At Spirit Horse Vineyards it is our goal to create a world where good wine and doing good go hand in hand.
We believe that strength of character, giving back and education are the values that empower the world. As a 100% Woman Owned Winery, we believe wine is one of the most beautiful catalysts to empower these values and be an advocate for change in the world, one sip at a time.
We proudly partner with the Spirit Horse Riding Program to help a variety of children, including “Off the Vine”, a Leadership & Empowerment program for Girls in partnership with the Napa Valley Foster Care System. After completion of an 8 week program, the girls are paired with female mentors in their community. For every bottle you purchase, 10% of that profit will go towards these efforts.
“Empowering Lives Through Horses”
SpiritHorse San Francisco Bay Area, a designated 501(c)(3) organization established in 2011, provides equine therapeutic services to the communities of Solano and Napa County and surrounding San Francisco Bay Area. Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with social, behavioral, or physical challenges.
At SpiritHorse, riding is taught, but the principal goal is therapy, not recreation. For instance, social and behavioral challenged youth develop pride and confidence and learn to be more trusting, cooperative and appreciative. Autistic children build more and stronger neuropathways to counteract the lack of connectivity and show significant decreases in the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS). Physically disabled children improve strength, balance and self-esteem.
Over the course of an average of 4-8 weeks the student and horse develop a relationship of trust, inspiration and affection – the love that so many of our students have had difficulty expressing or receiving until now.
Our horses are very happy to see their riders. We believe horses have the most accessible spirit of almost any creature. They have an advantage over humans in that they do not have an ego to get in the way of their relationships. We also believe that children with behavioral or physical challenges have very accessible and beautiful spirits. This spiritual connection is what helps makes this intervention work.
Disadvantaged children need compassionate people in their lives. They need special opportunities for growth and improvement and experiences that bring them joy. SpiritHorse provides highly trained instruction, compassionate staff, amazing nonjudgmental horses, proven therapeutic methodology and fun exercise outdoors.
If you are interested in partnering with SpiritHorse to provide children the opportunity of equine therapy, please contact Charlotte Dougherty directly at 707-720- 6360.