About Us and Staff


Our Story:
Jim and Lisa Hartley

A Gem Among The Special Needs Community

As founders of Heart of a Warrior, we have been actively involved with the local West Licking Special Olympics since 2007.  In July 2018, the Special Olympics USA Games were held in Seattle.  Our attendance was a life-changing experience one we will never forget.

God put a calling on our lives to stretch ourselves beyond what we felt comfortable with.  The opening ceremony was very moving when you truly understand how Special Olympics was founded, in a backyard.  A small horse farm had been available for purchase and shortly after the seed was planted, the calling to turn it into a special needs farm possibly more had begun.

So many doors have opened in such a short time.  We’re excited to see where this journey will take us.  Heart of a Warrior Farm is a startup Special Needs Farm aimed to help individuals and organizations with special needs to be able to feel the love of animals in a farm setting.

Purpose and Programs

So much to do at the farm!

Improving health, increasing confidence, and promoting the independence of persons with special needs through the use of horses and other farm animals.

Our services and programs include:

Full Boarding

Indoor Riding Arena

Outdoor Riding Arena

Farm Life Experience

Farm Fresh Eggs

Riding Lessons

Equine Therapy

Equine Assisted Activities

Year Round Lessons

Community Events


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