2019 Therapy Horse of the Year

Bulletproof was awarded the 2019 PA National Horse Show Foundation Therapy Horse of the Year!

A 14 year old American Quarter Horse named “Bulletproof,” spent most of his career in New York State giving lessons and showing on the hunter/jumper circuit. He has been very versatile performing his therapeutic duties with EquiTeam Support Services for the past 3 years, helping children, youth, families and Veterans. A visiting autism expert encouraged one of our non-verbal, autistic clients to push beyond the normal routine. Having a non-verbal autist work without guidance is extremely difficult. Thanks to the amazing Bullet, this young lady can now saddle up, ride and un-saddle all on her own with no leaders or side-walkers!

Always the first choice of riders at EquiTeam, Bullet is also an integral part of the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program, giving insurmountable support to veterans working through combat trauma as well as helping parents & children learn and build appropriate relationships. During a particularly memorable session, he quietly ‘guarded’ a miniature horse from another more aggressive horse in the paddock. He did so quietly with ears back giving a warning without any quick, hostile or combative movements. This helped clients identify how important it was to have a ‘parent’ (Bullet) that cares for and protects you from the ‘bad man’ (the aggressive horse).

Bullet and the whole crew at EquiTeam are proud to be the PA National Horse Show Foundation Therapy Horse of the Year because he is our Horse of the Year each and every day!

EquiTeam Featured in Award-Winning Film: Screening Debut September 7

YORK, PA, August 12, 2019─On September 7 the Capital Theatre is showing a premiere local screening of the award-winning documentary, “A Journey Back to Normal.” The film takes a look at complementary therapies that combat PTSD and aims to create awareness about healing for veterans and their families. Featured in the film is the Dallastown-based equine therapy provider EquiTeam Support Services, along with two other nontraditional therapy programs.

Describing EquiTeam’s equine therapy services, a 24-year old USMC veteran says,  “I was surprised at how horses are so instrumental in the equine therapy work. They are so intuitive in how they connect with each individual’s needs. When I was with the horse one on one, I became so relaxed that I experienced a tranquil meditative state, the complete opposite of my usual hyper-vigilance.”

Using equine-assisted therapy, EquiTeam helps those who deal with PTSD, trauma, addictions and other challenges, as well as at-risk youth and families in need. The organization is an official EAGALA* Military Services Provider. Its life-changing therapies, led by certified/licensed practitioners, have helped many clients break unhealthy cycles and achieve a better quality of life.

“We are so excited to share the hope and results this documentary represents for our military and their families with our own community,” says Executive Director Ellie Williams. “Not only does it showcase the work we do here in Dallastown, but it also introduces other paths to healing for veterans across the country. We are honored to be included in this film.”

Thanks to a sponsorship by Springtime, Inc., which supplies natural supplements for dogs, horses and people, anyone who wishes to attend the screening may do so at no cost by reservation. Introducing the screening will be Ellie Williams, Executive Director of EquiTeam, and Terry Gendron, Director of Veterans Affairs for York County. Immediately following the film, a question and answer session will be held.

*EAGALA is the global standard for equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development

EquiTeam Support Services is a non-profit, outpatient therapy organization, providing therapeutic services in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. Its aim is to improve the psychological and emotional health and well-being of individuals, families, and groups. Using horses as teacher-guides, its certified/ licensed professionals interact with clients, of all ages, to foster self-motivation, communication and self-expression.

The organization’s highly effective therapies achieve results utilizing the EAGALA Model (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). These powerful and effective approaches have an incredible impact on participants. EquiTeam is one of only eleven organizations in more than 700 EAGALA programs worldwide that has been awarded the Distinguished Program Member designation; it is also a recognized official EAGALA Military Services Provider.

EquiTeam has expanded its scope of therapeutic programs to include additional specialized treatments, such as Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) and Neurofeedback services.


Introducing “The Companion” – EquiTeam’s Email Newsletter

We are excited about all that is happening at EquiTeam and want to share our news with you!  The first edition of our email newsletter – “The Companion” was recently released.

