From the Executive Officer
Happy New Year!
I feel it’s a bit late to be saying this with one quarter of the year already behind us, but given that this is the first official communication of the year with some of you – it’s still kosher.
In true style, we have hit the ground running! The last month of 2014 and the start of 2015 has been very busy for us. In the last calendar year, we delivered 2770 horse-facilitated therapy sessions to over 100 people with a disability in the ACT and local NSW region.
Our herd of 17 commendable Pegasus ponies – who all had a much-needed break over the Christmas holidays – continues to delight us and our program participants. The challenge facing us this year is in securing more qualified RDA horses. Our target is to grow the herd to 25, which would enable us to support an additional 63 families currently on our waiting list.
In exciting news, we received a $36,000 grant from St.George Foundation to build a sensory trail at Pegasus Farm, and we also received an $88,000 grant from Sports and Recreation to upgrade some of our arena and toilet facilities.
In February, we presented this year’s Riding Scholarships at our Awards Night. This is the second year we’ve offered scholarships, and we were thrilled to be able to offer eight full-year scholarships and five half-year ones. The evening was a great success with the scholarship sponsors meeting and presenting the awards to their scholarship recipients.
On Sunday, 8 March, our volunteers did us proud at the Black Opal Stakes. Sixteen valued volunteers shook the buckets for Pegasus and raised $1730. I was invited to attend the Chairman’s lunch and made some valuable connections: Sue King from Ladies in Racing; Graham Freeman from Tabcorp; Minister Joy Burch; and Paul Walshe from ACTEW. Of course, when there was a horse called, ‘Diamond to Pegasus’, I had to put some money on him, unfortunately!
We have some exciting events coming our way soon – the Ride for Pegasus with the ACT Endurance Riders Association, and the annual Pegasus Open Day are both coming up in May.
Our ‘Tack n’ Treasure’ sale will be held in June and we are currently calling for any unwanted – but still in good nick – tack that we can sell to raise much-needed funds to purchase specific tack and related aids for our riders.
As to our future, Pegasus has been fortunate to have a new friend and supporter – Marcus Quinlivan OAM – who has provided a gift that will support Pegasus and its programs aimed at developing confidence, self-esteem and improvement in the physical well-being and ability of persons with disabilities through horsemanship, riding skills and horse-facilitated therapy. Marcus’ gift is the impetus for the creation of an endowment fund – The Marcus Quinlivan Developing Abilities Fund. The Fund will provide the perfect vehicle for people wishing to give a gift that keeps on giving – in perpetuity.
Jane Thompson, Executive Officer, Pegasus
The Bid Williams Story
ABC TV filmed Bid Williams' story at Pegasus.
Bid’s story is quite fascinating! You’ll value the opportunity to view the show and find out more about our Founder. Link through to: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/act/?year=2014&month=04
It will send you to our April archive for all 730 ACT stories.
Want to support a riding scholarship?
The popular Pegasus scholarship program awarded 13 riding scholarships this year, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful donors and supporters.
Pegasus riding scholarships support people with a disability who aspire to develop their potential through horse-related activities and associated therapy – through either a Riding (mounted program) or Horsemanship (unmounted program).
If you would like to support a riding scholarship and be the difference in a child's life, click here for more information.
See the difference Pegasus makes to a child...
Here at Pegasus Riding for the Disabled we provide horse and farm activities for people with a disability in the Canberra region. As soon as our riders come through our gates, they are met with sights and smells that transport them to another world. A place where they can wheel or walk easily, a place where they can feel safe and secure; a place that is a home away from home.
Pegasus is known for its positive energy, and riders and parents often comment on the joy and uplifting feeling that being at Pegasus always brings. The gentle and understanding environment means that riders are not limited by what would normally be considered their limitations; because at Pegasus there is no ‘disability’ there is only ‘ability.’ For riders, even seeing the Pegasus logo gets them excited, because they know that here they can do something that would normally be impossible – that at Pegasus they can fly.
We are a not-for-profit charitable organisation, which relies on the generosity of people in the community to meet our aims in supporting those with a disability. This includes financial donations through many of our fundraising programs, as well as through volunteering activities, including class work, stables and at events. Pegasus depends on our 270 active volunteers who work in a variety of roles, but we always need more help!
This unique service could not be possible without our commendable ponies giving service to others. Our hard-working herd is fully trained in assisting our riders to achieve their goals. Similarly, our coaching staff has national accreditation in instructing our riders with a disability. Together, our coaches and horses provide the team that allows our riders to reach their full potential.
Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding donation and volunteering opportunities, or simply to come out and visit our sprawling 100 acre property and see the magic happen first hand!
Opening the Doors!
The Pegasus horse was flying high at our Open Day last Saturday; keeping the rain at bay and attracting the community to the Pegasus Farm.
Families and their children, Pegasus volunteers, donors and sponsors were enjoying the day; taking in the Franklin B Paverty Bush Band, the Obstacle Race, the Horse Parade, the Riding Program demonstration, fabulous cakes, sizzling sausages, hot soup, biscuit decorating and so much more.
One of our donors and volunteers, Susan, said, “Everyone I talked to commented on the positive energy and inviting warmth that Pegasus has.
One person told me that he just lives up the road and never knew what a great organisation he had in his own backyard.”
It was pleasing to hear such positive comments. People who hadn’t been to Pegasus before were pleasantly surprised by the Farm and the activities, and the warm welcome from our volunteers and staff. I was particularly pleased to see a number of people attending who had a disability.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, families, staff and the community we raised a net amount of $14,058 and most importantly, over 1200 people came to Pegasus and gained an understanding of who we are, what we do, and what we seek to achieve – developing abilities for people with a disability!
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