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Fall 2023

Heartland Haven Ranch of Apopka announces its 1st Annual Fall Festival

Featuring Barnyard Ninja Warrior Competition, live music, festival food and beverages; a kid play zone and the Heartlands’ Healing Horses


There is a mysterious, intrinsic connection between people and horses.

Yes, it's a breathtaking spectacle of power, grace, and speed to witness a horse in full gallop. They are spectacular animals, but the connection goes far beyond their physical abilities. A horse's intelligence, loyalty, and gentle nature continue to make them cherished companions and partners.

There is also a healing quality to being present with a horse.

Equine Assisted Therapy and Equus Coaching are innovative approaches to emotional healing and personal growth that harness the power of horses. These modalities have gained recognition and popularity for their unique ability to facilitate self-awareness, improve communication, and promote emotional well-being.

Equine Assisted Therapy, often referred to as equine therapy or horse therapy, is a therapeutic practice that involves interactions between individuals and horses. It is particularly effective in helping people with emotional or psychological challenges, such as trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. 

Equus Coaching, on the other hand, focuses on personal development and growth. It involves working with a certified Equus Coach in a non-riding, experiential setting. Participants engage in exercises with horses that require them to be present, authentic, and self-aware.

The Heartland Haven Foundation of Apopka launched its organization for the sole purpose of offering Equine Assisted Therapy and Equus Coaching to those who may not have the means to obtain this support. 

But next month, you'll have the opportunity to see the farm in a less clinical setting:

1st Annual Fall Festival at Heartland Haven Ranch! 

Saturday, October 14th, from 11 AM – 4 PM

The festival will feature an exciting Barnyard Ninja Warrior Competition (participants 16+) – ALL fitness levels welcome; live music by Jordan Mohr; festival food & beverages; kid play zone; 50/50 fundraising cash raffle; photos with Heartlands’ Healing Horses; & shopping with local artists / hand-craft exhibitors. 

All proceeds benefit the Heartland Haven Foundation and its mission to provide Equine Therapy for emotional healing to those in need.

*Free Admission and parking (Doors Open at 11 a.m.) 

Event Details:

Barnyard Ninja Warrior Competition

Looking for some fun with your friends? Do you think you have what it takes to be crowned Farm Strong?

Get together your strongest, fastest, and most agile friends to form a 3-Person Team ($75/per team with early bird pricing; $90/per team after Sept. 15th).

Strive to win the elusive title of Heartland Haven’s Barnyard Ninja Warrior Champion! The Top 3 Teams will receive prizes; 1st place team will also receive a trophy.

The competition is in a relay-race format. Each team member will choose one category to compete in the race (strength, agility, or speed). 

  • Strength – Hay Bale Toss
  • Agility – Obstacle Course
    • Tire jump
    • Net crawl
    • Balance beam
    • Pole jump
  • Speed – Wheelbarrow Race to Finish Line
Participants must be 16 or older. 
Registration Details:

To register your 3-person team, please complete and submit the Registration Form.

Register by September 15th for early bird pricing. 

  • Early bird pricing* – $75/per team
  • After September 15th – $90/per team

Registered participants will receive an official race packet with competition details, rules & participant waiver forms. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt.

*Register by September 15th for a guaranteed event T-shirt size.

Registration will close on October 1st. 

Day of Event:

  • Registration check-in will open at 11 am
  • The competition will begin at 1 pm

Live Music by Jordan Mohr


Nominee for Rising Star of the Year, Music Video of the Year, & Best Performance in a Music Video for the 2023 Josie Music Awards.

Jordan will be attending the Josie Music Awards ceremony at the Grande Ole Opry House in Nashville on 10.22.23. We wish her the best of luck on her nominations!

Jordan is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Orlando, FL. She enjoys many different genres, but country music has captured her heart. 

