Our History

Cavalli Creek Farms in Bradenton, Florida is a family owned farm who partnered with Special Olympics Florida-Manatee County in 2018 to build an Equestrian Program to serve individuals with special needs in our community  We are honored to be the Registered Equestrian Training Facility for Special Olympics Florida-Manatee County. The Special Olympic Equestrian season is yearly from November to March.

After the end of each season the owners and volunteers had a profound passion to keep the students riding throughout the year. Our team witnessed the incredible progress and joy of our riders and in turn, we received the heartfelt gift of serving them. In order to fulfill our desire to keep the students in the saddle year round our 501c3 non-profit organization, Hooves with H.E.A.R.T. was born in March of 2020.

It was the generous nature of Cavalli Creek Farms that was the catalyst for this rewarding program for our community. Their example paved the way for the structure of our program and inspires others to lend the hearts and hands to this project. Our team consists of two Certified Special Olympics Florida Equestrian Coaches and program trained volunteers. Our Board of Directors is comprised of business leaders, experienced therapeutic riding program individuals and supporters of our mission.