Photo Finish Decides the 2016 Penny Race

It was Win Place and Show for Penny Race Jockeys Maren, Peyton and Charlie at the thrilling conclusion of the 2016 Penny Race!  12 Jockeys competed for the leading rider title and many volunteers, parents and visitors to Hearts & Hooves contributed to our Therapy Race Horses to raise $3,153.68 for the new electric lift that will be installed in the Walt Keenihan Arena this summer.  

Penny Race chairperson Sutter Woodliff deems the race a huge success: "We almost doubled the amount taken in last year, and had triple the amount of jockeys participating. It really goes to show that every penny counts and that no donation is too small to be appreciated."

The competition began in 2014 and has become an event that riders look forward to each year, soliciting sponsors for themselves and the horse that they have chosen to 'ride.'  Each horse's penny jar in the Heritage Room was filled by spare change frequently and the competition was hot.  In the end, Suede was the winner and will be keeping in shape for next year's challengers for the title.

Happy Birthday to Hearts & Hooves!

On our 15th Birthday, we look back fondly at our beginnings, and are thankful for the growth and support we have received over the years.   Come along on a trip down Memory Lane…


A journey of faith begins in June of 2000 with one horse, one rider, one therapist and one instructor...


11 carefully selected, trained therapy horses partner with our participants

113 participants benefit from Therapeutic Horsemanship, Hippotherapy, Equine Facilitated Behavioral Health, Veterans programming, Horse Show Team, and Summer Camp activities

70 active volunteers assisting in lessons, 30+ for special events and activities for over 4,100 volunteer hours annually

6 Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding, International (PATH) certified instructors

2 PATH Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health (with 4 in training)

5 therapists (1 Certified Recreational Therapist, and 3 Occupational Therapists and 1 Physical Therapist from Hippos and Fish Pediatric Therapy Services)


Obtained 501 (c)(3) charitable status from the Internal Revenue Service in June 2001


In addition to maintaining 501 (c)(3) status, Hearts & Hooves is a PATH Premier Accredited Center and offers educational and certification workshops for PATH members wishing to become certified instructors and equine specialists


1st Annual Hoedown in November 2001 grosses just under $17,000.00.  The only fundraiser held that year, proceeds were directed to operational funding


The 15th Annual Hoedown grosses over $102,000.00 and along with the Little Rock Polo Classic, Superhero Fair, Penny Race and Arkansas Gives raises funding for programming, operations, equine care, rider scholarships and continuing education for staff and volunteers.  The Board of Directors and staff take great pride in presenting events that are community favorites year after year.

Throughout the years, Hearts & Hooves has enjoyed the support of our community and numerous Foundations and organizations.  We are grateful for the contributions of time, funding, equipment and expertise that have helped us grow steadily on a solid foundation of compassion, education and determination.

Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts – we look forward to having you along with us for the next 15 years of our journey!



Hearts & Hooves provides equine assisted activities to persons with disabilities and is located in Sherwood AR, just outside of the Little Rock/North Little Rock city limits. Hearts & Hooves enriches the lives of people with disabilities through partnership with the horse.


Rider Testimonials

“Angela loves to ride. But more than that, it is about the important life lessons she has learned-- brushing the horses, safety on and off the horse, telling all the people and animals thank youand goodbye. She always makes sure she tells Vaal (her horse) goodbye every week and pets hisneck.”- Christy, parent of rider

Volunteer Testimonials

I am sincerely honored to be part of Hearts & Hooves! It has truly become a passion in my life. In my world, full of office cubicles, computers, and project deadlines, I can honestly say that spending my time at Hearts & Hooves on Saturday is sometimes the only thing I look forward to all week! Being able to work with the great staff and awesome kids that come out is amazing! And, who knew shoveling horse poop could be so rewarding! I just wish I could give more of my time. ~Shane , age 27


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