In 1999, Hope for Horses was established and is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Hope for Horses primary goal is to find quality homes for the many unwanted, neglected, and abused horses in our area. We also provide sanctuary for equines that cannot be adopted due to health, behavioral, or other reasons.  Additionally, Hope for Horses is committed to helping responsible horse owners keep and care for their horses.  

Current Board Members

Whitney Wright - Founder
Ann Stuart, DVM - President
Carol Maher - Treasurer
Cindy Hansult - Secretary
Connie Moore
Caren Harris
Monica Leslie
Elizabeth McLean

Current Staff Members

Gina Zachary-Doan - Executive Director
Kathleen Kelley - Barnardsville Farm Manager
Jennifer Troeger - Volunteer Coordinator
Heidi Gobel - Horse Match Coordinator
Lauren Lukert - New Hope Farm Manager
Sandy Bagarella - Weaverville Farm Manager
Tom Milton - Project Coordinator

Join Our Team - Volunteer With Us!

Hope for Horses has established guidelines and standards to provide for the safety and comfort of both volunteers and the horses in our care. All volunteers will begin by attending a volunteer orientation where we share some history of our organization as well as explain our Volunteer Guidelines and farm procedures. The orientation will answer most of your questions, however, we always encourage you to ask for clarification on any policy or procedure.


Volunteer shifts generally last 2 1/2-3 hours and consist of refreshing water, cleaning up after our horses, and light grooming. Volunteers will groom under direct supervision of a Lead Volunteer until he/she has attended our safety training and passed an assessment. Additional volunteer assistance is always needed with various barn/farm projects and fundraising events. Horse experience is a plus but not required.

Our volunteers have spent countless hours helping Hope for Horses and they are vital to our organization.  We are always looking for volunteers! Interested? Complete the online volunteer application and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you!

Hope For Horses

160 N. Main Street, Suite 2

Waynesville, NC 28786


Hope for Horses is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Tax ID #56-2160232

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and freedom.”  — Sharon Ralls Lemon