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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