From the Chief Executive Officer
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2016. As ever, Pegasus is galloping along with the school year having started and our programs in full swing. The horses and ponies are well-rested after their holiday break and continue to delight us.
A wonderful event to kick off the year was our Riding Scholarships Awards Night.This is the third year we’ve offered scholarships, and we were thrilled to be able to offer nine full-year riding scholarships and one half-year one. The evening was a great success with the scholarship sponsors meeting and presenting the awards to their scholarship recipients.
Pegasus was the beneficiary of the proceeds from the ActewAGL and Canberra Milk's 'Great Aussie Day Breakfast'. Our volunteers did a fantastic job on the day cooking and serving food to the hungry crowd. Well done to you all and thanks to ActewAGL and Canberra Milk for choosing to support Pegasus.
On the farm front, the ongoing challenge 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. So if you know of anyone who has a horse that would make a good RDA horse, please let us know.
In exciting news, we received a grant from Realestate.com.au 'Community Grants Program' to purchase branded Pegasus hats for our volunteers. Given the hot weather we've been having lately, these hats will come in handy for all those volunteering in the stables and around the farm; the ones in our programs; and the ones attending community events on our behalf. Having them branded Pegasus will also help keep our brand and name in the public eye.
We have some fantastic events coming our way – the Ride for Pegasus with the ACT Endurance Riders Association is on again in April. The Rotary Club of Canberra City's Autumn 'Antiques and Collectables Fair' is on in March, and the Belconnen Bowling Club's 'Vinyl Night' is in early April – and Pegasus is the beneficiary charity for all of these.
In the last financial year, we delivered 2831 horse-facilitated therapy sessions to over 100 people with a disability in the ACT and local NSW region, and this year we look to do more again.
So, our 2016 looks exciting and busy (as always). Many thanks to everyone who sees another year in with us. We value your support and hope that you are just as excited as we are about making some giant steps forward this year.
Chief Executive Officer
Pegasus Riding for the Disabled ACT
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!
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Pegasus Obstacle-A-Thon sponsors
Many thanks to the wonderful businesses, organisations and individuals who are proud sponsors of this year’s Pegasus Obstacle-A-Thon – our very own fun and challenging obstacle course for our mounted program participants. We greatly appreciate their support….
Want to support a riding scholarship?
The popular Pegasus scholarship program awarded 10 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.