This non-profit, 501(c)3 organization was founded in 2007 out of Meg Vanderbilt’s passion to help hurting children by allowing them to find hope and healing through a relationship with a horse. All of the horses and animals have a story when they arrive at the Ranch. Children can often identify with these physical or emotional scars that the horses present. Clients work together with the therapy team which includes a licensed professional, an equine specialist and of course…a horse! Clients find this type of therapy powerful and effective. Beginning August 2016, the Ranch now offers Therapeutic Riding services for special needs clients.
The Ranch is now a complete Equine Assisted Therapy Wellness and Education Center!
Board of Directors
|Matt Vanderbilt||Chairman||Pastor @ Vision Church|
|David Conner||Treasurer||Conner Financial|
|Carole Fuller||Secretary||BOH volunteer|
|Ellen Maxwell||Member||Community Connections|
|Dr. Robin Smith||Member||Veterinarian|
|Linda Salinas||Member||Horse Professional|
|Meg Vanderbilt||Member||Executive Director|
Bit of Hope is also CHA, Certified Horseman’s Association, Site Accredited to ensure the safety of horse and human. The Ranch is located on 45 acres of hardwood and pasture land. The facilities include 2 barns, 2 covered riding arenas and a large grass arena. The Nature Quest Discovery Trails includes 3 miles of wooded trails, a low ropes trail and a large pond with gazebo. A Tribal Trail (Sensory Trail) offers clients challenges and learning stations while on horseback and foot. The crow of a chicken or a nicker from a horse can be heard daily. The Ranch is now home to more than dozen horses and other small farm animals.
Bit of Hope is driven by volunteer power and funded by donation dollars. Every week, 50 volunteer hours keep the animals fed and the Ranch running smoothly. Dozens more volunteer hours are required each week for groups and educational programs. It takes a lot of hands to offer these amazing programs. Take a look to see how you can become involved with volunteering or donating to support the mission.
Meg Vanderbilt brings 30 years of experience as a horsewoman. Her training methods are solution focused with an emphasis on natural horsemanship methods. She brings decades of instructing, training and managing to offer the horses and animals the very best care. Meg also has a degree in Chemistry and Biology which she has used with her team to develop Cowboy Logic Educational Programs. She started her own art/mural business in 2004 and has continued to develop her business and leadership skills through the Ranch. “I know that God has taught me many things through my past experiences, and that He intends for me to use them to help others find a relationship with Him.”