Join Us: Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser!

 

Project Horse Empowerment Center

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Our Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser!


When?

September 30th, 2017

5pm – 8pm


  • Please join us for some tasty brews, fine wines, dinner and live entertainment
  • Meet our horse and human staff and learn how they work together to partner in healing
  • Discover the restorative healing power of horses on the human condition
  • Explore our silent auction items

Tickets: $50

Buy 6 Tickets: $275

All proceeds will benefit Project Horse


Walk-In and Get to Know Project Horse

 

This summer and fall we are excited to offer our first Walk-In Workshops at our new facility. We have Walk-In Workshops designed for individuals who want to try out our wellness programs without having to register in advance. These workshops are affordably priced to give everyone the opportunity to try out equine assisted learning. We've scheduled these with your busy schedules in mind on weekends and weekday evenings. Each workshop is designed with specific goals in mind, such as reconnection for our weekend warriors, insight for new empty nesters, and unplugging and connecting with the natural world for teens.

What workshops are scheduled?

Monday, Aug 14
6 – 7:30 PM
Registration from 5:45 – 6 PM

  • Empty Nesters (our Executive Director will be participating as a new empty nester!)

Saturday, Sep 16
10 AM – 12 PM
Registration from 9:45 – 10 AM

  • Weekend Warriors (for active duty/retired military and their significant others)

Sunday, Sep 17
10 AM – 12 PM
Registration from 9:45 – 10 AM

No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome, but if you'd like to ask us any questions or RSVP in advance you can do so below!

Who Won Our First Annual 50/50 Cash Raffle?

What a whirlwind of a weekend! We couldn't have done it without all of the help from our dedicated and talented volunteers. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors who donated to our raffle, as well as the wonderful vendors who braved the chilly weekend weather to spend time with all of our visitors.

Special Thanks to...

Amber Taylor Photography 
Scratch n All
Patricia Schenk
Hopps Art Lounge
Dominion Equine Welfare

Shout-out to Our Sponsors

We loved getting to meet new people and seeing old friends. It was also a great opportunity for the healing herd to show visitors what it means to be a therapy horse. Throughout the farm tour people were drawn to Reeses to meet with our co-founder and enjoy her healing energy, they were fascinated by Foster's story of trauma and recovery, and they were ready to engage and participate in our hands-on demonstrations to get some one-on-one time with the healing herd.

Did you miss the farm tour? You can see some of the fun, thanks to Amber Taylor's amazing photography here!

Who Won Our First Annual 50/50 Cash Raffle?

Jenny Conaty won $340 with ticket #0007

Jenny Conaty won $340 with ticket #0007

Congratulations Jenny!
 

A Thousand Thanks to Our Volunteers!

Jan Bickhart
Nicole Cassella
Cailyn Cowart
Kelly Cregan
Maddie Fortin
Julia Friedl
Jeff Kimble
Maria Kimble
Heather Kirby
Tanya Matthews
Alex Miller
Amber Pompell
Marilyn Pompell
Loretta Retone
Amanda Rissman
Heather Scott
Sofia Thompson
Emily Williams
Jeff Williams
Andrew Woessner
Darcy Woessner
Emily Woessner


You Helped Us Raise $7,013 for Give Choose!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated and those who shared our posts on social media! Your support makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission of helping people heal and grow through a mutually beneficial partnership with our rescued horses.

We are also grateful to be a part of a community that believes in supporting nonprofits! It was wonderful to see companies offering prizes as incentives to donate, and we are incredibly grateful for the generous match from longtime Project Horse supporter Len Baer.

Your support helps us provide innovative client programs as well as keep our healing herd happy and healthy! We couldn't do it without you!

Catch Up on Our Videos on YouTube!

Did you miss out on Give Choose? You can make a difference today by sponsoring a horse!


Our Co-Founder Reeses Needs Your Support!

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In late March we began to notice some changes in our co-founder, Reeses, and behaviors that indicated she might be having vision problems.  During her spring physical, our veterinarian determined that Reeses had age-related changes in her eye and a cataract forming and that these were likely impacting her vision… not unusual for a horse who just turned 25!

We continued to monitor Reeses and noticed further behavioral changes, so we contacted the vet again.  A more comprehensive eye exam found that Reeses has virtually lost all sight in her left eye.  At this time we do not know the reason why, as there has been no injury or disease of the eye and the pressures in her eyes are normal. Thankfully she does have sight in her right eye, although it is also showing some age-related changes.

Reeses is now being given a daily prescription eye ointment to keep her right eye as healthy as possible, hopefully preventing any vision loss in that eye.

