Today, the Goucher Equestrian Team launched a new web initiative for their annual fundraising event ‘Healing Hooves 2012′. The event, which in the past has only been a one-day fundraising initiative transcended its boundaries by offering an online donation method for interested patrons who cannot make it to the official event. Founded as an International Scholars Program project by students Charlotte Kellogg ’12 and Randi Turner ’12, the first official event took place on April 24, 2010 with the aid of 20 volunteers, nine local therapeutic riding programs, and a total of 150 participants. Last year’s event, Healing Hooves 2011 successfully raised just under $2,000 for three local therapeutic centers. It also featured live music and a brand-new ‘no tack’ (no equipment including bridle or saddle) demonstration by Karli Postel ’13 aboard Goucher College’s horse Ghandi. Traditionally, the event has featured a family-friendly fair including riding demonstrations, face painting, grooming stations and other activities to help entertain any children of alumna/alumni attending the event. This year’s event will take place on April 28th from 1 PM until 4 PM at Goucher College’s Equestrian Center.
The new website is aimed to be a positive utilization of social media, and features a friendly competition among the equestrian team members: each team member is assigned a personal fundraising page, and has the option to form smaller ‘teams’ to see how much money can be raised. Much like a Facebook profile, each team member is allowed to share information about themselves and why they are involved. The goal is to establish a connection to potential donors.
We have provided a link to the Healing Hooves 2012 website, feel free to browse each team member’s profile by clicking the “The Team” tab for more information..
We have provided a link to the Healing Hooves 2012 website, feel free to browse each team member’s profile by clicking the “The Team” tab for more information.
Therapeutic horseback riding was introduced to the United States in the 1960s, and was officially recognized in 1969 with the founding of the National Association for Riding of the Handicapped [which has been renamed the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) as a form of Animal-Assisted Therapy. Within the United States and Canada alone, PATH Intl. recognizes over 800 centers, which serve roughly 42,000 individuals a year.