Family Film Night
Families, volunteers and staff enjoyed popcorn and Smiley's company at the first ever Pegasus Family Film Night. It was a great opportunity for parents to see their children in their classes at Pegasus. A special thank you to Ewout Rohling for making the fantastic film for us. We are sure he has a stellar cinematic career ahead of him! Thanks also to Eastlakes Football Club and Beyond Bank for supporting the evening.
Tack n' Treasure
We held our second Tack n' Treasure sale on Saturday, 4 June and there were plenty of enthusiastic early birds here at 7am vying for the best bargains.
Over $2,350 was raised which will go towards purchasing specialised tack and related aids for our program participants. Thank you to everyone who donated their tack to us and to everyone who participated in the lead up to the day and on the day itself.
Pegasus Open Day a soaring success
In what has been the best turnout yet, more than 2,500 people joined in the fun and festivities at this year’s Pegasus Riding for the Disabled Open Day (held on Saturday, 14 May 2016).
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 and its horse-facilitated therapy programs.
Pegasus Riding for the Disabled ACT Chief Executive Officer, Jane Thompson, was delighted the Canberra community supported the day so strongly.
“Our Open Day is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come out and see what we do here at Pegasus, and I’m thrilled that so many community members took the opportunity to celebrate with us.
“Our attendance numbers were up from last year’s event and over $16,377 raised; which will go towards providing close to one hundred horse-facilitated therapy sessions to riders with a disability in our region. So, thank you to everyone who made this possible,” says Ms Thompson.
Families, volunteers, donors, sponsors and the public were treated to horse parades, an Obstacle-a-thon, miniature horse demonstration, Lipizzaner Liberty Display, horse patting, music by the Franklin B Paverty Bush Band, B.A.C.A (Bikers Against Child Abuse) Show and Shine display, the ACT Rural Fire Service demonstrations, and plenty of fabulous food and craft stalls.
Culminating in our Open Day was our Pegasus Obstacle-A-Thon. Many thanks to the wonderful businesses, organisations and individuals who proudly sponsored this year’s Obstacle-A-Thon – our very own fun and challenging obstacle course for our mounted program participants:
Everything old was new again!
Once again, the Rotary Club of Canberra City’s ‘Autumn Antiques and Collectables Fair’ was a great success.
Held at the Albert Hall over the weekend of the 18 March to 20 March, everyone from the merely curious to the serious collector was catered for with a vast assortment of antiques and collectables on display to suit all tastes and budgets.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra City, the $5,500 in proceeds raised will help Pegasus Riding for the Disabled support and broaden our therapeutic horse-facilitated programs and activities.
Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who assisted with the setup and packing down of the stalls and equipment; ushered visitors; supplied food; helped in the kitchen, or carried around numerous trays filled with an array of wonderful eats.
An extra special thanks to the fair organisers, Les Selkirk and Robert Harris; the Eastlake Football Club and the Canberra Demons players, Radford College students; and representatives from the Lord’s Taverners ACT who all donated their time and effort to ensuring the event went off without a hitch.
The 2016 'Ride for Pegasus' – a fabulous morning out for human and horse alike
More than 60 enthusiastic riders and their horses participated in the 2016 'Ride for Pegasus' in support of riders with a disability.
The annual event, hosted for Pegasus by the ACT Endurance Riders Association, raised over $6,900.
Pegasus Riding for the Disabled ACT Chief Executive Officer, Jane Thompson, thanked the ACT Endurance Riders Association – especially event organiser Roz Edmunds – everyone who supported the event; and the many volunteers who assisted in the smooth running of the day.
“We had wonderful support from the community with riders of all ages and abilities attending and raising much-needed funds for Pegasus’ horse-facilitated therapy programs and activities.
“Ten of our young Pegasus riders participated in a special 2km section of the event where they demonstrated, to the wider horse-riding community, the skills they’ve learned in their Pegasus classes. It was a fantastic day out on horseback for all involved,” says Ms Thompson.
Even the weather cooperated, which provided a great setting as riders rode from Equestrian Park, through the Arboretum on the Bicentennial Trail and back to Equestrian Park.
Each participant received a Certificate of Completion. Many thanks to all involved!
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The Belconnen Bowling Club’s ‘Vinyl Night’ in April was a great night out for those discerning music aficionados’ who prefer the way music sounds on vinyl records.
Close to 100 people participated in the evening, enjoying the array of music on offer along with food and drinks.
$1,800 from the evening’s proceeds was donated to Pegasus to support a full-year Riding Scholarship. Many thanks Belconnen Bowling Club for your wonderful support.
For those interested in supporting a Riding Scholarship for 2017, and making a difference in a child's life, click here for more information. Our 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).
Sally Francis came to visit
We were very lucky to have Sally Francis join us at Pegasus in April for an ‘Innovative Coaching for Riders of All Abilities’ clinic.
A respected horse trainer; national coach educator and assessor for RDAA and Pony Club Australia; and accomplished Team Leader of Australian Para Equestrian teams, Sally’s knowledge and experience was incredibly valuable for the crowd of over 60 in attendance.
The clinic covered everything from identifying the type of support an individual rider needs through to competition pathways. Sally's visit was made possible with thanks to a grant from the Department of Sports and Recreation.
We celebrated Australia Day at the 'Great Aussie Day Breakfast'
Crowds of people turned up bright and early at Commonwealth Park on Australia Day to devour some delicious ‘Great Aussie Day Breakfast’ tucker with their family and friends.
The event, hosted by ActewAGL and Canberra Milk, provided 5000 sausages, 75 kilograms of onions, 100 veggie burgers, 650 tubs of yoghurt, 45 litres of juice, 300 litres of milk and over 270 loaves of bread. Twenty-two Pegasus volunteers were on hand to cook and serve the feast, which was happily consumed by the Australia Day crowd.
Gold coin donations were encouraged, with the proceeds going to support Pegasus, and a total of $4,674.95 was raised.
Thanks to ActewAGL and Canberra Milk for nominating Pegasus as their beneficiary charity for this year’s ‘Great Aussie Day Breakfast’.
To all the volunteers who sliced, diced, cooked and served we say a big thank you!