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