To our participants and their families, volunteers, donors, board of directors, and other generous supporters, thank you for making 2015 one to remember at Pony Power. It is because of you that we’ve been able to accomplish so much in the last 12 months, from an evolving curriculum and growing team of ponies to new partnerships. As you know, Pony Power began 15 years ago with one horse and four riders. Now a community mainstay, I couldn’t be more proud of where we’ve come in this time. Your unyielding support of our program has made and willmake continued growth possible. I’m excited to see what’s next!
We Continue to Adapt Our Curriculum
At Pony Power, we continually fine-tune our programming in response to the needs of those in our community. Accordingly, over the past six months, we have been working to adapt our PALS Program curriculum to support area schools’ requirements to provide Community-Based Instruction (CBI). CBI, which New Jersey now mandates for special needs middle and high school students, allows students to learn in “real life” situations, providing instruction in functional and daily-living skills. The farm and horses provide the perfect environment for such instruction, teaching pre-vocational skills to a variety of populations.
We’ve Developed New Partnerships
Throughout the year, we sought new opportunities to partner with local schools and community groups that would benefit from horse-centered programming and are happy to have provided impactful experiences to so many new children and adults through this effort.
A Year of Truly Special Events
Year after year, we’re humbled by the generosity displayed by hundreds of Pony Power supporters during our two annual fundraising events, and this year is no exception. Both our Golf & Tennis Outing in July and our Fall Benefit Horse Show & Family Fair in October raised record-breaking funds! This critical support will help underwrite the actual cost of sessions, help care for our well deserving equine team of 19 and allow us to continue maintaining a safe, clean and accessible facility.
Our Team Has Grown!
We welcomed one full-time team member – Development Associate Wendy Lupo, as well as several part time staff to assist with volunteer coordination and instructing; two new members to our Board of Directors – Anne Armstrong-Coben, M.D. and Steven Hirsh; and four new ponies – JD, Charm, Dixie and Westie.