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Haviland Hollow Charity Cup to Benefit Pegasus and the Rider’s Closet

Sam Ramirez, Jr. will host the charity polo match at Haviland Hollow Farm.

Brewster, N.Y. – September 2, 2014 – Sam Ramirez, Jr. will host a charity polo match at his Haviland Hollow Farm in Patterson, N.Y. on September 20, 2014 to benefit The Rider’s Closet, the Wings program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, and JDRF.

The Haviland Hollow Charity Cup will feature lunch, a silent auction and a polo match from 1-4pm and a DJ dance party from 4-6pm. Family, all-inclusive VIP and tailgating ticket packages are available and can include transportation from the nearby Metro North train station. The event will take place rain or shine.

Visit nycpolo.com/events for further details and to purchase tickets. Visit the Pegasus Facebook page at facebook.com/PegasusNYandCT to enter a drawing to win a pair of tailgating tickets (two winners will be chosen; contest ends 9/8).

Founded in 2006 by Georgina Bloomberg, The Rider’s Closet is a charitable program that provides free equestrian clothing and boots to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, scholastic teams and individual riders in need. Hosted by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding at Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y., The Rider’s Closet accepts donations of new or gently used riding gear and sends items out by request to hundreds of deserving equestrians around the U.S. each year. For more information, visit pegasustr.org/trc.

The Wings program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding consists of equine-assisted activities for at-risk individuals, including abuse and human trafficking survivors, disadvantaged youth, and adults with developmental disabilities. The program is a customized blend of mounted and unmounted sessions, and typical areas of focus include social/relationship skills development, improved physical and cognitive ability, trust-building, self-regulation and calming exercises, and increased confidence, control and empowerment. For more information, visit pegasustr.org.

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Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Gives Students Wings to Soar Past Challenges

Grace LaBarre demonstrates her half-seat while trotting at last year’s Pegasus Horse Show. Photo: Christine Fitzgerald/Pegasus Therapeutic Riding.

Brewster, NY – May 3, 2013 – Since its founding in 1975, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding has touched the lives of thousands of individuals with needs. In partnership with their therapeutic horses, Pegasus students have found the strength, the freedom and the wings to rise above their physical, cognitive and emotional challenges.

One former student summed up the experience perfectly when she said:

“Riding with Pegasus gave me wings and a sense of accomplishment. Finally I found a sport that I was able to excel at. In the saddle, I for once felt ‘normal.'”

This young woman is one of many military veterans, people with special needs and at-risk individuals who benefit from the equine-assisted therapeutic programs Pegasus offers.

On May 17-18, 2013, the 32nd Annual Pegasus Horse Show will allow these students to showcase their accomplishments and abilities for the families, friends, staff and volunteers who believe in the opportunities and benefits Pegasus creates.

Laurie Howlett is among those parents who have seen the difference that Pegasus can make in the life of a child, and she shared the following:

“My 20-year-old son, Luke, has multiple developmental delays. Inherent in the special needs journey is isolation, and consequently, loneliness. Pegasus, however, is the great equalizer, for when on the horse, the rider is no longer defined by his/her diagnosis, and those moments are glorious, a glimpse into normal.”

Another mother, Karen LaBarre, wrote of her daughter Grace: “My daughter has Hypotonia, a disorder that affects motor nerve control by the brain, muscle strength, speech, social and sensory issues… There are not enough words of thank you to Pegasus when your child, who struggles every day with walking, especially on stairs, is doing a half-seat while trotting, giggling up a storm with pride.”

Over the two days of the Pegasus Horse Show, riders like Luke and Grace will demonstrate what they have learned in their weekly therapeutic lessons. Each student will receive a ribbon in recognition of some aspect of his or her riding, such as best position, best half seat or best use of aids.

“This experience has opened up a whole new wonderful world for Luke that puts a smile on his face and most importantly, in his heart,” Howlett said.

The students and their families aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of the programs Pegasus offers. One teen volunteer eloquently explained how she too has grown from her time with Pegasus:

“The most powerful lesson that I have learned as a therapeutic volunteer turns out to be a very personal one for me – it is about invisible efforts. By this I mean that on the outside, the work that we do as volunteers doesn’t look like much; we guide the horses, hold up the children, or gently encourage them. Also, from an onlooker’s perspective, the children don’t appear to be working so hard; they just seem to be going along for the ride. But one day, something amazing happens. One day, an eight-year-old boy suddenly sits upright in his saddle, alone, and without our help. What most people wouldn’t realize is how many months or years he had been ‘invisibly’ squeezing his muscles into the saddle or side of the horse, building his strength, balance and confidence. When I see how all those efforts add up over time, I am reminded to believe in my own struggles. These young riders, together with the leaders of the program, have helped me see myself in ways that my everyday life never could.”

The programs that Pegasus Therapeutic Riding offers and the Annual Pegasus Horse Show would not be possible without these dedicated volunteers and the generous donors and sponsors who underwrite more than 90 percent of Pegasus’ annual budget.

To learn more about Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, the 32nd Annual Pegasus Horse Show and how you can get involved, visit www.pegasustr.org.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding offers programs to more than 225 individuals each year at four regional chapters: Pleasantville, N.Y.; Greenwich, Conn.; Darien, Conn.; and Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y. All programs are led by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified physical therapists, occupational therapists, licensed educators and therapeutic riding instructors.

32nd Annual Pegasus Horse Show Fast Facts:

WHEN: Friday, May 17, 2013 starting at 6pm and Saturday, May 18, 2013 starting at 10am

WHERE: Pegasus Farm – Brewster, New York

WEB SITE: www.pegasustr.org/horseshow


Presenting Sponsor: $25,000
Funds a six-week program for 20 students

Grand Champion Sponsor: $10,000
Funds a 12-week program for four students

Gold Medal Sponsor: $5,000
Funds a year of daily care for a therapeutic horse

Silver Medal Sponsor: $2,500
Funds five student scholarships for 12 weeks

Bronze Medal Sponsor: $1,000
Funds one student scholarship for a year

Blue Ribbon Sponsor: $500
Funds one student scholarship for 12 weeks or one year of equine veterinary services for a therapeutic horse

Red Ribbon Sponsor: $250
Funds one student’s summer program or helps support Pegasus’ emergency vet care fund for its therapeutic horse horses

Yellow Ribbon Sponsor: $100
Funds a comprehensive therapeutic evaluation for one perspective student

Interested sponsors may contact Syreeta Jones at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding by phone at (845) 669-8235 ext. 101 or by email at sjones@pegasustr.org for further information.

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