Elaine Meredith Steele delivered another successful Centered Riding Clinic at the Riding Centre. During this popular fundraising event, participants reaped the benefits of Elaine's deep knowledge and insights. Thank you again to Elaine and all those who participated!
Centered Riding® is a method of riding and riding instruction that is based on the idea of having the rider seated in the most effective position. It combines elements of martial arts, yoga, and T'ai chi ch'uan with knowledge of horsemanship to create a system where the rider is centered and balanced in the saddle. Originally developed by Sally Swift, since her death, Centered Riding has been trademarked by a non-profit educational organization that promotes awareness and teaches the principles of Centered Riding internationally. The widespread acceptance of the method marked a significant shift in horsemanship from rote, military-style instruction to a more psychological approach.
I'm excited about our upcoming annual Ride-A-Thon, one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and I hope you are too! This is your chance to support our nonprofit mission to provide affordable horseback riding lessons and teach good horsemanship to anyone through your generous sponsorship of a rider.
The Ride-A-Thon is an obstacle course in which the rider maneuvers his or her horse through 10 challenges, at either a walk, trot, or canter. (Student riders will complete the Ride-A-Thon during their regular lesson next week.) The rider collects money from sponsors who pledge a donation for each challenge completed by the rider or simply donate a lump sum. Prizes will be awarded for the largest single donation collected, for the most money raised, and through a random drawing of participants.
The great part about the Ride-A-Thon is that it gives riders the opportunity to have fun while fundraising for the Riding Centre, which relies on donations to support our regular and therapeutic riding programs. All donations are tax deductible too.
Every year the donations raised through the Ride-A-Thon are earmarked for specific Riding Centre funds. Last year proceeds totaled over $3,700.00 for our Scholarship fund. This year all Ride-A-Thon proceeds will go to our Barns and Grounds fund. This fund allows us to maintain our facilities and pastures. Also, this year we are pleased that the Yellow Springs Community Foundation is one of the Ride-A-Thon's sponsors.
Specifically, this year's Ride-A-Thon proceeds will allow us to begin removal of invasive plants species such as honeysuckle from our fields, at the request of and in partnership with our landlord Antioch College.
Any amount you can afford will help to make this the best Ride-A-Thon yet!!
Thanks for your support.
Use the button above to sponsor a rider. If you don't specify who should get credit for your donation, we will make sure it's attributed to a deserving rider.
The Riding Centre's 2015 Calendar features beautiful photography of the people, horses and happenings around the Centre that make it such a wonderful place. Order today to reserve yours. All proceeds support the Riding Centre programs we care about.
The calendars will be available in early December. Order yours now and pick it up when it's ready, or choose to have it mailed to you.
It makes a great gift too!
Kroger Community Rewards® makes supporting the Riding Centre easy. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
You can now support The Riding Centre through Kroger's Community Rewards® Program. Kroger Community Rewards makes fundraising easy. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
To enroll you need to have a Kroger Plus Card and sign up at krogercommunityrewards.com. If you already have an online account, you can sign up at kroger.com. Just sign in, click on "Community," and follow the link to "Community Rewards." Our NPO number is 43599.
We want to see your photography skills!
The Riding Centre will have a 2015 calendar, and we need your pictures to go in it. If your picture is chosen, you will win a calendar and a photo credit. Email your best pictures of the Riding Centre to email@example.com. Each entrant may submit up to five pictures of favorite Riding Centre horses and happenings (Therapeutic Riding and seasonal pictures would be great candidates).
Contest ends Saturday, November 1st. All proceeds from the sale of the calendars benefit the Riding Centre. Please feel free to share this post so that as many people as possible can see and participate! If you would like to order a calendar and not submit photos, order online or use the above email address or call the Riding Centre at (937) 767-9087 to place an order. Calendars should be ready for pick up in early December.
Tanner lost 20 pounds this summer!
Tanner worked hard this summer sacrificing treats and getting plenty of much needed exercise by chasing balls, toys and watch-face reflections around the Riding Centre. Thanks to his efforts he lost approximately 20 pounds! (Due to some misinformation about his original weight from the shelter, we think he actually lost a little more.)
He's looking great and moving much better now. Because of your support these last few months, Tanner is a new dog! We're sure he will continue to drop pounds and get even healthier as time goes on.
It's not too late to show your support!
Please drop your check in the mail or deliver directly to the Riding Centre at:
1117 E Hyde Road
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Better yet, click on the handy Donate Now button below! Don't forget, your donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support of Tanner and the Riding Centre!
The wonderful Elaine Meredith Steele returns to The Riding Centre for another enjoyable and informative Centered Riding® Clinic. Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 25th and 26th. For more info, contact Marsha Casdorph at firstname.lastname@example.org. Download a registration form below.
Join us this Saturday for the annual DLSC Fall Dressage Show at the Riding Centre. Food, fun and amazing equestrians.
We are pleased to announce that The Riding Centre has been awarded $3,960.00 from the Ohio Farm Bureau's Animals for Life Foundation.
This grant will defray the cost of shoeing for our 11 specially trained school horses used in our therapeutic riding program, which serves 80 adults, seniors, and children with physical, emotional, and other disabilities. Shoeing is necessary during the riding season, and students have an opportunity to observe the shoeing process and learn about hoof care and proper animal management.
Organized in 2009, the Animals for Life Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, is working to educate the public about the value animals bring to human life and the care humans give their animals. Animals are an important part of our lives for many reasons and for many purposes.
Their mission is to promote the proper care of animals and the many ways they bring quality to human life. Their goals are to create awareness and acceptance of the mutually beneficial human—animal bond while helping the public understand and appreciate the value of animals in their lives. They also wish to increase public awareness and confidence that farmers properly care for their animals and do not condone the mistreatment of farm animals.
The Riding Centre's goals are certainly aligned with theirs!
For every pound that Tanner sheds between now and Labor Day, you can pledge a dollar or two to help the wonderful programs at the Riding Centre continue to benefit the community we serve.
Tanner is a beautiful and sweet four year old yellow lab recently rescued from a shelter. He came to us with a few fleas and a lot of extra pounds! The fleas have been taken care of, and now we want to help him lose the unwanted, unhealthy weight.
With a proper diet and exercise, we’re sure Tanner can get to a healthy size by Labor Day. This is your opportunity to make sure his hard work will be rewarded!
So please sign up and make a pledge for Tanner. We will do the final weigh in after Labor Day and let you know via email how much he lost!
With this kind of exercise and a proper diet (no treats) Tanner will be a new dog in no time!
Some recent aerial photos taken on Hunter Show Day.
Thanks to all who participated and volunteered this year. Hope you can join us for the fall Dressage Show!
Lessons are in full swing, the therapeutic program will soon begin again... spring is in the air!
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