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.

EDUCATION  

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.

CONFERENCES

Participated in panel at EKU’s Horses & Humans Conference

Spoke on panel at UK’s Communications and Nonprofit Conference

Participated in SOAR Conference

HORSE ASSISTANCE

(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

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

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.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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

Organizational Development

Launched a new mobile-friendly website

Have continued an active Facebook page

Have created a Google Business Listing