Since it’s official beginning in 2008, the Borrowed Freedom program has brought the gifts of equine assisted learning and equine assisted therapies to hundreds…all at no cost to the client.
Our program creates opportunities for program development, and no cost access to the quality equine assisted services currently delivered at Epona Farm Sanctuary in Endicott, NY. Through grants, and the generous support of individuals, businesses, and corporate giving, we provide the financial assistance individuals and families need to benefit from our sponsored programs. The scholarships are for full sessions (8-12 weeks) of the Willis Ashley Foley Jr. Warriors and War Horses program for Veterans, the HOPE on Horseback program for women and girls, and on a limited, case by case basis, for Adaptive (Therapeutic) Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and Hippotherapy.
What We Ask In Return
The amount charged for 10 sessions of equine assisted activities and therapies is $250-$550 each. However, the actual cost to deliver that 10 week session is approximately $1200 or more when you add in all the costs associated with the care of the horses, farm upkeep, training, and more. We meet the remaining financial need through fundraising, donor support, limited grants, and events. Neither Borrowed Freedom or Epona Farm Sanctuary receive reimbursement from insurance, nor are we funded by any state or federal government agency.
Because participants will be receiving a substantial gift of resources, we ask that families and participants who receive their services through the BFEAT Scholarship program give back to BFEAT and Epona Farm Sanctuary though our many fundraising drives, events, volunteerism and service through outreach initiatives.
The scholarships should be considered an investment made into yourself and others, not simply a monetary gift based on financial circumstances. We aren’t offering a free riding program when it comes to these scholarships, instead, we use our program as a catalyst for change, where everyone works together for the greater good of the program and horses, just as we do for the good of the participant.
This system achieves several important levels of success including the financial health and stability of the program, a sense of community pride, improved sense of self-image and compassion, parents setting a charitable example for their children, and children learning the joys of volunteerism, and a healthy example of ethics and responsibility. Not only that, but it produces some pretty amazing horse people too.
Borrowed Freedom EAAT, Inc. is an IRS Certified 501c3 Non-Profit organization with a Gold Rating from Guidestar.org. The organization is directed by a small, very hands on, board and a large number of professionals who lend their expertise and assistance. We welcome your involvement with our organization, either through service to our sponsored programs, fundraising, or any way you feel you would like to make a difference!