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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
On top of everything else our volunteers do, a select few have been going out to the site weekly to erect the first building before the snow flies. Last week, Kathy sent around this picture, and what a beautiful sight it is, despite the ominous looming clouds in the background! Kathy, Dave, Julia, Paul and everyone else that helped get this finished are just the every day heroes PARD is ever-so-grateful to have! Thank you!
As the long days of winter surround us with cold and darkness, it was fun to brighten the mood and get into the spirit of the season by spending it with friends the annual Warsaw Santa Clause Parade. More than a dozen floats stung with lights and donned with carolers and music made their way from the Works building, twisting and turning along side the river and into the town of Warsaw for the spectacular tree lighting ceremony. The streets were lined with spectators, hundreds of them, reminding me of how important gatherings like this are in our communities and in our lives. Too often we find ourselves feeling burdened by the commitment of travel and social gatherings at this time of year, that we forget to pause and take in the beauty of it all. Tonight was a beautiful night but my camera could not capture the magic of the colouful floats in the dark night, or the glimmer in my children's eye when Santa waved at them. Just as words will never express my gratitude and amazement for this selfless group of volunteers who built this float just to bring joy to the lives of others. You're giving will never cease to inspire me.
For everyone reading this: My wish for you this holiday season is that you may find peace and joy with the ones you love and let laughter rejuvenate your soul.
~Angie Muir, Chair
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