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News from Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program

Wild Hearts welcomes our first program-owned horse!
Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program ( is excited to announce that Kipper has joined the Wild Hearts family! Kipper’s donation was made possible by the generosity of all who participated and supported the First Annual Wild Hearts Benefit Hunter Pace. Kipper has been a wonderful, much need addition to the program as it continues to grow.

Mara Iwanicki joins Wild Hearts as volunteer coordinator
Join us in welcoming Mara Iwanicki as Wild Hearts volunteer coordinator. Mara has also generously allowed Wild Hearts to work with her fantastic Curly horse, Merlin – who has proven to be an invaluable part of Wild Hearts lessons and special programs. Additionally, Mara has offered to Wild Hearts the use of her beautiful farm in Berkley, MA in addition to our location in Raynham, MA.

Arc of Bristol County participates in Therapeutic Riding program at Wild Hearts
Four adults from the Arc of Bristol County participated in Wild Hearts therapeutic riding program in November 2011. According to Project Rec-Connect Coordinator, Troy Hixon, “all of the individuals expressed how they felt so excited to brush, ride, and feed the horses. Their reaction and happiness to the experience was priceless.” All of us at Wild Hearts are very excited to work with the individuals from the Arc when they visit us again in April, May, and June of 2012!

Exciting things are happening at The BiNA Farm!  

The BiNA Farm provides therapeutic programs for people with cognitive, physical, psychological, and developmental disabilities.  This fall, our new BiNA Farm Center opened in South Natick.  Our new space includes offices and group meeting spaces, as well as space for yoga, music therapy, and mental health counseling.  The BiNA Farm Center is our fourth location, joining our barns in Sherborn, Canton (at the Massachusetts Hospital School), and Wellesley (at the Dana Hall School).  We are excited to be growing fast, and reaching out to new families.  Please check out our website at, or contact us at 508-651-2462, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with questions or inquiries.  Happy Holidays from The BiNA Farm!

BiNA Farm Job Opening:
The BiNA Farm is seeking an Administrative Assistant who is able to work 30 hours Monday-Friday at our Natick location. We are a fast growing non profit which provides a variety of therapies to children with family needs such as therapeutic horseback riding, music and art therapy, yoga and massage therapy, gardening and rock climbing.

Our office team needs to find a wonderful addition who is proficient in Quickbooks as the job is also being responsible for accounts payable and receivable, Excel, managing data bases, excellent writing and editing skills and working directly for the Executive Director and Executive Board of the non profit. We require CORI background checks for all employees since we work with children. Please send resume and hourly salary requirements via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." data-mce-href="mailto:..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

News from Windrush Farm

In June, we partnered with the Pike School, an independent, coeducational day school in Andover to kick off a pilot program in sustainability at Windrush Farm. The students at Pike grew seedlings and then donated them to be cared for primarily by the students in our seven week inner-city “at risk” summer program at Windrush.

We are continuing our collaboration with the Bedford VA Medical Hospital to service more than 40 men and women from the Bedford VA Medical Hospital for six sessions throughout the summer. Designed to enable veterans to interact with horses as a way to build physical and psychological health, the clients start their afternoon with a leisurely lunch enjoying the farm landscape. This is followed by a lecture or discussion and then an activity such as grooming or leading horses.

Windrush is thankful to both Morgan Stanley and Deloitte and Touche, LLP for choosing Windrush Farm as their service day location. Both groups spent several days on the farm working on activities such as path clearing, gardening, an building a retaining perimeter, leveling the ground and smoothing out stonedust for a paddock, and finally construction of a new horse shelter.

This summer also marks the return of our unmounted curriculum for the teenagers on the autism spectrum from Swampscott Public School. The students have such a fun time working with the horses they don't even realize they are learning so many other skills such as teamwork, keeping themselves safe, problem solving, and improving self-esteem and fine and gross motor skills.

Triumph Therapeutic Riding Center in the news…

Triumph Therapeutic  Riding Center at Pleasant Meadow Farm in Hingham was featured in an article on Wicked Local Hingham entitled “Horses Can Change Lives.”

News from The Bridge Center

Check out the fabulous photographs of The Bridge Center in Bridgewater featured in the online edition of the Bridgewater Enterprise.

The Bridge Center was also featured in the Fox 25 Morning News “Zip Trip” to Bridgewater!

First Annual Wild Hearts Benefit Hunter Pace

Wild Hearts is holding its first annual benefit hunter pace at Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, MA on September 24th, rain or shine! The funds raised will help Wild Hearts to achieve three main goals:

Obtain & support the first program-owned horse
Expand  programming to include Equine Facilitated Mental Health
Provide scholarship assistance to those who qualify

Sponsors, raffle items, and of course riders are needed to make this event a great success! Visit their page for important dates, forms, and information.


Windrush Farm in Boxford offers first Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop in New England!

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is considering (or already) working in the EFL and EFP fields. The workshop can be attending by itself of along with the Equine Specialist Horsemanship Skills Test. These components are the first steps required to complete the newly approved certification for PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Don't miss this opportunity!

Workshop: June 18-20, 2011
Horsemanship Skills Test: June 21, 2011

Workshop: $450 early bird rate (must sign up by 5/15/11), $499 after 5/15/11
Horsemanship Skills Test: $100

Sign up early and save. Only 20 spots available! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Susan Lutz with questions. Follow this link for more info, plus the PATH Intl. certification booklet, application, and NESAR scholarship information.

Congratulations to Open Minds - a new program in Duxbury

Open Minds, a start-up program in Duxbury, has a wonderful opportunity for a PATH Intl. certified instructor to not only teach, but to be a part of managing a barn and shaping a new equine assisted activities program from the ground up. Open Minds also looks forward to the arrival of two new therapy horses in the near future! For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Carrie Farmer or call her at (781) 934-6128.

More News from Windrush Farm

Our newest program for inner city youth at risk uses the love of horses to motivate reading. Twice a week, the readers and riders explore books about horses, one-on-one, with experienced volunteers. The students are encouraged to apply what they have read to the rest of their lesson as they then groom, saddle, and ride the Windrush horses.  

In April, veterans from the Bedford VA Medical Hospital will be returning to participate in Windrush Farm’s Horses for Heroes Program. Last summer, close to 45 returning soldiers participated in equine assisted activities at Windrush and experienced the positive benefits including a boost in confidence, social skills, trust, and communication. This spring we hope to increase that number served.

We will be hosting our Family Festival Day on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pony rides, games, live music, food, and fun. It is a day to welcome the community to come experience the wonders of Windrush.

In March, Rob Sharp of White Lantern Productions of the UK visited Windrush Farm to interview ED Mandy Hogan and Board President Paul Spiers as part of his upcoming film on Equine Assisted Activities. Class footage was also shot. The film will be completed at the end of 2011 to be part of the UK’s website to explain what equine assisted activities are and to help individual find centers throughout the world.

New Website: Horses Helping People MA

Horses Helping People in Massachusetts ( is a new website built and maintained entirely by volunteers. The website supports the EAAT industry in Massachusetts by educating the public about the wide variety of EAAT services, promoting the industry and its professionals in the state of Massachusetts, and providing a much needed and cost effective marketing tool for programs via direct links on the many websites that directly service potential clients and participants. The website is a place where Massachusetts centers can share ideas, information, grow together and strengthen the EAAT industry. For $25/year, your center can be listed on the website - the small annual membership takes care of website hosting fees. The website also maintains a facebook page:  Add it to your news feed today!


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