Horses Help Heroes is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to making positive change in the lives of disabled veterans, their families and families who have lost loved ones while serving on active duty. We offer a variety of equine-related programs at no cost to our veterans and families.

We work with several licensed stables in Maryland, each offering different programs and benefits.  Horses Help Heroes runs many of its programs at the Big Purple Barn.  The Big Purple Barn is a 501(c)(3) horse sanctuary whose primary mission is to provide a top quality permanent home for special needs horses and ponies.  The barn provides for their medical, physical and emotional needs while allowing them to live out their life in comfort and care.

Elizabeth Farina, HHH Equine Specialist

Elizabeth is an avid professional equestrian, with many competitive awards including USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals for achievements at the highest levels of dressage.  Elizabeth combines her passion for riding with a love of teaching.  Elizabeth focuses on teaching whole horsemanship instead of just riding drills, developing confidence, empathy, composure, and strength in her students.

Based out of her own Clarity Riding school, Elizabeth and partner Lauren Umlandt are pleased to collaborate with Horses Help Heroes to provide in depth services to veterans and their families.  Elizabeth graduated cum laude with a BS in equine science from University of New Hampshire and holds an equine coaching certificate from the IEF.


Claire McCawley,    HHH Intern

Claire is a current student at Salisbury University that is graduating in May 2018 with a degree in social work. Claire has always had a passion for helping others and has experience working with military service members during her time as a student; providing unemployment, crisis intervention, and mental health services. Claire’s area of expertise is in macro social work and she currently interns at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in Baltimore, Maryland. She works with other licensed professionals from around the state in continuing education, administration, policy development, organizational planning, advocacy, and lobbying. Claire has owned and shown horses for more than 15 years and participated in the local 4-h and pony club. She plans to use her passion for helping others, experience with service members, and knowledge of horsemanship to assist program staff and participants in getting the most out of their experience. 

Great Escape Stables located in Bowie, MD is a 25 acres property with an indoor arena.  This allows the program for to run year round regardless of weather.  Great Escape provides riding instruction as well ground training for our veterans and their families.   

Horses Help Heroes

P.O Box 4271

Crofton, MD 21114



Call Today! ​240-696-1732

Horses Help Heroes

  "Returning freedom to those who fought for ours"