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Our 2014 Winter Newsletter reflects upon our last 20 years and projects forward towards where we would like to be 20 years from now. With a special contribution from Volunteer Joyce Tompkins, readers learn what happens to our beloved horses when they retire from our program. Our Executive Director asks, “Is anyone better off?” guiding readers through seven questions we can ask ourselves. We hope you enjoy this edition of our Newsletter, and as always, if you would like to receive our newsletter electronically, or have a contribution you would like to share with us, please contact Cassady at: CClark@HighHorses.org.

Fundraising Events

Wine Tasting - Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:00pm-7:00pm

This event was such a hit last year that we've decided to make it an annual event! Join High Horses in their second annual wine tasting fundraiser co-hosted by Dan & Whits and The Norwich Inn! Tickets can be purchased at Dan & Whit's for $15. $6 of the purchase is a coupon redeemable at the Norwich Inn; $1 of each wine sale goes directly to High Horses! This is a strict 21+ event.

High Horses Benefit Schooling Show - June 25, 2014

High Horses invites you to the Green Mountain Horse Association in Woodstock, VT for our annual High Horses Fundraising Horse Show. The event takes place in three of GMHA's gorgeous arenas, providing Games, Hunt Seat Equitation, Dressage, as well as a demonstration byHigh Horses staff.

Click here to view photos from the 2013 Annual Benefit Horse Show taken by Mary Gerakaris and Cassady Clark or click here to view the albums taken by Spectrum Photography.
High Horses Schooling Show Entry Form
High Horses Schooling Show Prize List

Interested in earning points toward the Regional Participation Challenge? Register here! Points may be earned by how many classes are entered, not on how one places in the class (one point for each class entered). You can qualify for this years’ seasonal participation award by riding in 3 out of the 4 designated regional horse shows.

Ride & Shine Spring Horse Show at Gelinas Farm in Pembroke, NH on June 1, 2014
Manager: Joanne Tinkham—Joanne@gelinasfarm.com (603) 225-7024
High Horses Benefit Show at GMHA in South Woodstock VT on June 25, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Foulk—Rebecca.Foulk@gmail.com
Hartland Riding Club: Mike Barber Memorial Show in Hartland, VT on August 3, 2014
Manager: Kate Rakowski—hartlandridingclub@gmail.com (802) 229-1220
Mid State Riding Club Annual Horse Show in Randolph, VT on August 10, 2014
Contact: msrcvt@gmail.com

Hoofin' It for High Horses - Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00am-1:00pm

Formerly Ride-A-Thon, Hoofin’ It for High Horses is a 8-10 mile ride or walk across the notable trails at the Green Mountain Horse Association. A shorter loop is offered for foot-walkers and mounted participants who are interested. If you are unable to attend, but would like to participate, please consider choosing a participating staff member or horse and collect pledges in their honor.
Pre-Register Now & Start Fundraising
Hoofin' It Registration Packet
Horse Sponsor Forms
Informational Poster

Wassail Parade - Saturday, December 13, 2014, 12:00pm-2:30pm

High Horses invites you to the Wassail Parade, hosted by High Horses and the Green Mountain Horse Association. Come see an eclectic array of festive and period costumes; outfitted carriages and mounted riders; and participants of all ages. The parade traverses through the village of Woodstock, VT starting at 12:00PM and expected to end by 2:30PM. This is a wonderful fun-filled opening event to the Holiday Season. Interested in riding?
Wassail Parade Entry Form

Participant Events

Special Olympics - Sunday, September 29, 2013

High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program, Dartmouth Riding Club and Special Olympics of New Hampshire (SONH) host the Fall Special Olympics Equestrian Games at Dartmouth Riding Center in Etna, NH. We strongly encourage all riders to consider entering. Please access the registration forms and event rules from the High Horses website or through SONH. The games in the order in which they are scheduled are as follows: Pass the Baton, Equitation, Obstacle Race, and Barrel Race.

 

Annual Horse Show - May 31, 2014

Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss it! The Horse Show is an incredible event held every year at Brookside Farm on Route 5 South. All High Horses riders are encouraged to participate and showcase their remarkable gains on horseback.

Mary Gerakaris took photos at the 2013 show. To see our participants on their special day, click here.

Training & Educational Opportunities

Volunteer Appreciation Event - March 31, 2014, 5:30pm-8:00pm, Montshire Museum in the Community Room

High Horses cordially invites you, our volunteers, to our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. We will announce and honor our staff-elected Volunteer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Please RSVP to Ellen at volunteer@HighHorses.org, dinner will be provided.

Volunteer Orientation and Sidewalker Training Level 1 – Required for all new volunteers to High Horses. This is a basic overview of our program, an explanation of our site rules and procedures, and a training to be a sidewalker for therapeutic riding and Connections lessons. Volunteers should come away from this training ready to participate in the ring as sidewalkers. If they’re not ready to be in the ring this training can be repeated or other opportunities to help may be available.

