You heard it here friend, we are racing towards Storybook Farm’s 13th Annual Kentucky Derby Day, set to take place on May 1, 2021! Not only is Derby Day a grand party with fancy hats, it is Storybook Farm’s largest fundraiser of the year, and they are gearing up in hopeful anticipation for it to be their best year yet! This one-of-a-kind horse farm is perfectly situated on twenty-five acres in Opelika, AL. Storybook Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, that exists to provide a sanctuary to children (ages 2 to young adulthood) who have experienced, or are currently experiencing adversity such as: poverty, abuse/neglect, mental health diagnoses (depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavior problems), or the loss of one or both parents. Staff and volunteers at Storybook Farm serve their community with their impactful and memorable vision statement in mind, to “give childhoods back to children.”
At Storybook Farm, they believe that hope, happiness, and healing is unlimited and available to every child no matter their circumstance. Their mission is to, “bridge the gap between hope and hardship” by empowering their participants “through equine-assisted activities, canine companionship, and exploration in nature.”
Definitely sounds like a storybook wonderland that any child would love to explore, don’t you agree? This wonderland of hope is home to 17 horses, 8 dogs, and 2 goats! They even have a secret garden for the children to explore and learn! Each child is paired with a furry friend -- whether it be horse or canine -- and they walk away from each visit feeling self-confident and resilient. Soo, why is Derby Day at Storybook Farm so important you ask? Well simply put, Storybook Farm runs solely on the donations from sponsors and everyday people just like you! Derby Day is their largest fundraiser each year! Each donation is used to support the farm and animals, but mainly so that they can provide “hope on horseback” to as many children as they can at NO-COST to the families. Amazing, I know!
Watch this YouTube video to get an inside look on the farm and what it’s all about!
Feeling called to donate yet? If so, race on over to https://hopeonhorseback.org to learn more about the farm, and for ways to donate monthly. You can keep up to date with Storybook Farm’s Derby Day 2021 here -DERBY DAY- or over on their Instagram @storybookfarm.
Don’t forget your Derby Hat! ��