Philanthropy is close to many equestrians hearts, from rescuing wild horses and rehoming horses and dogs in need, to extending the opportunity for equestrian therapy and riding to those who need it most. Others aim to simply share some of the good fortune experienced by equestrians to those in need. Here are some of our readers’ favorites.

Favorite Charity

  • Winner: EQUUS Foundation
  • Silver: Equestrian Aid Foundation
  • Bronze: JustWorld

Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

THE EQUUS FOUNDATION is recognized as one of the most influential equestrian charities in the country. Their mission is to protect horses from peril and strengthen the bond between horses and people. Their programs offer endless opportunities for new careers for horses in transition.

Favorite Therapeutic Riding Program

  • Winner: Vinceremos – Loxahatchee, FL
  • Silver: Sprout – Aldie, VA
  • Bronze: Giant Steps – Petaluma, CA

Photo: Tracy Emanuel

Since 1982, the VINCEREMOS THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER serves people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities in Palm Beach County, Florida. They offer a variety of programs, including adaptive riding, equine assisted-therapy, and hippotherapy.

Favorite Dog Rescue

  • Winner: Danny & Ron’s Rescue


A repeat favorite of EQLiving readers, DANNY & RON’S RESCUE began in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina by aiding dogs left homeless by the storm. Now, they rescue hundreds of puppy mill dogs, bait dogs used in dog fighting , and dogs from shelters—often moments away from euthanasia. They supply vet care, pet food, and supplies to older adults living in poverty.

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