Detroit Horse Power is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that expands opportunities for Detroit's youth through riding and caring for horses.
Detroit Horse Power has brought over 400 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.
Over the last five years, 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 on a three-year timeline to open this facility on an 14-acre demolished school site by early 2023.