Reins of Hope began as a community service project for 16 years by the Clay County Conquistadors 4-H group in 1989. They introduced the world of horses to children of differing abilities, taught classes about the tack used with horses, grooming, and safety around/on horses.
After a hiatus, the program was brought back to the community through volunteers. The goals are similar in providing children of differing abilities the opportunity to interact with horses and have fun!
We currently offer a Fall and Spring program. Each program location may vary, however we currently utilize the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, IA for Spring and Camp Foster in Spirit Lake, IA for Fall. While in Spencer, we rely on the use of volunteer horses and we use resident horses while at Camp Foster. All of whom have been tested for use prior to the start of each six week session.
During each program, we provide six one hour sessions, 1x/week.
We strive to accommodate up to 12 riders in the Spring (Spencer location), and 8 riders in the Fall (Spirit Lake location).
Due to Covid-19, our acceptance numbers are likely to be lower at this time.
We strive to increase our program offerings to four annually, but this requires a great deal of coordinating schedules for locations, volunteers, and horses.
Reins of Hope dreams of one day having our own facility to offer our programs. Not dependent on the weather, or activity schedule of our current locations. A facility would allow for horses to reside on premise and be available for more program offerings.