The organizers, our initiative and the horses at need.

What is For The Herd?

For the Herd is an emergency fundraising campaign being spearheaded by Ontario Equestrian staff and Board of Directors volunteers. The campaign is being supported by a funds distribution committee made up of volunteers including Jen Sweet and other notable representatives from the equine community.

This committee will review anonymized submissions to distribute funds.

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The Organizers

Jen Sweet, owner of Lions’ Bridge Stable in Ayr, Ontario, began the “Helping the Schoolies” initiative to match assistance to barns in need as a result of COVID-19 closures. The initial response was overwhelming – and indicative – of the urgent need in the community.

This led Sweet to partner with Ontario Equestrian to expand the initiative so it could reach more barns and school horses in the province and led to the creation of “For the Herd.”


Distribution of Funds

For the Herd is all-in to help as many riding school horses as possible during this pandemic and as a result, a committee has been created to help organize and distribute donations.

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You can help.

100% of all donations and funds raised go towards the riding facilities and lesson horses of Ontario. Here are some of the ways you can help right now.

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Monetary Donation

Donate Supplies

Foster a Lesson Horse

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