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Horses Help Heroes

  "Returning freedom to those who fought for ours"


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.

Kristy Alvarez, HHH Equine Specialist

Kristy combined her psychology degree and love of horses into a career focusing on helping both horses and people. In 2006, she founded an organization with the same mission, which later merged with Freedom Hill Horse Rescue in 2013 when she became President and Executive Director, a position she held through 2016. The story of her journey was published in Down the Aisle Horse Stories.

Kristy was certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association to teach riding and horsemanship lessons in 2004, and was certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in 2011 as an Equine Specialist.  As a Camp Fit trainer, Kristy uses the EAGALA model to help young people who suffer from childhood obesity to get fit with horses. 


Stephanie Felde, LGSW   HHH Intern

Stephanie has been around horses all her life. She started riding at the age of 8 and always felt a peacefulness when she was around horses. Having a passion for helping others, Stephanie obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work in 2017 and became licensed through the state of Maryland. However she wanted to combine her love of horses and helping people. Stephanie has worked with treatment foster children for the past two years where she started her research to become an Equine Assistance Therapist because she saw the therapeutic benefits that animals can bring to people.

Stephanie is currently working on getting certified through the EAGALA program, where she hopes to combine her knowledge of Social Work and horses."

Horses Help Heroes

P.O Box 4271

Crofton, MD 21114