comes home with small awards, that boost her self confidence, for example, she was given a horse puzzle because she was the hardest worker that day.