From the Executive Officer
Well, here we are at the pointy end of the year as the school year heads towards conclusion and Christmas quickly approaches. It’s been a hectic few months, but hectic in a good way. Since our last HoofPrint in June, we’ve had plenty of events on the calendar to keep us busy.
The first of these was the Horses’ Birthday – an annual get-together for our sponsors, donors, horses and our Saturday morning program participants. This year, we had the honour of hosting Minister Shane Rattenbury, as well as our co-founder Bid Williams. It was a great event and everyone enjoyed the festivities.
The following month, we took to the greens for the Yowani Pegasus Charity Golf Day. This is the second year the golf day has been held and it was a big hit (pardon the pun). Thirty keen golfing teams participated, raising an impressive $31,000 for Pegasus. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event (as well as those who helped organise). Special thanks to Yowani Country Club Canberra, our Pegasus volunteers, and the Lions Club of Canberra Belconnen (who supplied the wonderful sausage sizzle!)
That same month we held our Special General Meeting to pass amendments to the Constitution. I am happy to say that the proposed changes were adopted and we have a new Constitution that better reflects Pegasus now and where we are heading into the future.
I am also delighted to be able to report that we’ve had great success with some of our recent grant applications – receiving close to $50,000 collectively in grant monies from The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation – Eldon and Anne Foote Trust, The Snow Foundation, and the Canberra Southern Cross Club.
The wonderful people at the Tall Foundation have also helped grant a wish for us from our Wish List. Thanks to them, we have two brand new split system, reverse-cycle air-conditioners which will come in very handy as the summer months approach.
Given the wonderful participation in our events and also the support from the community, businesses and organisations, and the aforementioned Trusts and Foundations, I am constantly heartened by the support we have in our local region.
So what are we up to for the rest of 2015? Well, I’m glad you asked. We are currently preparing the Annual Report for the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 25 November at 6pm. Our 2016 Riding Scholarships are also open for applications, and then there’s the Pegasus Christmas Party to plan.
Chief Executive Officer
Pegasus Riding for the Disabled ACT
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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