The Humans

horse with woman standing near
Kuniko and Apollo, the gentlest of giants.

Kuniko Vroman founded Helping Hoof to offer equine assisted therapeutic activities, tutoring and other growth and learning activities. In addition to Helping Hoof, she volunteered for a year at a facility that offers equine assisted psychotherapy.

Prior to partnering with horses and donkeys she was a behavioral therapist/interventionist and case manager working with families with members with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, school and community settings.   In her five years as a therapist and case manager she created and implemented effective strategies to help the families address their biggest behavioral concerns and get the tools they need to thrive and be their best. She brought this skill set to the equines and together they work toward the same goals, but now with added horsepower!

Kuniko has a MA and is a CEIP-EIF and a CEIP-ED (CBEIP certified).










Chris and Alice

Chris Fifeild serves on the Helping Hoof board and is a tireless ally and advocate for animals in need. He founded and operates Gentle Heart Animal Advocacy, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives and promoting the welfare of all animals. Their primary focus is to create sanctuary for domestic cats and to help address feline homelessness and overpopulation. The org runs a sanctuary that is home to about 70 cats as well as 2 dogs, 6 goats and 1 love bird.










Cameron and a friend.

Cameron Stallones serves on the Helping Hoof board and is an artist and musician working in Los Angeles.  Under the working title Sun Araw he has released 9 studio albums and innumerable EPs and collaborations.  Sun Araw has toured extensively domestically and abroad, performing in Europe, Russia, Australia, Mexico, South America, and Canada.  He worked briefly with children with Autism and has a real enthusiasm and reverence for the healing properties of Nature and animals.