Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals in the Upstate of South Carolina through the power of the horse. 
May 2017
A Note From Becky

Hello from Eden Farms, proud Home of Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center! We have had a fantastic spring filled with individual therapeutic riding lessons, group therapy, and special needs classes as well as at risk school groups participating in our School at the Barn programs. It has been amazing to see the change that comes over our riders as they progress in their lessons: improvements in balance, confidence, motor planning, spatial awareness, and social skills. We want to thank our wonderful volunteers, donors, and therapy horses for helping to make this possible - we really appreciate it!
We are heading into summer, our busiest season of the year!  Thanks to our covered arena, we look forward to continuing our therapy lesson programs throughout the summer as well as welcoming groups like Helping Hands Children's Home,  Project SEARCH  and The Frazee Center.   Also, thanks to the generosity of Helens Hugs, 40 special needs and at risk youth will receive scholarships to come to horse camp this summer. Their week will be filled with plenty of riding and hands on horse time as well as opportunities to grow and find hope and healing.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you around the barn soon!
Becky Sweeney, Barn Manager
Reedy River Duck Derby -
Adopt a Duck, Help a Child!

May 6, 10am-4pm Falls Park, Greenville
Entertainment, games, food, fun for the whole family!
We are excited to partner with the Rotary Club of Greenville Evening as part of the Fundraising Team for the 2017 Duck Derby! Ducks are adopted and race down the Reedy River Falls for prizes. Prizes are awarded to the winners and proceeds are distributed to local organizations.
As part of the Duck Adoption Team, Happy Hooves is assisting the Rotary Club with obtaining duck adoptions and partnering with the club to market the derby to the community. Happy Hooves will receive a commission of 20% for all ducks adopted. Visit us at the Rotary Club booth on May 6 and go online now to purchase your ducks!

Meet Semaj
Support for the Whole Family
Semaj Bullock, a six-year-old Happy Hooves rider, has been part of the program for a year and a half now. He finds enjoyment in riding out of his love for horses and the connection he has made with several of the animals, especially Tonka and Rebecca. He specifically likes Tonka's kind demeanor and feeding Rebecca peppermints!
Semaj's experience has helped him in ways other than the natural therapeutic elements of interacting with animals. "Riding horses has helped me learn it is good to help others," says Semaj.
His parents, Donny and Allison Bullock, remark that Semaj is an incredibly fun-loving and energetic child, despite his struggles with autism and his coordination impairment. They have been impressed with his connection with the horses, and the attention and care he receives from the volunteers at Happy Hooves. 
" Happy Hooves is top-notch as are their volunteers. Everyone cares about our child and his development. The continued interest in Semaj means the world to our family." His parents have also noted that the therapy has brought marked improvement in his everyday life and the social and developmental struggles brought on by his autism. 
"He has the best smile that we see all week," said his mother. "I asked Semaj what his favorite part of horseback riding was and he said, 'I do good.' I paused to reflect on these three simple words. He was telling me he feels successful."

Semaj's story is one of many that take place at Eden Farms, and a perfect example of the work we hope to continue to do in the future.

Happy Hooves Headlines

Have you checked out these news stories about Happy Hooves and Eden Farms?

Happy Hooves 12th Annual Charity Golf Event is re-scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Fox Run Country Club in Simpsonville, SC. For more information contact Mike Mason at 864-430-1840 or cameronconstruct@bellsouth.net 
WSPA News story about a Happy Hooves rider with autism and the pony that makes all the difference:

WYFF4 news anchor Gabrielle Komorowski's "Does it work" with our therapy horse Rose:

Scaly Adventures sneak peak about therapeutic riding and life on a horse farm:

Friends of the Farm

Special thanks to our recent donors for making a difference in the lives of special needs children and at risk youth through equine related therapies: 
  • Helen's Hugs
  • Dabo and Kathleen Swinney's ALL IN TEAM Foundation
  • Knights of Columbus of Pickens
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • First Presbyterian Church of Greenville
  • Cameron Construction
  • System Specialties
  • Pam and Robbie Cole
  • Mike and Ellen Johnson
  • Mark and Kym Klapperich
  • Diane Smock
  • Amy and Gary Goudelock
  • Bob and Melinda Hoover
  • Upstate Periodontics and Implant
  • Janet Masters
  • Sam and Jane Wyche
  • The Tack Shop
  • Myra Green
  • Liz Thompson
  • Schwab Charity
  • Sandy Miller
  • Patricia Platts                                               
  • Bobby Jo Candieva
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Helen's Hugs 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk in Clemson, SC. It was a rainy, wet day, but there was still a great turnout and everyone had a lot of fun!   

Did You Know?

Happy Hooves has been a PATH International Premier Accredited Center since 2005. In fact, we are one of only six Premier Accredited Centers in South Carolina, and the only one in the Upstate. This accreditation is a rigorous process requiring centers to meet stringent requirements for staff, facilities, and programs. A program must be re-accredited every five years. 

Your contribution helps special needs children and adults, as well as at-risk children and teens.
Phone: 864-889-0043               Email: happyhoovessc@aol.com

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