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Lynne Hitchcock did what anyone who needed assistance walking would do.
She got into horseback riding.
“It really helps me with my balance and walking right,” Hitchcock, of Quakertown, said. “My mom really wanted to help me with my walking, and I love it. It’s helped me so much, and I love being around the people and the horses.”
Hitchcock and dozens of other riders with special needs maneuvered their horses Thursday through the Snider Ag Arena to kick off the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games at Penn State. The event features more than 2,000 athletes from across the state in aquatics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis.
says Tori Roberts, Ivy Hill volunteer coordinator.
Ivy Hill volunteer coordinator Tori Roberts said riders range from children to seniors.
“You might have art therapy, music therapy and physical therapy, but when they’re horseback riding they’re combining everything,” Roberts said. “The fact that they can control a half ton animal shows them they can accomplish more things outside of horseback riding. It helps them break down other barriers in their lives.”
“I started when I was 3 or 4 years old, and I found Ivy Hill,” she said. “My instructor got me used to using my right hand so I can use it more for other things.”
It’s also given her something to look forward to every week.
“I love horses so much and how they move and the wind in my hair,” she said. “I feel awesome when I’m riding.”
Some riders like Hitchcock and Crystal Rhodes have also risen in the ranks at Ivy Hill. They are independent riders and volunteers who help with barn work and lead horses with someone else riding.
“It’s fun. It’s therapeutic,” Rhodes, of Perkasie, said. “I love the horses, and I love that I can help other people, too. When I’m riding it’s just me and the horse. (Riding) is one of the best feelings.”
SOUDERTON, Pa., June 8, 2016 – Since 1876, Univest has been dedicated to supporting the neighborhoods it serves and living out its core value of “community.” This month, as it celebrates its 140th anniversary, Univest will make a $1,140 donation each week chosen from stories submitted by Univest employees. The initiative, called 140 Forward, asked Univest employees how they would use $1,140 to pay it forward. From the employee submissions, five recipients were selected representing causes throughout the Univest service area of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.
This month’s second recipient of the $1,140 donation is Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center located in Perkasie, Bucks County. The center creates therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience. It functions on the simple equation that horses + love = hope. Founded in 1999, Ivy Hill currently serves more than 170 riders with 15 therapy horses, 22 staff members and 100 volunteers. To learn more about Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center or make a donation, visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org.
Janet Whitehead, Univest’s assistant director of Human Resources, and Univest employee, Karen Strychowski, present a check for $1,140 to Megan Hance, program director, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, and Chris Brockett, president and CEO, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center. They are joined by riders Abby, Alex, Aleena, Aaron and therapy pony, Pebbles. Univest is celebrating its 140th anniversary with the “140 Forward” initiative which awards $1,140 each week of June to a recipient selected from employee nominations.
About Univest Corporation
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., has $2.8 billion in assets and $3.1 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley, Maryland and online at www.univest.net.
PERKASIE: Shannon Brennan and Steven Siliani of Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. presented Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center with a check for $5000 to support its programs for disabled children and adults on Monday, May 16, at its Mill Road location.
“It was great to come out and tour this beautiful facility, meet the staff and see the riders and program in action,” said Brennan.
“We are proud to support Ivy Hill, and we loved meeting the horses,” added Siliani.
Athletes Helping Athletes Inc. exists to provide both financial support through fund-raising for Special Olympics and Special Needs Programs throughout Bucks County and the surrounding area.
“Shannon and Steve both represent Athletes Helping Athletes well, and they both LOVE horses and also love what Ivy Hill does for the special riders,” said AHA President Rick Leonetti.
Brennan and Siliani toured the facility, met with instructors, riders and parents, and learned of Ivy Hill’s history and programs that provide competitive opportunity and development of sportsmanship through their therapeutic riding programs.
“For all of us that put or heart and soul into Ivy Hill’s mission, I want to thank Rick, Shannon and Steve, and everyone involved with AHA for their continuing support,” said Ivy Hill Foundation President Chris Brockett.
“AHA is great example of the passion that it takes to change attitudes and, ultimately, the world in which we live. We hope we contribute to that enlightenment,” Brockett said.
The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.
To sponsor a horse or a rider at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, to make a donation or for more information, visit their website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org, or contact Development Director Donna Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left to right: Steve Siliani and Shannon Brennan, Athletes Helping Athletes; Lynne Brockett and Amy Herrmann, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; Chris T. Brockett, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. President and CEO.
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center received a $4000 grant from the Genuardi Family Foundation to support equine-assisted activities. The Pieces of Freedom Program Grant, which focuses on therapeutic offerings for riders with moderate to severe autism, was awarded as part of the Genuardi Family Foundation’s 2016 Core Grant Cycle.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Genuardi Family Foundation, we are proud to partner with your organization, and support its important work,” read the award notification from Meredith A. Huffman, Executive Director of the Genuardi Family Foundation.
Since 2001, the Genuardi Family Foundation supports non-profit providers of direct service whose work supports their core values of Family, Community, Hard Work, Generosity, Accessibility and Responsiveness, and Humility.
“Our equine-assisted activities work because individuals and organizations like the Genuardi Family Foundation have made a commitment to support the development of healthy individuals,” said Ivy Hill President and CEO Chris Brockett.
“That enables us to fulfill our mission: to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.“
“We are proud to have the Genuardi Family Foundation as a partner in our work,” Brockett said.
The Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie pairs horses with people who need a little help. Donna Carlson, Development Director of the center, talks about success stories with the nonprofit, explains why she got involved with them, and details the great experiences she’s had since coming on-board. ivyhillequestrian.org
CHALFONT March 1, 2016 — Ivy Hill Therapeutic Riding has been selected for the 2016 Best of Chalfont Award in the Riding Academies category by the Chalfont Award Program.
Each year, the Chalfont Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chalfont area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Chalfont Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chalfont Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Chalfont Award Program
The Chalfont Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chalfont area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Chalfont Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Chalfont Award Program
A wonderful evening of friend-raising, gratitude and goodwill took place at the barn on February 13. Thanks to all who came out in the cold to join us in our first Wine and Cheese Event for Valentines Day – Love was all around!
We thank Laurie Heuckeroth, AVP/Brach Manager, and Todd Hurley, VP of Penn Community Bank for sponsoring a Bonnie Sames Rider, Koehler’s Jewelers for the donation of a beautiful heart necklace, Wegman’s for our delicious fruit and cheese, and all of our donors who sponsored the wine pull.
We celebrated the dedication of our Tack Room, with a plaque unveiling attended by Foundation Community Partnership’s Associate Director, Caroline Sinton, and Dr. Nancy Miller, FCP Board of Directors, for awarding Ivy Hill a $10,000 grant for the construction of the room.