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 horsea 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"

world headquarters

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.

leadership team

Executive Director & Co-Founder


Michael Sean Covey

Lead Horse Trainer

Madeleine Hanks

Barn Manager

Tracy Bailey

Philanthropy Coordinator

Brogan Bonner

Training Coordinator

Haven Fonua

Program Director


Nicole Hadlock

Head Girl's Instructor

Melanie Wilkey

Head Women's Instructor

Cindy Powell

Administrative Assistant

Mikayla Kemp

Service Lead Coordinator

Ivy Wimber

Get To Know Our

Riding Instructors & Service Leads 

Governing Board

Members donate their time as directors

Co-Founder & Chairman, Bridle Up Hope

President, FranklinCovey Education

Sean Covey

Co-Founder, Bridle Up Hope

Mother of Rachel Covey

Rebecca Covey

Board Member, Bridle Up Hope

Owner, Travis Training Center

Travis Hansen

Board Member & Secretary, Bridle Up Hope

Principal Broker, Canyon View Real Estate

Julie Pierce

Board Member, Bridle Up Hope

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Legacy Network

Boyd Craig

global advisory board

Members donate their time as advisors

Managing Partner, REES Capital

Amy Rees Anderson

Program Alumni, Bridle Up Hope

Jacqueline Aponte

Chief Diversity Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Diane Ashley

Writer & PR Specialist

Jennifer Benhoff

Chairman, Utah Valley University Women's Success Center Advisory Board

Andrea Clarke

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Bridle Up Hope

Michael Sean Covey

New York Times Best-Selling Author

Stephen M.R. Covey

President, Ignite Strategies Inc.

Lance Ellsworth

Co-Founder & COO, Neighbor.com

Colton Gardner

President, Quantum Leadership Group

Sunnie Giles

Bridle Up Hope Alumni

Bob Hyte

Program Alumni, Bridle Up Hope

Janis Lindley

Co-Founder, Global Speed of Trust Practice

Greg Link

Senior Solutions Engineer, Box.com

Jasen Mikels

Global Director of Public Relations, FranklinCovey

Debra Lund

Managing Partner, Links Consulting Group

Stephen Mongie

Senior Associate, Colliers International

Samuel Morris

President & Co-Founder, Four Foods Group

Shauna Smith

President & CEO, BlueRiver Direct

Benoy Tamang

Senior Director Clinical Operations, Charrette Chiropractic

Kaleb Valdez

Founder, Pronvaventures

Curtis H. Wolthuis

Executive Director, IPOP Foundation

Rollin Anderson

President & CEO, Preferred Compliance Solutions

Jose Aponte

Director, R&R Partners

Rob Behunin

COO/CFO, Orrin G. Hatch Foundation

Dave Carlston

Co-Founder & CEO, SMCOV

David M.R. Covey

Chairman & Co-Founder, Bridle Up Hope

Sean Covey

Managing Director, Zone Ventures

Frank Creer

Community Engagement Director

Melanie Ewing

K-12 Teacher

Stephanie Gardner

Director of Major Gifts, Utah Valley University

Stefan Harlan

Bridle Up Hope Alumni

Jane Hyte

Community Development Specialist

Annie Link

Former Director EIR, University of Utah

Doug Lloyd

Program Alumni, Bridle Up Hope

Robin Mikels

CEO & Founder, Dupree Miller & Associates

Jan Miller

Entrepreneurs Executive Coaching

Curtis Morley

Communications Director, Utah Valley University

Barb Smith

COO, Park Avenue Finance

Dail St. Claire

President, Vicki Tuua Insurance Agency

Vicki Tuua

Community Relations Specialist

Carol Walker

Founder, Sugar Pine Games

Nancy S. Wolthuis


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.