Dear Friends of Personal Ponies,
First and foremost, Personal Ponies wishes each of you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. Thank you for being part of the magic we work so hard to offer all year by providing a small UK Shetland pony to any child that might benefit from the loving interaction of our fury friends. As the year comes to a close, I cannot help reflect on where we have been and what our needs are heading into the new year.
As usual, we have had a busy year of moving ponies and having new volunteers enter our program, helping those with economic and health struggles, getting ponies from point a to point b and c and d, and working out our plans for future breeding. We are fotunate, thanks to those that have provided economic support to us, that we have had the funds avaiable this year to be helpful to many volunteers all over the country. This includes situations such as a single mother in Michigan lost her job and did not want to have to return her ponies. We have used the funds donated through Global Giving to help pay for hay and support the ponies while she searches for a job. Another time we used the funds to send money to transport ponies from Virgina to Georgia to surprise a young boy as he came out of his 8th surgery at age 7.
Two of the biggest areas we need to increase our donations is transportation and emergency support. There is nothing more stressful for a family that loves and needs their ponies to have to return them due to economic and usually temporary hardship. And the other area is getting our ponies to the kids that need them is very costly and we need to increase what is available nationally to help folks get the children their ponies. The other area on Santa's list are funds that will be put aside to further develop and preserve our breeding program. Keep in mind that all of the ponies in our program are bred by us and we take full responsiblity for their lives from birth to death. Right now there are 1400 ponies in our care and we have to always keep an eye on the future and maintain the high bar of excellence in our breeding.
Personal Ponies has gone to great lengths to find bloodlines and develop a breeding program that ensures our ponies are well suited for the job they are doing. This is something that many are unaware of as they are not invovled in the building blocks of our foundation which is ponies that are suited for this job!!!!! Imagine ponies that are wide, round low to the ground and have a gentle heart and are willing to stand for hours while a child that is differently able brushes him/her or sings to him/her or even sits and reads to him/her. You get hte picture!
I am sharing a few photos here that are my personal favorites from this year. Please, if you will, share our program with others and consider us as you determine how you spend your charitable donations this year. We really need you and I hope you have a warm smile as you view our pictures.
Many thanks to all and Happy Holidays,