From April 17th through the 20th, Blue Rider is hosting a School Break Program. Sign your children up for 4 hours of learning and participating in fun and interesting horsemanship skills.
Buy a ticket or tickets for our raffle and help us keep our horses fed and happy! And get a valentine’s day note from them.
Thanks for supporting us!! Christine, Becky, Julia and crew
Thank you so much to all that joined in our 2022 Circus. It has taken a long time to post this but we hope you are still looking forward to watching it! We had some great performances and drills.
Thank you Danielle Rose for taking such an amazing video of the event!
Dear Students, Friends, Family and Neighbors of Blue Rider Stables,
As we look towards the end of 2022, the Board, Staff, volunteers, and equines
want to thank you for a tremendous year.
You, our donors, friends, and students, have kept us advancing through the ups
and downs of the year. This has been no easy feat with the economic challenges
every one of us is facing. With your support, we can continue to offer
the programs that serve and help heal members of our community.
Some highlights from the past year:
● expanded our therapy programs to meet the needs of our community
● introduced three new equines to our herd to take on the workload of our retirees
● kept all 18 equines safe and comfortable, trained, and healthy, and happy with their life and work
● maintained our property in an ecologically responsible fashion
● provided scholarship support for our expanded client base
● served a total of 512 riders over the course of the year
“A huge THANK YOU, not only for the regular sessions that have improved my
mobility and strengthened me, but for what you did to rehab a recent, debilitating
back injury. What you did with Falcur and I markedly improved my mobility,
pain level and my confidence in what I could do with my body. I showed up
practically immobile, and left Blue Rider able to drive, turn my body freely and
safely and felt so much better. The work you did is unquestionably why I got so
much better so quickly. As someone who has typically relied on “traditional”
methods (I have worked in healthcare for over three decades), I am grateful for
the work you do and the care, gentleness and individual attention with which you
do it. Thank you!!” – Sharon Simmons
This coming year we intend to:
●Evolve our programs to optimally suit the growing and changing need of our riders
●Continue enhancing the health of our equines
●Expand support to our teaching staff
●Integrate new practices into our pasture maintenance
●Start building our new administrative building (including a REAL bathroom!)
We are here to serve our students and equines that need us and thrive through knowing and working with us. Our accomplishments are a testimony of trust from our community. We will continue to earn your trust as we grow our programs.
We invite you to make a donation today in support of our work. A gift, no matter how big or small, is essential to expanding our current operations and keeping our equines and riders safe and fulfilled.
Blue Rider has such a beautiful mission and place in this world, and each board member has again pledged and committed to helping make this year’s annual appeal profound and impactful for Blue Rider’s future.
We hope this inspires and empowers many others to do the same to help this wonderful organization.
Blue Rider Stables first Gala fundraiser since 2017 gives us a chance to bring supporters and lovers of Blue Rider and barn staff together to pay tribute to and celebrate all the great work of this organization – past, present and future.
Join us for dinner and a full program, including testimonials and a paddle raising fund drive for specific barn needs – such as equine care (vet, feed), general maintenance, capital improvements, etc.
Raffle drawing for prizes
Single ticket – $175
Couple ticket – $325
Sponsor ticket* – $500 admits one plus offsets cost for 2 barn staff. Sponsor will get recognition at gala (if desired) plus an extra drink ticket and free raffle tickets
‘Herd’ ticket (4 people) – $650.
— EVENT PAST —
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!
Spring Scavenger Hunt
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you!
Click here for a quick video on how to set up a team on DoJiggy!
Spring Scavenger Hunt
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…
(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 !