Our mission is to inspire hope, confidence, and resilience in young women through equestrian training.
We are here to tell you that there is always hope.
Our story began with a girl named Rachel Covey who loved horses. Rachel battled with depression for many years, but found great fulfillment in helping other struggling girls find hope through equestrian training. Her family recognized the special bond that exists between a girl and a horse—a bond that can help a young woman build confidence and overcome personal struggles.
Rachel tragically passed away in 2012. Shortly thereafter, in Rachel's honor, the Coveys founded Bridle Up Hope, a 501(c)(3) public charity with the mission to inspire hope, confidence, and resilience in young women through equestrian training.
Bridle Up Hope was designed to provide a transformational experience for girls and women, at a time when life has never been harder on them. They face relentless pressure to live up to impossible expectations—to have the perfect body, be skinny, be pretty, be popular, get perfect grades, be athletic, and so forth—which often leads to low self-worth, anxiety, depression, and related challenges.
Our unique Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) curriculum teaches young women to recognize their inherent worth and potential, and to approach life with correct paradigms of themselves and others. The program combines equestrian training, life skills development, service at the barn, and self-renewal activities, with principles from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People integrated throughout.
Bridle Up Hope has served over 700 young women since 2013, with chapters in Utah, the Netherlands, and the Caribbean. Our long-term vision is to start 1,000 Bridle Up Hope chapters globally through partnering with existing equestrian facilities, ultimately bringing hope to thousands of young women around the world.
Rachel Covey with her horse "Tarzan"
The Bridle Up Hope Equestrian & Education Center is headquartered at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Alpine, Utah, USA. The Center includes an indoor arena, event hall, tack area, yoga and art classrooms, outdoor arena, round pen, pastures, and mountain trails. The Center is home to our model program and the place at which we train other Bridle Up Hope chapters. We are grateful to the many donors who have made this Center a reality, including our founding donors: Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Covey Family, Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, David & Kathryn Pearce, The Kahlert Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, James & Andrea Clarke, and Alan & Kris Wood.
We'd love to host you for a free tour of Bridle Up Hope, M-F between 9am-4pm. Click here to schedule a tour.
Bridle Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity (EIN: 46-1791738) and is committed to fiscal responsibility, transparency, and compliance with state and federal laws. Click below to learn more.