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JulieLovelyJulie Lovely
Executive Director
Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program

PATH Intl. Massachusetts State Chair

Julie has been involved with therapeutic riding since she first volunteered for a local program in Upstate NY over 20 years ago. She is a PATH Intl. registered instructor and the founder/director of Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program. Julie also enjoys drawing and painting, and working with her Morab, Izzy, and two miniature horses, Bootsie & Jimmy. She lives in West Bridgewater with her husband, Golden Retriever, five cats, and three horses.

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News from The Bridge Center…
Thank you to all who attended the Region 1 Conference!

The Bridge Center had a wonderful time hosting and hopes that everyone enjoyed the conference. The speakers were wonderful, the weather turned out great and the committee did an awesome job putting on another great conference!

The Bridge Center to host an AHA level 1 course on Oct. 11-14, 2013.
Check out the Bridge Center website at www.thebridgectr.org or the AHA website for more information.

“Colin” All Angels
Back on April 4, 2013, The barn staff at The Bridge Center were faced with a tough decision. Colin, our largest horse, was colicking and in a great deal of pain. We had two options: immediate surgery or euthanasia. We opted for surgery. Colin is a kind, gentle horse who deserved a chance. It is what the heart of The Bridge Center programs are about - giving opportunities. We believed that Colin could overcome this difficult surgery and return to our Equine programs.

The cost of surgery was expensive, close to $10,000. Colin had 20-feet of small intestines removed due to a strangulating lipoma and spent 9 days at Tufts Large Animal Medical Center. He made it thru those long days due to the positive thoughts and prayers everyone sent for him.

Being a non-profit, we need your help in trying to cover those costs. Colin is a steadfast horse who takes one step at a time - forward. We need your help to keep moving forward - providing continuing care for Colin and providing chances for emergency care for our herd of 12 horses and ponies.

Could you help Colin today by donating what you can to help cover the expenses?

How to Donate to Colin:

• Go to www.thebridgectr.org. The DONATE button brings you to Paypal where you can type COLIN in the donation description field during the "review donation" step. This is important, otherwise the donation won't go to him directly!
• Stop by the barn! Colin loves the company. (no snacks please - not yet!) There is a collection box in the Viewing Room where you can put your donations (cash or checks).
• You can mail a donation to: (Just make sure you mark it for COLIN) The Bridge Center, 470 Pine Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324

News from Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Wild Hearts Relocates to West Bridgewater

After nearly three years trailering horses to various facilities, Wild Hearts is excited to announce we’re consolidating operations to our home turf in West Bridgewater. Thanks to a generous donation made by Donna & Richard Crossman, we were able to build a beautiful outdoor arena and offer programming from the quiet, private farm owned by our Executive Director, Julie Lovely. Wild Hearts will no longer be limited by Julie’s 2-horse trailer and will have access to all four of our program horses, as well as Julie’s three horses. In the upcoming months Wild Hearts plans to add instructors and staff to our team, as well as develop new programming such as Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Equine Facilitated Learning, and Equine Services for Heroes. We hope you’ll stop by for a visit! 

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