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Jeanna Pellino, Program Director
As I look across the farm at paddocks filled with snow, it’s the perfect time to sit down with a hot cup of tea and plan our Spring session. We anticipate beginning spring session mid-March, with the cooperation of Mother Nature. With additional resources falling into place such as a solid core of dedicated instructors and a cute little Connemara just finishing his trial period, we look forward to a period of continued slow and steady growth for the program throughout the year. The past few months have been quite exciting immersing ourselves in the community – bringing awareness and forming relationships with local families, schools and residential facilities interested in participating in our programs.
And our efforts have been supported through the generosity of the community in a number of ways. We were recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Saunders Fund / CT Community Foundation. Combined with an equally generous gift from an anonymous supporter, and a very strong response from local adults and teens eager to support our mission through volunteerism, we are filled with much gratitude. To show our appreciation, we will be hosting a number of Community Enrichment programs. The first session will be “The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding & EAA.” This learning opportunity will be held at the local library and free to the general public.
Aquatic Rehab and Therapeutic Riding Program Manager
Hospital for Special Care
2150 Corbin Avenue
New Britain, CT 06053
As a third year partner with the National Inclusion Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing inclusive recreational experiences to all children, High Hopes attended National Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. While at Conference, High Hopes staff shared and problem solved with industry leaders stimulating growth and improvements to its accessible inclusive summer camp programs for all children.
Thanks to a donation made by a generous couple and a supplementary corporate contribution from CL & P, High Hopes is able to offset our rising operating costs generated by a new pilot Summer Camp called Horse Sense. High Hopes’ Horse Sense will offer an experiential and academic curriculum to investigate the meaning of community, responsibility, team work and volunteerism. Through our interactive, educationally based four day camp sessions, the horse becomes our teacher as we empower Connecticut youth to grow into responsible leaders and compassionate citizens.
Special Programs Manager
36 Town Woods Rd.
Old Lyme, CT 06371
P (860) 434-1974 ext. 18
F (860) 434-3723
Spring program is in full swing, and our chapters have a lot to celebrate. Our host farm at Ox Ridge has helped us expand to two days of program a week, and New Canaan Mounted Troop’s recently renovated facility is a beautiful and welcoming environment for our riders. Though our beloved Corgi Hollow chapter has retired after 20 wonderful years with Pegasus, the majority of our CH riders have settled in at our other chapters. Our permanent facility, Pegasus Farm, is growing greener by the day, and the riders are excited to once again enjoy the great outdoors and our ever-evolving sensory trail. Last but not least, instructors Denise Avolio and Marny Mansfield have joined us at our Fox Hill and Kelsey Farm chapters, respectively. Denise is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor who has been volunteering at Pegasus two days a week. Marny Mansfield, OTR, is a PATH Intl. Master Instructor/Registered Therapist/Evaluator.
In other Pegasus staff news, Volunteer Coordinator/Instructor Bill Prout has earned his USEF/USHJA certified trainer and PATH Intl. Advanced Level instructor certifications, Instructor Laura Corsun has earned her PATH Intl. Driving Instructor certification, and Instructor/Barn Staff member Diane Maudsley has earned her PATH Intl. Registered Instructor certification. Congratulations, Bill, Laura and Diane!
Pegasus is currently preparing for our 30th Annual Pegasus Horse Show. It will be held on Sunday, May 22, at Coker Farm in Bedford, N.Y. Thanks to the generosity of the Richter family, Coker Farm has hosted our event for more than 25 consecutive years. Approximately 80 riders will show off what they have learned during program over the past year.
Pegasus is also busy managing The Rider’s Closet, a charitable program founded by Georgina Bloomberg in 2006 to provide donated riding apparel to individual riders, therapeutic riding centers and scholastic teams in need. The Rider’s Closet accepts all new or gently used items except helmets. Due to Georgina’s expanding competition schedule, Pegasus helped her relocate The Rider’s Closet from her home to our Pegasus Farm chapter in July 2010, and we assumed daily management of the program on her behalf. Currently, The Rider’s Closet is most in need of show jackets and tall or paddock boots in adult and youth sizes. Details are posted to pegasustr.org/trc. Our fellow therapeutic riding centers are also most welcome to request items for their riders in need. Request forms are on the website.