In case anyone here is wondering about Wilderwood’s upcoming Fall session of E/ASEL for children and youth ,we wanted to share with you all a few of the things we’ve heard lately from parents and participants about Wilderwood:
“Your program has changed [my child’s] life! He’s more willing to try new things. Horses were scary; now they’re not. Swimming was scary, and now he goes underwater. Weird vegetables were scary, now he’s more willing to eat them. Your program helped him want to try new things, and for him that’s life changing.”
“I hugged a horse. I rode a horse. I made a new friend. I can do anything!”
“She has so much more confidence in herself, in her ability, and also in others. Thank you.”
Photos below are from a recent E/ASEL session. Thank you, Lindsey, for the beautiful photos!
We are so incredibly grateful for the generosity of others: this week, receipt of another scholarship grant (!) as well as a donation of beautiful saddles, saddle racks, and assorted tack and equipment from the lovely Jan and Allan Herrbach. Amazing donors who believe in this mission and its goals. We are beyond blessed.
Our Volunteer Training is on target to be delivered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 20, and we are already receiving applications for our program that will begin in March.
We have just finished an amazing Pilot program with wonderful participants! Lots of useful and practical input and the incredibly valuable opportunity to “test run” many of the curriculum’s activities by and for the people who will be completing the program.
For three hours each week over six weeks, our participants attended every session and gave the curriculum a rigorous going-through with enthusiasm, grace, and commitment.
The horses also enjoyed meeting their new friends!
We are now starting the task of textbook and program revisions based on this input and then moving into the next exciting stage: recruiting participants and volunteers for 2021 and starting the program!
Watch this space! — and a HUGE thank you to our Piloteers 2020. We love you all and are very thankful to you!
It’s a case of step by step, little by little for Wilderwood. Though we have been somewhat sidelined with the (necessary) restrictions wrought by the Coronavirus — resulting in our Pilot and Volunteers program being shifted to a later date — we’ve nonetheless been hard at work, continuing the projects that need doing.
Recently completed, or well-on-the-way to being completed, are the new arena, the walkway to the roundyard, the viewing bench, and very much-needed sound/barrier fencing.
Visit to Colorado State and Temple Grandin Equine Center
This month, we were very fortunate to receive a lovely invitation from the Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC) at Colorado State University. As an autistic person, this was a special place for Bec to visit as well as an opportunity to meet the splendid people and amazing equines there who are working with innovation, drive, and passion to make the TGEC happen.
TGEC/CSU is a very special place, too, for Bec and Mark because, believing in and supporting the mission and goals of TGEC, they have chosen it to be the recipient of their entire Estate. This generous gift will assist TGEC/CSU develop its future programs and facilities to ensure continuation of innovative equine activities and therapies.
We look forward to future visits along with collaboration and sharing opportunities!