Horse Power Collie

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Horse Power Collie to do a photo shoot for a client, I was so blown away by the operation, the dedication and the amazing work they do. So I decided to use the photos and what I learned to share this with my audience, even if you’re not in Collie, I recommend visiting your local Horse Power.

About Horse Power Collie

Horse Power Collie, established in 1994, stands as a beacon of hope and joy in the Collie community. Nestled amidst serene landscapes, their facility is self-sufficient and eco-friendly being powered by solar energy and serviced by tank water. Horse Power Collie is a community-driven charitable organisation, dedicated to empowering individuals with diversabilities. 

By partnering with horses, they offer unique programs aimed at improving physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Activities include horse riding, carriage rides, vaulting, and more, each adapted to the needs of the participants.

The Participants

At Horse Power Collie, they believe in fostering independence and tailoring experiences to each individual’s needs. Their participants, like 21-year-old Dylan, find joy and freedom in the programs. Whether it’s a carriage ride with Storm or a trail adventure with Malachi, Bill and Pistol, the experiences are designed to empower and uplift.

Programs cater to people of all ages and abilities, helping to develop physical skills like muscle tone, balance, and coordination, as well as psychological abilities including concentration, problem-solving, and self-esteem. Social and vocational skills are also fostered, creating a holistic development environment for everyone involved.

The Volunteers: The Heartbeat of Horse Power Collie

At Horse Power Collie, the volunteers are more than just helpers; they are the essence of the community, bringing enthusiasm and dedication to every task. 

Starting as young as 12, they contribute their diverse skills and time, making an indelible impact on the programs and participants.

Volunteer opportunities are varied and fulfilling, encompassing roles such as side-walking alongside our riders, leading our horses with care, engaging in administrative support, and maintaining the beauty and safety of the facilities with general stable-hand duties. This is an opportunity for personal growth, skill development, and forging deep connections within the community and the animals.

They take pride in their volunteers’ journey, from young enthusiasts like Max, aged 13, to passionate contributors like​ Ambassador and President Rhiannon, Julie, Wendy, Tony, Carol, Yvonne, Greg, Silvia, Juliet, Hannah, Jacob, Jennifer, Liam, Reece, and T’Leah, who has come full circle from being a rider at age 6 to a dedicated volunteer. Their stories are a testament to the transformative power of volunteering with Horse Power Collie.

Jo Williams the driver behind Collie Horse Power said “We invite all to Volunteer, regardless of your experience with horses, to join our family at Horse Power Collie, more volunteers are always needed and welcomed.” 

Embrace the chance to make a significant difference, not only in the lives of others but also in your own.

The Horses

The true stars of Horse Power Collie are the horses – Storm, Gus, Pip, Malachi, Bill, and Pistol. Each with a unique story. Like Pip the semi-retired carriage horse and Bill, the Clydesdale cross born on the premises at Horse Power Collie. Their magnificent natures make every interaction memorable.

Join Horse Power Collie

Visit the Facebook page for updates on school holiday programs and to learn more about the team, the programs and the horses. Remember, Horse Power Collie isn’t just for those with disabilities; it’s a community for everyone seeking the joy of equine companionship.