David Silver is the founder and Executive Director of Detroit Horse Power, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches at-risk urban youth valuable life lessons through riding and caring for horses.
David grew up as a Three Day Event rider on the east coast and moved to Michigan through Teach For America after graduating from Dartmouth College in 2012. He taught 4th and 5th grade on the west side of Detroit from 2012-14 and received his Masters in the Art of Teaching from Oakland University in 2014. After two years of teaching, David decided to step outside the classroom to make the character skill building opportunities he had received through working with horses available to youth like his students. Now in its fourth year of operations, Detroit Horse Power has brought hundreds of Detroit students to partnering horse barns outside the city for summer camps that emphasize the life lessons horses can teach us: confidence, perseverance, empathy, self-control, and responsible risk-taking. Programming now continues year-round with an after-school program, all while moving closer to the long-term goal of repurposing vacant land within Detroit’s city limits for a new urban equestrian center that will make horses accessible in the city and support stronger Detroit communities.
Learn more about Detroit Horse Power and their programs from David by visiting his booth 523, or during his seminar on:
Friday, March 9
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m, Seminar Room A.