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Congratulations Lisa Berlin–United States SO Equestrian Team winner!

Sometimes, it all comes in to focus – what we do, why we do it, the amazing individuals and their families and communities that we serve, and then it is captured on a world stage.

Ivy HLisa 8.3.15ill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is the proud home of Gold and Silver Medal winner Lisa Berlin, member of the United States Special Olympics Equestrian Team.

We congratulate everyone in our organization, Lisa’s instructor Janna Herrmann Pitak,  Megan Strychowski Hance for directing a program of excellence, and the team of instructors and staff who guide our riders from their first lessons to their first competitions, from home shows to Penn State, and now beyond.

This is the truth: Horses + Love = Hope.

Below is the complete TV broadcast schedule for the Special Olympics World Games, which begin Saturday in Los Angeles:

Saturday, July 25

• 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET: 30 for 30’s ‘Brave in the Attempt’ (ESPN)
• 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET: Countdown to Games with Robin Roberts (ESPN)
• 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET: World Games opening ceremony (ESPN)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m ET: World Games opening ceremony (re-air, ESPN2)

Sunday, July 26

• 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ESPN)
• 9:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)

Monday, July 27

• 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ESPN)
• 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)

Tuesday, July 28

• 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ESPN)
• 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 29

• 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ESPN)
• 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)

Thursday, July 30

• 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ESPN)
• 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET: 30 for 30’s ‘Brave in the Attempt’ (ESPN)
• 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)

Friday, July 31

• 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ESPN)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)

Saturday, Aug. 1

• 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ABC)
• 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)
• 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET: Broadcast re-air (ESPN2)

Sunday, Aug. 2

• 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET: Special Olympics World Games show (ABC)
• 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET: Closing ceremony (ESPN2)

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center Receives 2015 Best of Chalfont Award

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been selected for the 2015 Best of Chalfont Award in the Riding Academies category by the Chalfont Award Program.

“We are proud of the service our program provides for our community, and grateful for this recognition,” said development director Donna Carlson.

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.

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization utilizes the equine experience to build pathways for personal growth, strengthen supportive relationships and broaden community involvement for individuals with special needs.

“We invite everyone to become part of our equation: Horses + Love = Hope,” Carlson said.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 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

CONTACT:
Chalfont Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@recognitionawarding.com
URL: http://www.recognitionawarding.com

Ivy Hill Rider in the Saddle at Special Olympics World Summer

Lisa Berlin, a rider at Ivy Hill Equestrian Center, will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles from July 25- August 2.

Berlin has been a rider at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center since 2009. She is 1 of 3 riders from Pennsylvania chosen to compete on the 10 member equestrian team as a part of the World games.

Berlin will be competing in the Walk- Trot Supported division. She will be competing in 3 classes: Equitation, which is judged on rider position, Trail, which is judged on how well the rider can maneuver the horse through obstacles, and Relay.

In its 47th year, the Special Olympics World Games promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world bringing attention to the Special Olympics movement and creating positive policy change for people with disabilities around the world. The games begin on July 25 with the opening ceremonies, which include a special appearance by Michelle Obama, performances by Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Cassadee Pope and more. This year, the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will see 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries.  In its 47th year, the Special Olympic World Games is dedicated

In its 16th year, The mission of Ivy Hill is utilize the equine experience in building pathways for personal growth, in strengthening supporting relationships and in broadening community involvement for individuals with special needs.For more information, visit http://www.ivyhillequestrian.org

IVY HILL RIDERS AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS

“Let Me Be Brave in the Attempt” – Special Olympics Oath

On Thursday, June 4, the riders of Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie, PA came to the 46th Annual Special Olympics at Penn State with one thought in mind:

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Ivy Hill marched into Medlar Field with athletes and coaches from every county in Pennsylvania under the Bucks County flag. Ivy Hill was one of only two therapeutic riding programs representing Bucks County, among the 20 therapeutic equestrian teams entered for competition statewide.

“We are so proud of our riders, their hard work and dedication, and their enthusiasm,” said Program Director and Special Olympics coach Megan Hance.

“This is such a special moment for them, and for all of us.”

Nineteen riders, accompanied by a team of staff, coaches and volunteers, competed in 70 classes on five horses on Friday and Saturday. Their Olympic medal tally told the tale of their individual and collective determination: 18 Gold, 17 Silver and 13 Bronze medals.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games are held each year at Penn State University in State College. The event brings together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state – the largest event of the year. Summer Games features three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian dressage, equitation and trail riding, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Since 1999, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been providing equine-assisted activities and therapies for special needs children and adults in Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties. The Center’s riders have been competing in the State Games since 2004.

Special Olympics 2015The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to utilize the equine experience in building pathways for personal growth, in strengthening supporting relationships and in broadening community involvement for individuals with special needs. Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is located at 1811 Mill Road in Perkasie. To sponsor a horse or a rider, to make a donation or for more information, visit our website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

 

Ivy Hill to Hold “Rein in the Harvest” Craft Fair

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first “Rein in the Harvest” Craft Fair on October 11, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at its new facility located at 1811 Mill Road in Perkasie.

