Safe Haven Equine Ministries Inc
162 Russell Cave Rd.
Georgetown KY 40324
Contact Information
Nonprofit Safe Haven Equine Ministries Inc
Address 162 Russell Cave Rd.
Georgetown, KY 40324
Phone (859) 312-9149
Contact Name Allie Barnett
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Youth Mentorship & Equine Assisted Learning
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We don't discriminate when to comes to donations or anything else for that matter! We love donations of all types including: mailed checks, paypal donations (, in-kind donations and online at Popular in-kind donations include farm related equipment and tools, equine care products, and horse feed/hay! We are 100% volunteer run... We need YOUR time and talents to be successful. Show us what you're passionate about and we'll put you to work! We're currently in need of youth mentors and equine safety wranglers. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Safe Haven provides a safe place for youth in our community to experience healing, hope, and horses.

 Our vision is to develop youth who have life skills, a sense of belonging and connectedness to the world and others, an understanding of a higher purpose, and ability to love themselves and others. Long-term this will result in adults who are healthy, self-sufficient, connected individuals, contributing to make our community and our world a better place. For our target population, individuals exposed to trauma, this will end the cycle of addiction, abuse, and overall lack of health. We will see these changes evident in our Northern Bluegrass region, which currently houses well over three hundred 12-18 year olds in foster care alone. We aim to serve these and other individuals to the best of our ability on a weekly basis in order to be a source of support for their families.
If not us then who?? If not now, then when?? 
Background Statement

At Safe Haven, we feel the current state of our world is facilitating the decline in intra-personal communication skills, coping skills and overall wellness. Our youth are growing up in a disengaged culture with many mental health diagnoses. This often develops into unhealthy adults who are unable to function purposefully and contribute to society. Once you add in exposure to trauma and unstable home environments, the odds are stacked against these young people. Instead of allowing youth to participate in escapism through substance abuse, technology, and unhealthy relationships, Safe Haven invites youth to experience purposeful life on the farm. The services offered to this population of youth aim to improve mental wellness, purpose, and quality of life by challenging youth to not escape their lives, but fully engage. This is done by providing the support of a mentor and the partnership of a horse to teach life skills. 

Safe Haven serves young men and women ages 12-18 in Bourbon and surrounding counties. Our previous participants have been low to middle class socioeconomic status. Our participants often come from an unstable home environment and histories of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. We aim for excellence in serving this population and to be "trauma informed" in every service we provide.

In 2014 we were founded as a 501c3 non-profit. It took almost two years of the founders, Allie and Jeremy Barnett, plus a few family and friends doing grunt work, planning, and fundraising to get Safe Haven off the ground. After purchasing a property, equipment, and equine therapy herd, we launched a small pilot program in 2016, working individually with a few young women. 2017 was our first full year of providing programs and services to our community. We provided a Core Leadership Program, an Equine Education Clinic for high schoolers, and a Bareback and Book Study program to young women in the summer months.


After evaluating our services provided in 2017, we realized a trend among our participants. That trend was a history of abuse or neglect, categorized as early childhood trauma. In addition, many of our participants suffered this trauma secondary to parental substance abuse. We saw a great need for specialized support for our participants and thus discovered the Stable Moments curriculum. This curriculum was designed specifically for individuals with exposure to trauma and we felt it would meet our community's needs in a unique, evidence-based way. After much preparation in Spring of 2018, we launched our Stable Moments pilot in August 2018. This program completed in May 2019 with excellent quantitative and qualitative results! We were honored to watch young men and women grow into mature, capable young adults. As we charge into 2019, we are excited to grow our Stable Moments program and continue working with our community's most at-risk youth.


Impact Statement

2018 Celebrations 


Celebration #1: We obtained our Stable Moments Licensure and Completed Stable Moments pilot program!
Celebration #2: Exceeded our outcome goals for every participant, as evidenced by greater than 25% measurable increase in each life skill. The average measure in change for target life skills were greater than 50% increase! We received above average qualitative feedback from our youth participants and their guardians.
Celebration #3: Our raised funds were able to sustain our programming costs in order to efficiently serve our community's youth! Additionally, we have no debt. 
2019 Strategic Plan Goals
Goal #1: Provide excellent services to 12-18 year olds in our community who demonstrate the most need through our Stable Moments program.
  • Value continuing education and maintain our Stable Moments Licensure
  • Provide excellent training to approximately 20 youth mentors
  • Market to foster/adoptive parents in order to fully enroll our program and begin a waitlist

Goal #2: Fundraise Projected Operating Budget

  • Cultivate relationships with 5-10 new individuals who believe in the mission and have the capacity to give
  • Re-apply for previously successful grants and research 5-10 new opportunities

