Detroit Horse Power

Detroit Horse Power uniquely addresses two persistent problems facing the Motor City: the shortage of opportunities for metro Detroit’s vulnerable populations (especially children) and the abundance of vacant land. Through riding and caring for horses in a safe and enriching space, program participants learn valuable skills that set them up for future success. Our facility, built on repurposed vacant land, will contribute to the city’s renewal and be a center for community events and equestrian services.

Detroit, MI

About Detroit Horse Power

Detroit Horse Power has brought hundreds of Detroit youth to partner horse barns outside the city for free summer horse camps and an after-school program since 2015. These programs teach riding, horse care, and the social-emotional skills we learn from partnering with horses – Perseverance, Empathy, Responsible risk-taking, Confidence, Self-control (PERCS). The program’s goal is for vulnerable children to build these critical skills through the unique opportunity to work with horses in a way that broadens their horizons and increases their success in school and in life.

Since its inception, Detroit Horse Power has also been searching for the right vacant land site within Detroit’s city limits to build an urban equestrian center. This future facility will increase the scale and accessibility of Detroit Horse Power’s youth impact program and strengthen the Detroit neighborhoods where students grow up. In October 2019, DHP reached an agreement with the Detroit Public Schools Community District and is now track to open this transformational new facility on a 14-acre demolished school site by early 2023.

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