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Volunteer Orientation and Training for Spring Session!

Our next volunteer orientation/training will take place in late March to prepare new volunteers for our 8-week fall session which will start April 11th.  Orientation will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm at the barn.  Trainees will then attend one of several hands-on training sessions offered during the following week.  Contact us at 540-533-2777 or at brcthinc@hotmail.com to register as the time approaches!

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Volunteer Orientation and Training for Fall Session!

Our next volunteer orientation/training will take place in August to  prepare new volunteers for our 8-week fall session which will start immediately after Labor Day.   Orientation will be held on Weds, August 19th at 6:00 at the barn.  Trainees will then attend one of several hands-on training sessions held during the following week.  Contact us at 540-533-2777 or at brcthinc@hotmail.com to register!

INDOOR USED TACK & EQUIPMENT SALE to benefit BRCTH!

When: Sunday, September 27th, noon to 5:00

Where: Indoor arena at Evergreen Farm, 131 Allegheny Ridge Rd, Berryville, VA 22611

Why:    Provide scholarships for students in need

All disciplines welcome! See Flyer and Vendor Reservation form. 10’ x 10’ spaces are $25 each, and 10’x 20’ spaces are $35 each. Vendors must provide tables and other display equipment. In addition, there will be beverages and snacks for sale, a bake sale, door prizes and raffles!

2015 used tack sale flyer

Vendor Form Tack Sale

July 12th PAINTNITE Fundraiser to Benefit BRCTH

Sunday, July 12 – PaintNite event at Valerie Hill Winery and Vineyard in Stephens City, VA .   “Drink Creatively!”   2:00 to 4:00

This is an adults only event  – create a painting on your own personal canvas, with the help of a PaintNite Master Artist, with other fun-loving folks, and take home your masterpiece!  Enjoy a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage as you paint.  $15 of the $45 admission fee will be donated to BRCTH..  There will also be a 50/50 Drawing and some terrific Silent Auction items!

Paint Nite Fundraiser Poster

BRCTH Receives Grant from American Woodmark

amer woodmark team and honey 2015

American Woodmark Foundation Team members visited the BRCTH farm on April 22 to present a grant, where they met Honey, a pony used in the therapeutic riding program. From left, Christy Foltz, team secretary; Kevin Dunbar; Marjorie Youngs, BRCTH; Becky Sine; and Jennifer Frye, team leader.

The Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship will soon improve its ability to connect with students, recruit volunteers, and partner with other community organizations through cloud-based software, thanks to a grant from the American Woodmark Foundation. The grant, for $2,160, allows BRCTH to purchase DonorPro software for one year. Representatives from American Woodmark Corporation presented the check to BRCTH on April 22 when they visited the farm in Berryville from which the center operates.

“DonorPro is an industry leader in nonprofit fundraising management and is used by many therapeutic riding centers across the country,” according to Marjorie Youngs, the Center’s executive director. “With this software, we will be able to improve donor and volunteer management, plan and track events, communicate with constituents, and simplify financial reporting.”

The American Woodmark Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in communities with company facilities. The company, which manufactures cabinets, has its headquarters in Winchester. This is the fourth grant that BRCTH has received from American Woodmark, with previous grants for start-up costs, insurance and equipment.

“Our therapeutic riding program continues to expand, with more students receiving services in our spring, fall and summer day camp programs,” Youngs said. “We are also considering piloting new programs to support other populations in our community, and this software will help us manage those programs. We are grateful to the American Woodmark Corporation for its continued support of therapeutic riding and its benefits for people with special needs.”

BRCTH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to provide life-enhancing, equine-assisted activities for children and adults with disabling conditions.  Students benefit from improvement in their physical, cognitive and psycho-social skills. BRCTH is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, and its instructors are PATH certified. The Center relies on a large cadre of volunteers who help with the riding programs and care and management of its therapy horses and ponies. For more information, go to http://www.brcth.org and find us on Facebook.

Registration Open for 2015 Summer Day Camps

BRCTH is offering two weeks of FUN WITH HORSES, Adaptive Recreational Day Camp this summer!
 2015 Day Camp brochure
Weeks of June 22 – 26 and July 6 – 10, 9:00 to 12:30.  See attached brochure.
Ages 7 – 12.  Camps include therapeutic riding instruction, experiential learning exercises with horses, and an art component.
Riding experience is not necessary, but enrollment is dependent upon instructor assessment and evaluation.

BRCTH is also in need of volunteers to help with all facets of camp.  Horse experience is not necessary, and minimum age is 14.  Great opportunity to be outdoors, working with others as a team, and helping children learn in fun environment!

For information on registering a camper or on volunteering, contact Margie Youngs at 540-533-2777 or at brcthinc@hotmail.com

Student and Volunteer Openings for Spring Session

spring 2015 session flyer