  • Double monthly donors
  • Consolidate event and fundraising efforts to yield maximum and efficient funds
Needs Statement
Need #1: Farm Maintenance Projects. After three years of providing services, we've had some water run-off damage requiring repairs. This project would need a back hoe, supplies to build a 40 foot drain, a few tons of rock, and the expertise to complete the job! Additionally, our arena and round pen need several tons of gravel to replenish it and prevent further deterioration. Projected cost ~ $2,000.
Need #2: Storage. Storage unit in our barn 12 foot long, 8 foot high, and 2.5 feet deep. Our Stable Moments program uses LOTS of materials including arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, books, arena obstacles, and more! Our current supplies are deteriorating quickly from exposure to moisture and dust. This would allow our resources to be protected and give our participants more ownership. Initial quote was $2,300.
Need #3: Horse Feed and Hay. Excel Equine Enrichment, Senior Plus, and TriFiber feeds ($15-20 each), square bales ($4-6 each), round bales ($20-80 each), and alphalpha square bales ($10-$50 each).
Need #4: Scholarship Funds. Many of our participants can only receive services because of scholarship funds. We would love to be able to provide $10,000 in scholarship funds this year.
Need #5: Volunteers. Individuals who are passionate about advocating for the most vulnerable youth in our community and willing to commit to supporting them through Safe Haven.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

"We use the empowering qualities of horses to meet the insurmountable need in our community, that is the unheard suffering of young people in foster care and otherwise experiencing trauma. We MUST begin to come alongside youth in our community who have fallen victim to abuse and addiction laden households. Stable Moments was created to provide that support in an evidence-based, accessible program. If not us, then who? If not now, then when? I invite YOU to come alongside us as we serve these young people who need your support the most." - Allie Barnett, Founder and Director

Board Chair Statement
"Conceptualized and founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in late 2014, Safe Haven Equine Ministries (SHEM) has been providing services for youth in the community since fall of 2016. One of the greatest challenges we face at SHEM is the newness of our organization. When a nonprofit organization builds itself from the ground up, it is tasked not only with finding sponsors, donors, and volunteers dedicated to the organization’s mission, but it must also find and connect with the community its programming is intended to serve. After reaching out to various social workers and school counselors and beginning programming on the farm in 2016, our greatest outreach asset became word of mouth. We began receiving more participant referrals and volunteer applications just from those already working with or receiving services from SHEM. As our participant and volunteer bases expand, it has become evident that our funding needs to increase for us to best serve as many youths in the central Kentucky region as possible. While SHEM is almost entirely volunteer-based in its day-to-day operations, there are still significant costs incurred in maintaining the facilities, horses, and equipment which the organization relies on to provide services. While the organization’s governing board establishes and follows a predetermined budget for the year, there are often unexpected costs that come up—one of our six therapy horses requires emergency veterinarian care, or the arena fencing becomes damaged and needs replacing—which, when the budget is tight to begin with, can really hamper the organization’s ability to work and expand our outreach. After spending the past three years as a volunteer with SHEM and the past year as a Stable Moments program (SHEM’s core program) mentor, I have had the privilege of witnessing this organization grow from a dream and a worn-down farm to a beautiful, inviting space where the children we serve and the horses we work with thrive together. I have seen firsthand how our therapy horse Jazz’s gentle but confident nature brings peace to an extremely anxious teenager. I have seen how the consistent mentorship and guidance grows confidence and a sense of stability in these children. As the only facility in the region providing equine-assisted services for teenagers who have experienced/are experiencing trauma, I can only imagine what additional resources and increased sponsorship could do for Safe Haven and the community we serve." -Sarah Olson, Board President
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Adult, Child Matching Programs
Geographic Areas Served


Safe Haven serves young men and women ages 12-18 in Bourbon, Fayette, Scott, Harrison and surrounding counties. Our participants often come from an unstable home environment and histories of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. We are becoming more effective at serving individuals with a history of trauma, including foster and adoptive children.


Board Chair
Board Chair Sarah Olson
Company Affiliation University of Kentucky
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Jeremy BarnettScott County Fire Department
Marcus BarnettAG Credit
Leandra JenkinsCommunity Volunteer
Marriah LittrellFostering Community
Chelsea McConahaKVC
Sarah OlsonUniversity of Kentucky
Kate SandEventing Community
Katie StrayerCommunity Volunteer
Julie VargasSpyCoast Farm
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
CEO Comments Our challenges surround the struggles of the population we serve. It is constantly a struggle to reach and serve individuals who lack familial support, transportation, and funds. However, we are dedicated to reaching those who need it most. We've secured scholarship funds to assist in receiving services, provide transportation, and try to support and compromise with guardians as frequently as necessary. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Allie Olivia Barnett
Term Start Sept 2014
Experience Allie Barnett is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Registered Instructor, CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Level 2 Instructor, Registered Nurse, and foster care advocate. She has 24 years of horse experience and 16 years of therapeutic horsemanship and youth services experience. Being a certified therapeutic foster parent herself, she has a great understanding of the needs of Kentucky's foster youth and desire to see changes for the better. 
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 15
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A

