To provide a safe haven for abandoned horses where they can be re-educated as school mounts and show horses.
To provide equine assisted therapy for those on the autism spectrum as well as for children, adolescents and adults with mental health needs.
To provide an opportunity for disadvantaged youth to learn horse care and riding, in order to build empathy, leadership and appreciation for nature.
To assist dedicated riders in pursuing the equine discipline of dressage.
An equestrian center committed to building community and confidence
At Horses for a Change, we operate on the foundation that everyone is welcome. We understand the transformative power of horsemanship and want to share it with our community. We’re dedicated to nurturing a love of horses in all who are interested, regardless of your background.
We take this same approach with our horses. Many times horses come to us neglected or abused, and it is a wonderful thing to see their transformation as they work with our trainers, and eventually feel at home here and build bonds with our staff and riders.
Horses for a Change is located at Frog Hollow Farm, a 135-acre paradise located in Esopus, in the Hudson Valley of New York state. Nestled in the hills near the Hudson River, the farm provides a sanctuary to help you reconnect to nature.
Here you will find two indoor arenas, a full size dressage arena with an upstairs viewing area and kitchen and bathroom. There is also a small dressage arena at the top of the hill.
In addition to the programs offered through Horses for a Change, Frog Hollow Farm offers boarding for horses.
Nancy is the owner and founder of Horses for a Change and Frog Hollow Farm. She is American Riding Instructor Association (A.R.I.A.) certified in combined training to Level II. She has been an event rider and has competed through Prix St. Georges in dressage, earning a USDF bronze and silver medal in that discipline. Nancy also has a Masters in Social Work, which, combined with her extensive experience working with children with disabilities, led her to establish "Horses for a Change" in 2001.
Amanda Haberthier has been working in dressage for over 15 years after finding her love of the sport at Frog Hollow. She trained in Germany for a year when she was 18 and returned to the US to attend Truman State University and William Woods University where she obtained two bachelor degrees in Agricultural Science, Equine science, and her masters in Equestrian Education. Amanda loves to help riders of all ages and levels enhance their skill and nurture their love of horses. She has worked with a variety of top trainers all over the country and has most recently been teaching and training in Buffalo. Amanda is delighted to be back home at Frog Hollow where her passion for horses truly began. Her philosophy is to help each horse and rider create a partnership in a safe and friendly environment in order to help them reach their full potential.
Head of Therapeutic Riding
Deena started riding at age 5 and has worked in a barn throughout high school to support her horse and take riding lessons. She taught at several hunter & jumper barns during her college years. With her B.A. in Psychology and Photography, Deena brings insightfulness and artistry to her teaching. In 2019, she became PATH certified, both as a therapeutic riding instructor and as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and energy is inspiring her students to practice new skills.
Kayla fell in love with horses at age 5, went to horse camp at age 9 and never left her passion behind. She bought her first horse Tuff, when she was 15. She competed him in Jumpers and Eventing before retiring him. Kayla has managed a number of farms as well as working in the hospital at Rhinebeck Equine. She brings her love of horses, her deep knowledge of horse care and and special love for retirees to her job at Frog Hollow Farm.