Support Tea Biscuit

Please help to support Tea Biscuit

Mountin’ Hopes believes in caring for our retired horses who are no longer able to be ridden. Tea Biscuit worked at Mountin’ Hopes for many years, from 2004 to 2009. He has been such a wonderful asset to Mountin’ Hopes and he was  the first horse for many riders.  He is a gentle soul who deserves to live  out the rest of his life in peace and without pain.

Tea Biscuit needs to be on a dry lot because he is prone to laminitis which is a hoof disease.  Easting pasture grass seems to cause him to get this problem, so he does much better in the winter than in the summer.  Since this condition can be very painful, at an appropriate time, we will help Tea Biscuit to cross-over.

It costs about $300 a month to support Tea Bisuit. This includes his leasing dry lot pasture, medication and senior feed.

If you would like to help us care for TeaBiscuit in his retirement years please click here to make a donation.

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Spring Riding Season

Spring Riding Program Begins in April

Mountin’ Hopes is thrilled to announce our Spring 2012 Riding Program

The Spring Riding Series will begin on April 2nd and ends on May 26th.
Lessons will be held on:
Monday afternoon: 3 pm, 4 pm 5pm
Friday morning: 9 am, 10 am, 11 am
Saturday: 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

RIDERS
Riders of all ages and experience are welcome at Mountin’ Hopes.
If you would like to ride, please look at the dates and times mentioned above and let us know what works for you.
All riders, whether or not you have ridden with us before, will need to complete a rider information sheet. This will help the riding instructors to ensure that the riders have the best experience.
New riders will need to complete all the rider forms that are found here.
We have a limited number of Scholarships available this year. Scholarships are based upon need. Here is the link to the Scholarship form.

VOLUNTEERS

We are still in need of more volunteers.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Mountin’ Hopes.
We could not have succeeded over the years without your help.
We need volunteers to assist in the actual riding program.
You will be leading the horse of assisting the rider by being a sidewalker.
No experience is necessary.
All volunteers, new and experienced, will need to attend one of the volunteer training sessions which are scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 from 4 to 8 pm OR
Saturday, March 31st from 9 am to 1 pm.
Please contact Laura to sign-up for Volunteering training.

For more information contact:

Laura Nelson at 828-884-5824 or email: execdir@mountinhopes.org

Mail forms to:
Mountin’ Hopes
c/o Laura Nelson
292 Sun Meadow Lane
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

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Annual Board Meeting 2011

Annual Board Meeting 2011

Mountin’ Hopes had its annual Board meeting on November 28th, 2011. The activities for the current year were reviewed including the sale of the Mountin’ Hopes property in Mars Hill. The Board of Directors recognizes the fact that about 2/3 of all Mountin’ Hopes revenue needs to come from outside sources, including grants, donations and fundraisers. We have a large number of riders who are on scholarship and we want to continue to be able to do this for our riders.

The strategy for 2012 includes:

  • Having Spring and Summer riding sessions in Marshall and Mills River
  • Increasing the number of riders,  volunteers and instructors
  • The Board of Directors will focus on Fund Raising and recruiting new Board members
  • The Planning committee looking into options for buying a smaller farm, taking advantage of long-term lease options or expanding to other locations.
  • Having Laura Nelson as the Executive Director (Part-time)
  • Here is the presentation by Mountin’ Hopes Annual Meeting 2011

We look forward to an exciting and joyful experience for everyone at Mountin’ Hopes in 2012 and beyond!

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Annual Board Meeting 2011

Mountin’ Hopes had its annual Board meeting on November 28th, 2011. The activities for the current year were reviewed including the sale of the Mountin’ Hopes property in Mars Hill. The Board of Directors recognizes the fact that about 2/3 of all Mountin’ Hopes revenue needs to come from outside sources, including grants, donations and fundraisers. We have a large number of riders who are on scholarship and we want to continue to be able to do this for our riders. Continue reading

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Two Very Different Riders

Hi. I’m Laura, the new Director of Mountin’ Hopes and I observed some riders and wanted to share my thoughts. See the pictures below.

It’s a cold, but incredibly beautiful Saturday at “Horse Sense”, which is our temporary location in the mountains north of Asheville. My first thought was one of gratitude for us being able to continue our program in this breathtaking location after selling our farm in Mars Hill. The facilities are well designed and include two enclosed arenas and an outside riding ring. Continue reading

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2011 Fall Riding Classes at new locations

Fall Riding Classes to be held at new Locations

Mountin’ Hopes is excited to announce the new locations for the Fall Riding Program beginning the week of October 17, 2011. We will be holding classes at 2 locations. Horse Sense of the Carolinas which is located in Marshall and Creative Horse Connections which is located in Mills River.

The Mountin’ Hopes Board of Directors feels this is a wonderful way to continue on with riding as we determine the longer term direction for the riding program.

Click here to see directions to new locations.

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Mountin’ Hopes New Strategic Direction

Due to concerns about the financial viability and continuing Last ride at Mars Hill location of Mountin Hopeschallenge of managing a 45 acre farm, the Mountin’ Hopes farm in Mars Hill was sold on October 11, 2011. We will continue with the riding program at other locations as the Board of Directors determines where to purchase a new and smaller farm. Letter from Chairman of the Board

The last ride at Mountin’ Hopes was a wonderful new beginning but brought forth feelings of sadness too. Many people have poured their hearts and soul into that land and we will all treasure the beautiful memories that had been made there!

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Charles Rides a horse

Charles Gets Started

When Cynthia Broaddrick enrolled her son Charles grooms horse from wheelchair at Mountin Hopes Charles, at Mountin’ Hopes in the Fall of 2005 she was confident therapeutic riding would be a good choice for him. Physical and occupational therapists had advised her that this could help Charles in his struggle with the physical challenges of Cerebral Palsy. A specific benefit of therapeutic riding for people with CP is that it teaches the body about the rhythmic sensation of gaited motion. Continue reading

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Jenna Healing with Horses

Mountin’ Hopes serves children of all ages with many different kinds of challenges and a rapidly growing number of adult riders. Jenna Nagle, aged 26, started riding at Mountin’ Hopes in the summer of 2004. Jenna Therapeutic Horseback RidingJenna, at the age of 24, suffered a medical accident that caused a loss of oxygen to her brain. The resulting brain injury left her in a coma and she was not expected to live. After that prediction, her physicians said she would be in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of her life. After 5 months of hospitalization, her family disagreed with the suggestion that she go to a skilled nursing facility and took her home to the house she had purchased before her brain injury. She began therapies with her caregivers and in the summer of 2004 she began riding regularly at Mountin’ Hopes. In the following interview her mother Karen Nagle tells the story of Jenna’s miraculous recovery and how Mountin’ Hopes has helped Jenna and her family. Continue reading

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