Loxahatchee, FL – March 10, 2011 – Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center has played a part in the recovery of Olympic Dressage rider, Courtney King Dye. Last March a tragic accident left King Dye with a brain injury unable to remember, walk, or speak. After months of therapy and with the help of the program and horses at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, King Dye is on the road to success. Vinceremos, however, is only one part of the incredible team that has helped with her recovery as Arlene White and Stacey Brown have also played tremendous roles in this remarkable story.
CBS12 acknowledged Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center on February 25, 2011 for their part in the success of King Dye’s recovery. The segment featured Vinceremos’ work with King Dye including statements from King Dye about her recovery. Since she was able to start therapy King Dye has devoted hours a day to her recovery. She is determined to return as a champion and her goal is to once again compete. She is counting on the animal she loves to help her make a full recovery. Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center has been helping her achieve these results and hopes to see her achieve these goals. King Dye uses all her strength for hippotherapy at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center.
Loxahatchee, FL – February 10, 2011 – Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is hosting its final “Buck Off” Event this Thursday night February 10, 2011. The event is sponsored by Vetericyn and is held at the Players Club. The evening’s winning team will join the two other teams from the other two Buck Offs as qualifiers to compete at the VTRC Annual Dinner held on Friday, February 18, 2011.
Guests can perfect their bull riding techniques before the competition from 7-8pm for $10 per ride. Starting at 8p.m. the competition begins with three hours of action packed bull riding fun. Teams of four can ride for $100 and individuals can ride for $30. All participants receive a BUCK OFF t-shirt. The winning team receives a ticket to VTRC Benefit Auction Dinner and a spot to compete in the finals, held at the International Polo Club February 18, 2011 during the VTRC Benefit Auction Dinner. This year’s winning teams will compete against The Bad Boy Vets last year’s “Buck Off” champions.
Floridian Community Bank secured their spot in the first week of competition. Winners of the second “Buck Off” were Team Bobbi’s Boys which included Jimmy Fairclough, Turea Wilson, Trevor Ritter, and Kevin McCarthy. Only one more round to go so don’t miss it!
Loxahatchee, FL – January 11, 2011 – Get out your planners and your cell phones to schedule yourself for a night you don’t want to miss in Wellington, FL. Friday, February 18, 2011 is Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s Benefit Auction Dinner & Dance, which will be held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL. The theme for this year’s gala is “My First Pony,” and it will again feature the hugely popular mechanical bull riding competition.
“My First Pony” is this year’s theme, and will showcase riders from all levels and disciplines and their first ponies. These riders will include Mason Phelps, Tuny Page, and Tami Hoag along with riders from the VTRC whose first ponies are mounts owned by VTRC.
After last year’s success with the Mechanical Bull riding competition, VTRC has stepped it up a notch this year to add another layer of excitement to the Annual Dinner Dance. This year, there will be three “Buck Off” events held at the Players Club on Thursday nights before the Dinner Dance. These dates are Thursday, January 27, 2011, Thursday February 3, 2011 and Thursday February 10, 2011. Each of these “Buck Off” Events will serve as the qualifying rounds for the Final “Buck Off” Event, which will be held on the night of the Dinner Dance. The final teams qualified will compete against the winners from last year’s competition, the “Bad Boy Vets” made up of Bill Patterson, Bryan Dubynsky, Johnny Jack, and Travis Laas.
North Salem, NY – December 14, 2010 – Georgina Bloomberg’s charitable venture, The Rider’s Closet, is in the business of giving and receiving, not just during the holidays, but all year long. From therapeutic riding centers to pony clubs to collegiate equestrian teams, Bloomberg’s apparel exchange program has made a real difference for hundreds of equestrians who want to participate in competitive, scholastic or therapeutic riding but are unable to afford the gear.
Liz Olsezewski, founder of Horses Healing Hearts USA, a nonprofit in Lake Worth, Fla., which works with children of alcoholics and addicts, recently contacted The Rider’s Closet for a shipment of much-needed boots and clothing. After receiving the items, Olsezewski wrote a heartfelt thank-you letter that was signed by her riders. She noted that they “feel like true equestrians now and are feeling very proud.” This sentiment is echoed again and again in riders’ notes of appreciation to Bloomberg and The Rider’s Closet volunteers.
Loxahatchee, FL – October 21, 2010 – Recently, international grand prix rider Lauren Hough donated the mount Aspirant “Randy” to the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC). After suffering some health issues, Randy was unable hold up to the rigors of life as a show horse. Hough has always been a supporter of the work at VTRC and felt that Randy’s gentle nature would make him perfect for a new career helping those with disabilities.
“I have always been a big fan of their program; I think they do a fantastic job there,” said Hough. “Randy has a super character and was not able to stay sound enough for the show ring so it seemed like a perfect match.”
Randy is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding who has become the perfect horse for therapy. His gentle nature and “knowing” sense combined with his incredible movement that is therapeutic for many riders have made him very successful. While his manner outside of the ring is sometimes playful, he always knows how to be very careful with his riders.
Loxahatchee, FL – May 18, 2010 – Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) is currently preparing to participate in the Special Olympic State Equestrian Games, which will be held May 21-22, 2010, in Tampa, Florida. Sixteen riders qualified for the Games after competing at the Area level March 27, 2010, in Ft. Pierce, FL.
During the Special Olympic State Equestrian Games riders will have the opportunity to compete in English and western equitation, trail ride competition, dressage, and pole bending. The riders representing VTRC range from needing full support with a leader and two sidewalks to independent riders who walk, trot, and canter on their own. They also have several riders competing in the training level dressage tests.
The qualified riders have been working on dressage test, equitation skills, pole bending, and barrel racing to prepare for the exciting competition. In addition to the 12 students traveling to the Games, six horses and 17 volunteers will be in Tampa for the event to support VTRC.
WESTPORT, CT – May 10, 2010 – The EQUUS Foundation received a $25,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to support its mission to educate the public about horses; provide financial support through the award of grants; offer insight on management and financial practices of the charities through a thorough review of their operations; and provide a network of interested individuals for volunteer recruitment.
“We are so grateful to Newman’s Own Foundation for their generosity, especially now in these difficult times for charities,” said Jenny Belknap, EQUUS Board Chairman. “This grant will help us build a more sustainable environment for horses and for the people whose lives they are benefiting, and enhance the ability of charities across America focused on equestrian and horse-related issues to accomplish their missions. What a majority of the general public is not aware of is in providing horses with homes and useful lives, people benefit, especially children.”
Loxahatchee, FL – October, 27, 2009 – Each year the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals living with paralysis. This year the Foundation is proud to announce Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s Horses for Heroes Program as one of the 145 recipients, receiving $5,000 in aid.
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center will use the grant to help those living with paralysis become active members in everyday life. Cinderella is an elegant seven-year-old Quarter Horse, and she was purchased for the VTRC programs though a grant provided by the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
“After receiving the grant we looked high and low for the perfect horse and finally the proverbial glass “horse” shoe fit,” noted VTRC Founder and Executive Director Ruth Menor. “Cinderella (we call her Cinder for short) stepped on to VTRC property with inquisitive yet accepting eyes, and quickly made friends with her new equine family. At 14.2 hands, she is the perfect size for both kids and many adults and is currently being used for a handful of lead line and independent lessons.” Read more> http://www.horsesinthesouth.com/article/article_detail.aspx?id=8674