victoria and rachel covey as children
who is rachel covey?

The Girl Behind it All

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 unexpectedly passed away in 2012. Shortly thereafter, in Rachel's honor, the Coveys founded Bridle Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity with the mission to inspire hope, confidence, and resilience in young women through equestrian training.

rachel covey on a horse
rachel covey on her horse tarzan
WHY bridle up hope?

Life is Getting Harder for Women

Bridle Up Hope is 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.

what next?

Our Vision

At first, Bridle Up Hope was only intended to be a small neighborhood program, but after we started to see amazing transformations, we knew we had to think bigger.

Today, 2,000+ girls and women have now experienced Bridle Up Hope and we have expanded to 10+ global locations.

Our vision is to eventually reach 1,000 locations that will serve 100,000 girls and women annually. We invite you to become part of our story.

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original bridle up hope