NEW YORK, N.Y. (Aug. 16, 2016) – Elite Grand Prix Riders Georgina Bloomberg and Jimmy Torano are saddling up with Douglas Elliman Real Estate and One River Point to benefit a trio of equestrian-oriented nonprofits at the 2016 Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States which runs Aug. 28 – Sept. 4 in Bridgehampton, N.Y.
On Thursday, Sept. 1, the pair of leading show jumping riders will join more than 150 well-shod guests at the Douglas Elliman Chalet for a private seated luncheon in support of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, GallopNYC and The Rider’s Closet – a nonprofit trifecta which shares the joys of horses and horsemanship with special needs and under-served horseback riders in their respective communities.
“Elliman has worked very closely with the equestrian community for many years and, as a firm, we believe it is essential to give back and to support the communities where we work and live. We are so honored to support these unique charities which are making great strides to help improve the lives of those facing some of life’s most difficult challenges,” says Dottie Herman, President & CEO of Douglas Elliman.
Having been an integral participant of the Grand Prix tour for more than 25 years, Jimmy Torano is a noted trainer, horse show judge and sports commentator who serves as a brand ambassador and board member of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians. Founded in 2013, the nonprofit is an all-volunteer organization inspired by “horsepower” that heals minds, bodies and spirits. The charity provides financial support to therapeutic horseback riding facilities throughout Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, while also supporting GallopNYC in New York, a charity offering therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities. GallopNYC currently serves 350 riders a week and operates riding programs at five main locations, two of which will now be permanent full-time stables in Queens.
The Rider’s Closet, founded by Georgina Bloomberg, is a clothing exchange program that makes important gear more accessible to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individual riders in need. The Rider’s Closet accepts gently used show clothes and riding gear, then donates the items to anyone who requests them in the U.S.
Douglas Elliman is not just a leader in real estate, but a long time champion of several important causes. Elliman has long history in supporting the arts, women’s health related causes, and empowering women in business. Past charitable efforts include being a supporter of the American Heart Association, the Tilles Center for Performing Arts, the Southampton Hospital, the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospital, LIJ Medical Center, The New York Restoration Project and the Every Woman Matters Walk: A Walk for Women and their Families.
“KAR Properties is dedicated to investing in nonprofit organizations that seek to have an impact on animal welfare and environmental wellness locally and nationally.
We are especially dedicated to contributing to the arts and animal related causes, motivated by their power to connect and heal through a shared universal language - whether a fledgling art museum, an equestrian organization serving special needs riders, or a foundation that promotes equality, social justice and economic opportunity in South America,” said Shahab S. Karmely, KAR Properties Founder and CEO.
“Winston Churchill eloquently said, ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ We are honored that Douglas Elliman and One River Point are championing our shared cause by hosting this important fundraiser,” said Sissy DeMaria, President of HW+KD Public Relations and Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians.
WELLINGTON, FL (July 7, 2016) Ashley Miller has joined the board of directors of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, a Wellington-based nonprofit providing funding for equine-assisted and horseback riding therapy for children and veterans facing difficult physical, mental and emotional life challenges.
A resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Miller enjoys a notable career as the Chief Operating Officer of KAR Properties, a real estate development company led by New York developer Shahab Karmely, with over $200 million invested in South Florida. Miller’s background in business and finance makes her a powerful addition to the rapidly growing organization’s influential board of directors.
“We are truly fortunate to have Ashley join Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, and not only share her love of horses and helping others, but also her extensive financial knowledge, contacts and skill set,” says Sissy DeMaria, Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians. “Ashley is a passionate and driven woman who will further inspire our board and we are thrilled to welcome her.”
Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is an all-volunteer organization founded in July 2013 in Vero Beach, Florida by a small group of equine enthusiasts who believe in “horsepower” that heals. A registered Florida nonprofit, Give a Buck accepts tax deductible donations under section 501(c)3. pleased to announce its partnership with New York-based Gallop NYC.
Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and at horse shows and through donations and sponsorships of its annual fundraiser, the Jump for the Children Pony Derby Classic and Gala, and its partnership with the Longines Global Champions Tour Miami Beach. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17, are the backbone of the organization, providing ongoing support through hands-on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising and by drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.
To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback. The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength. While grooming horses helps promote a sense of calmness and well being.
