Excited to provide an interim update on the PNM Reduce Your Use grant Wilderwood received to install solar lights on the arena! The project is now half-complete, with the 2,500 Kelvin (soft, yellow light spectrum) solar lights in place.
Second phase is to place solar lights down the center of the arena once the cover is completed. This will ensure a safely lit arena and the light contained within the parameters of the arena itself.
Wilderwood is extremely grateful to PNM for this opportunity. It is a cost-effective and environmentally-responsible way to provide safe, soft lighting that will facilitate riding and use of our arena into the evening hours as well as during inclement weather.
Wilderwood is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a $25,000 NEXT For Autism Color the Spectrum grant for our Wild Innovations: A Ribbon of Rainbows proposal. Wilderwood will use the grant to fund scholarships for autistic women to attend our innovative Hautism program, looking specifically to support women of color, women from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, and the LGBTQ community.
The grant is also funding the training of more instructors so we can expand the program and the creation of a program curriculum handbook so others can adopt/adapt Wilderwood’s unique curriculum to their own programs.
Wilderwood is enormously grateful to the NEXT for Autism Board and those involved in the Color the Spectrum grant. The funding will make an enormous difference for autistic adults across New Mexico and, with our new compressed and residential program for Hautism, the United States.
A video to celebrate his upcoming 5th birthday on April 11, this beautiful and amazing horse with the purest, most beautiful soul is — along with my husband — the most precious thing in the world to me.
Some of the best days are when lovely, unexpected, and surprising things happen! — and yesterday was no exception. We received a lovely handwritten note with a donation to Wilderwood. Thank you, Jessie, it was a beautiful and thoughtful gesture, and we appreciate you very much!
We will be sending Jessie a thank you note via a card created by the talented autistic artist, Marcus Mason-Williams, who works under the name of Cool Art (and whose artwork features amazing animals, wildlife, and birds). We chose his New Forest Pony card collection to support his work and to also showcase our love for horses. Check out the beautiful card created by Marcus below.
The Wilderwood horses had a visitor today! A new friend came to visit for the afternoon. Vivi, of course, was sweet and welcoming. Rae was cordial and pleasant. Faith was interested, then largely indifferent. Desmond was bold, but friendly. And Ode? Well, he was a bit concerned about the dynamics of his herd security blanket.
All up, they had a lovely visit with some happy back and forth across the fence. Here are some photos.