PERSONAL PONIES LTD

Personal Ponies Ltd provides small UK Shetland ponies to children that are differently able. There is no charge for our services and not one of of our volunteers are paid a penny. As we head into our 27th year, there about 1800 ponies in our program scattered around the country with volunteers in almost every state sharing ponies with children that need a special friend. There is a special magic that happens when a small pony is paired with a small child that is indescribable.
May 5, 2014

Thanks!

Dear Friends and Supporters of Personal Ponies,

As National Director, I am touched daily by all the support we receive from our communities that allow us to continue what we do best, ----  creating a little magic in the lives of children with special needs. Everyday I sit at my desk and have the honor of communicating with all of our volunteers and donors as well.   This gives me a unique perspective on what makes our program successful that I wish I could share with all of you who support us.  Imagine if you will pockets of love and caring scattered all over the country that is expressed through the eyes of a small furry UK Shetland pony who has dedicated his/her life to being the companion to a small child with special needs.  If you can imagine past that as well and consider the impact these ponies have had on their caretakers (our volunteers) as well.  So many people do not realize that our ponies make a big difference in their lives too and as we like to say, "there is a child still in all of us, and certainaly a special need."  So although our program is about creating magic in the lives of these young children, I think it is safe to say they create magic in the lives of those taht care for them as well.  As Ghandi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

Personal Ponies wants to take this project report as an opportunity to THANK all of global giving and its supporters for the opportunity to raise additional funds to support our program.  The funds we collected from Global Giving ths past quarter went directly into our Mallory Travel fund because it is springtime and when springtime comes it usually means ponies are in motion to get to new families and transporting them is very costly.  We have so far moved five ponies from South Dakota to Missouri,  one stallion from South Dakota to New York,  Several ponies within New York went to new caretakers, a pair of ponies went from South Carolina to Maryland, and several ponies in Idaho went to new caretakers, and poines in Indiana are headed to Florida.  That is just a sample of what has taken place the past few weeks as the weather cooperated and our program go in motion.

Thank you all for your continued support and I do hope each and everyone of you have a chance to meet some of our ponies that live near you!

All the best

Denise Chasin

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Feb 10, 2014

Staying Warm

Dear Friends of Personal Ponies,

This certainly has been a winter to test our endurance in so many ways.  As most of you know, our shetland ponies are from the Shetland Islands which are only 30 miles south of the arctic circle. Our ponies history is not an easy one having to forage for food in subzero temperatures and truly their mere existence was a story of "survival".  Many of our ponies that are the core of our breeding program are first generation off the Shetland islands and do not find any difficulty in dealing with this weather.  This is especially true because unlike being on the Shetland islands, no matter how frigid the temps, there is hay, water and a shetler to keep them out of the elements.  

And they are grateful.  You can see it in their eyes.  One of the reasons this breed was chosen for our program was because of their character.  They are survivors.  They are hardy and willing to deal with whatever comes their way.  Many of you are aware that, in addition to surviving sub zero temps, they were also the ponies used in the coal mines in England and then later imported here in the United States to be used.  Again, another testament to their willingness, ability to do whatever is asked of them, and very resiliant nature.   During this time, the ponies were often sent down into the mines and kept in there for months at a time with little food, no air, and no light.  The never complained.  Sad as it was, once the mines became mechanized, there was very little need for the true UK Shetland pony.  The true UK Shetland pony is small, wide, round, hardy, short legs, very docile, and very kind hearted.  Once they were no longer needed in the mines, they were bred to other breeds of ponies to create a pony that would be admired in a show ring or sold for money to the privledged children of the UK or even here in the US for showing.  A new type of pony emerged that was more high spirited and of a different nature.

There are several bloodlines of the "true" UK shetland that date back to the 1800s and earlier that still have that willing, kind disposition and are very much still the hardy pony of the coal mines.  Those are the bloodlines and ponies we have aquired over the years to build our program and make sure that the children we serve have a companion with this temperament.  A pony that is willing to stand for hours while a child that may be awkward on their feet, leans on them and grooms them.  Or a pony that willing stands and listens while a child that needs a friends talks about their struggles in life.  This is the pony we have for our program.   

Although this report is to share with you how your very valuable donations have helped us over the quarter, I felt it was worthy to share with you more about who our ponies are and why they were chosen for our program.  In this very frigid winter, even though our ponies are hardy and do not mind the cold, we have had families that have needed extra help this winter with hay and feed for their ponies.  Several families needed extra support this winter as feed and hay bills are nearly double a normal winter.  And having the donations through Global Giving has been a wonderful source of assistance.

We hope you will share our program with others and let them know that every dollar you donate goes to helping one of the children whose life is changed by having the opportunity to be part of our program.  Do read the story below from our Blog.

Many thanks

Denise Chasin

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Nov 18, 2013

End of the Year

State Directors from Oklahoma at Conference
State Directors from Oklahoma at Conference

To all our friends and supporters of Personal Ponies,

Thank you all for your generous support of our program.  As you all know, we are 100 percent volunteer organization and do not charge at all for any of our services.  As a result, we are very dependent on each of you to contribute to our overall mission of making a difference in the lives of children with special needs.

This year has been exciting in many ways.  We feel that , although not fully so, the economy is stronger and many of our families are beginning to feel more optimistic about their futures!  The fianncial support we have had from so many has really helped in keeping some of our ponies with the children they serve instead of the families having to send them off to other caretakers.   Our goal is always to find a way for a family or child to keep their ponies no matter what and having the funds to support them when needed is very helpful.  Even if all we do is provide hay for the pony over the winter or pay a vet bill, it makes a difference.

Something else exciting this year was our National Conference held in upstate New York.  Volunteers and families from all over the country met for a long weekend to share their ideas, discuss the future of our program and to enhance our sense of purpose, commitment, cooperation and evolution of our Personal Ponies family group as it enlarges the scope of our mission.   It was a very successful weekend and each person gave their own time, incurred their own expenses, having to leave family and animals to travel from places like Idaho, Louisianna, Indiana, Florida, etc to participate.

Something else important to our program was accomplished this year, a formal database.  We have up and running a new database of all of our ponies and volunteers making it more efficient and easier to locate, identify and keep files on the history of each pony in our program and each family.  This has taken many years in the planning and experimenting to finally have something that works and can be shared by our directors.

Please do keep in touch with us through our facebook page and website.  Our 2014 theme child will be announced end of December and we do post stories as much as possible about our ponies and families.   As all of you are heading into the season of making your own difference in the world through financial contributions, please do consider Personal Ponies.   Next year will be no different for us and right now we are in the midst of moving 8 ponies out of South Dakota to various parts of the country and the costs are prohibitive to say the least and all contributions help make it possible!   Please share our website with your friends and let them know that you believe in our program.  

Many thanks and all the very best to each of you!

PS.  do take a look at some of the photos from 2013 that we shared in this report!

Denise Chasin

National Director

 

 

Mother and Daughter team from PA at Conference
Mother and Daughter team from PA at Conference
Georgia Director educating at Conference
Georgia Director educating at Conference
Last ride for 30 year old Personal Pony, reitres
Last ride for 30 year old Personal Pony, reitres
Parade in Idaho
Parade in Idaho
Betty from Indiana
Betty from Indiana

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