One of the main ambitions of Future Hope Equestrian is to provide equine education to riders of every age, ability and economic status.
This is perhaps most clearly exhibited by the resume of Ann Riehl Smith, our founder. Ann has dedicated most of her career to bringing the love of horses and riding to special needs children and adults. In the early 2010s, she played a pivotal role in the development of the equestrian program at Rainbow Acres, an assisted living facility for disabled adults. Ann also has played a crucial role in working with social workers to provide job skills to special needs adults and to provide equine therapy to at risk children and teenagers.
At FHE, we continue Ann’s tradition of community involvement and caring by opening our facility to anyone that wants to learn. We offer a volunteer program to people of limited means that allows them to exchange work hours for riding lessons and we continue to work with social workers and non-profit organizations to serve therapeutic aims.