Amanda Held, H.O.O.V.E.S
Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
“One of the biggest things horses can teach us is about leadership.” – Amanda Held, Founder H.O.O.V.E.S
Volunteers are needed to help care for the facility and the horses. Amanda is currently looking to establish partnerships with businesses in the area to find volunteers, provide team building experiences, and help promote the H.O.O.V.E.S. program. The goal of the non-profit is to provide healing services to veterans at no-cost.
“I’ve never seen someone go through this and walk away untouched.” – Amanda Held
Toledo born, Amanda Held is a certified stress coach and certified equine specialist, who creates programs and custom workshops using a wide variety of new and unique personal development methods, based on real life experiences, to help people and teams overcome stress, embrace change and achieve success. A lifelong equestrian, Amanda is a veteran with 16 years combined service in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, who has personally overcome PTSD. She founded hooves with a vision to reach out to other veterans and share her healing experience. Since founding her non-profit HOOVES in 2009, she has helped over 250 veterans and their family members with healing from PTSD, grief and reintegration struggles. She has also rescued and rehabilitated over 100 horses, 10 of which were wild mustangs. Amanda currently resides in Grand Rapids, Ohio with her husband Justin, daughter Joelle and son Trenton.