Bridle Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Alpine, Utah.
Our story began with a girl named Rachel Covey who loved horses. Rachel battled with depression for many years, but found great fulfillment in helping other struggling young women find hope through riding horses. Her family recognized the special bond that exists between a young woman and a horse—a bond that can inspire personal development. In 2013, in Rachel's memory, the Coveys started Bridle Up Hope, a nonprofit foundation with the mission to inspire hope, confidence, and resilience in young women through equestrian training.
Bridle Up Hope was designed to provide a transformational experience for girls, at a time when life has never been harder on them. They face relentless pressure to live up to impossible expectations—to have the perfect body, be skinny, be pretty, be popular, get perfect grades, be athletic, and so forth—which often leads to low self-worth, anxiety, depression, and related challenges.
Our unique program teaches girls to recognize their inherent worth and potential, and to approach life with correct paradigms of themselves and others. The program combines equestrian training, life skills development, service at the barn, and self-renewal activities, with principles from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People integrated throughout.
With chapters currently in Utah, the Netherlands, and the Caribbean, our vision is to license the Bridle Up Hope curriculum to existing barns throughout the U.S. and in select countries, eventually reaching 1,000 chapters.