Give a Buck has eight partnerships with therapeutic riding centers in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina and just announced a new partnership with GallopNYC serving 700 riders a week in the New York area. Other partners include: Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center (North Carolina), Chastain Horse Park (Georgia) Good Hope Equestrian Training Center (Miami) (Vero Beach), Stable Place (Davie), Naples Equestrian Challenge and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (West Palm Beach).
Luis Rodriguez, 5, who has autism, cannot speak and walks awkwardly on his toes. But on a recent spring afternoon he sat perfectly astride a blond pony in a barn in Forest Hills, Queens, and showed everyone how he felt, erupting into applause at his accomplishment.
The small therapeutic riding company where Luis is a student will soon move into its own place for the first time, after winning a contract with New York City to take over a financially troubled riding stable in Howard Beach, Queens. The move will allow the company, Gallop NYC, to serve 800 children on its waiting list and teach 2,000 students a year, compared with the 700 currently enrolled.
Gallop NYC began 11 years ago as a weekly program teaching riding skills to children with physical and intellectual disabilities using a handful of ponies and horses. It eked out space in the riding rings at one of the city’s few remaining public riding stables, Kensington Stables in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Today Gallop NYC has expanded into stables in several neighborhoods, including Mill Basin in Brooklyn and Pelham Bay in the Bronx.
Teaching children with disabilities to ride is a group effort, with methodology set out by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. As Luis rode in Forest Hills, bursting into giggles at points, volunteers stood on each side, bracing his legs against the horse’s flanks. Another volunteer led the palomino, while a fourth called out instructions. When it was time to trot, the whole team ran beside the horse, while Luis bounced along, beaming.
"Every semester we have a rider classified as nonverbal who surprises us by saying, ‘Walk on!’ or ‘Trot on!’” said James Wilson, Gallop NYC’s director of operations and a former rodeo rider from Texas, referring to commands to make a horse go.
Outside the riding ring at Lynne’s Riding Center, the stable in Forest Hills where Gallop has been sharing space, Kathy Wang hugged her son, David Yang, 5, after he got off his horse. David, who has autism and has difficulty focusing, stays grounded when he is on horseback, she said. He also just loves it.
“On the weekend, he takes his bicycle and says, ‘Walk on,’ and ‘Trot on,’” Ms. Wang said with a laugh.
The need to use multiple people to work with riders with disabilities can make riding rings feel cramped. As Gallop NYC grew — it now has four full-time staff members and 400 volunteers — it underscored the need for its own home, said Alicia Kershaw, the organization’s executive director. After the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation requested proposals for Cedar Lane stables in Howard Beach, Gallop NYC won the contract in December.
Next to a shopping mall, Cedar Lane stables sit on a scraggly triangle of land dotted with shipping containers. In 2013, six horses died in rapid succession there, prompting the city to close the stables temporarily over concerns for the animals’ welfare.
The stables have been run since 1994 by the Federation of Black Cowboys, a group that promotes the history of blacks in the American West through school field trips. Many pioneering cowboys were escaped slaves, according to the group, an often overlooked past.
The stable was run on what is known as a “rough board” system — members of the federation who owned horses were responsible for their daily upkeep. The method kept costs low since there were no stablehands to pay. Of the six horses that died, three died of natural causes and one was killed in an accident. The other two belonged to an absentee owner, members of the federation said at the time, and may have starved to death.
Since Gallop NYC was awarded the contract for Cedar Lane, the parks department has promoted conversations between the groups in an effort to allow the federation to stay at the stables. Gallop has agreed to rent stalls to the federation, but the cost will increase to $650 per month from $175 a month.
Kesha Morse, president of the federation, said that might be out of reach for many members, who now number about 20. “I hope we have a future,” Ms. Morse said.
Gallop NYC, a nonprofit, has agreed to spend $180,000 to repair the dilapidated stable, including towing rusted machinery and paving the aisle between the horse stalls, which is now a path covered in manure. An architect who specializes in equestrian facilities, John Blackburn, has donated his services for a future renovation.
Sam Biederman, a spokesman for the parks department, said, “In addition to demonstrating the long-term financial solvency that is crucial to the maintenance of an equestrian operation, Gallop NYC proposed investments in the licensed premises as well as in the community, through job training and riding programs.”