Reeses is adjusting well to this change in her situation, and we will adjust with her, ensuring Reeses gets all the additional support and care she needs.  She is still an active member of our healing herd, and continues to love interacting with people.  We are learning to adjust how we interact with her, being mindful of her limited vision. For example, it's ideal to approach Reeses on her right (good vision) side. It's also important to speak to Reeses while approaching her, to be sure we don't accidentally startle her.

Horses who have compromised or no vision can survive, and even thrive, with some accommodations made for them.  They, too, have to work at becoming accustomed to a new "normal" and with support it is possible. We are still trying to determine the next medical steps in helping Reeses, including a variety of diagnostic tests. She will remain on the prescription eye ointment for as long as it helps her right eye remain as healthy as possible. We will keep you posted on other developments!

In the meantime, can you please help support Reeses, our co-founder?

 

Become her herd hero and choose to sponsor her today!

 

If you would like to learn more about horses with compromised or no sight, please visit http://blindhorses.org/index.html.


GiveChoose is here, now thru May 2nd!

Give Choose is here

Early giving begins April 18th and culminates with 24 hours of online giving on May 2nd! We are excited to unveil a fun & fascinating glimpse into the variety of things that occur during a typical day at Project Horse. You will really enjoy our GiveChoose campaign this year, so be sure you're signed up to get our emails and are following us on social media.

May 2nd is the day to get a rare, behind-the-scenes view of the horses and humans that make up Project Horse.

Now through May 2 is the time to donate and show your support for Project Horse, and the many other great Loudoun & Fauquier County nonprofits. And, we have a generous $5000 matching pledge from long-time supporter, Len Baer! He will match your donations, dollar for dollar, up to $5000. Please make or schedule your donation today, and help us meet this great match!

And stay tuned so you don't miss A Day in the Life of Project Horse...


Right now, visit our Give Choose profile to make a donation or see how your generous contributions help make so much possible at Project Horse!


What is GiveChoose?

GiveChoose is a 24-hour online fundraising event organized by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, held this year on May 2nd, to raise support for local nonprofits. The goal is to inspire the folks who live, work and play in the area to come together and give as much as possible to the local organizations who work hard to make this a great community!

As of April 18, you can make donations through the online GiveChoose portal, through the end of Tuesday May 2nd. View the profiles of more than 50 local nonprofits serving our community and then choose which ones you'd like to support through charitable giving.


A Great Weekend!

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Spring has sprung! The horses and humans of Project Horse had a wonderful and busy weekend. We hosted an Equine Experience retreat on Saturday for a lovely group of adults from the northern Virginia suburbs. On Sunday, we held a private party for Stall Sponsors and other key supporters who helped fund Project Horse's move to Trillium Farm last fall. What a great weekend!! 

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers who made it all happen 😊 

Join us for our next Equine Experience retreat day! 


BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! First Annual 50/50 Cash Raffle!

Project Horse is excited to announce that we will be hosting our first annual 50/50 cash raffle! One lucky winner will receive 50% of the net proceeds, and the other 50% will benefit Project Horse's clients and healing herd!

The drawing will be held on Sunday May 21st at the Project Horse Empowerment Center. Busy that day? Live out of town?? Not a problem! The winner does not need to be present on the day of the drawing.

  • Individual tickets are $12 each
  • Packs of 5 tickets are only $50 (that's a 16% discount on LUCK!)
  • No limit on number of tickets you may purchase
  • Project Horse volunteers are eligible to win
  • Must be 18 or older to participate

Tickets will be mailed to you before the drawing. Buy yours today before they run out (there are only 1,000 tickets available)!

 


Start Date Delayed Briefly For All Spring Groups!

Gracie, Uncanny and Reeses asked us to delay the start of spring groups due to the crazy weather! Guess what?? We did!

Gracie, Uncanny and Reeses asked us to delay the start of spring groups due to the crazy weather! Guess what?? We did!


Due to the recent snowstorm, we have extended our spring group registration period! We are still accepting registrations, and we will announce the new start date for the following groups:

  • Social skills classes
  • Teen girls therapy group
  • Moms on a Mission workshop

Do you think you missed your opportunity to register? There's still time!


Social Skills Classes for Kids & Teens Now Enrolling!

Designed for high-functioning kids on the autism spectrum

  • Supportive coaching classes for kids struggling with low self-esteem, poor social confidence, depression and/or anxiety
  • Hands-on experiential activities with peers and horses build individual coping skills and self-confidence, and promote positive interpersonal communication skills
  • Non-riding interactions with the horses teach empathy, responsibility, teamwork and creative problem-solving
  • Co-facilitated by one of our specialists who holds a master’s degree in psychology and two of our certified equine specialists

Referrals accepted from families and professionals.

Classes meet weekly for 6 sessions  
Starting April 6 (for teen boys) and waitlist now forming for co-ed children.
(no class week of Spring Break)
$45 per class

Download a flyer to share here!