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AHA Visits Ivy Hill with Program Donation


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, or contact Development Director Donna Carlson at

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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.

Joe Mason Podcast with Ivy Hill!

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.

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Riding Receives 2016 Best of Chalfont Award

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

Chalfont Award Program

Wine and Cheese Event

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 PartnersTack Roomhip’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.

Congratulations to Sophia and Quinn Boquist !!

Congratulations to Sophia Boquist for receiving her Congressional Award Bronze Certificate!  Sophia has given 30 hours of volunteering here at Ivy Hill.  She was recognized by the United States CongressBoquist Family for her service, and for achieving her goals in physical fitness (competitive diving), personal development (piano), and a wilderness expedition she planned (an 8.8 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail).  Sophia loves to ride, and decided that volunteering at Ivy Hill was great way to help her community and share her love for horses.  We welcome Sophia’s efforts at Ivy Hill as she continues toward the Silver Certificate.

Congratulations also to Quinn Boquist, her brother, for earning his Abilities Awareness belt loop and pin badges through Cub Scouts.  Quinn came to visit Ivy Hill and volunteered some hours with his sister as he discovered how our Ivy Hill family serves the needs of our community.  For these badges, he also had to leaBoquist Family IIrn about the different types of challenges those with special needs face, whether physical, mental, or learning.  Additionally, Quinn read about a famous person with special needs, used several different mobility aids, and simulated a loss of his hearing for two hours.  We are pleased to be a part of this learning experience for Quinn.

Rob Boquist, their father, is 26-year veteran of the US Air Force.  When he recently retired from service, his family decided that Bucks County was the place they wanted to live.  “We love it here, and my wife and I want our children to grow up as caring and compassionate people who contribute in their community.  Volunteering at Ivy Hill helps us build that character in our children.”

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds; young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time.  Go to for more information.


Foundations Community Partnership Presents Grant to Ivy Hill

Ron Bernstein, Executive Director, and Caroline Sinton, Associate Director of Foundations Community Partnership, presented the Ivy Hill Foundation with a Bucks Innovative Improvement Grant for $7,500 on December 11, at the new facility located at 1811 Mill Road.

The grant will be used to fund the 4-Gait Project, a collaborative effort with the Penn Foundation’s REACH and Wellspring Clubhouse programs, designed to improve communication, relationship and job skills for young adults with cognitive and emotional challenges.

“We are excited about creating innovative and collaborative partnerships with Bucks County organizations that will have a synergistic impact on the young adults in our community who face personal challenges every day,” said Ivy Hill Foundation President Chris Brockett.

“We are so grateful for this grant.”

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) is a nonprofit foundation formed to improve the quality of life for special needs children, youth and families in Bucks County, by establishing collaborative partnerships linking public agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, colleges and young adults within our community, and providing grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations.

Since 1999, Ivy Hill has provided equine-assisted activities and therapeutic programs for children and adults with special needs as well as financial, social and emotional support for their families and caregivers. Services include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated learning and summer camp. Ivy Hill also provides competition training for participation in Special Olympics, off-site competitions and Home Shows. Lessons are customized to the needs and goals of each individual rider.

To sponsor a horse or a rider at Ivy Hill, or for donation opportunities, contact Development Director Donna Carlson at , or visit our website

Foundations l-r: Ron Bernstein, Executive Director, FCP; Caroline O’Connell Sinton, Associate Director, FCP; Donna Carlson, Development Director, Chris Brockett, President, Ivy Hill Foundation;   Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center.


The riders of Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center rode in their first Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 5, as a part of the Souderton-Telford Holiday Parade.

The theme was celebrating 100 years of service for Harleysville Savings Bank, and each float was asked to have a number theme.

Ivy Hill’s theme was “16 Years of Horses, Love and Hope!” The float was populated by riders, parents, caregivers and instructors.

“It was a great time,” said World Games Olympic Champion Lisa Berlin, who wore her three Olympic medals and rode in the front of the float, waving at the crowds.

“This is a great way to share our story, and reach out to our neighbors and community,” said development Director Donna Carlson.

“It’s a great time for our riders as well – it’s so exciting to be in a parade,” she added.

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. At Ivy Hill, Horses + Love = Hope.


To sponsor a horse or a rider at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, to make a donation or for more information, visit our website at


Alex, Geena and Briana get ready to practice their waving technique.

Bucks County Commissioners declare December 1, 2015 Giving Tuesday Bucks Day!

The Bucks County Commissioners declared December 1, 2015 “#GivingTuesdayBucks Day” in Bucks County during a proclamation ceremony held in the Community Room of the Administration Building on Wednesday, November 18.

Commissioners Robert Loughery, Charles Martin (in absentia) and Diane Ellis-Marseglia presented the proclamation to Giving Tuesday Bucks committee chair Jennifer Salisbury in recognition of the mission and impact of Giving Tuesday Bucks.

“Giving Tuesday Bucks is a celebration of philanthropy and volunteerism in Bucks County where people give whatever they are able to give,” said Loughery.

“It is fitting and proper on #GivingTuesdayBucks and on every day to recognize this tremendous amount of philanthropy, volunteerism and community service and the impact it has in our county,” Loughery said.

Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Accepting the proclamation, Salisbury encouraged everyone to “give small, give big, give in whatever way is meaningful to you, but just give.”

Giving Tuesday Bucks will be hold a “Community Donation Collection Day” on December 1, hosted by Delaware Valley University in the Moumgis Auditorium. The Generosity Marketplace will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information on how you can take part in Giving Tuesday, visit the website at, or e-mail Jennifer Salisbury at