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Berkshire HorseWorks Receives Grants to Support Humane Education Programs that Provide Therapeutic Services to Those In Need

12-07-2020 04:19 PM CET | Health & Medicine

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Berkshire HorseWorks Receives Grants to Support Humane

Richmond, MA – December 7th, 2020: Berkshire HorseWorks Inc., which provides EAGALA Model Equine-Assisted Learning and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy sessions to at-risk youth, veterans, inmates, families and individuals and Equine-Assisted Team building to local and global organizations, has received the Latham Grant for Humane Education and the Oxbow Rescue Grant. “Each of these incredible grants comes at a critical time for us as we navigate the new COVID world and develop programming to support families in need in our community,” says Hayley Sumner, founder and Executive Director of the 501(c)3.

The Latham Foundation has awarded $5,000.00 to support the nonprofit’s “PEACE: Bully Prevention/Intervention” program, making it more widely available for students grades K-8 in Berkshire County. The strength-based program incorporates ground-based metaphorical and role-playing activities exposing participants experientially to the real-time impacts of bullying in a fun and safe environment. Participants cultivate self-awareness, boost confidence, and feel empowered; the program is particularly suited for both those who have mental health diagnoses and for those in general matriculation.

The second grant for $1,000.00 from Oxbow Animal Health will aid in maintaining veterinary care and food for Berkshire HorseWorks’ two therapy donkeys, Bolt and Rodeo. While the world is on lockdown due to Covid-19, programming that typically supports care for the horses and donkeys has been put on indefinite hiatus. The two miniature Sicilian donkeys are integral to the Equine-Assisted programs Berkshire HorseWorks provides. Oxbow’s donation will help Rodeo and Bolt achieve the quality of life they require, keeping them working uninterrupted despite the closures of a COVID world.

Berkshire HorseWorks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, is part of the international EAGALA network of 5000 certified practitioners is 50 countries providing Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine-Assisted Team building (EAT). Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s word.


101 Patton Rd
Richmond, MA 01254

Berkshire HorseWorks™ (BHW) is a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation which offers workshops in EAGALA Model Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) to organizations of all kinds on its 7.5 acre property in Richmond, MA. With a focus on Equine-Assisted Team building for international corporations, school districts, and state agencies, BHW uses horses in ground-based activities to enhance personal development, cohesion, critical thinking skills, and group dynamics in the workplace. For the past seven years Berkshire HorseWorks has offered mental health services to at-risk youth, families, inmates, special needs individuals and veterans. From financial institutions including Bain Capital, and Mountain One, to hospitality groups such as Marriott, Equine Assisted Team building has proven highly efficacious for staff development. Founded in 2013 to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to children, families and veterans suffering from mental health and behavioral challenges, the nonprofit stays true to its mission by directing corporate funds to help those at- risk in the community. Berkshire HorseWorks is part of the EAGALA Network of over 5000 certified practitioners in 50 countries.

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