Tax Appeal 2016....therapy in a fun way!
Our 2016 tax appeal features a wonderful story about one of our young program participants, Emma. To see her story in action, please watch the video below.
From the Chief Executive Officer
As I alluded to in our last HoofPrint edition, we’ve had plenty of wonderful events in the last few months – either our own Pegasus events or events where Pegasus was the beneficiary.
The first of these beneficiary events was the Rotary Club of Canberra City’s Antiques and Collectables Fair in March. Pegasus Vice President, Gerry Christian, officially opened the two-day event, which netted $5,500 for us. The following month, Belconnen Bowling Club hosted their first ‘Vinyl Night’ and this was quickly followed by the ACT Endurance Riders Association’s ‘Ride for Pegasus’. Read more about these fantastic events later in the newsletter and thanks to all of the individuals and organisations that thought of Pegasus and wanted to support us in this way.
Closer to home, we held our annual Open Day in May and it was a soaring success. Even though the morning began with a fog-filled sky, it didn’t take long for the sun to shine through – bringing the crowds with it. More than 2,500 people joined us and helped raise $16,377 for the Pegasus coffers. Thanks to everyone who joined us on the day and for all those who worked tirelessly to make the day such a success.
In other exciting news, we welcomed respected horse trainer; national coach educator and assessor for RDAA and Pony Club Australia; and accomplished Team Leader of Australian Para Equestrian teams, Sally Francis to Pegasus in April. Over 60 people attended to hear Sally talk about the many varied types of supports on offer for individual riders as part of her ‘Innovative Coaching for Riders of All Abilities’ clinic.
Before we knew it, we were in June! How time flies when you’re having fun. Our second ‘Tack n' Treasure’ sale was held on Saturday, 4 June and more than $2,350 was raised which will go towards purchasing specialised tack and related aids for our program participants. June also means tax time, so our 2016 tax appeal 'therapy in a fun way' – featuring a beautiful story about a gorgeous young girl Emma – has been distributed. Read more about Emma's story later in this newsletter and to see Emma in action on her horse Taverners' Bill, see the video above.
We also had a night out celebrating the achievements, efforts and numerous contributions from our fantastic volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Evening. Sixty-five volunteers attended for a night of fun and entertainment, including guest speakers, length of service and award presentations, and food and drink. Many thanks to Eastlake Football Club for supporting this event, and thanks to our volunteers for everything you do for Pegasus. Some of the awards presented on the night went to:
So what’s on the agenda for the next few months? We have the Horses’ Birthday coming up (end of July) and the Yowani Pegasus Charity Golf Day (September). We will also begin preparation for the Annual Report as we look toward our Annual General Meeting in November.
Chief Executive Officer
Pegasus Riding for the Disabled ACT
Save the dates...
Here is a quick rundown of the dates of upcoming events to keep top-of-mind for the next few months:
Keep an eye on the 'News and Events' section for more information about each.
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.
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!