In April of 2018, our therapy horse “Bobby” received the best birthday present ever...a $5000 Platinum-level “Grand Prix” sponsorship from the Gainey Foundation! Established in memory of Cathy and Laura Gainey, the Gainey Foundation is committed to supporting charitable organizations that offer environmental and arts education programs for youth*. PARD thought it was only fitting to have Mr Bob Gainey sponsor a horse named Bobby! And now thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Gainey Foundation, Bobby (the horse, of course) has his board, hay, feed, nutritional supplements, vet visits, farrier visits, and so much more covered for one year. Bobby was 16 years old when he joined the program in 2015. He’s the smallest of the five horses we currently have, making him an ideal fit for our young riders. He has won the hearts of many of our volunteers with his kind disposition and willingness to please. He has many good years to offer PARD as a therapy horse.
At PARD our riders get onto the the horse by using either the traditional block mount or a ramp mount. The block mount (pictured above) is similar to the mounting blocks that you would see at other barns; whether they be a plastic portable one or a more fixed structure. PARD's block mount is a permanent structure in the designated 'mounting area' that provides enough room for the rider and instructor to be on the mount at the same time. This provides the instructor the ability to assist the rider physically if needed and/or simply be there to encourage proper technique.
For riders with assistive devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, the ramp mount system allows the rider to utilize the device to safely enter the mount area and move up the ramps. The ramp mount makes it easier for riders with mobility issues to mount. It does this in two ways. The first being that it puts the rider higher than the horse so when he/she moves their leg over the horse to mount it requires less flexibility through the hip and pelvic area. The second way is called a crest mount. This mount is when the rider stands with his/her back toward the horse at the saddle and with assistance from the instructor and volunteers sits on the saddle. The rider is guided to sit forward while his/her legs are raised together up and over the horses neck. The riders legs are then guided down each side of the horse into proper position. Both of these methods provide a safer and more comfortable mount for riders with mobility and flexibility concerns.
The ramp mount can be complex and very demanding for our volunteers and horses. The horse is led into a chute created by a ramped platform on either side. The horse is required to remain standing still and patiently until the rider is mounted, at which time the horse, rider, volunteers and instructor move down the ramp and out of the mounting area in a synchronous fashion.
This mounting process is one of the reasons it takes a special horse to be a therapy horse. Our amazing PARD boys have the skill, patience and forgiveness to pull this off several times each lesson night, twice a week. It's just one of the many, MANY reasons we love them.
In 2018 PARD was granted $1165 from Peterborough Foundation to make improvements to the existing Ramp Mount. With the money we were able to replace the old sheets of plywood, paint them with a textured paint (for safety), and do repairs to the toe-rail at the edge of the ramp. The ramps look so much cleaner and brighter...and ready for the 2019 season!
This year's Hunter-Jumper Charity Classic was just like the rest of the summer...hot and humid! Thank-you to those who did put up with the heat to raise a few dollars for our favourite equine friends! The PARD boys truly appreciate your support. Maybe it was the heat, or the long weekend, but attendance this year was lower than expected despite the new costume class and more cash prizes. If you have some thoughts or ideas on how we can boost participation in future shows, please drop us a line. Oh, and here are the pictures as promised...if you'd like a copy feel free to save it to your computer or email for an original file for printing, etc.
~Angie Muir, Chairperson
Last year the program underwent some changes that meant PARD would no longer offer cantering and jumping to our independent riders. After discussing it with the riders and their families it was decided that PARD could no longer fulfill their riding goals and it would be time for them to move on to a regular program in order to continue to grow their horsemanship and riding skills. This bittersweet decision was celebrated on Sunday June 10th with a "Graduation Ceremony" where each of the riders were presented with a certificate, a picture of their horse, and a little gift. It was a time to recognize all of the hard work they have put into the program, and their dedication to becoming accomplished riders. As Instructors and Volunteers we couldn't be more proud of these young women and although we will miss them, we look forward to keeping in touch and watching these ladies concur the world!
PARD rider ages 4 -23
PARD rider ages 5-17
TROTT rider ages 8-11, and PARD rider ages 11-21
In case you missed it, PARD celebrated 35 years as an incorporated charity in the Peterborough area this spring! Truth is, we've been serving the community for almost 40 years now! PARD is very grateful to all of our supporters, past and present, who have made it possible for PARD to deliver high quality therapeutic riding to so many people over the years (decades)! If you have some old pictures you'd like to share with us, we'd love to see them! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on our facebook page!
Here's a few pictures of our Open House and 35th Anniversary. It wasn't much of a celebration, mother nature had other plans, but thank you to the few who braved the rain to come check out the program and enjoy a cupcake. If you we're planning on attending but the rain kept you away, it's not too late to volunteer for the season. Just drop us line and let us know what night you'd like to come and we'll hook you up with a returning volunteer to answer all your questions!
Check out the new show flyer with new classes and LOT of CASH PRIZES! Sign up for the new COSTUME JUMPER division for extra fun this year!
PARD is now accepting sponsorship for divisions. If you'd like to become a sponsor and support a great cause email us at email@example.com
As always, proceeds form this show go directly back into the program. PARD fundraisers cover operational costs such as board and care of our horses to help keep our Rider fees low. PARD is a registered charity, run 100% by awesome volunteers!
It's back! Bingo at Delta Bingo & Gaming in Peterborough returns again this year for a fun-filled evening for the bingo pros and novice dabbers alike. Three door prizes, plus a well-stocked silent auction table means you don't have to connect the dots to win! Plus, all proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of the ticket sales will be donated back to PARD to help cover the programs operating costs and keep our fees low! Past events have brought in almost $2000 which is about what it costs to keep one of our handsome horses for a half-year. The numbers are called a little bit slower and there's volunteers to help keep you organized if you're new to Bingo, so anyone (18+ years) can come out and enjoy this event!
If you'd like to buy tickets or sell tickets please contact us and we will get you in touch with the event coordinator. If you have an item or service (ie: gift certificate) you'd like to donate, please let us know and we'd be happy to pick it up. Thank-you for your continued support!
Recently a friend of PARD saw a promotion on Facebook and thought "hmm, PARD would be a deserving recipient of a contest happening over at Canpressco" (true story). So she tagged us in the post and shared it with her friends...and then a few more friends tagged us and shared it with their friends...and well you can probably guess how this story ends! PARD was gifted a $250 cheque from Canpressco just because we have nice friends! There were many deserving entries and we were delighted to win. Thank you to everyone who took a few moments to tag us and share the post. That cheque equals about a month's board for one of our guys so we are very happy to receive it! And thank you Canpressco for your donation.
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