In October 2021, Jordan dropped her debut single “Haunted House”; cowritten with Michael and Caroline Walker. It’s a song about not knowing what happens behind closed doors. So often, we assume someone’s life is perfect, especially through the lens of social media, but when you pull back the curtain there can be a lot of pain and heartache. Jordan is so proud of this song and hopes that when people listen to it they can come away with a little bit of a changed perspective.  

This song speaks right to the heart of the Heartland Haven Foundation’s mission—further driving home the immense need for enhanced mental wellness in our communities.

Performance Details:

11am – 1pm:

Live performance by Jordan Mohr on the main stage. You won’t want to miss it!

Check out Jordan’s latest single & video:

Smoking Gun

1pm – 4pm:

Festival music & event MC provided by Mickey “J” Productions and sponsored by Mickey’s Wood Crafts. Be sure to check them out!


Local Artists & Craft Exhibitors

Get a jump start on holiday seasonal shopping

Be sure to check out our local artists & craft exhibitors around the farm. 

Interested in Being a Vendor? 

$50/per 10′ x 10′ booth space. 

Tents are to be provided by the vendor. Please keep in mind that the festival takes place on  a farm. You will be located in a grassy area and not on the pavement. 

To apply to become a vendor, please complete the vendor application

Upon approval, vendors will receive a waiver & payment invoice (pay online or by check). 

For more information, please contact Carissa at cburlakos@heartlandhavenfoundation.org or  407.463.4856. 

Registration will close on October 1st.

Day of Event:

  • Setup for vendors will open at 8am
  • Setup to be completed by 10:45am
  • Vendors to remain for the duration of the festival which runs from 11am – 4pm
Visit with Heartlands’ Healing Horses

Winston Churchill is believed to have said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” 

Come and experience the healing powers of these magnificent animals. All of Heartlands’ horses have been rescued, retrained, & transitioned into therapy coaches after doing jobs that no longer suited them. Some have had more difficult pasts than others, but now, through HHF, they have a purpose of helping people heal and live their best lives!

Photo Opportunities:

Say Cheese! The Heartland Herd will be available for self-taken photos with a fall-themed scenic background. Our horses will be accompanied by a Heartland Haven Team Member.

Kid Play Zone

Enjoy kid-friendly barnyard activities! Our kid zone will include a miniature obstacle course perfect for the little ones. Other kid-friendly activities will include lassoing, where your little ones can practice roping for hours, horseshoes, sack races, and much more!

Together, We Can Make a Difference:

Suggested donation of $5/per kid to enter the kid play zone. Your generous donation will help us in our mission to help those in need.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Fall Festival Volunteers Needed!

Earn Community Service Hours for the Bright Future Scholarship, or Volunteer Just for Fun!

Want to help us make the Fall Festival the best day? We are looking for volunteers (15 & older) to lend a hand. Several shifts & activities will be available. Shift assignments will be coordinated by Alice Newton.

  • Event Set Up
    • The day before event – times TBD
  • Parking Attendant
    • 10:30 am – 1 pm
    • 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Vendor Coordination
    • 8 am – 11:30 am
  • Registration Check-In
    • 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
  • Heartland Haven Merchandise Booth
    • 11 am – 1 pm
    • 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Barn/Herd Assistant
    • 11 am – 1 pm
    • 1 pm – 3 pm
    • 3 pm – 4 pm
  • Kid Zone
    • 11 am – 1 pm
    • 1 pm – 3 pm
    • 3 pm – 4 pm
  • Competition Referee
    • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Competition Assistant
    • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Event Breakdown
    • 4 pm – 6 pm

Interested in Being an Event Volunteer?

For any volunteer questions or to sign up to volunteer for the Fall Festival, please email us at admin@heartlandhavenfoundation.org or contact Alice at 941.400.9607. 

Please include preferred volunteer activity & shift times available. If you would like to volunteer for the entire event time, please specify. Please also include if you are volunteering for Bright Future Hours. 

Each volunteer will receive an event T-shirt.

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