From the Executive Officer
'Events' have been the flavour of the past few months. The month of May got off to a galloping start with our Ride for Pegasus. More than 80 enthusiastic riders and their horses participated in the 10km event in support of riders with a disability, and raised over $12,121 for Pegasus by more than 317 individuals.
For the first time in the event’s history, Pegasus riders – with the support of our volunteers and Coaches – participated in a special 2km section of the 10km event.
The following weekend, we welcomed internationally renowned and respected horse trainer and coach, Dr Andrew McLean, to Pegasus for a public workshop on understanding and improving horse behaviour and performance. Over 60 people attended to hear Dr McLean’s lecture on ethology; equine learning theory; using science to better understand the horse and its responses; and biomechanics. This was then followed by a two hour “hands on” demonstration with our very own Pegasus horses.
We also had our Open Day on Saturday, 23 May, and in what was the best turnout yet, more than 1800 people joined in the fun and festivities. The annual event is a celebration of all things Pegasus and recognises the ongoing support and contribution of the many volunteers, sponsors, donors, riders, and the local community who support Pegasus. Our attendance numbers were up 33 percent from last year’s event and we raised over $16,000, which will go towards providing close to one hundred therapeutic horse-facilitated sessions to riders with a disability in our region.
In another first for us, we held a monster ‘Tack n' Treasure’ sale in June, and there were plenty of enthusiastic early birds here at 7am vying for the best bargains. Close to $5,500 was raised which will go towards purchasing specialised tack and related aids for our program participants.
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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