Jennifer Hansen was one of those kids who always wanted a horse but couldn’t afford one.  After finally getting her first horse, Daisy, after graduating from law school, Jennifer had the dream of sharing her horse with as many kids as possible, kids who otherwise would never know what it felt like to ride such a magnificent animal.

Dreams became reality in 2002 when Jennifer founded a non-profit organization named Dreams on Horseback, an organization that transports horses to United Way agencies, schools, and churches to provide educational programs to inner-city youth.  In 2003, founders David and Jennifer Hansen renovated a farm located in Blacklick to provide a home for Dreams’ programs and to allow city youth to enjoy a ranch experience with horse rides through beautiful wooded trails.  They named the farm “Field of Dreams.”

Field of Dreams developed traditional equine programs to balance and support its affiliate non-profit organization.  Riding lessons, summer camps, 4-H, scout badge work, and birthday parties are services that riders of any age can pursue at Field of Dreams.   

In 2006, Dreams launched the Strides for Pride program, working with youth diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Children who are non-responsive in traditional therapy not only learn to express themselves while interacting with our horses, but also practice problem solving skills and communicating appropriately with peers while completing series of tasks with the horses.

Dreams constructed a new equine center in 2007 to house an innovative educational partnership with the Gahanna-Jefferson School District to provide alternative educational opportunities for at-risk youth.   Students who have cognitive or behavioral challenges that impede their learning processes practice employment and social skills while earning credit towards graduation.  The program also allows youth to develop a relationship with their horse and use equine assisted learning to gain self-awareness and learn new skills.

In 2009, Dreams expanded the program options for special needs students by offering Dare to DreamDTD focuses on youth with developmental disabilities and uses horse activities to provide sensory input and executive functioning skill acquisition (such as sequential task planning, following multiple step directions, etc.)  Activities include grooming and tacking a horse in addition to handler-led rides.

Throughout this growth, Field of Dreams staff work diligently to develop all-around equestrians, talented both in the saddle and on the ground.  2010 realized the establishment of a 4-H academic show team available to all interested lesson students.  This show team allows students to test their riding skills in off-site competitive environments while furthering their academic foundation of horse knowledge.

2011 heralded a new partnership and exciting research into the magical healing powers of horses.  Field of Dreams welcomes The Ohio State University veterinary and social sciences departments as we work to decelerate the mental deterioration of Early-Onset Alzheimers’ patients.  As we continue to expand our therapeutic programs with groups such as Respite Connections, Community Connections, and the Heritage House, we are thrilled on a daily basis by the magic and power of our four-legged staff.

We were thrilled in 2012 to be asked to create the only Special Olympics Equestrian Team in Franklin County.  The Dreams’ Team returned from the statewide competition with four gold, three silver, and one bronze medals and a plethora of memories! 

In 2013 we launched our therapeutic riding programs with two PATH certified Instructors.  This addition completes the spectrum of services for clients with cognitive, physical, and behavioral challenges.

Phone: 614.864.9500


1841 Unbridled Way, Blacklick, Ohio  43004         614.864.9500