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GIVE TO PAINT THE PONY

GIVE a GIFT that won’t go out of style or expire but will CHANGE A LIFE. GIVE to PAINT the PONY!

Gifts to CTRC are 100% tax deductible and directly support riders in their journey to achieve therapeutic goals; the steady stride of every therapy horse; and the life enhancing equine assisted services provided by CTRC!

HERE IS WHAT YOUR GIFT CAN DO:

$35 Sponsors a courageous rider in a therapeutic riding lesson.
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$100 Enables 3 riders to experience the benefits of hippotherapy.
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$350 Grants a rider 10 weeks of equine assisted services.
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$700 Sends a pair of riders to 10 weeks of therapeutic riding.
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$1000 Provides 10 Mini Trooper visits to community groups.
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$2500 “Adopts” an incredible therapy horse for a year.

Paint the Pony – Annual Campaign

PAINT THE PONY is the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center’s (CTRC) Annual Campaign. As a FUNDRAISER and a FRIENDRAISER, Paint the Pony strives to raise much needed funds, recruit new volunteers and create a greater awareness about CTRC in our community. Get the Paint the Pony brochure in which we convey why Paint the Pony is so important, share rider stories and demonstrate the impact of your gifts on CTRC!

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Dedicated to those we serve means we work on the guiding belief that finances should never be a determining factor in whether a client is able to experience the benefits of CTRC’s equine assisted services. Acutely aware of the significant financial demands that the majority of our families face (individuals with disabilities typically incur substantially greater expenses related to medical care, education, transportation, recreation, and even daily living), CTRC charges a fee-for-service no greater than 1/3 the cost of a lesson. Therefore, gifts account for over 2/3 of the cost of every lesson.

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MEET TEAGAN, JENNIFER AND DAVID – RIDERS WHO ARE ALL MAKING GREAT STRIDES AT CTRC!

Teagan

COWGIRL IN TRAINING

Jenni, Teagan’s mom, knew that hippotherapy and horses would be part of Teagan’s future from the time Teagan was born. Jenni’s fond memories of spending summers at the barn were experiences that she wanted to create with her own daughter as well.

Jenni contacted CTRC once Teagan, diagnosed with Down Syndrome, turned two, hoping to get her involved as soon as possible. Jenni says that if she could, Teagan would be at CTRC every day. Jenni believes that hippotherapy challenges Teagan in new and different ways as the therapists encourage Teagan to meet or exceed their expectations.

When Teagan began therapy, she primarily used the words “Momma”, “Dadda”, “no”, “me” and “my”, 1 or 2 at a time. Now she uses 2 or 3 words often, and even up to 4 such as, “I want more trotting.” Teagan also uses a wider variety of vocabulary specific to her activity such as “horse muffins” while preparing a snack to feed to her horse, Lil’ Chief.

Teagan bonds with Lil’ Chief through activities such as brushing, and Jenni appreciates that Teagan is gaining motor planning and muscle strengthening as well as practical horsemanship skills that will come in handy when she has a horse of her own. Teagan hopes that someday Lil’ Chief will come to live with her.

David

HORSE’N AROUND

David, born with a chromosomal abnormality which led to muscle weakness and developmental delay, started riding at CTRC this past summer. Initially, David was able to ride for thirty minutes before feeling fatigued but by August, David was able to complete the full lesson, staying mounted for fifty minutes!

Since David has been participating in therapeutic riding, his mom notices that he is more stable while sitting. He is able to engage core muscles and maintain upright posture without support. He particularly loves to ride outside, showing off his balance over uneven terrain. Therapeutic riding has also improved David’s socialization, he loves to tell everyone about the “horsie” he rides.

Jennifer

A SMILE SAYS IT ALL

In 2013, Jennifer, previously diagnosed with Leukemia, received an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant that resulted in organ failure which left Jennifer in a coma. Dubbed “miracle girl” by nurses after staying in the hospital for a full year, Jennifer moved from South Carolina to Colorado, determined to pursue her independence once again. Her pursuit of independence includes riding at CTRC. Jennifer’s drive, determination and undeterred spirit are evident as she takes a rein in each hand, sits up tall in the saddle and asks Nash to walk over the bridge on the sensory trail. Impressive for any new rider but especially so for a woman that needed full physical support from each of her two sidewalkers and the brace of a specially outfitted saddle to hold on to when she first began riding at CTRC.

Each time Jennifer rode she needed less and less support because she was gaining strength and improving her balance. Now, mere months later, Jennifer rides without holding onto anything save the reins! For Jennifer, riding renews her energy and incentive, motivating her to work harder at therapy. Robyn, Jennifer’s cousin and sidewalker, remarks that when Jennifer rides, she can see Jennifer’s happiness and growing independence.

Great Strides Happen at CTRC! Get Involved. Change Lives.