The day-long event will feature crafters and food trucks from the Bucks County area, along with family activities. The winners of the Yamaha Grizzly 350 quad, a Samsung 60” LED TV, and $500 cash prize will be announced at the live raffle drawing at 3:00.

In its 16th year, Ivy Hill remains committed to utilizing the equine experience to build pathways for personal growth, strengthen supporting relationships and broaden community involvement for individuals with special needs.

Proceeds from the craft fair will help to support Ivy Hill’s riders, families and caregivers and develop its therapeutic programs.

A 10’X10’ space is available in Ivy Hill’s indoor arena for $55. For further information about the event, interested vendors should email Volunteer Director Hilary Woronik at Hillary.woronik@yahoo.com for an application.  The application deadline is September 1, 2015.

Ivy Hill’s Kentucky Derby Grand Opening

A new and very special event was held on May 2, 2015 at our new home on Mill Road.  It was the Grand Opening of the new facility with a fun Kentucky Derby theme.  Great Derby food was provided by Lederach Tea Room and fun was had during a small silent auction and race game betting.  Tours of the new facility were given and a contest was held for the best bow tie and hat.  The winners were Denise Moran with her fancy pink feathered hat and our own rider Mathew Knouse with his rainbow colored tie and they looked fabulous!  This event raised over $9,000 to fund programs at Ivy Hill.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support!

North Penn High School Donates To Ivy Hill

North Penn High School seniors’ Junior Achievement Economics in Practice class celebrated their success on Thursday, June 4th with a pizza party, cupcakes and a check presentation to Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

Ken McLarnon has been teaching the JA class for eighteen years, and expressed pride in his class’s effort.

“They are responsible for the product, production method, marketing, IPO and sales,” stated McLarnon.

“They learn to run a small business, and help a local non-profit in the process.”

The class of 25 students presented representatives of Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center with a check for $1000 to help fund equine programs that benefit children and adults with special needs in Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

Ivy Hill board member Grace Emmell-Leister, a retired teacher and former administrator at North Penn, congratulated the class and thanked them for the donation.

“Our riders and families thank you, our horses thank you and I thank you,” said Leister.

Nele Kanzer, an exchange student from Salzgitter, Germany, sold 21 cups and 9 bucket hats to win the top prize in sales. She was presented with a check for $100 and an Ivy Hill t-shirt by McLarnon and Leister.

“The students really came together to help raise money for Ivy Hill,” said McLarnon.

“It’s really great to see their enthusiasm grow as the sales went on.”

Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement is an after-school program where teens form student companies, sell stocks, produce a product and sell it in their communities. Volunteer advisers from the business community oversee the student companies. Students develop an understanding of economic principles that prepare them for college learning and future employment.NP Email Large

The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to utilize the equine experience in building pathways for personal growth, in strengthening supporting relationships and in broadening community involvement for individuals with special needs.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 www.ivyhillequestrian.org, or contact development director Donna Carlson at dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org.

IVY HILL RIDERS TRIUMPH AT DEVON

Sean O’Brien, 18, of Sellersville and Kourtney Stradling, 14, of Hatfield represented Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center at the Devon Horse Show on Sunday, May 24. Riders qualified after competing at Thorncroft Equestrian Center Spring Show held in Malvern on Saturday.

Both O’Brien and Stradling competed in the areas of Dressage, Equitation and Trail Riding, accumulating enough points to win awards and compete at the Devon show. In total, twelve riders represented Ivy Hill at Thorncroft’s HRD 2015.

“Sean was awarded Stephanie Bennett Perpetual Trophy, and Kourtney won the Thorncroft Perpetual Trophy and Brushwood Challenge Trophy at Thorncroft on Saturday,” said Ivy Hill’s Program Director Megan Hance.

O’Brien went on to claim the Hope Montgomery Scott Perpetual Memorial Trophy as Grand Champion, as Stradling won Reserve Champion in the competition at Devon on Sunday.

“We are so proud of them both, and congratulate all our riders who competed this weekend,” said Hance.

Janna Herrmann Pitak is Ivy Hill’s Horse Care Director, who along with Hance shares the special job of acting as O’Brien’s riding instructor. She took special pride in Sean’s accomplishment on Sunday.

“I’m so proud of SSean Devonean for winning the therapeutic division at Devon and becoming 2015’s Hope Montgomery Scott Grand Champion,” said Pitak.
“I truly cannot think of a more deserving equestrian,” she added.

A rider with Ivy Hill since the age of 9, O’Brien has been competing since his first appearance at Special Olympics at Penn State in 2006. He will be attending Susquehanna University in the fall. His goal is to become a biology major.

Stradling, a stuKourtneydent at Commonwealth Connection Academy was riding in her first Thorncroft event and only her fourth competition overall. She dreams of a career as a horse photographer.

Since 1980, the Handicapped Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show at Thorncroft Equestrian Center has been setting a standard for excellence and inclusion for over 175 disabled riders with competitions in dressage, equitation, and trail class.

Since 1999, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been providing equine-assisted activities and therapies for special needs children and adults in Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to utilize the equine experience in building pathways for personal growth, in strengthening supporting relationships and in broadening community involvement for individuals with special needs. Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is located at 1811 Mill Road in Perkasie. To sponsor a horse or a rider, to make a donation or for more information, visit our website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org.