At a recent Gallop NYC fund-raiser in Queens, Sol Reischer spoke about his daughter Lauren, who has cerebral palsy and as a toddler was unable to part her legs. The first time she did was when she got on a horse as a student in a Gallop program, he said. Today, she is a teenager, cantering around the ring.
“You have people whose lives are pretty circumscribed — a lot of our riders have one-on-one aides and very little freedom,” Ms. Kershaw said. “They get on the horse and they can tell the horse where to go, and where they can’t go. It’s really a feeling of power. It gives them a sense of possibility they don’t often feel.”
Longines Global Champions Tour, The World's Premier Show Jumping Series, Kicks Off First Leg Of 2016 Season In Spectacular Miami Beach…
SADDLES UP FOR GOOD CAUSE
Partners with Give a Buck for Special Equestrians charity
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2016) – When 200 of the world’s top horses and riders descend on the sandy white shores of Miami Beach for the first leg of the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour series, the elite equestrians will not only be battling it out against a backdrop of one of the most glamorous destinations in the world, but also saddling up to spotlight horses and their unique ability to heal.
The Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) is the world's premier international show jumping circuit spanning 15 international destinations from Miami Beach to Mexico City, Monaco to Shanghai, and features the world's top riders and horses. This year the Tour has named Give a Buck for Special Equestrians as its charitable partner for the first leg of the tour, LGCT Miami Beach, which takes place April 7 to 10 in South Florida.
On April 6, the Tour will welcome owners, riders and trainers to celebrate the opening of the competition and toast to its partnership with the Florida-based nonprofit – an organization that supports horseback riding and equine-assisted therapeutic programs, specifically benefitting children and veterans with special needs. During the event, a silent auction and raffle will take place, with all proceeds earmarked to support Give a Buck for Special Equestrians and scholarships for deserving special needs riders.
Marco Danese, Sport Director of the Tour, said: “We are proud to partner with Give a Buck for Special Equestrians and to salute the good work the organization is doing to fund programs providing pivotal therapy for children and adults in need. For those of us who are privileged to work with horses at the very top level of equestrian sport, it is only right that we share this passion with those facing very difficult life challenges.”
“To a child or an adult with a physical, developmental or an emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback,” added Sissy DeMaria, Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians. “The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength, while grooming horses helps promote a sense of calmness and well-being. It’s truly amazing how, when horse enthusiasts band together, we can allow our passion for equestrian sports to positively impact a person’s life.”
Taking place just on Miami Beach, a unique and ground-breaking destination for show jumping, and directly opposite Collins Park, round one of the competition’s 15-event 2016 season is set to be another iconic celebration of the sport. Seven of the world's top ten riders slated to appear during the LGCT Miami Beach contest include last year's winner and Olympic Gold medalist Scott Brash, the top three ranked American riders Kent Farrington (World Number 3), McLain Ward (World Number 4) and Beezie Maddon (World Number 8), plus a host of top riders from around the world including 2012 Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat (SUI), 2010 World Gold medallist Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) and 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Ben Maher (GBR).
This year’s event promises even more accessibility to passionate fans and new audiences, with a larger warm-up arena and more places for the public to view all of the action. Spectators will enjoy free access to grandstand seating around the arena on a first come, first served basis during the three days of competition. The show will host five, 5* classes, and visitors will be able to shop top brands in LGCT’s nearby Prestige Village.
Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that launched in May 2013 by a small group of equine enthusiasts inspired by the kind of “horsepower” that heals minds, bodies and spirits. The mission was simple: to share the joy of horses and horsemanship with those children and adults facing difficult life challenges. Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and horse shows, in addition to fundraisers such as the Pony Derby Classic.
The all-volunteer organization is passionate about setting an example for today’s young riders by extolling the virtues of giving back. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17, are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands-on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.
For more information please visit www.giveabuckeq.org or call 305.608.5350.
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About Longines Global Champions Tour
The Longines Global Champions Tour brings together the Top 30 ranked show jumpers in the world to compete in prestigious locations for unprecedented prize money. The 15 event Tour spans the globe and offers some of the most explosive and exciting competition of any equestrian series. The world's premier show jumping series proudly hosts Olympic, World and Continental Champions as they battle fiercely for the title of overall season and the honor of being crowned Champion of Champions as well as the lion’s share of the bonus prize fund. Available to watch live online via GCT TV and on Eurosport or national networks, millions of people tune in or visit the prestigious events each year to enjoy thrilling action from the top class show jumping series, featuring the biggest stars in the sport. This year sees the launch of the thrilling and innovative Global Champions League team competition kicking off on Sunday 10th April in Miami Beach.