The name is especially fitting, as our human and equine staff often serve in the capacity as a helpful friend to our clients.

You can read it here:  https://mailchi.mp/83e979230fae/equiteam-news

Please provide feedback about “The Companion” and let us know what topics you would like to learn about in upcoming issues.

Give Where You Live: Support EquiTeam Through Give Local York on May 3, 2019

We are excited to announce that EquiTeam will be participating in Give Local York, a day dedicated to supporting non-profits that contribute life-changing work in our community. In just three weeks, the 24-hour day of giving will kick off at 12 AM on May 3rd, lasting until 11:59 PM.

May 3rd is quickly approaching and we need your help!

During this 24-hour online donation event, there are several opportunities to support EquiTeam and raise awareness for the services we provide.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Fundraising

A new feature this year is the ability to fundraise on behalf of EquiTeam, called Peer-to-Peer Fundraising.  Basically, it gives you the ability to reach out to your contacts, promote the Give Local York Event, and encourage them to support EquiTeam through a linked personal fundraising page. This allows you to leverage your passion by sharing your connection to EquiTeam. Research shows that nonprofits using P2P fundraising raised 330% more than nonprofits not using P2P Fundraising!

If you’ve never fundraised before, don’t worry! After signing up as a P2P fundraiser, you will be provided with a host of fundraising tools. To sign up to fundraise on behalf of Equiteam, go to our link on the Give Local York site at: https://bit.ly/2UvZtLm . From there, you will select the Fundraise button to become a P2P fundraiser.

Provide a Matching Gift or a Challenge or Become a Sponsor

Matching gifts allows donations to reach further.  Examples could be “matching donations received between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m up to $1,000” or “Matching all donations of $100 or more (up to $5,000”

A challenge allows funds to be added to the organization’s total once a goal is reached. Examples include, “When EquiTeam reaches $50,000, [Your Organization] will give an extra $5,000”, or “Help us unlock $1,000 when EquiTeam reaches 300 donors”

The benefits of a match or a challenge is that it incentivizes donors as their gift will have a greater impact; it also provides an opportunity to highlight your business as a sponsor. Please contact us if you are interested in a matching gift, challenge, or becoming a sponsor.

Research shows that organizations with matching funds raise on average 4.5 x more than organizations without a match!

Spread the Word

If you’re unable to participate as an official fundraiser, we’d still love your help. You can spread the word about Give Local York on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets by linking to our campaign at: https://bit.ly/2UvZtLm and including the hashtag #GiveLocalYork!

Also consider changing your profile picture and cover photo on social media to promote our organization and Give Local York on your own social media profiles.  Please send us an email if you would like for Give Local York graphics emailed to you.  If you are supporting more than one organization during Give Local York, there are more general graphics available at https://givelocalyork.org that promote the overall Give Local York day!


Every donation counts! Every dollar donated to participating nonprofits will be enhanced with bonus funds provided by Give Local York sponsors—making donor dollars stretch further! Nonprofits will also be eligible for cash prizes!

You can donate on May 3rd by visiting our profile on the Give Local York site at https://bit.ly/2UvZtLm.  You can also mail a check to EquiTeam ahead of May 3rd; However, in order for the donation to count toward matching funds, please be sure that you indicate on your check that the donation should be applied to the Give Local York campaign.

By giving to EquiTeam your donation goes directly into the programs we offer for the community. We love what we do here, and want to share this with anyone who can benefit from the amazing services we offer, made possible through your support.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Equine-Assisted Therapy Growing in Maryland

–Strong Local Support for Equine-Assisted Therapy–

July 24, 2018—YORK, PA & COCKEYSVILLE, MD– EquiTeam Support Services announced today that the County of Baltimore, Maryland will provide space for equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) at the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Hunt Valley (“The Ag Center”) to better serve Baltimore County residents. EquiTeam, a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic mental health services in Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland, expands the availability of its offerings through this collaboration.

