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2722 Bailey Road

Leeds, AL 35094

Phone:  (205) 699-8204

Fax:  (205) 278-9758

Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

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In 2015 we completed The MINISTRY MASTERY® program which included verification that we implement industry best practices. This focus on fundamentals helps ministry leaders achieve greater impact and position their ministries for growth. In The Emyth Revisited, Michal Gerber notes the need to work “on” the ministry as well as “in” the ministry. Ministry Ventures certified agencies operate with excellence. Donors and investors view this certification as an indication of positive stewardship of their resources. 

We were the ONLY nonprofit selected as one of the top 25 UAB Alumni led businesses in 2016.  Go Blazers!

In 2015 we won the Birmingham Business Alliance's Small Business of the Year for Nonprofits with a budget of less than $500,000.


The mission of The Red Barn is to promote and support equine assisted activities to individuals of all abilities and circumstances, especially children.

  • All riding lessons are either private or have no more than two students.  Most similar agencies have group lessons with 4-8 students in a group.
  • Our indoor arena allows us to be open all year long.
  • We have several interns from local colleges and high schools with us each term.  We provide them mentoring and training to learn more about our industry.
  • We host several continuing education seminars, conferences, and trainings each year.


 THE RED BARN SMaC as of May 2015

  1. We are a Christian faith-based agency with a friendly, accepting, welcoming, relaxed, and fun atmosphere.
  2. We provide an affordable, therapeutic experience for those who couldn’t be served at traditional equine agencies.  Our emphasis is on relationships and learning, not discipline specific or competition driven.
  3. Our programs are individualized (even when serving groups), research based, and evaluated for effectiveness.
  4. Our horses are a critical part of the agency.  We are not a rescue, but we can use rescues if they are appropriate.  All horses belong to the program either through lease or donation.   We do not board other horses.  Horses must be assessed and vet checked before being admitted into the programs.  We provide top-notch care by using professional vets, farriers, and other caretakers.
  5. We have high standards for our staff.  They must be qualified, adaptable, professional, self-directed, and willing to work in a team environment.  We work together as an integrated and cross trained team, with each person contributing as they are able, to all aspects of the agency’s long term success. 
  6. We are stewards of the land God has given us to use.  Our facilities are orderly, clean, and well kept. They also meet the standards of CHA and PATH for safety.
  7. The safety of our students is paramount with procedures in place for horse safety and safe sanctuary.   These same procedures and use of the buddy system also provide a safe environment for our staff and volunteers.
  8. We show appreciation and hospitality to each other, students, volunteers, donors, and everyone else we work with.
  9. We provide educational opportunities for and develop leadership skills in staff, volunteers, students, and others in our industry.  We want to help each person associated with the barn reach his or her highest potential. 
  10. To the extent that it is possible, we will make decisions based on facts and documented records rather than emotional appeal. 


The writings of Jim Collins and Morten Hansen have greatly shaped our organizational structure.  In Great by Choice, Collins and Hansen discuss the creation of a Specific, Methodical, and Consistent (SMaC) set of guidelines in order to keep an organization focused.  As a relatively new organization, we felt it important to create a SMaC document for the barn to keep our bus from running over our hedgehog.  And, if you don't know what that means then go to Amazon and order the books! 


We are proud to have earned the Guide Star Platinum Seal for financial transparency.  Our expenses are well within the guidelines of The Better Business Bureau's Standards for Charity Accountability and the Non-Profit Sector's Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practices guidelines that an agency should spend at least 65% of total income on program expenses.


Each week over 100 children and adults visit the barn to work with our fabulous horses in order to strengthen their minds, bodies, and souls.  Whether they are attending a riding lesson, camp, or educational activity, everyone entering the barn is welcomed, encouraged, and loved.

Since our agency's founding in 2012, we've provided thousands of hours full of smiles and laughter for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or special circumstances.  For those we serve, time at The Red Barn is a welcomed relief from the stresses of every day life.  Our programs were inspired by the vision of Anita Cowart to create a place where those with burdened hearts could come to find faith, hope, and love while they worked with horses.  You can read Mrs. Cowart's writings:  Adventure Stories and Love's Story

We're an eclectic mix of dedicated professionals who love the Lord, helping others, and working with horses.  We aren't afraid of hard work and think the best meetings are those that involve food.   We believe that...

Everyone needs a safe place to belong and feel accepted.

Having fun is important.

God keeps His promise and works everything together for good.