One Horse at a Time.
Horses have been an integral part of our evolution as humans. Arguably, it could be said, that the equine species has done far more for us, than we have, for them.
For hundreds of years, horses survived in the wild without human intervention. The American mustang and the Horses of Sable Island are an example of such. The horses of Sable Island are now protected and continue to live free and unfettered in the wild off the eastern Canadian coast. The Mustangs of America are not allowed to be shipped for slaughter anymore, but their freedom has been taken from them. Many live their lives in holding pens waiting for adoption.
However… there are other horses out there, thousands in fact, whose owners or people have forsaken or given up on them. Approximately 140,000 horses in the United States are shipped over Canadian and Mexican borders for slaughter each year. Horses without Humans wants to lower that number one horse at a time. Further, we want to assess and train these individuals so they are a legitimate option for those wishing to purchase a horse.
The possible “Cinderella Stories” we all love to read about, are being loaded into horse trailers right now, heading to an undignified and unspeakable end. Many of these horses are the victims of the very humans who they put their trust in. Hard times can make horse ownership an unnecessary indulgence. Horses Without Humans want to intervene, and find the horses who need a human. We want to give them a chance at their own… happy ending. Maybe they will become a companion, or cherished first horse, introducing the next generation of equine enthusiasts, and horse lovers, to come forward. Maybe some of them will go on to stardom, as an equine performer, for theater, or in the show ring. When all a doomed horse needs, is a Human, we want to be there.
Horses are dependent on the people in their lives to make good choices on their behalf. When these choices put them in harms way, Horses without Humans wants to help. However we can, whenever we can. If I can, and when there is need, I will rally a call to action. My hope is that all who love, or benefit, from horses in their lives, should answer this call.
Yvonne Barteau is a lifelong horsewoman and one of this nation’s most celebrated riders. Yvonne’s career with horses took her from jumping and barrel racing, to Standardbred racing, to re-training Thoroughbred racehorses for resale, to a job with Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Orlando Florida. At Arabian Nights she became Principal Trainer, Featured Performer and Director of Entertainment Operations. It was here that she met, and married her husband and business partner, Kim Barteau. Since then, she has continued to pursue her passion for training horses, correcting equine behavioral challenges and competing in dressage while earning her United States Dressage Federation Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as well as her Gold, Silver and Bronze freestyle bars.
Her and her husband’s Business, KYB Dressage, has trained over a dozen horses to the Grand Prix Level and over 80 to Prix St George. Yvonne has qualified horses and riders for World Championships and World Cups and earned dozens of National and Regional titles.
Yvonne has the highest ranking of 5 stars on the Center Line Scores rating system. She has been long listed for the Olympic Team with Dutch Stallion Liberty and in 2015 her longtime training project and friend, the Holsteiner stallion GP Raymeister, was named Most winning Horse in USDF History.
Yvonne continues to be a sought-after equine entertainment producer. She produced and performed the sold out Breyerfest evening show at the Alltech arena in Lexington Kentucky for four years in a row, as well as The Night of Dancing Horses for the National Western Stock Show in Denver Colorado. Her equine productions often have layered story lines, imaginative costuming and feature expert horsemanship.
Yvonne Barteau has published two award winning books. Her most recent release The Dressage Horse Manifesto is the second of two books she has authored on horses. Ride the Right Horse, examines the impact of human and horse personalities and how they work together. In addition, Yvonne has authored multiple screenplays, including The Spirit of the Horse, All the Kings Horsemen, and Dream Upon A Horse.
Over the past four years Yvonne has written, produced and directed several award-winning documentaries earning awards at both the 2015 and 2016 Equus Film Festival in New York for her films that bring awareness to the plight of unwanted horses while capturing the magic of what equine theater horses can achieve. Her newest release “Into the Spotlight Two” premiered at the 2017 Equus Film Festival and was awarded Best Equine Film.
As the founder of Horses without Humans (HWH), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Yvonne is dedicated to giving back to the equines which have given her so much. HWH is devoted to training and repurposing unwanted horses with the goal of finding them suitable life-long homes. Yvonne and her family are putting their years of temperament and training experience to work for the good of equine welfare and currently have over two dozen “adoptables” ready for a home.
Today, Yvonne and Kim’s business, KYB Dressage and Horses Without Humans, are based out of Bell Florida at Rock Bluff Ranch but their knowledge reaches well beyond the 120 acre facility. Through “KYB Connected” they share their expertise in an online interactive learning environment. A lifetime of learning is available through video and articles ranging from basic grooming and ground control to finishing a Grand Prix horse! Notably, all proceeds from KYB
Connected, as well as sales of Yvonne’s books and movies, go to benefit equine welfare through Horses Without Humans…
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