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

Halloween Bash on Oct 26, 2017, 6-8 pm

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is proud to partner with Pritchard, Bieler, Gruver & Willison P.C. on their Halloween Bash  to provide those with special needs the opportunity to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment.  If you are interested in trick-or-treating, hosting a booth or becoming a sponsor please fill out and submit the registration form located at www.pbgwbash.com.






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

Sophia Boquist recieves Congressional Award!

Ivy Hill Volunteer Receives Congressional Award

PERKASIE: Sophia Boquist, 9th grader at Unami Middle School student and Doylestown resident, received the Congressional Award Bronze Medal on December 21, 2016, by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in his Lansdale office.

Sophia has been a dedicated volunteer at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie since October 2015, and has been persistently working through different achievement levels of the award since then. Fitzpatrick recognized Sophia for her efforts in personal development, physical fitness and volunteering in our community.  In addition to her other achievements, Sophia has logged nearly 150 hours volunteering at Ivy Hill. She has completed the requirements for her Silver Medal award and is now working toward the Gold.

In addition to volunteering, Boquist is interested in United States history, is active in Girls Scouts and the co-ed venturing program of the Boy Scouts, plays piano with the Unami String Ensemble and is a member of the C. B. West swim team.

For the Boquist family, volunteering at Ivy Hill is a family affair.  “We are blessed to have Sophia and her family as part of the Ivy Hill family of volunteers,” said Executive Director Donna Carlson.

“Our volunteers are the heart of Ivy Hill and work as a team with our instructors and staff to provide the best care and service to our riders, horses, facility and grounds,” Carlson added.

Sophia’s father is retired U. S. Air Force pilot Col. Rob Boquist, who also is an Ivy Hill volunteer, along with her mother Rebecca, a free-lance copy editor and brother Quinn, a 6th grader at Mill Creek Elementary School and Boy Scout. The family lives in Doylestown with their cat, Scout.

“The whole family is involved in our community through scouting and Ivy Hill,” said Col. Boquist.

“We put into practice the spirit of volunteering to help lift up and improve our whole community,” Boquist 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. To volunteer at Ivy Hill, 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.

Congressional Award

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick presents Sophia Boquist of Doylestown with her Congressional Award Bronze Medal on December 21, 2016.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games kicks off at Penn State

Univest donates $1140 to Ivy Hill during 140 Forward Initiative

SOUDERTON, Pa., June 8, 2016 – Since 1876, Univest has been dedicated to supporting the neighborhoods it serves and living out its core value of “community.” This month, as it celebrates its 140th anniversary, Univest will make a $1,140 donation each week chosen from stories submitted by Univest employees. The initiative, called 140 Forward, asked Univest employees how they would use $1,140 to pay it forward. From the employee submissions, five recipients were selected representing causes throughout the Univest service area of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

This month’s second recipient of the $1,140 donation is Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center located in Perkasie, Bucks County. The center creates therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience. It functions on the simple equation that horses + love = hope. Founded in 1999, Ivy Hill currently serves more than 170 riders with 15 therapy horses, 22 staff members and 100 volunteers.  To learn more about Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center or make a donation, visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

Janet Whitehead, Univest’s assistant director of Human Resources, and Univest employee, Karen Strychowski, present a check for $1,140 to Megan Hance, program director, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, and Chris Brockett, president and CEO, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center. They are joined by riders Abby, Alex, Aleena, Aaron and therapy pony, Pebbles. Univest is celebrating its 140th anniversary with the “140 Forward” initiative which awards $1,140 each week of June to a recipient selected from employee nominations.  Ivy Hill 6.10.16

About Univest Corporation

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., has $2.8 billion in assets and $3.1 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley, Maryland and online at www.univest.net.