Year-Round After-School Programming



Our Year-Round PERCS after school program was founded 4 years into DHP’s inception with the aim of expanding learning opportunities for Detroit youth. For the past few years, end of summer surveys showed a clear need: over 90% of students were interested in year round horse access. Our students asked, and we delivered! In 2017, we launched our first year of PERCS Class, coined as an acronym for our core social-emotional learning traits: Perseverance, Empathy, Responsible Risk Taking, Confidence, and Self - Control. Starting with 13 students during our first year, we’ve expanded in our second year for the 2018/19 school year. 


The Program

Divided into two age-based cohorts, each group meets weekly in a Detroit based classroom for sessions focused on transferring the social-emotional skills they develop in the horse arena into their everyday lives. Our unique curriculum utilizes small and large group discussion to empower students to embrace our social emotional skills in all corners of their lives.

Twice a month, the two groups come together to visit a partnering equestrian facility, ensuring that youth have year-round skill building and reflection opportunities with horses. Just a few disciplines and experiences have included:

·      Mounted Vaulting

·      Trail Riding

·      Urban Equestrian Facility Design

·      Nutrition and Exercise Best Practices

·      Dressage 

·      Western Riding and Ranch Skills

·      Polo

·      Introduction to Gaited and Tennessee Walking Horses 

·      Holistic and Natural Equine Medicine

·      The Science, and Careers, Behind Responsible Land Management

Get Involved

We are always looking for help. Whether as a volunteer, a donor, or a community advocate, any and all support helps further our mission - an urban equestrian center that facilitates year-round horse access for Detroit youth.