This holiday weekend, 8 young equestrians and their horses braved the foul weather and collectively hiked and hacked bareback more than 14 miles through Round Top Park, and the Bay Circuit Trails. Participants received pledges from friends and family for each mile and together raised over $1,000 to benefit the disabled riders at Windrush Farm. Next week there will be 8 more Burnstock riders hitting the trail who have pledged 30 more miles.
Burnstock’s fund raising efforts for Windrush Farm were inspired by former club member Matti Burns and have creatively raised over $ 30,000 for the program since 2006. Matti is a junior at the University of South Carolina and rides on their Eventing Team.
We cant thank Matti and her crew of riders, enough! What an amazing group!
Are you planning on contributing to Giving Tuesday on December 1st? We ask that during this holiday season, you think of giving a gift that might be helping a greater cause.
The winter months are right around the corner, and our horses, the stars of the program, desperately need winter shoes. Windrush Farm does the STARS DRIVE in hopes you can give while gifting this holiday season.
How does it work?
You make a donation online to the star fund and upload your favorite picture to the photo wall with your special messages to the horses, staff, volunteers, or to the stars in your life! All pictures will be displayed on a banner at Windrush!
We are in the middle of celebrating Volunteer Appreciation week at Windrush Farm. With the holiday season fast approaching, we thought what a perfect time to express how thankful we are for our volunteers…
“There is nothing that can compare with the dedication and caring of our Windrush volunteers. Bless you all for your contributions to the Windrush community. You are truly amazing!”
Amanda Hogan, Executive Director
“Our volunteers carry us. They make us laugh, they keep us on our toes, they encourage us to be better horse people ourselves, and they welcome hearing from us when they need guidance. We just could not run this program without them. They are the true stars along with our wonderful horses who they love so much.” Josselyn Shaughnessy, Associate Director
“Volunteering brings the best out of people and we have the best volunteers. They are a large part of what makes Windrush such a special place.” Roland Dudney, Farm Manager
“I have had the pleasure of working with volunteers for many non-profit organizations. However I am blown away by the dedication and commitment I see on a daily basis from the Windrush volunteers. We have the most amazing volunteers around and I am so grateful for all that they do.”
Jen Wassan, Development Director
“Thank you for your dedication, your willingness to give of yourselves and your time, and your openness to learn new ways to help our clients and horses as we all work together to change lives one smile, one stride at a time. Thank you for all you do!”
Jenna Turcotte, Program Director & Instructor
“The volunteers that we have at Windrush Farm are invaluable. They are the ones that make our clients feel successful every single ride. They are the people who show up in terrible rain to get a horse ready, or come early in snow to meet a client to help them get on their horse. This place is magical and makes our client’s dreams come true because of the support our volunteers give. Everyone who volunteers here makes a difference to our clients, weather you are here to clear trails so riders can go in the woods for the first time, or here to take care of our horses, running in several classes last minute as a sub, or horse handling every single week in your committed spot. All of you volunteers make Windrush possible; all of you change lives every time you are here. For that I thank you.”
Rachel Whelan, Programming Assistant and Instructor
“The volunteers are a constant reminder of all the greatness that is Windrush Farm. They take time out of their busy lives to come help others. That is what it is all about. Amazing! I am blessed to get to experience this commitment on a daily basis. It’s really incredible. Thank you!!”
Emma Hammond, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
“I am continually inspired by the volunteers at Windrush Farm and their commitment to our clients and our horses. Windrush is very fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers. It is with sincere gratitude that I say Thank you!!! You are truly amazing.” Betsy Dalton, Administrative Assistant
“Thank You!!” Kim Nieves, Finance Director
“Our volunteers are some of the kindest, most warmhearted people I’ve ever been lucky enough to know. The dedication and commitment they show towards our horses’ well-being and clients’ success inspires me every day.”
