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Spring 2024 season will open March 20th and 21st.  New Volunteer training either 3/13 or 3/14

Dunklin School district Black Cats "Give back day" 5-6-23
They did it all and we are grateful for the phenomenal Families and young people who scrubbed horse troughs, cleared tornado damaged paths, packed supplies, threw hay, planted flowers, painted mounting blocks and just kept moving all day!

Thank you White Flag for cleaning, building, digging, scooping all done in high winds and a spring chill!  And one more time we needed you!  April 1, 2023


3/29/23 Thank You Point Elementary for your $1,000 donation!!!

Affton Christian Disciples of Christ...made a Joyful Noise!
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Thank you for helping trim edges and prepare a great play area for our Riders.  Many hands make work light!

Twin Rivers Church...Serve Day 
Thank you for installing lights, barn work and general maintenance at the Ranch.  You heard our story and now you have our back!

ProActive Chiropractive Arnold Office Presentation


Thank you Sponsors of the Brentwood Middle School National Junior Honor Society for their great fundraiser to support the care of our herd! 

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Thank you, Steve Wolf, for bringing the wonderful White Flag Middle Schoolers for an intense day of digging, brush hog work, painting and trail maintenance.  All that after a sleep over.  You girls Rock! Too busy to take a photo but they left their imprint on our ranch and the hearts of children they may never meet.


Thank you ONE MORE TIME WINDSOR ELEMENTARY!  Windsor students and faculty have been involved in supporting our program since 2009.  This years' "Pennies for Ponies" fundraiser was over the top with 2 winning classrooms visiting the ranch to meet their new horse friends and see firsthand what their donations support.  The hayride and photos with our new quarter draft "Clyde" rounded out the morning.  They are always a joy to welcome to the Ranch.  Happy trails to all!


Hodge Elementary Visit 

New to the ranch with a first time fundraiser and visit 4/26/22. 


Hodge Elementary's Character Council hosted a great fundraiser and visited the Ranch to present their donation in person.  What great students!  The world is in good hands!  

January 19, 2022  Thank you South County Kiwanis  -
They  recently welcomed us to tell their
members about HHH.  President Louann Elledge
presented a South County Kiwanis pen and a check
to assist us in our program.


2021 Thank You Jefferson Foundation for your continued support and awarding a $10,000 Grant to support our program. 

Our Spring 2021 season ended with a great Rodeo in our new covered arena.  We are grateful to the Waldrop  Family and their foundation for helping build this great addition to the ranch.  It did rain the day of the Rodeo but we were under cover and the festivities continued without interruption.  Thank you, Waldrop Family, for your generosity.  Our 94 Riders enjoyed a wonderful day in part because of you.

Fire fighters 27th Annual Sand Volleyball Tournament


August 24th, 2019

Capt. Mark Chrun addressing his mighty teams before the start of their annual fundraising event.  We are grateful to have been chosen as this summer's recipient.  Some of these fire fighters came on 2 hours of sleep to honor their commitment to supporting local organizations.  Over $7,000 was raised to benefit our program.  We are overwhelmed with their generosity and spirit.  Thank you sometimes just isn't a big enough word.  Their "fun" will adopt "The Captain" and care for all his needs in our program.

Festus Home Depot

Thank you for the $2,000 Grant supplying cabinets, pavers and all the right "stuff" to give us a professional look.  Brandon, Jarrad and "J" were just unbelieveable in expertise and hard work.  We are very grateful for their gift of time and knowledge. "J" was so stealth we didn't get his photo...but those pavers are perfect!

Jefferson Foundation

Arnold-Imperial Leader Vol.24, No 38 Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Jefferson foundation granted $17,00 to Helping Hands and Horses to expand our Mission to accommodate a Veterans' riding group and a Special Olympian equestrian Program.  We thank them for funding us during their 2019 Capital Grant funding cycle.  

Arnold VFW Post No.2593 Auxiliary hosts a "Black Light Bingo Bash"

The Auxiliary planned and created a most memorable evening for their Post as well as the families and volunteers of Helping Hands and Horses.  The decorations, games, raffles, and entertainment were exceptional.  The $2,000 in funds will be used to support the newly established Veterans' riding program.  As the program grows, additional horses and training will be purchased for our Veterans and riding trails will be upgraded to accommodate their needs.  We are extremely grateful to have the VFW's  partnership in offering this horse assisted therpay opportunity to those who gave their service to our country.  Thank you!

Team Ava

Proactive Chiropractic 7-31-18



Proactive Chiropractic in Arnold invited new clients to be a part of a fundraiser for our program.  The result was a phenomenal gift to us of $6, 188.00.  We are enormously grateful for their work for us and the community. Mrs Angela West nominated "Team Ava" for the fundraiser and the ProActice Staff supported us.  Ava's Team , Wrangler: Patty Belleville, Sidewalkers: Sue Huelsmann and Marilyn Barnicle accepted the donation along with the entire Proactive staff and Helping Hands from the Arnold Area.  The money will be used to drill a well at the ranch and install a watering system to support care of our 16 horses.  

Thank you Proactive!  We are honored and blessed by your generosity...Happy trails!


Capital Grant Awarded

5-31-18 the Jefferson foundation Awarded $28,500 for the purchase of a new John Deere Tractor

Christmas in June Leader Publication 5-31-18 

July 16, 2018


The Jefferson Foundation awarded Helping Hands and Horses $28,500 toward the purchase of a much needed tractor.  Our new John Deere is cutting fields, carrying round bales, a water tank, rock and sand.  “Big John” delivers the goods and volunteers finish the task.  Thanks to The New Hope Methodist Caring Kids Camp for spending time with us spreading rock, washing feed buckets and scooping manure.  They were great workers!  Happy Trails!


Caring Kids Camp from New Hope United Methodist in Arnold, MO with Helping Hands and Horses’ new John Deere from the Jefferson Foundation.  

May 03, 2018

Out for a ride :Leader Publication

The Leader announced Helping Hands and Horses to be the recipient of the Leader's pet calendar sales.  The featured article brought in the potential to make $2500 through calendar sales.  New Riders were added to our waiting list and potential new volunteers were met during the Pet Expo at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  We are grateful for the publicity and the community support.  Check out the full article on

May 31, 2018

Leader Publications: Christmas in June

Foundation approves $2.5 million in first round grants

We thank the Foundation for granting our request of $28,500 to purchase a tractor for field work.

October 01, 2017

Helping Hands and Horses Celebrates Turns 10

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November 09, 2016

Local Girl Scouts Lend Helping Hands

Members of Arnold Girl Scout Troop 2033 wanted to find a way to help children in their community and earn the Girl Scout Silver Award. The group decided to work with Helping Hands and Horses, an equine therapy program for children with special needs. The girls saw an opportunity to add new activities to the program after volunteering at the site with their middle school.

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