After the last minute cancellation of the 2020 Charity Games Show, I must admit I was feeling a little disappointed, but my spirits were quickly lifted as countless emails rolled in as riders, like you, donated their entry fees back to the organization. I’m grateful for the love and support for what we do here at PARD.
So it warms my heart to send you this thank you letter and share with you a few things about PARD. PARD was founded in the 70’s as a way to offer the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding to people with disabilities who otherwise couldn’t access typical riding programs. PARD was incorporated as a registered charity in 1998 and continues to offer high quality horseback riding lessons to individuals in the Peterborough area regardless of their age, ability, or financial means.
What makes PARD such a unique charity is that ALL of the volunteers are, well, volunteers. There isn’t one paid staff member, so when you donate you can be assured that 100% of your donation is going back into the program and care of the horses. Even our qualified Instructors who give up hundreds of hours to become certified through CanTRA (the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association) do it for their love of the program and the great need it fills in the community.
So, thank you for being a part of this great community and please keep in touch through the facebook page and website. As winter arrives, it will no doubt bring along a very different holiday season. May you find joy in whatever the holidays are this year and spread cheer where you can, because we all need a little extra right now!
PARD Therapeutic Riding
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PARD will be on hand selling baked goods and hosting a charity BBQ!
The Ennismore Curling Club has selected PARD Therapeutic Riding to be the beneficiary of the 2019 Curl for a Cause Bonspiel on February 9th 2019. This event is open to area curlers and details can be found by visiting their website or checking out the flyer below. You can enter as an individual, pair or team. Entry fee includes two eight-end games, lunch, dinner and prizes. PARD is also accepting silent auction items, please contact PARD if you have something you would like to donate. HURRY HARD!
Curl for a Cause generously raised $6000 for PARD from entry fees, the silent auction, and the raffle table. PARD was overwhelmed by the effort Susan and Sharon put into making this a fun and fabulous event! Thank you to everyone who donated and curled!
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
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 Saturday October 28th, 2018 about 80 people came out the Ranch Resort in Bethany to enjoy live country music in the style of the The Grand Ol' Opry. Organizers Connie Lausen-Pappas along with Jane and Nick and their staff at the Ranch Resort in Bethany approached PARD in the summer abou the fundraiser. Organizers arranged for local musicians, including recording artist Tami J. Wilde to perform cover songs as well as originals showcasing the great talent the area has to offer.
Proceeds from the silent auction as well as contributions from ticket sales raised over $700 for PARD Therapeutic Riding. A special thanks to the local brewery 'on tap' that night who donated $1 from the sale of each of can purchased. PARD would also like to thank all those who gave their time to organize the event, as well as those who attended and made the evening a spooktacular success!
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