Caitlyn Campbell, Equine Manager
“Time is scarce and valuable. Volunteers not only give us many hours of their time, they give us their energy, enthusiasm and their expertise in order to support others less fortunate than themselves.Windrush is a special place where people feel that they really can achieve. You make it happen. Thank you.”
Tina Fransioli, Grant Writer and Instructor
“THANK YOU!! …For coming, for caring, for taking the time, for always being there when we need you, for stepping in and doing whatever it takes to keep our clients and horses safe and happy. You are wonderful…and very much appreciated.”
Joyce Copland, Instructor
“There is a lot to love about Windrush, but the volunteers are what I love most. They offer so much more than just their help in the barn and classes. They provide the laughter, the fun, the smiles, and most of all the friendships that make me love my job; a job I absolutely could not do without THEM.”
Kim Bortolussi, Barn Supervisor
“My Volunteers are indispensable they help keep my classes safe and are an extension of me while teaching. Many many thanks for all you do.” Pam Skinner, Instructor
“What I love most about my volunteers is… the way it all comes together when all riders are mounted and I look around and smile knowing that together, we as one big caring team, create an experience that allows us ALL to be in a safe, nurturing place that lets us feel a true sense of purpose and love for our horses, our riders and ourselves. You show your best selves by showing up each week with your hard work and dedication. I feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing process to be a part of this amazing process and I always look forward to seeing you every week!”
Jen Wright, Instructor
Want to volunteer? Email email@example.com
If you have passed by Windrush this past week, you have probably seen the tree clean up happening on behalf of Burch Tree Removal and Landscaping. As we all know, it was a brutal winter and our landscape took quite the hit. Many rotted trees that bordered the indoor arena needed to come down so that we could continue to put safety first and avoid the probability of any falling over the upcoming winter. Dave Burch and his crew were able to remove the necessary trees and kept everyone here entertained for the past week!
Thank you Burch Tree Removal and Landscaping for all the excitement! The grounds look great!
In addition to the normal activities that go on around the farm, we have been lucky enough to assist in two local troops efforts to earn their badges
Girl Scout Troop 62096 came out to the farm to work on their Animal Helpers Badge. This badge teaches scouts about the different ways animals are used to provide humans companionship and joy. It also gives the scouts a better understanding on how animals can be trained to help people with disabilities or find people who may be lost.
During their time at Windrush, the girl scouts learned about how our horses are used to help heal the clients. They spent time around the farm learning about the different types of programs we have, how our animals are trained and what people need to know before they can volunteer. It was a wonderful day being able to help these young ladies earn such a meaningful badge.
We also had Boy Scout Troop 79 volunteering their time to earn their Citizenship in the Community merit badge. This badge required the scouts to choose a charitable organization outside of Scouts that interests them and brings the community together. Troop 79 chose Windrush Farm!
While the boy scouts were here, they spent much of their time clearing the trails. This ensures the trails were wide enough for our therapeutic classes use. In addition to the trail clean up, they organized our tool area and removed hay out of Candy’s Lane! By doing all this great volunteer work, they were able to earn their badge.
We want to thank both troops for coming to Windrush Farm. It is wonderful to know that we have the young community members thinking of us.
Congratulations on earning your badges!
If you are interested in learning more about community visits to the farm. Visit: https://www.windrushfarm.org/volunteer/opportunities/
Yesterday, the Sheehy family and a group from the Marblehead Community Charter School came to Windrush Farm to present us with an unbelievable donation on behalf of Megan Sheehy.
Last month, the entire Marblehead community joined together in the ‘Rock For Meg’ event. This community music concert was held in memory of Megan Sheehy, a beautiful young girl that unfortunately lost her battle to cancer last summer.
Megan’s spirit lives on through the amazing work of her family, friends and community. She expressed at a very young age that she wanted to help other children learn how to ride horses. It is a true blessing to see that she continues to accomplish this mission through her memory.
Thank you so much Megan. Your passion and kind heart has left a forever impression on everyone here at Windrush Farm. There are many children that will be able to ride because of you.