EquiTeam’s therapeutic mental health services are certified by the global standard EAGALA Model, which creates an interactive experience between horses, therapists and individuals. This fosters close communication that is helpful for working through complex emotions, trauma, and abuse. Issues addressed include addictions, anxiety, behavioral and cognitive challenges, childhood physical and sexual abuse, complex trauma, depression disorganized attachment, dissociative disorders, parent/child conflict, post-traumatic stress, combat trauma, traumatic brain injury, moral injury and military sexual trauma. EquiTeam offers therapy sessions specifically tailored to the needs of each individual or family.

Suzanne Berger, Deputy Director of Human Resources and Equine Programs Manager for Baltimore County, says, “We recognize the importance of supporting EquiTeam’s efforts to make its life-changing program available to at-risk youth, adolescents and adults, families in need and military services personnel. The value of this type of program, especially for military and youth, cannot be overstated.”

Ellie Williams, EquiTeam’s Executive Director, said, “We are excited to partner with The Ag Center to offer clients of all ages access to our distinctive equine therapy programs, which are professionally designed to promote mental health and enhanced well-being.”

Military Program and EquiTeam Operations Supported as Community Steps Forward
In recent months, other supporters have stepped forward to extend EquiTeam’s much-needed mental health services. Williams says, “As we work to fulfill our mission, the need for our services grows, as does the need for support. Donors help us change lives, and we are grateful for their support.”

Funds recently received from EquiTeam’s participation in the May 2018 Give Local York (PA) and an annual donation from the Allegra Knight−Nisha A. Kirk Foundation are greatly appreciated. These donations provide much-needed support for the nonprofit’s effective therapy model, which differs from other equine-assisted models in that the horses are not ridden during sessions.

Donations designated to EquiTeam’s Military Program were recently received from the PA Veteran’s Foundation, the Kinsley Foundation, Harley-Davidson, PNC Bank, Glatfelter Insurance, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Jenson, the Ed Balsavage Foundation and VFW posts 7530, 8638 and 8896. “We appreciate the support as we address the specific needs of our military and members of their families,” concludes Williams, “as we continue to seek funding through grants, foundations, contracts, private donations and donor funds.”

About EquiTeam
EquiTeam Support Services is a nonprofit, outpatient therapy organization providing therapeutic services in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. Its mission is to improve the psychological and emotional health and well-being of individuals, families and groups. Using horses as teacher-guides, certified professionals interact with clients of all ages to foster self-motivation, communication and self-expression. For more information, visit www.equiteam.org.

About The Ag Center
The Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park consolidates many the support services for the agricultural community, promotes the sustainability of the agricultural industry, serves as the educational resource center and field destination for school children and adults, and provides open space benefits of walking and equestrian trail riding.


CONTACT: Ellie Williams, Executive Director
EquiTeam Support Services

EquiTeam is Participating in Give Local York

We are excited to announce that EquiTeam will be participating in Give Local York, a day dedicated to supporting the non-profits that contribute life-changing work to our York community. In just one week, the 24-hour day of giving will kick off at 12 AM on May 4th, lasting until 11:59 PM.

Interested in Supporting Us?

There are several ways:

  1. Stop by our booth (Cherry Lane from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and Continental Square from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm). You will have the opportunity to participate in or cheer on bouncy horse races. Any bet placed will be a donation towards EquiTeam, and there will be prizes available for bouncers and betters alike!
  2. Meet, pet and hug a miniature horse at our Cherry Lane booth from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and learn more about us!
  3. Donate any time during the 24-hour period online using the https://givelocalyork.org//designee/equiteam-support-services.
  4. Donate ahead of time by filling out an early donor form (see early donor form button below). You can fill out the form, and email it to equiteam@comcast.net. We will then input your information on May 4th so that your donation counts towards the shared pool fund dollars.

Monies donated on May 4th will go further because of a $100,000 stretch pool fund that will be shared by all participating nonprofits proportional to donations received during Give Local York. Plus, another $50,000 in additional stretch pool dollars is available for nonprofits who can compete to win special bonus prizes during select hours throughout the day.

For further information about Give Local York visit their website at: https://givelocalyork.org/

We hope to see you on May 4, 2018!

Early Donor Form