Site Redesign F.A.Q.

Over the summer, we redesigned some things about our website. First, it was time. Second, we took the time to upgrade some of its back end functions to assist in its upkeep and to reduce some overhead in a few areas.

Q. One question or variant on a question we’ve been getting is in regards to changes we made in how we accept donations and sponsorships, particularly in the case of those recurring.

A. One difference between the old site and the new is that in order to set up a recurring donation, you will need an account on the Bluerider site itself. This is easily set up using an email of your choice to do so through the ‘My Account’ link in the header section (in the desktop version) and in the footer area of the site on both desktop and mobile versions of the site.

An end user benefit of registering as a member of the Blue Rider site is also the ability to manage many things about your account including your recurring donations and sponsorships.

Thank you for your continuing relationship with Blue Rider Stables, and your great and wonderful patience as we make and continue to refine these necessary changes.

Fundraising For Rico

Pony Rides on August 6

Rico needs our help! Rico has had a sarcoid tumor removed from his third eyelid, and will need a second operation to remove the eyelid. He is not in pain and the prognosis is good, but we need your help with the expense of his care. We will be offering pony rides on Saturday August 6 from 2 – 4. Email or call to reserve your spot! All money made will go to the RICO FUND

Our Circus is back!

Come join us on June 11 from 10:30 – 12:30 as we showcase our students’ work and riding skills. This will be the first time in almost 3 years’ that our horses have gotten the chance to perform in front of people, so our offerings will be laid back and interesting. There will also be HippityHop Shop items for sale, a small bake sale, pony rides at intermission, a raffle drawing, and loads of fun!! Our  friend Roger the Jester will help make this a true Circus! Tell your friends!

$20 parking fee, no admission fee. 

 

Blue Rider’s Spring Raffle!!

The Spring Raffle will help raise money for our retired equines, Oskar and Billy Boy, which will begin the day of our much anticipated Circus!

$10 = 1 Ticket   ~   $50 = 6 Tickets

With each ticket you have 50 different prizes you can win~ and each ticket has a 1 in 5 chance to win!!

Click the link to find more information on Circus/Spring Raffle or purchase your tickets and see our prizes!

https://go.dojiggy.io/blueriderspring2022raffle/Campaign/Details

2022 Spring Scavenger Hunt

Spring Scavenger Hunt

April 16, 2022
11am -3pm
Take a trek through our muddy woods and pasture
(dress for the conditions please!)
Find hidden objects and discover interactive stations
Fun trivia along the way
End with:
Pony Rides for Children
Hay Bale Maze
Plan to spend about 45 minutes to 1 hour
2 adults & 2 children $50
$15 per extra child
Email or call to sign up – No Walk Ins Please
info@bluerider20stg.wpengine.com                              413-528-5299

Wings for Willie Ride-A-Thon

 

This year we once again couldn’t have our annual Fun Day, but we have an exciting fundraiser that every one of you can participate in from anywhere! The first annual Wings for Willie Ride-a-thon!! Wait! I hear some family and friends clicking away because you don’t ride, but you can participate too. You can track miles for any kind of movement, walk, run, bike, skate, and more. The ride-a-thon will run from now through October 29th and we will be sharing soon about a special spooky event to celebrate your hard work when it ends!

Sign up at https://go.dojiggy.io/wingsforwillie creating a team or joining one that already exists. Not sure what to name your team? Think about naming it after one of the horses since this is all about supporting their healthcare needs. Now, ask friends and family to join your team or to donate. They can sponsor you per lap or mile or make a one time donation in any amount. By having a virtual ride-a-thon it means you can get support or participate from anywhere in the world. There are prizes too! Any participant who raises at least $100 will receive an exclusive shirt in memory of Willie and the team that raises the most money and the team that moves the greatest distance will each get special prizes. We are counting on you to make this event huge and will be sprinkling some fun challenges and prizes throughout the month as well. Questions? Email us at info@bluerider20stg.wpengine.com and we will get back to you!

Click here for a quick video on how to set up a team on DoJiggy!

April 3rd – Scavenger Hunt

Spring Scavenger Hunt

April 3, 2021
Take a trek through our muddy woods and pasture
(dress for the conditions please!)
Find hidden objects and discover interactive stations
Fun trivia along the way
End with:
Pony Rides for Children
Hay Bale Maze
Plan to spend about 45 minutes to 1 hour
2 adults & 2 children $50
$15 per extra child
Email or call to sign up – No Walk Ins Please

Sometimes we fly, and sometimes, we dance

Over the last couple of weekends, our instructor, Becky and Svaði went out on some field trips to show off how amazing a team they are – and just how versatile our herd is.

By day, they are, an instructor and a lesson horse, as well as fuzzy therapist.

But come the weekend, they…

Fly…

And dance…

(in the form of dressage – which is a fancy French word meaning “Training”,  it shows connection between horse and rider, and how well they work as a team)

And then cap it all off with the most graceful of endings.

Two of our junior instructors got a chance to go along and experience the event as well. It was deemed a good time by all, including Svaði! Its not all work (though there is a fair amount of that!). There is some time for fun and games too.

Congratulations to Becky and Svaði, on their successful outings, full of beautiful colors and a few ribbons!

Photo credit, once again, to our amazing photographer, Caitlin von Graf, who also just happens to be Becky’s sister!  Check out her Instagram page HERE !

 

Remembering Twist – One year later…

It’s been a year since Twist crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  His huge light and presence here is missed every day.  In honor of his one year passing, here is his song…  

 

As promised here is the video and song tribute celebrating the many magical days we spent with our dear departed Twist.

 

We ask that you share as much as possible on your social media and hopefully we can reach our funding target. Please copy this link too – thank you! https://www.gofundme.com/f/blue-rider-rainbow-for-twist

July 25 News

Becky and Svadi sharing a moment after a long hot work day. Photo credit Caitlin von Graf

We are so happy to be able to share our horses and therapy with everyone again. Because we work with many immune suppressed clients, we ask everyone who uses our facilities to please adhere to our face covering, social distancing, and restricted areas guidelines. A video is posted under programs as to what you can expect when you come to lessons. We are grateful for the support we have received in helping us keep a safe environment for all. If you are interested in programs, please email or call, we will respond in as timely a fashion as we can.

On a different, exciting note – we will welcome a new mare to our herd tomorrow. She is an Icelandic, 6 years old, and her name is Hekla. More about her to follow…

Amazon Smile!

Why not add Blue Rider as your charity with Amazon Smile??  It’s super easy to do – and a portion of what you order goes directly to us!