Fall 2016 Newsletter


Somewhere over the rainbow lies HART, where dreams do indeed come true!


HART now has a quarterly newsletter! We hope you enjoy hearing about our recent events as well as learning about what is to come! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

About HART

Our Mission is to utilize the beneficial and therapeutic qualities of horses, thereby improving and enhancing, the physical, emotional, and cognitive quality of life, for children, adults and our military personnel, who are living with disabilities.We offer hippotherapy, equine facilitated psychotherapy and adaptive riding in a professional, supportive equestrian environment.

Horses Adaptive Riding & Therapy (HART) is a local, grass-roots organization assisting special needs individuals in our community. Our staff and volunteers bring many years of experience and knowledge to HART’S equine program. This experience helps to create a supportive and compassionate environment. At HART, we emphasize the inclusion of clients who might not qualify for traditional equine therapy programs due to their diagnoses or financial status. HART is a 501 (c) 3 with 70 weekly clients who range in age from two to eighty.  



President: Leonard Bratcher
Vice President: Eleni Boston
Treasurer: Tim Newell
Secretary: Reina Morgan
Myrna Gulick
Kerrill Knaus-Hardy
Debbie Rambeck

Fall Family Fair 

Sunshine and blue skies prevailed for HART’s 2nd Annual Fall Family Fair on September 25, 2016.  The friend and fund raising event started out with a barbecue prepared by our friends from the Independence, Oregon Elks Lodge.  Kids and adults alike enjoyed outdoor games and rides in a mini-horse horse drawn cart.  A photo booth allowed guests to don costumes for photos with Sparky, HART’s mini horse, or pose with Breyer Horse Model Smokin’ Doubledutch. Volunteer Phoebe Bordadora sold custom coloring books with original art by HART clients.

Shoppers bid on a variety of silent auction baskets and other items generously donated by friends, volunteers and board members of HART.   Special guests, including Miss Oregon Alexis Mather, Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen Abigail Hoppe, Miss Clatsop County Ryen Buys, Miss Willamette Valley Bailey Pilant and Miss Marion-Polk Outstanding Teen helped sell raffle tickets for a coveted weekend trip to the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach.

At 2:30 p.m. the entertainment kicked off with a flag presentation by Geneva Boston, then adaptive riding and hippotherapy demonstrations featuring Sadie Mella-Wagner and Junior Albrecht, instructors Megan Newell, Amber Schoeff, occupational therapist Toni Bordadora, and longtime volunteer Rachel Morena.  Featured entertainment included performances by the Brokenridge Riders Drill Team, Mija Sims of Mija Dressage, and Jessica Holland of Pearl Performance Horses.  Closing the program were Smokin’ Doubledutch and Tami Platt who treated two young fans to arena rides in Dutch’s cart.

The event raised nearly $6000 for HART, and brought friends, new and old, to our beautiful farm. Thank you to the many performers, volunteers and sponsors who made this wonderful day possible!

2016 Event Sponsors:

Keystone Granite
Eve Mazzara and GetArt Graphics
Yoakum Sound and Light
David B. Anderson, DDS
Nancy Hootman and Hootkootoor
Members of the Independence Elks Lodge
Noble Outfitters
Roth’s Markets
Double H Western Wear
Surfsand Resort, Cannon Beach
Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen Program
Miss Oregon Scholarship Program
Austin Hoppe

Meet Ruth & Nikki

Ruth first started riding horses when her husband got a job at Texas A&M as a chemical engineer. She started taking lessons with the wife of one of his colleagues and loved it so much that she ended up buying a horse of her own. Ruth came to HART when she learned about it from a friend because she wanted to get back into riding after not riding for several years. She feels a spiritual connection with Nikki and says that Nikki understands her. Ruth's goal is to take dressage lessons and her favorite moment at HART was when her and Nikki jumped! 

The Black Horse Project

Equine Services for Veterans and their families


Types of Services:

Hippotherapy with Occupational Therapist Tanya (Toni) Bordadora
The rehabilitative effect of the horse’s gait can assist wounded veterans in strengthening specific muscle groups, which may ultimately aid the participant in building muscle and increasing flexibility needed to regain specific movements associated with walking, balance, and core strength.

Adaptive & Recreational Riding (Focused on skill building)
Our farm provides a safe and peaceful environment in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Riding centered activities help to build strength and improve motor skills in a fun and supportive setting. Our team is focused on a person’s ability and not their perceived limitations.

Equine Assisted Therapy with Lee Ann Nail, BA, MSW, LMSW, CSWA, Certified in EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy)
Research findings suggest that Equine Therapy can lead to a variety of psychotherapeutic benefits. The Equine Assisted Emotional and Behavioral Support Program helps participants learn step by step coping skills.

New Horses!

Fiesta is HART's very own Gypsy Vanner. She came to us from Rock Ranch Gypsies in California. Thank you Rock Ranch!
Nikki was the number one lesson horse for Cresendo Farms for 15 years and we are pleased to add her to our herd of 4-legged therapists. She is truly a 'gem' and we thank Katie Twombly for sharing this wonderful mare with HART. She has quickly become a favorite with our staff, volunteers, and clients.
Freddy came to us from Southern Oregon where he was a ranch horse. This friendly and easy going boy stands just over 13h with a strong build, making him a good size for children and yet strong enough for adults. Freddy is the youngest member of our therapy herd.
Oldermann was donated in August of 2016. He is a kind and quiet Fjord gelding in his mid-teens. He quickly adapted to the duties of a therapy horse and is a very valuable member of our team. Before coming to HART he was a riding and driving horse and even helped with some small logging projects on his owner's farm.

Spotlight on a Volunteer:

Tricia McCormick

Tricia lives in Turner, Oregon and is proud to have been a part of HART from the beginning, where she is a jack of all trades. Tricia has volunteered with clients, helped procure horses for the program, and worked as an employee doing horse and barn care.  She says “We were a group with a vision of what we wanted to offer to the community, but we were like Gypsies trying to find a home where our dream could be realized.”  She still cannot believe this beautiful facility is HART's home. What she loves most about HART is the family atmosphere.  The staff, volunteers, board, and clients together create a very special place, where amazing things happen that change lives every day. Tricia says that everything she has been involved with at HART has blessed her life. In her spare time she cares for her own horses, spends time with her four beautiful grandchildren, mentors, participates in her church, and enjoys boating and skiing with her husband. 

Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can set HART as your Amazon Smile charity and HART will get money every time you shop on Amazon? Here’s how:

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from their list of eligible organizations.

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, click on the icon below:


Fred Meyer Rewards

Did you know that when you register your Fred Meyer card, you can choose HART to receive monetary donations based on your purchases? You can do your shopping at Fred Meyer and make a donation to an amazing nonprofit all at once! If you haven't registered your card yet, click on the icon below to get started:


Blue Ribbon Sponsors

We would like to give a huge thank you to our blue ribbon sponsors:
  • Donofrio's Skyline Ford
  • Gulick Trucking
  • Independence Elks Lodge
  • Keystone Granite
  • M.S International
  • Richard & Barbara Marx Foundation
You can become a blue ribbon sponsor for a year with a $2,500 donation. Donations can be made online through PayPal at Other donation options include sponsoring a therapy horse, providing scholarships for clients, and becoming a monthly sustainer. 

Mud Management

Our horses will not have to live in a swamp this winter! Their new and improved paddocks have a working drainage system, are level with the inside shelter, and are a huge improvement! Thank you to all who supported this project!
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Rickreall, OR 97371

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