About Give a Buck for Special Equestrians
Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that launched in May 2013 by a small group of equine enthusiasts inspired by the kind of “horsepower” that heals minds, bodies and spirits. The mission was simple: to share the joy of horses and horsemanship with those children and adults facing difficult life challenges. Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and horse shows, in addition to fundraisers such as the Pony Derby Classic. The all-volunteer organization is passionate about setting an example for today’s young riders by extolling the virtues of giving back. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17, are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands-on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission. For more information please visit www.giveabuckeq.org or call 305.608.5350.
GULFSHORE LIFE / AUGUST 2010 / ACTS OF KINDNESS
BY: TRACY JONES
A few years ago, Tiffany Billings donated her beloved Appaloosa, Dottie, to the therapeutic riding program at the Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC). The "horse-crazy" 12-year-old went a step further last year, when she and an NEC friend raised more than enough money to pay for Dottie's emergency surgery, which had cost the program almost $10,000. For her commitment to the program, and in recognition of her equestrian skills, Tiffany was named the 2004 Child Equestrian of the Year by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.
Tiffany, who was born with cerebral palsy, couldn't walk when she began riding six years ago. Horseback riding can help those with disabilities improve mobility, balance, muscle tone and more. Her first time on a horse, one person led the animal slowly around the yard while two others walked on either side. Today Tiffany rides independently and is learning dressage moves. "I like trotting best," she says. And thanks to therapy and corrective surgery, she now can walk, although with a limp. "We give a lot of the credit to the Naples Equestrian Challenge," says Tiffany's mother, Jane Billings.
About 78 disabled children and adults ride each week at the Naples Equestrian Challenge, which has stables off Goodlette-Frank Road. Almost 200 volunteers assist the program's six riding instructors and its president, Caroline Martino. There are six horses in the program including Dottie, who is still Tiffany's first choice for riding partner. In the summer, the center runs a camp that includes children who are not disabled. Tiffany, who attends the camp every year, will be a counselor-in-training this summer.
A friend of Jane and Ted Billings brought Tiffany to Naples from a Russian orphanage when she was three; three years later, when the friend died, the Billingses adopted the little girl. Although she knew little about children, Jane says, "It was the greatest thing that ever happened to us."
Jane had heard about the Naples Equestrian Challenge, then in its beginning stages, and was delighted when Tiffany took to it instantly-so much so that the family acquired Dottie shortly after.
But as Tiffany became more active, taking up gymnastics and chorus, and as her schoolwork became more demanding, Dottie was spending more time alone. Tiffany was also planning to undergo major surgery that would ultimately improve her walking but would put both legs in casts for six months. Well-trained and patient, Dottie needed more attention; and soon after her move to the Naples Equestrian Challenge, she became a major asset to the program. "She's one of those affectionate ones," Tiffany says.
In 2004, a bout with colic twisted Dottie's intestines. The surgery she needed had an 85-percent success rate but the $10,000 price tag was a challenge for the not-for-profit program. Still, "the board voted to throw ourselves into debt," Jane says.
As Dottie recovered, Tiffany had an idea. With her friend, fellow NEC rider Ryan Jordan, she decided to set up a lemonade stand at the center on a Saturday. The newspaper ran a story about the girls' plan, and the next day, a stream of customers showed up. Thirsty workers who were widening Goodlette-Frank Road donated $10 per refill; and other customers gave generously as well. "People were dropping in $100 bills," Jane remembers. At the end of the morning, a father with his young son pulled up in an SUV. Saying that it would mean a lot to his family to give something, he asked if he could write a check. The amount? $8,000. By the end of the day, they'd raised $12,000.
In November, the Billingses traveled to Kansas City for the national awards ceremony, where the honorees were chosen from more than 650 riding programs. In addition to Tiffany's national honor, Naples volunteer Todd Erickson was recognized as the region's volunteer of the year. NEC president Caroline Martino says this is the first time the local program has been honored. "Two in one year is really outstanding," she says.
Tiffany and Dottie will demonstrate dressage moves at the NEC's annual horse show this month. With the help of her instructor, Tiffany is training to compete regularly in such events. Her ultimate goal: a horse farm of her own.
