We have been very busy this year!
First, a NAME CHANGE to Appalachian Horse Project.
This reflects the fact that our organization's work is more than just a physical facility (The Appalachian Horse Center), but it is an effort to revitalize the horse industry in Southeast Kentucky, and to bring therapy and other community services to the region. The Center is part of our overall strategy, but it does not stop there.
Here are a few of our 2017 accomplishments.
Developed plan and agenda for 3-day Tour Guide training
Helped form Leslie County 4-H Horse Club
Taught Showmanship Clinic for members
INTERNAL EDUCATION: Participated in a number of webinars regarding nonprofits management and fundraising.
AWARENESS AND PROMOTION
Placed large display in Capitol Rotunda about AHC and Free Roaming horses, for 2 months
Were interviewed by multiple freelance writers and journalists about FR horses
Attended and networked at numerous equine and business meetings
Hosted a documentary film crew from New York City
Were featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Held Photo Contest for local residents, enabling us to have many great photos of the horses for use on website, brochures, etc.
Participated in panel at EKU’s Horses & Humans Conference
Spoke on panel at UK’s Communications and Nonprofit Conference
Participated in SOAR Conference
(All of this work done in conjunction with the county animal control officer or judge executive.)
Helped remove horses from recently reclaimed coal mine property, and located owners who retrieved them
Helped Animal Control officers remove horses from private property
Rescued aged mare and placed in foster care
Placed hay and salt in areas where horses congregate, for winter feeding.
Met with Animal Control Officers to review how AHC can help with the process for holding free roaming horses that are taken up for safety or health reasons
Worked with Eastern KY University (EKU) to plan Helicopter Flyover for horse inventory
Partnered with EKU and students to take on-the-ground inventory of horses
Working with Breathitt County and UK’s Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability to pursue common goals
Partnerships for tour guide training include: Hazard Community & Technical College; Breathitt County Extension Office, Horse Farm Tours of Lexington
Updated various stakeholders regarding status of Free Roaming Horses & Appalachian HOrse Project activites:
UK’s Equine Program Director
EKU Director of Horses & Humans Program
Kentucky River Area Development District
Kentucky State Vet
Have joined the Breathitt County Chamber of Commerce
Consulted with established Equine Therapy Program for assistance in establishing therapy for Eastern KY veterans.
Assisted Breathitt Co Horseman’s Association in planning Spring Trail Ride (Tourism)
Hosted Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center Director, to view possible locations for a second farm in Southeast Kentucky.
Continued to engage corporate sponsors, especially Hawthorne Products who has been our primary sponsor.
Received two equipment donations from Equine Equipment Program for raffle or auction to raise money.
Published 2018 Free Roaming Horse Calendar to raise money for the Winter Hay Fund
Held a Facebook Fund-Raiser for general horse welfare expenses (vet care, medicines, salt, etc.)
Purchased a license to the GrantStation web-based service, to allow us to identify new grant sources.
Assisted KY River Area Development District with a grant application for construction of horse and camping facilities at Elkview. This would be managed by AHP.
Approached Kentucky Governor's Office for Ag Policy regarding opportunities for funding for horse and other livestock youth activities at the above facility.
Have had discussions with MACED regarding a Crowdfunding campaign
Launched a new mobile-friendly website
Have continued an active Facebook page
Have created a Google Business Listing