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 November Newsletter    Volume 4  Number 11

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Counting our Blessings at CTR

When I mailed our annual letter in late 2015, we were mourning the passing of Crystal, our beloved herd matriarch. As often happens in the wake of a significant loss, CTR has been blessed with some wonderful new beginnings in 2016. 
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In April, we added two new horses to our herd! Foxy and Buttons were donated to us by Georgette Selecky, a friend to CTR who at one time ran an equine assisted learning program of her own. Foxy is an 18 year-old mare with equine assisted learning experience and Buttons is a 17 year-old, big-hearted, mini pony. Foxy has quickly become a favorite in therapeutic riding lessons while Buttons has become the face of our “Pony Express” program. Equipped with special boots (to prevent her from slipping on tile floors) and a “bun bag” (to keep her a mess-free guest), Buttons brings smiles to senior living facilities, schools, daycare centers, and libraries.

In addition to our full stable, CTR is now settled in its “home” in Jarrettsville. This beautiful facility gives us more flexibility in expanding our programs and services to better meet the needs of our community! 

Finally, at the end of this year of new beginnings we are looking to become a Horse Discovery 
Center in partnership with the Maryland Horse Industry Board which allows up to better educate the public on the benefits of connecting people and horses in a safe, nonjudgmental and special needs-friendly ways. We also plan to expand our services to veterans, seniors, at-risk youth and special populations. 

I invite you to join us in our work. Your tax-deductible, support is invested in our herd, our programs and services, and in making our community a better place to live, especially for vulnerable children, adults and seniors. When you support us, you make new beginnings possible: a journey to more strength thorough therapeutic riding; greater knowledge through Horse Powered Learning programs; enhanced communication and leadership skills through Teambuilding Workshops; or renewed peace in specialty weekend programs. Every gift makes a difference and we would be honored if you chose to help others through our work. 

Thank you for your assistance in changing lives, and I wish you the very best for your own this holiday season!

Boots on!

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What does your contribution do?

Did you ever wonder what difference your gift makes to CTR?

Here are three major areas you can support:

General Operations - This funding allows CTR to do what we need to do to keep us operating year-round. Though we charge for services, contributions from our friends and benefactors fill the gap between revenue generated and our actual cost to providing services. Make a donation today!

Bridle Registry - Your donation to this fund directly supports our herd of six horses. Your support provides quality feed, hay, supplements, annual vaccines, hoof and dental care, and even provides a cushion for unexpected medical needs that occasionally happen. For more information, please visit the Bridle Registry.

Riders Up Fund for Families - Your contribution provides financial support for families who may need a little extra assistance with program fees when other funding sources aren't available. For more information, we encourage you to visit the Riders Up Fund for Families.

Healing is Changing Your Mind

At CTR, we believe that healing is changing your mind. Though we may not be cured, we can experience healing. Our benefactors and friends are our heroes. You make the difference we would like to see in our community. You make CTR a Community Benefit Organization!

During this holiday giving season, I'm sharing this link to Dan Pallotta's thought provoking TEDTalk from 2013. He brings up several good points about how nonprofit organizations are often viewed. Please take the time to listen. You may be inspired. Thank you.

CTR Gear Makes A Terrific Gift!

Want to show your CTR pride?  Need a special gift for a horse-lover?  Check out the CTR gear now available for purchase in a variety of options, colors and styles! 

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For Your Calendar

The 2017 Calendar for Volunteer Orientation will be released soon!  Attending an orientation is a requirement of all incoming volunteers, so please be sure to fill out the volunteer forms on our website in order to be registered!

The 2017 Calendar for Workshops and Events will be posted soon.

On-Going:  Team BuildingWorkshops are offered throughout the year to corporations, community-based organizations, and groups. They are individually scheduled and tailored to each group's unique needs. Contact us to learn more!

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc., also known as CTR, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under Internal Revenue Service regulations. A copy of our current financial statement is available by writing CTR at P.O. Box 475, Abingdon, MD 21009 or by calling (443) 528-7793. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.                                     

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