Organization Snapshot: Bravehearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center


BraveHearts provides equine-assisted activities and therapies with teams of expert staff, dedicated volunteers and therapy horses at multiple safe and caring facilities. In addition to serving children and adults, BraveHearts provides innovative services to meet the needs of military veterans and their families.

By utilizing a faculty of national experts, BraveHearts is a center of excellence within the therapeutic industry through its unique efforts in programming, education and research.


“…I saw kids who were completely non-verbal begin to use words for the first time. Kids with autism became more focused and attentive. I watched people whose lives were spent looking up from a wheelchair develop a new sense of confidence as they smiled down from the back of a horse. I marveled as people who started out with almost no core trunk strength improved so dramatically that they could actually post a trot with little or no help. And I also discovered the true reason that God had brought beautiful horses into my life, and had helped me survive a catastrophic illness. He had a plan, and that plan was BraveHearts.”

~Marge Tautkus Gunnar, Founder

Services offered

  • Family Program
  • Summer Camp
  • Adaptive Riding
  • Therapeutic Carriage Driving
  • Veterans Programs


Harvard and Poplar Grove, Illinois


Photo, graphic and information Credit: BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center
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