Feb 6, 2020

A final Report

? Drill Sargent Hagar the therapy horse with John
? Drill Sargent Hagar the therapy horse with John

As my final report on this Appeal, I want to thank all our supporters who have contributed to our Scholarship Fund through Appeal # 22190. Children with depression, adults with balance and strength challenges, Veterans and first Responders have all taken advantage of your generous funding of our programs. BITS ETC has grown, and changed since the first appeal was made five years ago on the GlobalGiving platform, in 2015. 

Across all appeals since then, using trainings and the power of the GlobalGiving online community, $17,712.00 has been raised for our mission.This proves the value of extending our support system to people physically far, but oh so close in understanding the healing power of the horse.

By closing this appeal and developing a new one I hope to tell our continuing story to a new group of possible supporters.

Since our humble beginnings over seventeen years ago, utilizing two horses, and one part-time instructor right up to today with three employees and eleven equines we strive for the development of healthy connection with horses as a healing medium to help us all form a healthy connection to people in our lives. 

I hope to hold your interest in BITS ETC, and invite you to follow our on-going progress in new appeals, focused on extending our mission, and improving our services. Please keep us in your charitable plans for 2020 and beyond!

two is better than one!
two is better than one!
Control of the breath....bubbles to speech!
Control of the breath....bubbles to speech!
Trail riding
Trail riding

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Nov 7, 2019

We celebrate Thanksgiving all year long

Patsy on Hagar with her Leader and Side-walker
Patsy on Hagar with her Leader and Side-walker

Later this month many in the US will gather together for a day of thanks.  Families and friends will share time, a meal, memories of past years, and set aside the day to give thanks for things in their life that are good. It is fitting to shine a light on this day, and encourage a feeling of gratitude amid the usual hectic flow of daily life.  But here at BITS I realize more and more that we get to experience days of Thanksgiving all year long, because of you, our donors, volunteers and supporters.

Global Giving donors are volunteers!  Voluntarily giving of your treasure so others can treasure the experiences we, together, provide.  Volunteers come in all sizes and shapes, all ages, and because of Global Giving, from all parts of the world (we have even been gifted with donations from China!).  I find success with the help of connections that the Internet affords us, to spread the word of what we do so others can benefit. This force of good in the world has me giving thanks for modern technology even as we use some of the most ancient of methods to teach gratitude to our clients.

Ever since that first horse was tamed for human use, we've held them in high regard.  In today's world of expanding tech, and distance from those times we sometimes forget the value of touch, the need for connection to something outside ourselves, the sheer exuberance of freedom of movement a horse affords.  Working with horses to connect people with disabilities to the universal human need for growth, for strength of body and mind, for happy experiences, and connection to their own power to overcome what others perceive as disability leaves me thankful on a daily basis. 

I have a tradition at the end of each riding lesson; I ask the rider to give their horse a pat, and thank them for the ride.  They then thank the horse leader, and side walkers, for their support during the lesson, before dismounting.  There is no mechanism for them to directly thank you, the many donors who make it all happen, so as a way to share this gratitude with you, I want to tell you Patsy's story today.

Patsy has lived for the last sixty eight years with a medical diagnosis of autism.  Three years ago her deep desire to ride brought her here, and her love of horses has kept her coming, despite medical problems along the way that sometimes keep her from climbing on her horse.  She comes to groom, to feed, to spend some time outside the usual daily routines, and breathe deeply of the smells of the barn. She relaxes to the sounds of nickering, and munching of hay which soothes the spirit and calms the mind.  Patsy is most grateful for your support which keeps these experiences affordable and  within her world. And when the doctor says she is recovered from surgery, she rides---free at last on her horse, the best feeling in the world!  She  inspires us all,  

With thanks, 

 Pauline Meridien, founding Director, BITS ETC 

Patsy and Hagar
Patsy and Hagar

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Aug 9, 2019

Summer is the BEST time at BITS!

A portrait with Mr. Jingles, the Donkey
A portrait with Mr. Jingles, the Donkey

Summer Celebrations:

 

We celebrate client's successes and spend the day cheering them on at our Annual Horse Show.  This year saw clients find their voice in asking their horse to 'walk on."  Riders sat tall as core strength was built with weekly challenges built into lessons.  A wider range of clients, representing many disabilities was served by our therapy herd.  And Volunteers gained joy and good health while exercising in the sunshine at BITS.

 

We also celebrate our Donors and Supporters from around the country (and the world, as we accepted our first donation from China!) with the help of GlobalGiving fundraising platform.  Without this evolving method of communication we would be hard pressed to find like-minded people to join us. Our mission: providing quality therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to people living with disabilities spreads the word of the healing power of horses.A lesson we all need to re-learn in our sometimes hectic world.

 

Thank you for your continued support.  We couldn't do it without your help.  I hope your summer fills you with as much satisfaction and joy as your donation has given to us. After all, we make a living by what we get, and a life by what we give.  Thank you for making lives better with your gift to BITS ETC.

Volunteers run the course every day.
Volunteers run the course every day.
Sitting tall!
Sitting tall!
Chart of Clients Served at BITS, by Diagnosis
Chart of Clients Served at BITS, by Diagnosis
Veteran's Program Horse: Benevolence
Veteran's Program Horse: Benevolence
Seeing "eye-to-eye"
Seeing "eye-to-eye"
 
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