In 2012, Rachel passed away, and this was a challenging time for her family, friends, and everyone who so dearly loved her. Shortly after, many of Rachel’s friends came to her family and expressed how Rachel had literally changed their lives by taking them on weekly horseback trail rides. Rachel’s family recognized the special bond that exists between a girl and a horse—a bond that can help young women overcome personal struggles and develop confidence.
In January 2013, Rebecca and Sean Covey (Rachel’s parents), established Bridle Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation, whose mission is to inspire hope and confidence in young women through equestrian training. In May 2013, the foundation was approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our program is designed for girls, ages 12-25, who may lack confidence or self-worth, or who may have lost hope.