A 'Friend of Laurel Arena' recently made a VERY gernerous donation to sponsor children at the H.A.Y. Foundation! We are so overjoyed and grateful to our Friend for her continued support year after year. Her donation will go to help at least TWELVE children complete the H.A.Y. Foundation Basic Horsemanship Program in 2016.
In 2015, H.A.Y. served 94 children through the Basic Horsemanship Program, and in 2016, our goal is to serve the same number!
We are very close on our goal to serve the same number, but still have a shortage of funding for 13 children, which means we have to raise $5,395!
If you or someone you know, may be interested in helping H.A.Y. reach its goal of serving 94 children in the community, please refer to the Sponsorship Page
JOIN US for the 2nd Annual Give Ozarks Day on May 3rd!!
The Ozark High School FFA chapter brought 12 members out to Laurel Arena to volunteer their time on Thursday. H.A.Y.'s Youth Demonstrators and Junior Instructor, Tanner Robertson, is the President of the chapter. The volunteers cleaned a couple years worth of hay off of the Old Barn floor, gathered trash from around the ranch, cleaned stalls and swept. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and willingness to donate their time. The facilities look clean, refreshed, and wonderful now!
We would also like to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to Holly Hartmann for reorganizing the H.A.Y. Foundation booth at Vendor's Martin in Springfield. She did an AMAZING job! If anyone is Spring cleaning and would like to donate any nice, lightly used home decor items, we would happily take them! All proceeds from items sold at Vendor's Mart go to the children of H.A.Y. You can visit our booth at 1933 N. Glenstone Ave. Springfield, MO 65803.
H.A.Y. has had a BIG week!
As many of you saw, KY3 did an amazing news segment that aired Tuesday, March 8th, which has brought us and our new partner (Ozarks Equine Therapy Center) a lot of positive publicity!
The March issue of Ozark Farm & Neighbor and writer/editor, Julie Crawford, featured H.A.Y. in a great article that you can view HERE.
Christian Country Headliner News featured H.A.Y. in their issue published March 9, 2016. (see right)
We are very grateful for the media coverage and excited to be off to such a wonderful start in 2016!
As of Friday, March 11th, H.A.Y. will be an enrolled charity and eligible for Thrivent Choice dollars. Since 2010, Thrivent Financial members have used this program to direct $300 million to churches and nonprofits nationwide!! Thrivent Choice, the member-advised charitable grant program from Thrivent Financial, continues to be a welcome funding source for churches and nonprofit organizations nationwide. If you are an eligible Thrivent member, we would greatly appreciate your support in the future!
THANK YOU TO OUR NEW SPONSORS!!!
Chris & Holly Hartmann
Dave & Amy Koenigsfeld in honor of Cari and Carla
Dave & Stephanie Beebe
John & Stacey Ruder
If you would like to help us make a difference in the lives of our local youth by becoming a Sponsor, please see our Sponsorship page on the website!
Ozarks Equine Therapy Center (OETC) and The H.A.Y. Foundation (HAY-Horses Assisting Youth) today announced the integration of these unique equine services to further serve the at-risk youth of the Ozarks Community.
This partnership allows HAY to offer additional services to children that have been approved to participate in the 8 week program. OETC will offer both Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) TO select children of HAY. These extended services will be located at the HAY Foundation’s equine facility in Nixa, while OETC searches for a permanent arena. Both groups are nonprofit corporations that rely on tax deductible donations to serve their respective clients.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning promotes respect, leadership skills, and positive character development. Over time, as these interpersonal skills mature, a young person has a significantly better chance of developing successful life skills. Based on solid on-going research and supported by best practice outcomes, EAP has shown to be an effective forum to address the needs, treatment plan, and goals of at-risk children and adolescents.
“I am excited to be able to offer additional services to our program to further serve the needs of our students. We are very successful at increasing the confidence and self-esteem of students however some children have deeper issues that should be addressed by other professionals.” said Amy Koenigsfeld, President of HAY.
The EAGALA Model of treatment practiced by the staff at Ozarks Equine Therapy Center offers a unique approach to helping at-risk children and adolescents. Unlike traditional “talk therapy,” EAP is designed to be experiential, which is often more appealing to this age group. Working with the horse(s) allows the child to explore metaphors, increase awareness and deepen understanding.
"We are very pleased about this partnership, and the opportunity to work with at-risk youth. This model of treatment allows our clients to be creative, problem solve, and find their own solutions. These kids are our future and we will be helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in life." Sarah Fuller, Equine Specialist OETC
“Equine Assisted Psychotherapy offers an engaging and effective alternative for those who either don't feel motivated to participate in treatment or who don't know how to articulate their way through "traditional" therapy. The potential applications of the EAGALA model are limitless. We are very happy to be able to add this service to the valuable curriculum at the HAY Foundation." Marcia Brewer, Licensed Professional Counselor, OETC
The H.A.Y. (Horses Assisting Youth) Foundation serves local children between the ages of 4 and 17 by providing them the experience of learning proper horsemanship in order to support the child's social and emotional well-being. The program fosters the well-being of ‘at-risk’ youth by building confidence and self-esteem, encouraging self-discipline and behavioral control, improving language and communication skills, and providing the opportunity to create a trusting bond between a child and horse.
This past Monday, February 8th, the H.A.Y. Foundation held a board meeting, and from now on, we would like to update our followers on a few key points addressed during meetings....
We are very happy to announce that TWENTY-ONE children graduated since our last meeting just a few months prior (while having a four week holiday break in that time period)! Nineteen students were approved via email since the last meeting and four were approved at the meeting!
H.A.Y. is definitely off to a busy start this year!
We would like to extend our condolences to our board member, Courtney Martin, who could not make it to the meeting, and ask that everyone keep her and her family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Click to view a full list of the Board of Directors.
Karly and Mia, two of our most recent graduates, receiving their certificates & buckles.
Finally, we would like to leave you with this message received yesterday from the mother of a student:
"She normally doesn't do this.... she really struggles with life.... but when she comes back from the ranch, she sings in the shower with her portable radio, listening to upbeat, inspiring music. Every time she comes back from being there, she's happy. That place really heals the soul -- it's magical! To see that kind of 'transformation' in just one day, I wish she could go there Monday-Friday. It's very humbling as a mother!"
On Tuesday, January 26th, Softask Charity Board Member, Colby Johnson, dropped by Laurel Arena during H.A.Y. Foundation lessons to present a $4,000 sponsorship check. This money will go to sponsor many children in 2016. Colby's son, Rowan, graduated from the H.A.Y. Foundation in early December and showed great improvement through his 8 weeks.
Softask was founded in 1986 to provide financial assistance that would help improve the lives of children with special needs. For the first 3 years, the organization helped children enrolled in the Cooperative Training Center in Garland, Texas, but in 1989, Softask was incorporated to allow their fundraising efforts to be dispersed to other children's organizations. Each October, Softask hosts a golf tournament to raise money for children's organizations. In 2014 alone, they raised $52,000 at the tournament.
The H.A.Y. Foundation and all of its staff are thrilled to have received this donation to help the children at H.A.Y. We thank Softask and Colby Johnson very much for their extreme generosity to us and other children's organizations. They are truly making dreams come true!
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