With your help, the Foundation can launch an exciting, new Therapeutic Riding
Program in 2010. Our goal is to reach $100,000, so we can fund a major endowment
that creates perpetual awards to help children and adults to rehabilitate
through therapeutic riding. Can you help us reach that goal?
Please select one of the programs below, then click continue.
The American Paint Horse Foundation is a recognized IRS 501(c)(3) charitable
organization. Your contributions may be tax-deductible.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation has a long history of establishing scholarship funds for
deserving children to continue their education and develop strong leadership
skills. Over the past quarter century, the Foundation has awarded more than
$530,000 in scholarships to students. A youth development program also helps
fund American Junior Paint Horse Association leadership symposiums every year.
The medical community is quickly discovering what you’ve known all along –
horseback riding is good for body, mind and spirit. Children and adults facing
physical and mental challenges are making major strides forward in recovery,
thanks to the healing power of horses. It has been proven at therapeutic riding
centers around the world that interaction with horses helps improve circulation,
balance, muscles control and coordination. For those who cannot walk, horses
provide an exhilarating feeling of movement. And, finally, the bond that is
established with horses contributes to emotional well-being and opens up the
lines of communications. Help us fund grants to children and adults who need our
help. Every $35 you contribute helps a child or adult to ride tall in the saddle
for a horseback riding lesson that will be a life-changing experience. Every
$280 helps fund two months of riding lessons. Read their stories on this Web
site and know that you made a difference.
HEROES ON HORSEBACK
This therapeutic Riding Program is tailored specifically for veterans who have
returned from war physically disabled. Welcome them back home with boost into
the saddle. Help them feel appreciated and proud to be back in America. For
example, soldiers who have lost limbs learn to be mobile again and maintain
balance, all while enjoying horses. The equine experience has also proven to
help soliders deal with depression following the traumatic experiences of war.
Only $35 can help put a wounded warrior back in the saddle toward recovery. Only
$280 helps to fund a full two months of riding lessons, as well as a sense of
physical and mental well-being. Help us give back to our fine servicemen and
–women through our Heroes on Horseback grant program.
BACK IN THE SADDLE PROGRAM
Help an injured rider to mount up once again and enjoy the world on horseback.
Support our “Back in the Saddle” program so we can provide an injured rider with
a new saddle and other tack needed to get back in the saddle and back on with
PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE
The American Paint Horse breed, as we know it today, can trace its survival to
Rebecca Lockhart of Ryan, Oklahoma. This steadfast woman, with true grit and
determination, stood up to the prevailing horse establishment in the middle half
of the last century. Did you know that many people considered the Paint Horse to
be inferior, simply because of its colorful pattern, and some even destroyed
foals? Lockhart put an end to that by proving that Paints could excel in
multiple fields and events. She registered the first Paint at her kitchen table.
Today, APHA, the association she formed, is close to reaching 1 million
registrations. The story of the Paint Horse is one of triumph over adversity,
victory over discrimination, and proof that hard work can lead to success. Help
us preserve the legacy of the American Paint Horse.
HERITAGE TREE RECOGNITION
The American Paint Horse Foundation Heritage Tree is located in the reception
area of the American Paint Horse Association Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas,
offers recognition. The tree commemorates people with vision and horses with
heart and talent who have made APHA a world-class breed organization. Each leaf
on the tree is available with a $500 donation for the Foundation. It can be
inscribed with the name of a person, horse, farm or ranch.
BRONZE SCULPTURE RECOGNITION PLAQUES
The Legacy of Color bronze masterpiece that now graces the front of
APHA’s headquarters is a fitting tribute to an association that has given rise
to one of the largest and fastest-growing horse breed registries in the world.
That tribute was supported by the efforts of the American Paint Horse
Foundation, which spearheaded the drive to commission, design and erect the
bronze. Through a cooperative effort with APHA, the bronze became a reality in
2002. APHA supported its construction with a major financial contribution and
the Foundation continues to raise additional funds through special offerings. An
ambitious project three years in the making, Legacy of Color was unveiled
May 30, 2002, to commemorate the association’s 40th anniversary. The bronze
horses stand 20 hands (nearly seven feet) at the withers. Each horse in the
display weighs about 1,500 pounds and is cast in bronze. The entire collection
of four horses spans 36 feet. They stand on a concrete base nearly three feet
high. Earn recognition on the bronze with a plaque and own a scaled replica.
Please call us about how to obtain a Legacy of Color bronze sculpture at
PAINT HORSE WELLNESS AND GENETICS RESEARCH
The Foundation is committed to ensuring that the American Paint Horse, which
inspires so much goodness in our world today, remains a healthy, vibrant part of
our culture. Your donation will help fund research related to health and
wellness issues, as well as genetic research to preserve the attributes of the
remarkable American Paint Horse breed.
Please call us with your donation at (817) 834-2742.