Read the article on Gulfshore Life here.
LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR, LA SERIE DE SALTOS MÁS IMPORTANTE DEL MUNDO, ARRANCA LA TEMPORADA DEL 2016 EN LA ESPECTACULAR MIAMI BEACH…
SILLAS DE MONTAR PARA UNA BUENA CAUSA
En asociación con la organización sin ánimo de lucro Give a Buck for Special Equestrians
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Marzo 22, 2016) – Cuando 200 de los mejores caballos y jinetes del mundo desciendan en la orilla de arenas blancas de Miami Beach, para el arranque de la temporada 2016 de la serie Longines Global Champions Tour, la elite de jinetes no solo estará batallando con el telón de fondo de uno de los destinos más glamorosos del mundo, sino que también llamarán la atención sobre los caballos y su capacidad única de sanar.
The Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) es la serie de saltos más importante del mundo, abarcando 15 destinos internacionales, de Miami Beach a Ciudad de México, de Mónaco a Shanghái, presentando los mejores jinetes y caballos del Globo. Este año el Tour ha nombrado a Give a Buck for Special Equestrians (Dar un Dólar para Jinetes Especiales) como su socio caritativo para la primera etapa del tour, LGCT Miami Beach, que tendrá lugar del 7 al 9 de abril en el Sur de la Florida y coincidirá con las celebraciones del Centenario de Miami Beach.
El día 6 de abril, el tour dará la bienvenida a los dueños, jinetes y entrenadores, para celebrar la inauguración de la competición y brindar por su asociación con la organización sin ánimo de lucro con base en la Florida —una organización que apoya la equitación y los programas terapeutas de asistencia equina, que benefician específicamente a niños y veteranos con necesidades especiales. Durante la competencia, se llevará a cabo una subasta silenciosa y rifas, con todos los ingresos destinados a respaldar Give a Buck for Special Equestrians y becas para jinetes merecedores con necesidades especiales.
“La Hippotherapy” —o equinoterapia — ha existido desde los tiempos de los griegos antiguos”, comentó XX, XX, del Global Championship Tour. “Para todos aquellos que amamos y admiramos profundamente a los caballos, es importante que compartamos nuestra pasión por estos bellos animales con quienes están enfrentándose a algunos de los retos más difíciles de la vida. Dicho esto, nos llena de gran orgullo asociarnos con Give a Buck for Special Equestrians y saludamos la gran obra que esta organización lleva a cabo para financiar programas que provean terapias fundamentales para niños y adultos necesitados”.
Para un niño o un adulto con una inhabilidad física, de desarrollo o emocional, la vida se ve mucho más clara montando a caballo”, añadió Sissy DeMaria, fundadora de Give a Buck for Special Equestrians. “El poder y calor de un caballo, refuerza y tonifica los músculos, mejora el equilibrio, la coordinación y el control, fortalece la paciencia y la autoestima, y ofrece una sensación de libertad e igualdad. Montar a caballo estimula delicada y rítmicamente la marcha humana, de manera que los jinetes con discapacidades físicas mejoran su flexibilidad y fuerza muscular, mientras que cuidar a los caballos brinda una sensación de calma y bienestar. Es verdaderamente increíble cómo, cuando los admiradores de caballos se unen, podemos permitir que nuestra pasión por los deportes ecuestres impacte positivamente la vida de otras personas”.
Llevándose a cabo en las playas de Miami Beach (donde nunca antes se ha visto el espectáculo de concursos hípicos) y directamente opuesto a Collins Park, el primer round de la competencia de 15 eventos en la temporada del 2016 está listo para ser otra celebración icónica de los concursos de salto. Siete de los diez mejores jinetes del mundo están programados para aparecer durante el certamen LGCT Miami Beach, incluyendo al ganador del año pasado y Medallista de Oro Olímpico, Scott Brash; los primeros tres jinetes americanos del ranking, Kent Farrington (Número 3 del Mundo), McLain Ward (Número 4 del Mundo) y Beezie Maddon (Número 8 del Mundo); además de una serie de los mejores jinetes de todas partes del Globo, incluyendo el Campeón Olímpico del año 2012, Steve Guerdat (SUI), el Medallista de Oro Mundial, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), y el Medallista de Oro Olímpico en el 2012, Ben Maher (GBR).
