They say that hope can be found between what is and what could be. At WindReach Farm, we see how our programs and services inspire hope in the children and adults we serve every day.
While you may not be directly leading one of our Therapeutic Riding Lessons or driving the tractor with a wagon full of school children, your campaign support can help us provide the impactful programs and services that have life-changing effects on our many visitors and participants.
Challenges are not new to WindReach Farm. Sandy Mitchell, our Founder, never let any obstacle stop him from achieving his goals, and because of this, WindReach still exists today. 2020, and now 2021, has certainly brought many challenges to the Farm and we are all working hard to overcome them, and be the light at the end of the tunnel for the people we serve.
The Horseshoes-For-Hope campaign has brought light and hope to the many participants at WindReach Farm, especially now. Our Bridge of Hope symbolizes the uniqueness of every one of our participants. Our doors are slowly and carefully opening and welcoming back participants to our programs. We have heard from many of clients about how much they miss the Farm, the animals, the staff and volunteers, as well as their very personal connection to this special place in their lives. Recent participants are overjoyed to be able to return to their programming. Read on to learn about how the light shines in the lives of some of our clients.
You may remember Gavin and Hayden, 11-year-old twin brothers with cerebral palsy, who have been riding in our therapeutic riding program for many years. Heather, their mother, says the boys have been missing their riding lessons since COVID-19 took us all by storm. She is so grateful that recently WindReach has opened its doors and the boys are able to continue to enjoy and benefit from their riding lessons. Riding at WindReach is life changing for them and is the only physical recreational opportunity available to them during this pandemic.
Melanie Rodgers has been riding for over 25 years. Many years ago, she was told she would never walk again, let alone ride. She credits her ability to still walk and ride to WindReach, which has become a safe haven for her. In her words, “WindReach is a bright light amidst all this chaos. Riding at the Farm charges my battery and helps me deal with other things that are going on in my life and it is so important for my mental, physical and emotional well-being. Nothing compares!”.
For Melanie, WindReach is her lifeline and she doesn’t know where she would be without it. Being without riding during the COVID shutdown was really tough mentally and physically on Melanie. She is overjoyed to be able to return to her riding lessons.
One of the shining lights at WindReach Farm over the past year was the birth of our very own foal, Sandy. Sandy turned one year old this past September and is exhibiting all the necessary and desirable qualities of being a top-notch therapeutic riding horse. We are thrilled to see her grow up and become a light and source of joy in many people’s lives as we watch her grow and develop.
If you would like to support her schooling please mark “Sandy” on the attached donor card. We look forward to keeping you abreast of her progress and to having her return to the Farm and join our riding program for years to come.
Help us continue to be the light for all of our participants during this challenging time by the purchase of a horseshoe today. There are four levels of donations – $100, $500, $1,000 and $1,500– that offer a special opportunity to have your name on a horseshoe that will be proudly displayed on the WindReach Farm Bridge of Hope.
Thank you for helping us reach so many people during these unprecedented times. The light at WindReach Farm shines bright and strong and will be a guiding light for the people we serve. Together, with your continued support through the Horseshoes-For-Hope campaign, we can help ensure that WindReach will be here for years to come.
Harry Worsley, Chair
Board of Directors