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@bluerider.org and we will get back to you!

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


Ghost Herd: How many horses can you find?

 

How many names can you find in the quilt?  Click on the photo to zoom in and give it a try!

Quilt Raffle

 Cyn Smith has made us a priceless 5′ x 7′ cotton quilt
In Honor of Khali Zabian
&
 In Memory of All our Ghost Horses.
This unique quilt has the names and shadows of over 50 horses hidden in it,
And it is stunning to look at!
Get you raffle tickets by calling 413-528-5299
or emailing us at info@bluerider.org.
Tickets are $10 each or 6/$50

Annual Appeal Time!

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Please take a moment to read our Annual Appeal letter and help us make many more smiles happen!      December 2013

“There is this transformation when he gets on a horse…..

 

Dear Friend,

It has been a inspiring time at Blue Rider Stables, thanks largely to your generous support over the last year. We continue to be committed to creating an even more robust future for the stable, confident that our work has lasting impact. Here’s what BRS Board member Rudd Kierstead said about his son:

“Willem has Dravet’s Syndrome and his weekly riding lesson is a barometer for how he is doing overall. His instructors are so in tune with him, they can tell when there has been a change in his medication. The feedback I get from his instructors regarding his neurological and physical status is helpful to me as a parent. My son does not engage his core muscles in his daily life and struggles to walk or even sit up straight. While he is riding, I see him using his trunk muscles in order to sit up straight and tall on his horse. There is this transformation when he gets on a horse. I am a numbers guy, and very clinical in my life-these lessons just work!”

As we celebrate our twenty-second year as Berkshire County’s leading therapeutic riding stable, we seek your continued support for our operation and growth so more people can experience the transformation available from Blue Rider Stables and its four-legged therapists. We are excited to share these results from last years donations:

★ We were able to maintain 4 full-time and 3 part-time instructors, and tripled the attendance of this years Summer Camp, a critical step to building capacity for an enlarged indoor riding ring!

★ We have completed a full survey of all BRS-owned and adjacent pasture properties to allow us to strategize necessary land transactions to secure our future.

★ Our $12,000 Scholarship Fund supported a broad spectrum of ages and abilities in our
community, giving a large group of area residents a chance to enjoy equine activities.

★ Our $15,000 Equine Health Care Fund provided for a year of treatments, allowing the horses to continue their amazing work in good health.

This holiday season, our goal is to raise $25,000, and with eight generous promised matching grants, this means any gift you give until December 31 will be DOUBLED, bringing the total to $50,000! The funds will be used to:

★ Replenish our Equine Health Care Fund, to cover our horse’s alternative treatments……..($12,500)
★ Rebuild the Scholarship Fund, to support families in need………………………………………………….($12,500)
★ Add to our Capital Campaign to secure property to allow for the indoor riding ring …….($10,000)
★ Provide offset for the salaries for four full-time instructors……………………………………………….($15,000)

As 2013 comes to a close, please help us increase the sense of peace and joy in our community with your generous support. It makes a huge difference that Blue Rider Stables exists to provide an holistic, educational environment where children, adults and animals come together to experience transformation and healing in a non-judgmental setting. As BRS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), your gift to Blue Rider Stables is 100% tax-deductible!

Picture 20It’s quick and easy to contribute with Paypal: DONATE NOW!

or print the pdf and send a check.

View/print pdf BRS Annual Appeal

Your generous donation in the amount of $25, $50, $100 or more enables our mission of healing to continue.

Many thanks, and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous 2014.

Sincerely,

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BRS Board of Directors:

Michael Fernbacher,
Gene Gollogly,
Tayo Kaufman,
Rudd Kierstead,
Carla Sadoff,
Anna Stanton

P.O. Box 924 , Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413)528-5299
blueriderorg@hotmail
.com
bluerider.org EIN#04-3119557

View pdf BRS Annual Appeal

 


It’s Membership Time!

Please consider becoming a member – this helps sustain our important “behind the scenes” work! Click here to download our brochure. membership Members have discount and other priviledges, and help us keep our committment to be able to have space for everyone who needs it. Email or call for more information. We are all looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you into our family!