El evento este año promete aún más accesibilidad para los apasionados aficionados y nuevas audiencias, con una arena de calentamiento de mayor tamaño y más lugares para que el público observe la acción. Los espectadores disfrutarán de acceso gratis a las tribunas alrededor de la arena por orden de llegada, durante los tres días de la competición. Los visitantes podrán comprar de las marcas de lujo en la LGCT Prestige Village, cercana al evento.
Give a Buck for Special Equestrians es una organización sin ánimo de lucro 501(c)3 que fue lanzada en mayo del 2013 por un pequeño grupo de entusiastas ecuestres, inspirados por la clase de “Caballos de fuerza” que sana las mentes, los cuerpos y los espíritus. Su misión era simple: compartir la alegría de los caballos y la equitación, con aquellos niños y adultos que enfrentaban difíciles retos en sus vidas. Give a Buck recauda fondos pidiendo a los dueños de los caballos “tan poco como un dólar o tanto como puedan” en cada pago mensual, así como con la venta de mercancías en sus tiendas y en los shows, además de los eventos para recaudar fondos como el Pony Derby Classic.
La organización, cuyos miembros son todos voluntarios, se apasiona con dar el ejemplo a los jóvenes jinetes, señalándoles las virtudes de dar de vuelta. Los jóvenes embajadores de Give a Buck, niños y adolescentes entre 7 y 17 años, son la columna vertebral de la organización, proveyendo apoyo constante a través de su voluntariado, recaudación de fondos, recaudación “amistosa” y la concientización de las personas acerca de la misión de la caridad.
Para mayor información por favor visite www.giveabuckeq.org o llame al 305.608.5350.
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Acerca del Longines Global Champions Tour
El Longines Global Champions Tour reune a los mejores 30 jinetes de caballos de salto del mundo, para competir en prestigiosas locaciones por un premio de dinero sin precedentes. El Tour de 15 eventos recorre el Globo y ofrece algunas de las más explosivas y excitantes competiciones de cualquier serie ecuestre. El show más importante del mundo en caballos de salto es orgulloso anfitrión de campeones olímpicos, mundiales y continentales, mientras batallan con fiereza por el título de la temporada y el honor de ser coronados como Campeón de Campeones, así como su parte del fondo del premio. Disponible para ver en vivo online a través de GCT TV y Eurosport o canales nacionales, millones de personas sintonizan o visitan el prestigioso evento, para disfrutar de la gran acción de la mejor serie de caballos de salto, presentando las más grandes estrellas del deporte.
Acerca de Give a Buck for Special Equestrians
Give a Buck for Special Equestrians es una organización sin ánimo de lucro 501(c)3 que fue lanzada en mayo del 2013 por un pequeño grupo de entusiastas ecuestres, inspirados por la clase de “Caballos de fuerza” que sana las mentes, los cuerpos y los espíritus. Su misión era simple: compartir la alegría de los caballos y la equitación con aquellos niños y adultos que enfrentaban difíciles retos en sus vidas. Give a Buck recauda fondos pidiendo a los dueños de los caballos “tan poco como un dólar o tanto como puedan” en cada pago mensual, así como con la venta de mercancías en sus tiendas y en los shows, además de los eventos para recaudar fondos como el Pony Derby Classic. La organización, cuyos miembros son todos voluntarios, se apasiona con dar el ejemplo a los jóvenes jinetes, mostrándoles las virtudes de dar de vuelta. Los jóvenes embajadores de Give a Buck, niños y adolescentes entre 7 y 17 años, son la columna vertebral de la organización, proveyendo apoyo constante a través de su voluntariado, recaudación de fondos, recaudación “amistosa” y la concientización de las personas acerca de la misión de la caridad.
Para mayor información por favor visite www.giveabuckeq.org o llame al 305.608.5350.
This Young Woman at Gifford Middle School Could be the CEO of a National Non Profit Organization: “Give a Buck” for Special Equestrians
Isabel Ernst, one of the founders of Give a Buck and the President of Give a Buck Young Ambassadors
ISABEL ERNST, A 13 YEAR OLD STUDENT IN EIGHTH GRADE AT GIFFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF GIVE A BUCK.
Give a Buck was formed in Vero Beach in May 2013, to support Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, a local nonprofit organization which provides therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with disabilities. Since then, Give a Buck has established seven chapters in Florida, one in North Carolina and another in Georgia.
