Our Mission

HorseFriends is a Christian ministry whose mission is to help individuals with disabilities, regardless of their religious beliefs, to experience joy and strength through horses in a therapeutic riding program. We provide our services FREE of charge. Our goal at HorseFriends is to design a specific curriculum, horse interactions, and a support format to address the difficulties and offer solutions to our participants’ life challenges. Our vision: Through the blessings of Christ, we are the possibility for all to reach their greatest potential. We are registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and all gifts are tax-deductible.

HorseFriends is located at Flintrock Farm. With 100 plus horses and hundreds of acres, Flintrock Farm is one of the largest horse facilities in North Carolina. At Flintrock Farm, HorseFriends is able to use a lighted indoor arena for riding sessions, as well as an indoor activities area. HorseFriends thanks Annette and Jay, the owners of Flintrock Farm for graciously hosting us, and allowing us to use the wonderful facilities there at Flintrock.

We invite you to be a part of the HorseFriends ministry. We never charge our clients, and we never take a salary. Donations go directly to the needs of the horses and the program. We need your prayers, your volunteer time, and your financial gifts. Please contact us with your questions or your interest: info@HorseFriendsNC.org

Emilie  Storch, PhD


Dr. Emilie Storch is a practicing clinical psychologist who is the founder of HorseFriends. Having owned horses in her youth, Emilie had always desired to combine her love for  horses and her gift of counseling. While Dr. Storch is no longer on the board at HorseFriends, she is currently President of Flurry’s Hope, a Second Chance Rescue for Blind Horses, as well as the author of several books. Please visit www.RestingPlaceBooks.com for more details about Dr. Storch, Flurry’s Hope, and books and articles she has written.