Foundations PERKASIE, PA – Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located at 1811 Mill Road in Perkasie was awarded a $10,000 Capital Improvement Grant for the installation of a Sure-Hands Body Support Lift from Foundations Community Partnership. The award was presented by FCP Executive Director Ron Bernstein on December 13, 2017.
The Sure-Hands Body Support Lift, which will be mounted in the indoor arena on Ivy Hill’s ADA-compliant mounting ramp, will provide a safe and secure way for immobile and mobility-impaired riders to be mounted and unmounted on the back of a therapy horse without the fear or danger of injury to rider, horse or staff.
“The Sure Hands Lift that this grant from Foundations Community Partnership will help us purchase will allow us to introduce the most physically challenged individuals in our communities to the benefits of equine therapies and expand the reach of our programs for those individuals” said Chris Brockett, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. President and CEO.
â€œIt is both the industry standard for performance and safety, and is built specifically with the need of the immobilized or mobility-impaired rider in mind,â€ Brockett added.
Program Director Megan Hance explained that as a therapeutic equine program and community center, it is imperative that all clients, visitors, employees and volunteers have total access to use of Ivy Hill’s facility and our horses.
“Nowhere is this more important than in the service of our most challenged community members” said Hance.
” The installation of a Sure Hands Body Support Lift removes the threat of injury and overcomes the physical barriers that create exclusion and limit inclusive participation” continued Hance.
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center’s riders include those individuals with diagnoses of autism, epilepsy, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, traumatic accident, stroke and genetic birth defects, and serves vulnerable populations of seniors, women, children and veterans. Ivy Hill’s Mission is to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.
To support the programs at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, to volunteer, sponsor a horse or a rider, make a donation or for more information, please visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org, email Program Director Megan Hance at email@example.com, or call 215-822-2515.
Executive Director Ron Bernstein presents grant check at Ivy Hill with Valerie Usner of Wellspring Clubhouse, Jonathan Ryan of Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Grace Emmell Leister, Board of Directors, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc.