to support professional Trauma-Informed equine services for Veterans, their families, and At-Risk Youth.
Our vision is that every veteran and at-risk youth get access to the therapeutic opportunities horses offer.
There are many wonderful ways that horses support growth and healing, and it's important that those services be offered in an ethical & safe manner, by well-trained and qualified professionals (both horses and humans). Too often programs with good intentions don't have the ability or the experience to offer the services our veterans and youth deserve.
Heart of Horse Sense fills the need to screen equine service providers in Western North Carolina and the surrounding area to meet the specific and unique needs of Veterans and At-Risk Youth.
Approved programs must show their staff have training and/or experience in:
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning
Mental Health First Aid
Veterans and/or Developmental Trauma- Specific Training
The Heart of Horse Sense Board of Directors has volunteer members, in addition to founder Shannon Knapp.
Founder & Executive Director
Shannon is an EAGALA Advanced Certified Equine Specialist, a Trauma-Focused EAP trainer, and has over 5000 hours working with clients with Therapeutic Horsemanship Programming
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Jake LaRue is a Marine Corps veteran and a Peer Support Specialist. He has been a volunteer at Heart of Horse Sense since November 2013.
Greg joined Merrill Lynch in 2011. His responsibilities include conducting investment research, portfolio construction, trading and retirement planning and modeling.
Kathleen is a Retired Community Leadership Program Director (Leadership Lee County) and Management Consultant. Through her experience, she has seen how transformative horses can be and is committed to supporting HOHS in their mission.
Mary was born loving horses, grew up in the US Pony Club, & moved on to Combined Training as an upper level rider, trainer and coach. Her mutual respect for the sacrifice that both horses and veterans have given makes her an avid believer and supporter of HOHS.
Don has been involved with horses his entire life, both competing and as a licensed USEF horse show judge and steward. He is also active with high school and college equestrian programs. Don is a retired corporate and banking attorney and photographer.
Accountant and President of CFO Consultants and Board Member for several non-profits in Western North Carolina
Are you a WNC Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning organization who would like to receive grants from Heart of Horse Sense to serve Veterans or At-Risk Youth?
In general, HOHS funds specific, approved organizations, not individuals. Equine Therapy Orgs apply to HOHS for funding to serve in the following ways: Individual therapy for Veterans and At-risk youth & family members; group work for Veterans and Youth.
To get a sense of the process, see our applications below.
All programs must fill out the Grant Overview and Organization info document (directly above), and then choose which of the following three grants is being applied for and fill out the appropriate application: