David + Students Nov 2015David Silver is the founder and Executive Director of Detroit Horse Power. He moved to Detroit in 2012 to teach elementary school and received his Masters in Teaching from Oakland University. He taught for two years at Burns Elementary/Middle School on the west side of Detroit before leaving the classroom to start this unique social venture. He is an accomplished Three-Day Event Rider and worked for Olympian Boyd Martin. David grew up in New York but Detroit is home now.

Detroit Horse Power is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches valuable life lessons to urban youth through riding and caring for horses. DHP currently operates five-day summer camps that bring youth from Detroit to partnering horse barns outside the city. These successful programs served 91 youth in 2016 and will continue to grow in the coming year. At the same time, DHP is working to repurpose vacant land within Detroit’s city limits to build a new urban riding facility that will be home to year-round youth programming and support community revitalization.

David will present programs each day at the Michigan Horse Expo, as follows. All programs will take place in Seminar Room A.

  • Friday, March 10th: Seminar Room A
    2:30-3:30 p.m. – Detroit Horse Power

  • Saturday, March 11: Seminar Room A
    2:00-3:00 p.m. – Detroit Horse Power