Leader Training Level 1 – An introduction to the tack systems, grooming and tacking procedures, and horse handling during mounting, walking, trotting and maneuvering obstacles. Volunteers should come away with an understanding of and ability to apply these techniques. Depending on the individual volunteers’ comfort with the horses, and confidence in handling they may or may not be ready to lead in lessons after this training. If they are not yet ready, or for anyone wanting a refresher, this training may be repeated multiple times for practice.

Hippotherapy/Sidewalker Training Level 2 – Volunteers learn correct rider positioning techniques for working in a Physical Therapy on horseback (Hippotherapy) session. This is either a small group session or a single participant shadowing a team during a Hippotherapy session. This training is conducted by the on staff Physical Therapist, and it’s at her determination when volunteers are ready for hands-on participation and assistance in Hippotherapy sessions. If unready after initial training, volunteers will be still able to participate in therapeutic riding lessons as a sidewalker to gain more experience working in our program. Volunteers may be able to gain extra knowledge and training about Hippotherapy by watching or shadowing Hippotherapy sessions; this option is only available at the therapist’s discretion.

Leader Training Level 2 – Volunteers learn to progress into handling horses with more finesse and experience and practice working with the horse one-on-one to become better in tune with him/her as a teammate. Volunteers must have been through Leader Level 1 or been leading in lessons after individual training with the Horse Herd Coordinator before taking this training. Leaders should come away from this training with more confidence in their horse handling skills and a better connection in working with the horse as a partner.

For upcoming Training Opportunities, visit our Facebook Page

Collaboration Programs

Benchmarks for a Better Vermont Performance Institute

High Horses is one of 17 small to mid-sized nonprofits admitted to Benchmarks for a Better Vermont Performance Institute. This institute is a 16-month educational experience for Vermont nonprofitstobecome more accountable for the work they do. High Horses has already been working on measuring outcomes within the organization and as an industry at large; this opportunity provides further training and perspective to better achieve this endeavor. Representing High Horses are Liz Claud, Executive Director; Becky Foulk, President of the Board; Susan Goodell, Lead Instructor; and Cassady Clark, Executive Assistant and Instructor.

Getting WISE with High Horses

High Horses and WISE collaborate to address post-traumatic stress in domestic and sexual violence victims. Specific equine facilitated activities help participants increase self-awareness, develop strategies for personal safety, and better manage stressful encounters. Program staffing includes WISE staff member, Abby Tassel, and High Horses staff members, Lasell Bartlett MSW, LICSW and Suzanne Haseman, LCMHC, CEFIP-MH. To learn about the results of the Spring 2013 pilot study, click here.

Hartford School District

High Horses is pleased to be collaborating with the Hartford School District. Every Tuesday, for seven weeks, six children board a bus and come to High Horses for an hour and a half of horse-time. This program has been conceived by Liz Claud and Cortney Keene, the school’s Special Educator.Cortneyhas been eager for her students to have an experience outside of the classroom walls; High Horses is here to help. The students spend their time grooming and leading their horses, riding in small groups, and learning all there is to know about horses and horse care. They participate in activities having to do with what horses eat, they learn the vocabulary words for the equipment that we use on the horses, and they even get to lug water buckets and muck out stalls! It’s clear that the kids have a great time as they come with smiles and leave with even bigger ones. It’s also clear that the volunteers and High Horses’ staff members also have a wonderful time with this fantastic group of kids. Spring 2013 hosted a second pilot study investigating the outcomes of this program. Click here or contact chybels@sover.net for the results of this study. High Horses instructors for this program are Susan Goodell, Lead Instructor, and Betsy Medinger.

Vermont PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes Collaboration

High Horses is one of four Vermont Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) accredited therapeutic riding centers that have partnered to serve veterans by bringing PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes to all of Vermont. PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes is a national program designed to provide equine facilitated activities and therapies to veterans.

Pilot work done by Walter Reed Army Medical Center made it clear that equine assisted activities and therapies were beneficial psychologically and physically to war wounded veterans returning from the Iran and Afghanistan conflicts. The veterans showed improvements in balance, range of motion, mobility and self confidence. Over the past few years PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes was developed for personnel who have served the country in the armed forces. Guidelines and standards were set to ensure safety, understanding of unique needs, and growth for this stimulating program.

Vermont has a large base of personnel who have served our country both recently and in the past, yet as a rural state, finding services that can assist upon the return to civilian life can be difficult. For this reason four PATH Intl. centers have brought Equine Services for Heroes to Vermont. As Dr. Paul Spiers, a Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist wrote in support of their efforts, “… Vermont centers are helping [PATH Intl.] develop a model for how services can be provided to as many veterans as possible where their population is not concentrated around an urban center.”

Each center – High Horses, Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center, Rhythm of the Rein, and CHAMP – has collaborated over the past year to streamline access for veterans. Each center individually offers equine assisted activities and therapies year round in different regions of the state.

More information on each center is available on these websites:
CHAMP: www.vtchamp.org
Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center: www.sovtrc.org
High Horses: www.HighHorses.org
Rhythm of the Rein: www.rhythmoftherein.org

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