A Busy Spring at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Though the spring weather was slow to arrive this year, things were not slow at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. As March became April and then May, Ivy Hill was busy with a number of annual events.
Ivy Hill’s first event was their 12th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner, which took place on Saturday March 31st, at Lansdale’s beautiful Pinecrest Country Club. The silent auction drew a lot of attention with five different tables broken down into separate areas of interest and filled with tempting items.
The five tables included Art and Photography, Something for Everyone, Wine and Beer, Sports and Outdoors and the popular Date Night Table. The silence disappeared as the live auction turned from lively competition to bidding wars for some very popular items. The biggest battle ensued over a “behind-the-scenes” Washington, DC Capitol Tour with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.
As the dust settled from the auction and guests finished their meals while being serenaded by the acoustic strings of Jamie Stem, we were all reminded of why we were there. A member of Will Lavery’s family shared some stories of Will’s experience as an Ivy Hill rider and what therapeutic riding has meant to Will and his whole family. Suellen Hanks took the floor next and gave a powerful and moving talk about the unexpected benefits of being a volunteer at Ivy Hill.
We will be back again next year for another evening of food and drink, sharing of stories from Ivy Hill and a chance for people to have another crack at a winning auction bid
Next up was the 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala, “Horse, Hats and Hope” held at Ivy Hill on Derby Day, May 5th. As guests enjoyed live music by Tori Roberts, our first annual chili cook-off was launched and made even better with fresh Mint Juleps. Other events included the Annual “Best Hat” and “Best Bow-Tie” contests and the ever-popular goat races – though goat coaxing might be a more accurate description. This was all leading up to the premier event – where Justify won the 144th Run for the Roses live from Churchill Downs and viewed on a large screen television, which was set up inside Ivy Hill’s beautiful indoor arena.
Proceeds from both events will benefit the care of Ivy Hill’s horses, as well as, the therapeutic riding programs that enhance the lives of individuals with physical, social, educational and/or psychological challenges.
Ivy Hill’s Spring Home Horse Show, was the third event of the spring and the first of two such events held each year in the spring and fall. Riders displayed their skills of horsemanship, equitation, dressage and trail classes while interested family members and spectators gathered to watch and cheer them on. Winners received ribbons and the chance to share what they have accomplished with friends and family. The chance to participate in a horse show on home turf will come in handy as we set our sights on shows later in the year.
Visit Ivy Hill’s website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org.