Hearts Therapeutic has won a three-month long contest, securing $200,000.00 worth of free private cloud and IT services from CIO Solutions, one of the Tri-County’s largest IT firms.

“We are thrilled to win CIO Solutions’ Tri-County Private Cloud Giveaway Contest!” said Executive Director Kirby Gillispie. “We were so happy with the support we received from our friends and riders throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. These IT services are going to help us enhance our programs and fundraising ability and become increasingly more efficient as we move forward. We will get to upgrade our computer systems and better manage and protect our donor and client databases using the world’s most up-to-date Private Cloud technology, which I understand is more stable, reliable and faster than other technology; guards data better; uses less energy; can be tailor-sized to fit our organization’s computing needs; and costs less than other IT solutions.  And that is going to enable us to invest even more of our resources directly in our programs.

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center’s mission is “to employ the power of the horse to enhance the capabilities of children and adults with special needs in the Tri-County area.” Hearts is recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) as a “premier center” — the highest possible level of accreditation, demonstrating a superior level of adherence to national industry standards. Lessons are individually designed to meet each rider’s particular needs and ability level and to accomplish their predetermined goals, which are established in partnership with their parents, caregivers, physicians and other therapists.

Six non-profits in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties — Family Service Agency, Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, New Beginnings Counseling Center, PathPoint, People’s Self-Help Housing, and Rescue Mission Alliance — made the short list to win the three years of free private cloud and IT support. The nominees and the winner were decided by online community votes, according to CIO Solutions President Eric Egolf. Only residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura or San Luis Obispo Counties were allowed to participate.

Mr. Egolf said, “CIO Solutions is delighted to provide Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center with this Private Cloud and IT services gift.” “This is going to be a huge cost-savings and boost for our organization!” Ms. Gillispie said. I am grateful to everyone who helped us make this dream come true.

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center – www.heartsriding.org – inspires adults and children with disabilities, ages four to 94, to accomplish more than they dreamed was possible through therapeutic riding and horsemanship activities

CIO Solutions – www.ciosolutions.com– has been providing IT management and design services to the Tri-County Area since 1986. CIO specializes in helping businesses focus on their core business by designing and managing their IT department. In addition to managing IT networks, CIO also provides consultation on Private Cloud Services, Enterprise Storage, Virtualization, VoIP Phone Systems and other solutions. More information can be found at or by calling their office 805-692-6700.