Last week we wrote about how the Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast Steps Up its Game To Become a “Premier Accredited Center.”
Give a Buck asks horse owners to give as little as a buck – or as much as they can – with their monthly boarding payment to therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities, or for those who are economically disadvantaged.
Ancient Greek literature mentioned the use of horse-back riding as therapy. In 600 BC, Orbasis documented the therapeutic benefit of horse riding. In Scandinavia, during the outbreak of poliomyelitis in 1946, equestrian therapy was introduced. The oldest-known center for disabled people in the US was established in 1969 in Michigan; the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center for the Handicapped.
Isabel said: “I had the great privilege of growing up with horses and have been riding since I was six years old. I started on a pony and have just moved up to a horse.
The way horses heal people is amazing and I thought everyone with a disability should have the opportunity to experience how they can help them.
Once I saw a woman in a wheel chair who had never walked get up on a horse and when I saw the look of joy in her face – I’ve never felt anything like it – I knew right then and there I would dedicate myself to therapeutic horse riding. Being up on that horse made her feel like she was walking.”
Isabel was a regular volunteer at Special Equestrians and had the good fortune to meet up with Sissy DeMaria, who had the idea to raise money to provide therapeutic horse riding to those with limited financial resources.
Sissy is president of Kreps DeMaria Public Relations and Marketing, voted the best Miami-based public relations firm for the past three years by Daily Business Reviewreaders.
A lifelong equestrian, Sissy fell head over heels for horses when she was five years old after her mother took her for lessons.
Sissy says: “Nothing set my heart a flutter like the feel of a muzzle, the click-clack sound of hooves on pavement, a welcoming whinny, or the thought of being able to share this love affair with those less fortunate.
In the spring of 2013, I conceived the idea of Give a Buck, while riding Jazz, my Kentucky bred thoroughbred, a relative of the great Secretariat.”
In writing this article, Sissy wanted us to focus on Isabel.
At just 10 years-old Isabel joined Sissy in co-founding Give a Buck for Special Equestrians www.giveabuckeq.org because she was inspired by the kind of “horse power” that heals broken bodies, minds and spirits.
The mission was simple. She wanted to share the unique joys of horses – and horsemanship – with those in our communities who have physical or emotional disabilities. The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem and offers a sense of freedom and equality.
Isabel is president of Give a Buck Young Ambassadors and has donated countless volunteer hours organizing the group of children and teenagers from seven to seventeen years old that support her cause.
The young volunteers she organized are critical to Give a Buck‘s success and mission of ensuring that no child or adult with special needs is denied access to this life changing therapy.
Led by Isabel, the Young Ambassadors meet monthly during the school year and assist with a variety of fund and “friend” raising activities throughout the year. They receive community service hours while practicing the values of compassion and volunteerism.
They also participate by selling Give a Buck merchandise, such as T-shirts, hats, polo shirts and bumper stickers, at horse shows and serving on committees for the annual fund raising event, the WTI Winter Equestrian Festival Annual Jump for the Children Gala.
She escorts Give a Buck pony ambassador Annie at horse events, assists with social media, and plans hands-on volunteer days at therapeutic stable partners. Young Ambassadors also write thank you notes to donors, serve as photographers and historians at all events and encourage and lead others to give and get involved through their selfless actions.
“Isabel is an AMAZING young girl and I believe she should be recognized for the outstanding goodwill she is doing in the community,” said Sissy.
Isabel said she would eventually like to go on to “do something in the medical field to help find cures that people with disabilities live with.” Then I asked her how many equine therapeutic facilities there are in the United States. She said “there are too many to count.” So, I said, what if you could take Give a Buck nationally to support all these facilities and you could be the CEO. She said: “that would probably be better than medical school.”
If you google “therapeutic riding schools for those with special needs” there are pages and pages of them.
Once again, as we wrote last week in our article referenced above, we are curious what horses think about.
Watercolor by Gail Dolphin, Vero Beach. http://www.gaildolphinart.com
Isabel said: “I think they think. They think about eating, running around and being free. They think about being loved and being cared for. They all have unique personalities and I believe they feel the vibes of happiness their riders experience.
For me, I’ve seen that happiness first hand – it’s priceless and that’s amazing I think.”
Please visit: www.giveabuckeq.org
Email Isabel to offer your support at: firstname.lastname@example.org