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.
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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Aug 16, 2013

A Little Help in So Many Ways

Dear Supporters,

As you know, Personal Ponies has ponies all over the country and in Canada.  At times, our volunteers do find themselves over burdened with life.  Their burdens come in all forms, illness, finances, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.  During those tough times, they often need support from us in order to keep caring for their ponies.  We are so grateful to those that have contributed to our program through GlobalGiving.  Each donation has made a difference for us!   This summer we have used your donations to help various volunteers.  One long term director of ours has had to hire help in her barn as she finished her chemotherapy and her husband is out of work.  Another volunteer has not been able to care for all her ponies and we sent a trailer from 10 hours away to come get some of her ponies and leave her with enough hay for the winter for those she kept.  Another young child's pony unexpectadly passed away and we have used some of your contributions to send a new pony to her.  And the list goes on!

We really do appreciate every last penny that is sent our way.  Our office expenses do not exceed  $6,000 a year to run a large organization that reaches wide and deep.  That is unheard of in today's society!!!!  As each person in our program is a volunteer, it means that your contributions always goes to the core of our program, the chidren and the ponies.  We cannot thank you enough!

Please do join our facebook fan page to see pictures of our ponies and see some of the magic!

All the best,

true love
true love

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May 24, 2013

What is happening around Personal Ponies

Hello Friends of Personal Ponies,

Thank you again for your support and for helping us to spread a little pony magic around the country.  This spring we have used some of our donations to help move ponies to new volunteers.  There are several ponies in North Dakota that have needed to move because one of our families experienced many hardships and could no longer care for them.  The funds you provided were very needed and appreciated.

We have other ponies in South Dakota that will also need to be moved as soon as possible and your donations will help with that as well.  Otherwise, we have used your funds to help us with buying hay for those in need and gelding a pony or two!

We are also in the process of saving money where we can to help support some of our volunteers that need money to come to our National Conference in October in New York.  This conference happens once every two to three years and is the only time our volunteers can sit down face to face and share stories, learn from each other and make plans for their programs.  It is truly a valuable experience and so needed since we are all spread from one end of the country to another.

As always, I encouarge each of you to please share our program with those you know and let them know that you supported us and hopefully they will too.

All the best and with gratitude,

Denise Chasin

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