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Dear Friends,

Celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, Free Rein Foundation was founded in 2014 by Dr. Carole Harris, a psychotherapist and equine therapist, who had a profound belief in the healing abilities of horses. Dr. Harris enlisted the support of her twin sister Mary Behrens, who owns and operates the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, and the three of us got to work rescuing horses and offering equine therapy to vulnerable groups.

Over the past decade, our organization has operated solely through the dedication of our volunteers. Thanks to them, we’ve been able to rescue and rehabilitate abused horses, and provide equine-assisted therapy to various groups, including at-promise youth and veterans.


In response, Free Rein Foundation is amplifying its commitment to serve those in need. This year, we aim to double our impact by expanding our reach to support more youth. Through strategic partnerships with local nonprofits and schools, we intend to extend healing and hope to vulnerable teens by offering equine therapy, a powerful tool for transformation.

None of this would be possible without the dedication of our 100+ volunteers, who tirelessly sustain our equine sanctuary and programs, rain or shine. Their unwavering commitment embodies the spirit of community and compassion that defines Free Rein Foundation.

As we chart our course forward, we invite you to join us in combating the teen mental health crisis, and saving horses from abuse and slaughter. The remarkable healing power of horses offers young people a unique opportunity for growth and recovery. Through our programs, we’ve witnessed remarkable transformations, including improved academic outcomes, strengthened social lives, and the development of crucial coping skills.

Your support in this journey would enable us to uplift and empower those in need, harnessing the healing power of horses to create a brighter future.

With gratitude,

Justine Makoff

President & Board Chair