Bring Healing To Horses And Humans In Need

 
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Mar 31, 2014

Spring Update!

Goodbye Winter!
Goodbye Winter!

It has been a long, cold, winter. Did I mention cold? How about long? The words Polar Vortex are two that I hope I can erase from my memory after writing you all this report!

All joking aside, it was a difficult winter for the horses, for families, for everyone. The extended cold took a toll of the resources that many of our families have so little of. And our feeding of hay was nearly doubled, putting a serious strain on our budget as well. But, the sun is shining now, and soon the flowers will begin to bloom, the birds will return to nest and all will be right with the world. And we will be ready to start our programming without worry because you helped us this winter during our Drive To Ride Campaign!

What's Happening On The Farm

  • Next week, 20 students will begin a new challenge. They will begin an intensive training that includes rider fitness, horse health and care, and of course...riding. They will commit to ten weeks of hard work with the goal of competing on July 5th, 2014 at the Chemung County Fairgrounds during the Second Chance Thoroughbreds Jubilee Horseshow. Your support is making this possible and we cannot wait for you to see the pictures!
  • This year we will also be launching our Excelsior Veterans Program, which will provide riding, learning and support opportunities for Veterans and their families. We are proud to be part of the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program, and look forward to serving our brave returning servicemen and women, and their families. A generous donation from the Millward family has allowed us to begin these programs in 2014.
  • Our gardens will continue to grow and mature. This year we will be installing topiary of horses and wildlife that will inspire imagination and provide an atmosphere of soothing reflection. The Horse Garden will be planted with beneficial and medicinal herbs just for them, and the remaining gardens will be planted with vegetables and herbs that can be sold at our local farmers market by our students to support their programming.
  • We have created Service Learning opportunities to fulfill our remaining sponsorships for 2014. The teens who are selected will be spending 2-3 days each week here on the farm. They will be responsible for a horse of their choosing, and will care for, groom, exercise and assist with veterinary and farrier appointments for their horse for an entire year. They will also be helping care for the remaining horses, assisting during sessions, and have the opportunity to show their horse locally. We know how important and beneficial the equestrian life can be for teens, and we felt that combining all phases of horsemanship, along with weekly riding lessons, was an opportunity that the majority of youth at risk will never have the chance to experience. We are thrilled to have selected two girls already, and will have room for two more! This is truly a Girl Power program and we are so excited to get started!

That's about all there is for now. Our other programs will be starting once the weather warms a bit more!

Thank you for all of your support, our donors and monthly sponsors truly make this program all that it can be. Without you, we couldn't offer these new and beneficial programs for children and adults. You are the force behind us, and we are so grateful to each and every one of you!

Thank you!!!

Colleen Cheechalk

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Colleen Cheechalk

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Endicott, New York United States

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