"Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment." -Robert Benchley
It's tough to get drawing done when life keeps getting in the way. At least I'm getting some quality time outside now and then.
“Most lives are not distinguished by great achievements. They are measured by an infinite number of small ones. Each time you do a kindness for someone or bring a smile to their face, it gives your life meaning.” -Lisa Kleypas
Pride Stables: providing therapeutic horseback riding for the disabled, along with fresh air, exercise and meaningfulness.
Pride Stables, for some reason, was not eligible for the second round of voting.
Pride came in first in the voting (YAY!!!), but the "powers that be" at Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment “Team Up Fund” have decided that Pride would go no further.
We were given a vague explanation of “not meeting their criteria”, but to be included on the first round of voting, the MLSE had accepted Pride’s grant proposal. They were great candidates for the funding. We were #1 in the voting. It was very confusing.
But, thank you very much to everyone who voted!
It can’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that all of the organizations that advanced to the next round of voting are located in the Metro Toronto area, could it? Nah… couldn’t be.
Pride Stables has been my charity of choice for a very long time, and they need our help!
Help Pride Stables win $25,000, every vote counts!!
Pride Stables is in the running to receive a grant of $25,000 from The Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment- "Team Up Fund". This money will go towards supporting the riders in our program and replacing our very DUSTY arena footing!
Voting has begun and continues through the next 3 weeks ( until February 1, 2013).
Please vote ONCE PER DAY - EVERY DAY for the next three weeks! The top 20 projects in each division move on to the next stage of competition.
I've been away from the drawing board a lot lately and one of the reasons was to help out at the "Deer Ridge Community Summer Party" held at Pride Stables.
Pride Stables (the lone buildings on the left) is located in and surrounded by the community of Deer Ridge and its golf course.
There are even more new houses now than when this photo was taken.
In an effort to maintain good relations (there have been a few times that escaped horses have grazed on the neighbour's manicured lawns), once a year for almost 10 years, Pride provides the setting for a summer party for the community.
Instead of horses we now see inflatable moose mascots, balloons and bouncy castles.
They set up a large tent, have catered food and a band. In the old days, they made their own food, and there might have been a pup tent set up for the few little ones roaming around.
Pride provides the grounds and the pony rides.
The kids love it and the parents really appreciate it. (By the way, this father and daughter attened the Christmas Open House. He didn't recognize me as Santa Clause from that event and was surprised to have Santa on site...)
The band is called "AMC" (Amplified Midlife Crisis).
For the past eight weeks I've been spending my Mondays volunteering at Pride Stables for their Spring Session.
During this session we have had rain, sleet, snow, gale force winds and sand storms. Good thing they have a quiet arena so we can continue classes inside. However, it was supposed to be gorgeous weather on this particular Monday so I brought along the camera.
One of our riders found her voice on this sunny day. Only able to speak in a whisper, she delighted each of us when she let out a loud, "Go!" to make her pony trot. Congratulations little one! We're very proud of you...
Below is a little slide show of the day.
Pride Stables (Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program) is a theraputic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities ranging from cognitive delays to those who live in wheelchairs. It is my charity of choice. Check out their website at www.pridestables.com .