Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center Serving all individuals with unique abilities and health needs

Ivy Hill Receives Widener Memorial Foundation and VNA Grant Awards

 PERKASIE, PA – Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located at 1811 Mill Road in Hilltown Township, has received major grant  awards this summer from the Widener Memorial Foundation in Aid of Handicapped Children and The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn totaling over $48,000.

The Widener Memorial Foundation grant for $31,161 will fund the installation of an elevator to the facility’s second floor, as well as expand and complete the outdoor Sensory Trail that will be used in Ivy Hill’s  equine-assisted activities and therapeutic programs. The elevator will provide access for children, families and visitors with mobility challenges to participate in all activities at the facility. A Sensory Trail Touch and Try activity station will feature sports inspired activities designed to help improve a rider’s balance, eye/hand and bilateral coordination, tactile and defensiveness cognition.   Grace Emmell-Leister,   Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors member and author of the grant, spoke of the inclusion and accessibility that was essential for all participants in the program.

” We are delighted that the Widener Memorial Foundation funded the proposal for an elevator for access to the second-floor arts and music therapy sessions, and materials for the Sensory Trail at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center” said Emmell-Leister.  “These interactions are essential in the sometimes isolated world of a special needs child.”

Ivy Hill Foundation President and CEO Chris Brockett echoed those sentiments. “We are so grateful for this support from the Widener Memorial Foundation as it will allow us to expand the services we can offer to families with special needs children, our program participants and visitors to our facility “ said Brockett.

The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn awarded Ivy Hill a $17,000 Behavioral Health Grant to create a collaborative partnership designed to achieve positive results with at-risk student populations from local school districts.

“The VNA Foundation values the important work done by Ivy Hill to partner within the community and improve the lives of so many”  said Executive Director Joanne Kline.

The goal of the partnership between Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center and the Souderton Vantage Academy is to develop therapeutic and behavior management utilizing the equine experience, enabling students to seamlessly and successfully transition learned skills to their home schools, engage in the world around them, build confidence, restore trust and reduce emotional isolation.

This is a great new opportunity to allow students an opportunity to build connections with these special animals as well as grow their self-esteem and confidence,  said Director Megan Hance.   We look forward to this partnership this school year.

For the last 18 years, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center has remained focused on its Mission to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.

To support Ivy Hill’s  programs, sponsor a horse or a rider, or volunteer at Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, or for more information, please visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org, or call 215-822-2515.

For More Information, please contact:

Donna Carlson

Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc., Media Coordinator

dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org  |  609-290-4450

Ivy Hill Welcomes Paris!

PERKASIE, PA – Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located on Mill Road in Hilltown Township, became a winning recipient of a Gypsy Gift Horse from the Lex Lin Gypsy Ranch in Rockwood, Tennessee on July 11.Paris

Nominations for the Gift Horse came from PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) premier accredited Equine-Assisted Activity and Therapy centers and center members nationwide. From April to June, the public was invited to vote for the therapeutic center of their choice on the Lex Lin Facebook page, with the top 20 centers winning the prize.

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center place 19th in the competition, finishing with 9,143 votes.

After the “Passing of the Lead” ceremony held at the Lex Lin Gypsy Ranch in Tennessee on July 23rd, Horse Care Director Janna Pitak and the staff of Ivy Hill welcomed Paris, an 8 year-old Gypsy Vanner, to the Ivy Hill stable of therapy horses.

“The Passing of the Lead ceremony was an unforgettable experience,” Said Pitak.

“Although a total value of $295,000 was placed on the horses donated this year, the true value of these horses will far exceed the monetary worth of Lex Lin’s generosity,” Pitak said.

After a long ride from the ranch at Rockwood, Tennessee, Paris came home to Ivy Hill on Tuesday, July 25.  Leading her off the trailer and onto the Ivy Hill grounds, Pitak echoed the joy and excitement of board members, staff, volunteers and participants on hand to greet Paris.

“Lex Lin said it best when they said her sweetness is almost tangible,” Said Pitak.

“She took the move in stride – such a brave and smart girl,” she added.

To sponsor an Ivy Hill horse, to volunteer, or for more information on how to support Ivy Hill’s programs, e-mail info@ivyhillequestrian.org, or call the facility at 215-822-2515, or visit the website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Donna Carlson

Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc., Media Coordinator

dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org  |  215-822-2515