Stable Moment's mission is to improve the life course of foster and adoptive children who have experienced early developmental trauma. We achieve this by developing life skills through equine-assisted learning and community mentorship. The Stable Moments model is built on these values:​

  • Active Engagement

  • Consistent Commitment

  • Community Involvement

  • Individualized Attention

  • Attainable Goals

  • Independence

  • Responsible Stewardship

While interaction with a horse is therapeutic in and of itself, it is the consistent, one-on-one time that makes the Stable Moments mentorship model so successful. Teaching these children how to communicate with their horse through body language, energy and pressure lets them develop a greater capacity for empathy, social- and self-awareness. As these youth get comfortable in their routine with their mentors and horse, their willingness to apply themselves improves. This success eventually translates to home, school and community settings.

Children who have suffered abuse and neglect have good reason to be untrusting of people, especially those in authority or care roles. For these children, the horse provides an alternative sentient being with whom they can achieve a partnership through trust. This type of relationship—which is often foreign to these children—can be the beginning of building more stable connections with other humans, hence the name Stable Moments.

The Stable Moments mentorship model runs the length of a typical school year. The longer youth have access to the same horse and mentor, the more stability. Each mentor session builds on the last to create a strong foundation that equips these children to make healthy choices, value themselves and become productive members of society. Mentorship and development of life skills through EAL give these children a glimmer of hope and a reason to live when all they have known is how to survive.

Each child has an individualized plan of care that highlights their strengths and challenges. It also outlines goals to keep the mentor on track and directed during sessions. The model uses structured EAL activities to develop life skills such as emotional awareness, self-regulation, anger management, healthy relationships, social cues and appropriate boundaries just to name a few. Stable Moments also uses daily activity logs and progress summaries to ensure plan-of-care goals are being met and to collect qualitative data.

Budget 32,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Victims
Program Short Term Success Our measurable objective for our Stable Moments program is to have positive qualitative reports from guardians and parents and a increase of 25% or greater in every life skill category. This is assessed by 1. Stable Moments national Program Assessment and Evaluation Tool and 2. Objective measurements per session by our mentors. This data is collected and tracked throughout our ten months of services. By noting a measurable increase in life skills and changes in behavior we can assume decreased risk of the complications typically experienced by this population. 
Program Long term Success We know that individuals who are in foster care are at a higher risk for incarceration, dependence and addiction to substances, unwanted pregnancies, dependency on government resources, and a variety of chronic illnesses. By meeting the needs of these young people before they enter into adulthood, we are aiming to change those statistics along with the trajectory of their lives. This will ultimately reduce the number of individuals in foster care by halting the cyclical patterns. Additionally those who have experienced trauma will enjoy healthier, productive lives. 
Program Success Monitored By
The national Program Assessment and Evaluation tool is used by guardians at the beginning, middle, and end of Stable Moments to assess for changes in behavior. Additionally, our life skills tracking via activity logs of each session give us valuable data into the growth of our participants. Based on our data, we know that individuals with non-supportive guardians and lack of transportation tend to have lower success rates in committing to the whole program and their life skill scores tend to have less significant increases. 
Overall our data collection tools have shown measurable improvement of every life skill for our participants.  
Examples of Program Success
Our objective for our 2017-2018 Stable Moments program was for each life skill to increase 25% or more for every participant who completed the program. We exceeded this goal with the average increase being 37% for each life skill. (Skills are Responsibility, Self-Esteem, Independence, Healthy Relationships, Emotional Awareness, and Self-Regulation. 
A great example of the results that reach beyond the numbers is a young lady we'll call Amy. With the support of her mentor and learning life skills using her horse, Sargent, Amy was able to make some significant life changes. She gained the courage to move out of a toxic home environment, got a job with her own efforts, began studying for her driving permit, improved her grades. and set goals for after high school. Her entire demeanor, language, and outlook shifted. All she needed was one stable, caring adult and the chance to learn the skills she'd missed out on due to early developmental trauma. Amy's Emotional Awareness increased by 37%, Healthy Relationships increased by 25%, Self-Regulation increased by 25%, Responsibility increased by 37%, Self-Esteem increased by 37%, and Independence increased by 50%. Amy is one of many success stories of similar experiences of young men and women who have participated in Stable Moments.  
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2019
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Certified through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and Licensed Stable Moments Provider.
Chamber of Commerce2019
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $32,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Form 990s
2017 990N 2017, 2016, 2015
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Staff Comments This organization files the 990N, which contains no fnancial information.
Address 162 Russell Cave Rd.
Georgetown, KY 40324
Primary Phone 859 312-9149
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Allie Olivia Barnett
Board Chair Sarah Olson
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kentucky