Two years ago, I was introduced to a wonderful non-profit organization called Girls Incorporated, which focuses on developing confidence and building self -esteem in girls. Our “partnership” started off with a few one day workshops and grew to two full weeks of riding camp in the summer of 2013. Both the workshops and camps gave the opportunity to many girls who would never have the chance to be around horses. It was amazing for me to watch how they interacted with our ponies/horses: at first, a bit timid, not knowing how the animal would react to them. As they became more comfortable, just by grooming and being around the horses, many of the quiet girls began to talk more, not only amongst themselves but to their assigned horse or pony. The real excitement was watching them ride, many for the first time and to see the smiles on their faces!
In September 2013, the Girls Inc. Equine Sponsorship Program at Foxwood Farm was created. Eight girls were selected by Girls Inc. to participate in 2 – 6 month sessions: riding weekly in a lesson and also, caring for “their” horse – grooming, blanketing, farrier and veterinarian care, etc.
To help assist the program, they have also run fundraising pizza and bake sales at some of our Foxwood schooling shows and this month, on Saturday, September 20th, they are hosting a Fundraising Yard Sale at Foxwood from 8am until 1 pm. We are currently looking for donation items and 100% of the proceeds from the sale will be put into the Equine Sponsorship Program. If you have anything to donate, please call the farm at 905-775-0155 and we can make arrangements to pick up any items. If you are looking to shop, we can’t wait to see you on September 20th!
Until next time,