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Hello! We’re so LUCKy you’re here!
We kicked COVID-19! Despite the understandable reluctance of our grantors to make gifts during the economic uncertainly brought about by COVID-19, LUCK was able to make it through thanks to prudent budgeting, generous vendors, and an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. We continued with small group programming and several large group events following state and USEF mandates. These no-charge, trauma-mitigating services to students were extremely important as many studies reveal a “pandemic within a pandemic” as incidents of domestic violence surged in 2020. Not only that, the healing power of outdoor play is important all the time but even more so when children lacked social interaction in school. We feel LUCKy to have been able to provide opportunities for safe horsing around throughout the lockdown.
There’s No Place Like Home! LUCK has been on a long journey to find a home sweet home. Why? First, demand for our services far exceeds our ability to supply without an accessible facility. Second, spending 70% of our operating budget on transportation is not sustainable (and also is environmentally unfriendly). Third, having a barn in an urban setting empowers the 5 – 19 year old, able-bodied, at-risk students attracted to our programs a choice to learn about horses, help train horses, and participate in riding programs. We are considering two suitable sites of clean and structure-free land thanks to our relationship with West Creek Conservancy and Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp. Stay tuned for frequent updates!
Who we are: Leg Up for Cleveland’s Kids (LUCK) is an urban equestrian program in Cleveland, OH, enhancing relationships through the healing power of horses. We are not a therapeutic riding center, but a place where able-bodied kids can come to find a safe space. Using elements of trauma mitigation, LUCK has coined the term equine-assisted mental wellness to identify how its programs not only provide physical exercise, but also emotional support and confidence-building activities that one can find specifically through participation in structured equestrian activities. We’re proud to offer our participants a “leg up” within and outside of the horse industry.
Your contributions are vital to our organization. Thank you for caring. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit.