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375 Stonybrook Rd
Rush, NY 14543
Since its foundation in 2004, A Horse's Friend, an outreach program whose mission is to expose youth from the inner city and underserved populations to the world of horses, has touched the lives of over 5,000 such youth, disadvantaged and otherwise underprivileged children.
Matthew Doward, the founder and executive director of A Horse's Friend, has spent over 17 years working with inner city youth and members of the community in promoting positive values, increasing social competencies, and teaching children to respect themselves and others through working with horses.
AHF has provided children alternatives to street activities that may lead to truancy, violence and drug use. In addition,AHF adds a new dimension of experiences and life choices not commonly provided at inner city facilities.
The entire program provides an environment in which all riders can achieve success, support each other, and develop special bonds with other children and animals, all while helping to develop their full potential and becoming more productive citizens in their community.