Want to help horses or horse people in need this holiday season? View our list of equine-related charities to add to your holiday giving list. Photo © Red Bucket Equine Rescue

Ten Great Equine-Related Charities for Your Holiday Gift Giving List

Are you in search of an equine-related charitable organization to add to your holiday gift giving list? GoHorseShow has compiled a list of ten great equine-related charities that need our help this holiday season. Although there are several great horse charities, these are some of our favorites, several of which we have featured in articles highlighting their involvement in helping horses and people in need.

These ten charitable organizations include breed charitable foundations, equine rescue groups, a stallion auction service that helps ill children and their families, an animal sanctuary and counseling program for people, as well as facilities that provide therapeutic riding opportunities for developmentally disabled, sick children and veterans.

Take a look at our list below, and, if one pulls at your heart strings, please consider donating supplies, money or even horses to help them continue all of their excellent work.

We are confident your donation dollars will be well spent. Happy Holidays!

1) Gallop Auction Service

The 2019 Gallop Auction is offering an incredible lineup of stallions from all over the United States. This year’s list includes Congress and National Champions and World and Reserve World Champions. Many of the studs are leading sires in the industry including Lazy Loper, Blazing Hot, Its A Southern Thing, VS Flatline, VS Code Red, VS GoodRide, and No Doubt Im Lazy, among others.

All net proceeds from the Gallop Stallion Services Auction go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, enabling them to continue serving hundreds of families.

The event opens Sunday, January 27th at noon, PST with the opening ceremony kicking off at noon. Bidding at the event and live-streaming of the entire auction can be viewed online at www.GallopAuction.com.

CLICK HERE to view their website

2) American Quarter Horse Foundation

The AQHF mission is to connect horses and people through charitable giving to develop and support programs or initiatives that preserve our horse’s legacy and further the overall well-being of the American Quarter Horse and the people who comprise the Quarter Horse family.

From supporting dreams through scholarships to changing the landscape of equine welfare and medicine to connecting thousands of people to the horse each year; the Foundation is dedicated to helping you make a transformative impact in our industry.

CLICK HERE to visit the website for more information
CLICK HERE to read an article that explains their mission

3) NSBA Foundation

The NSBA Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization that provides funding to support the efforts of the Association through programming specific to the equine industry and the NSBA Membership. The foundation supports many programs including the Trainers Crisis Fund, Equestrian with Disabilities, Education, and Heroes on Horses.

The NSBA Trainer Crisis Fund was established to support horse trainers and their families who find themselves in a situation of financial need as a result of sudden and demonstrable hardship, the disaster of a severe and unexpected nature, or from serious physical illness or injury.

Each year, the NSBA Foundation offers a $2,000 scholarship to a NSBA youth member who applies and meets the scholarship criteria. The program is open to applications which will be attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis for a minimum of 12 credit hours.

The NSBA Foundation began its involvement in the Heroes on Horses effort in 2011 by holding classes where veterans complete for World Championship titles and awards during the NSBA World Championship Show.

The EWD program provides a venue for a rider with physical and cognitive disabilities that love to complete by offering classes including showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, trail, western pleasure and hunter under saddle.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the foundation and how you can help.

4) American Paint Horse Foundation

The APHF is the heart of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). It uses the power of Paints to inspire people to better their communities and educate our youth. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the American Paint Horse and ensuring it remains a healthy, vibrant and respected part of our culture. Your gift will be used for one of four key initiatives surrounding APHA’s move to the Fort Worth Stockyards:

• Restoration/Relocation of Legacy of Color Bronzes
• APHA International Headquarters/Hall of Fame & Educational Outreach Center
• Completion of Youth World Show Scholarship Endowment
• Commemorative Bricks

For more information about the foundation or to give a gift, visit apha.com/foundation or contact the APHF  at (817) 222-6412 or foundation@apha.com.

5) Your Local Breed Association

With GoHorseShow being a Texas-based company, we thought it only appropriate to provide some details on the Texas Quarter Horse Foundation.  The TQH Foundation supports youth through education and focuses on an annual scholarship program for youth members.  It is a is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and all personal & corporate contributions are tax deductible.

