In 2011, Amanda Held took the reins in creating H.O.O.V.E.S., Healing Of Our Veterans through Equine Services with the goal of helping Veterans in coming out of the same and similiar struggles that she herself experienced after dedicating part of her life toward the protection of the United States of America. Her personal struggles, conviction, and hope have seen her and the organization through 6 years of building and continued growth. Over the years, H.O.O.V.E.S. has changed but always with the same goal in mind, the healing of Veterans.
The documentary, Getting Stable, showcases the efforts of Amanda and H.O.O.V.E.S. in achieving their goal. Our film visits with people involved in making this possible and with Veterans whom the organization has touched over the years. We hope to share with people the dedication and drive that this effort takes as well as the sacrifice each person has endured in making this possible.
The mission of HOOVES is to partner with horses to help service men and women to return to the life they fought to protect.
The vision of HOOVES is to run a nationwide horse rescue and equine assisted training and certification program, that facilitates healing of veterans and their families, so they may reconnect and reestablish a sense of normalcy, allowing them to return to their community with a mission and strong sense of purpose.
- To uphold the military mindset of selfless service
- Fill organizational voids through creative thinking and effective application
- Support each other at any capacity to the best of our ability
- Strive daily to grow on a personal level
- Practice what we preach
- Foster continuous service to humanity
- Create a legacy that will continue to serve beyond our lifetime'
Amanda's lifelong work and years of military service make her uniquely qualified to aid veterans through equine assistance learning. She is EAGALA* and The Overview Method(TM) certified. Amanda established Riverbend Equine Therapy and the HOOVES program in 2011 with the mission to help veterans heal, regain control and return to the life they fought to protect.
Her educational experience has earned her a B.A. in Organizational Management and three Associates degrees. She was raised in Whitehouse OH and now lives in Grand Rapids OH with her husband, Justin, and her two children, daughter Joelle and son Trenton.