The Hoofbeat: April 2019
April is National Volunteer Month!
Our volunteers are the heartbeat of Hearts- without them, we would not be able to serve our riders as effectively and efficiently as we do. Hearts volunteers not only provide help with sessions and facilities, they provide a positive and accepting group that support Hearts’ riders, staff, and horses. Volunteers start out by receiving training as sidewalkers or barn crew, and as they volunteer their time at Hearts they begin to grow in their horsemanship skills and comradery with one another. The Hearts volunteers emotionally and physically support our riders in sessions by providing encouragement, smiles, and hand-over-hand help or appropriate holds when needed. For our horses, volunteers are providers of positive energy, love, and of course- carrots!

Hearts would not be able to provide the same level of service as we do without our volunteer team. Hearts volunteers are truly the heartbeat that keeps Hearts pumping!
Interested in joining our volunteer team? Contact our volunteer program manager, Sarah for more information.

We are also looking for volunteers for upcoming Summer camp sessions. This is an especially fun Summer opportunity for high school students!

Session dates:

June 24 - 28
July 8 - 12
July 15 - 19
July 29 - August 1 (4 day session due to Fiesta)
August 5 - 9

Contact our volunteer program manager, Sarah for more information.
Surf's Up, Heels Down! Annual Student Horse Show
Saturday, April 27th, 2019
The fun-filled day will celebrate the organization’s student riders as they proudly demonstrate their equitation skills before a cheering crowd of supporters, family, and friends. 

The event is open to spectators free of charge.

For more info or to become an Event Sponsor, contact Lily at or call
(805) 364-5202.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Blue Ribbon Sponsors

Kathy and Bill Borgers
Susan Sheller and Bob Roe
Karen Sweeney 
Red Ribbon Sponsors

South Coast Equine Practice
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Najera
Debra McRoberts
Michael and Brenda Stein
Jean Schuyler
Andra Habley
Eileen Piatek
Dena Stein
Barbara Ben-Horin of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara
Barbara & Sam Toumayan
Yellow Ribbon Sponsors
Tom Fauntleroy
Nancy Lee Trotter
Charlene and Dan Cabot
Yvonne Westervelt
Los Padres Outfitters, LLC
Louis Landry
Doris M. Amory
Robin Cederlof
Mike McAllister
The Point Markets
Ben Short
Brian and Kris Kittle
Barn Dance Auction & Fundraiser
Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Hearts will host its annual Barn Dance fundraising event on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at the Carriage and Western Art Museum in Santa Barbara. There will be a live band, dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction.

Tickets: $125.00

For more info, contact Lily at or call
(805) 364-5202.

Thank you to our sponsors!
Dobbin Needs a Sponsor!
DOB: 1/10/2009
Breed: Clydesdale
Height: 17’3”

Dobbin arrived in early 2018 and had an instant fan base. He was a backyard horse who was so gentle and self-aware that his little girl used to put him in their horse trailer in a bathing suit and NO SHOES (do not try this at home!). He is the most sensitive horse on the property. Anyone who has either worked with him or ridden him knows that he requires a good amount of processing time before he willingly responds to a request. It’s not that he’s being non-compliant; it’s just that he needs ample time to think about what’s been asked of him, and how best to accommodate that request. He is super comfy to ride, and has the best, floppiest lower lip ever!

Contact Lily to learn more about our Therapy Horse Sponsorship Program!
Hearts 101: An Inclusive Tour
Come experience the heart and soul of our organization! Join us for Hearts 101: An Inclusive Tour on Saturday, May 4th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am !

Come to the Hearts ranch to learn more about our expanded programs, recent news, and to learn more about the amazing individuals we serve. There are many opportunities to bring friends and family throughout the year to see our mission in action!

Upcoming dates:
Saturday, June 1st, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, June 29th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, July 13th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, July 27th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Nathaniel's Bar Mitzvah Project
Hi my name is Nate. As part of my Bar Mitzvah preparation, I am doing a mitzvah project to help improve my community. My goal is to raise $2000 for Heart Therapeutic Equestrian Center here in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Hearts helps kids and adults who have difficulties in overcoming fears and helps to create a place of strength, confidence and inspiration for those with different needs, just like me. I have ADHD that I have been riding here for nearly four years, I have gained self-confidence, physical strength, improved my ability to focus, as well as developed an appreciation and rapport with the horses and staff. My big sister, Rebekah raised $2000 for Hearts, as part of her Bat Mitzvah project two years ago. I hope to match or beat that number for my mitzvah project because I want to help more kids and adults at Hearts. The money raised will go towards improvements for the main arena, which is desperately needed. 

Please help me reaching this goal! 

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