As an added bonus for the holidays, the TQHA Foundation is holding a $10,000 MATCHING CHALLENGE through December 28, 2018. In the event that donations exceed $10,000 from December 1- December 28, 2018, a generous donor has offered to
match it with an additional $10,000.

That means your generous gift will have twice the impact and will contribute to giving twice the scholarships to youth members in 2019.  Your gift must be submitted by December 28th in order to be included in their matching challenge and to receive your 2018 tax deduction.

For more information, visit the TQH Foundation website or CLICK HERE to donate today.

Several local, regional and state breed associations support charitable horse-related causes of their own.  Check with yours to see if there are ways you can help.

6) Red Bucket Rescue

Red Bucket Rescue is committed to saving and serving slaughter-bound, abused, high-risk and desperate horses. Their dedicated team cares for the horses as they heal and are assessed, rehabilitated and trained in preparation for their forever homes. Once the horse is carefully matched with an adopter, their Field Support Team partners with the adopter to remove any barriers to success and facilitates a happy and safe transition. Their program removes obstacles and provides the tools, training, and support that help keep the horses comfortable and secure in their new home.

CLICK HERE to view their website
CLICK HERE to view their Facebook page
CLICK HERE to read an article we wrote about Red Bucket Rescue

7) Horses of Hope

In April 1997, a dream was born to provide equine-assisted therapeutic services in Southeast Kansas and the surrounding four-state area. Horses of Hope Riding Center, Inc. in Baxter Springs, Kansas opened in the fall of that year and gained affiliation with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH INTL).

Horses of Hope – Missouri, Inc. was developed in 2003 with help from the Missouri Department of Economic Development Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program. Horses of Hope – Missouri, Inc. has received Missouri tax credits to establish programming and complete its new facility.

Both centers are not-for-profit 501c3 organizations dedicated to providing professional therapeutic, educational and recreational equestrian services to all populations. It is a volunteer-driven organization that reaches over 1000 people annually.

CLICK HERE to view their website
CLICK HERE to read an article we wrote featuring one of their therapy horses
CLICK HERE to read an article we wrote featuring one of their EWD riders

8) Re-Ride Quarter Horse Adoption

RE-RIDE Quarter Horse Adoption Program provides homes for unwanted or displaced registered Quarter Horses. The horses in their program have become displaced for a variety of reasons; some are abused, neglected or unwanted while others are former show horses with owners taking the responsibility to place the horses that have been their show partners in a program where they can once again guide another to their first championship. Through rehabilitation and retraining, these horses are offered a purpose and therefore a bright future. Their program focuses on giving back to the horses that we love as well as the community and features such programs as the Riding Thru It Program for patients undergoing treatment for cancer.

CLICK HERE to view their website
CLICK HERE to read an article we wrote about this program

9) Ranch Hand Rescue

Ranch Hand Rescue is a sanctuary for animals and a counseling center for people founded on hope and healing made available to all regardless of ability to pay. They reach out with helping hearts to change our world by recognizing the inherent worth of every living being in their community. Working with their animal partners and Licensed Professional Counselors, their programs help each child, each adult, and each family experience transformative change available through trauma-informed animal-assisted psychotherapy. They believe that victims, especially children, are innocent and it’s our moral obligation to help provide them with a way to heal from these terrible traumas. The segment of the population they serve desperately needs their help. Currently, the program serves the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and is expanding.

CLICK HERE to view their website
CLICK HERE to view their Facebook page
CLICK HERE to read an article we wrote about this nonprofit

10) Victory Junction Camp

Victory Junction Camp enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, at no cost to children or their families. Free from the confines of disease, illness or disability, children discover that they can be kids. As they conquer activities like riding horses, zip lining and archery or experience bowling, fishing or swimming, children build confidence that will shape how they view the rest of their lives. The magic happens on 84 acres in the rolling hills of Randleman, North Carolina near Greensboro.

CLICK HERE to view their website
CLICK HERE to read an article about a famous horse that was donated to this program
CLICK HERE to read about a rider that was helped by this program


Do you have equine-related charitable organizations that you donate to every year? Let our readers know in the comments.