All Star Newsletter All Star Equestrian Foundation (817) 477-1437 Program Director Notes Contents By Cynthia Amodei Program Director, Cynthia Intern Instructors 1 Donors and Sponsors 2 Calendar Notes from Volunteer Coordinator, Stacy 3 EQ Therapy and Behaviors Featured Rider 4 Featured Volunteer Barn Raising Our Fall seasons are always full of places to be and things to do. Often I wonder if there is any way that I can thank all the people that help us here at All Star with our many events, fundraisers, and most important of all our special classes. I’ll just say, “You are all stupendously generous people and I enjoy sharing the dream of this facility and what we do here with you!” Interns’ article continued 5 Health and Safety November 2014 On October 4 we had a great Inhouse Horse Show, and our riders competed and won trophies and rosettes. There were lots of smiling faces in the arena and in the award room. We are now preparing for our Parades on December 6 – in Mansfield and the Stockyards. If any of the riders would like to ride on our floats watch for the signup box in the office. Also, mark your calendars for our Christmas party which will be December 14 (4-7pm), the day after our session ends. As always, we are in need of volunteers. If any of you know of a neighbor, relative or someone that works with you that might enjoy coming for a class or two to help us out with our classes, PLEASE send them our way. We still have a few riders on wait list that we would love to put in classes if we can get more volunteers. We live in an extraordinary country that is based on volunteerism and we are fortunate to have the best volunteers ever! 6 Intern Instructors By: Tiffany Darr Have you been wondering why there are additional people in the arena following the instructor around during classes? We have exciting news... It is our privilege to be able to give back to our industry by mentoring and training new instructors. Training more instructors will expand All Star and other PATH centers’ ability to continue to provide proficient services in the field of therapeutic riding. With that in mind we would like to welcome our new instructors in training: Emily, Kelly, Annie, Alex, Veronica and Jane!! They will be going at their own pace, shadowing classes with us, then slowly starting to teach under supervision. Each of these ladies have come from various backgrounds but are very committed to All Star and going through the certification process. They have already passed several tests and will continue to go through a very rigorous training process. Part of this process includes workshops, clinics and riding lessons, as well as student teaching. (continued on page 5) 2 ALL STAR EQUESTRIAN FOUNDTION Board of Directors: 2013 Super Nova Supporters Ken Morgan, President John Amodei, Vice President Tamie Morgan, Treasurer Veronica Merrill, Secretary The Importance of We want to make sure our Donors for All Star: sponsors and supporters know how much we Bangs Family Foundation Espree Brad Boustead, Director Dwayne Wheeler, Director Vance Wood Director Mark Kempgens, Director Staff: Our riders pay appreciate the giving that approximately 30% of what helps us continue to do what it actually costs to hold a we do. class at All Star Equestrian. dollar sent in and every The balance is made up by participant in such things as the general support of our our Easter Run in the corporate partners and Stockyards, the Skeet individuals who give through Shoot or the Golf Outing payroll deductions, specific goes towards our ongoing sponsorships, therapy horse operations here at All Star. adoption and gifts in kind Thank you so much for for special event auctions. your support. We Cynthia Amodei, Program Director/Instructor appreciate you. Stacy Giddens, Volunteer Coordinator 2014 Lucky Star Supporters Ann Blakely, Administrative Assistant Pat & Linda Malcheski Junior League of Arlington Pioneer Natural Resources Purple Land Management Stegmeier LLC American Airlines Alltech Electronics John & Catherine Langdon Guadalupana Family Medicine Peggy Cook Wanda Atchison Alan & Tracie Blair Mansfield Women’s Club Western Production Co. Lone Star Communications Quicksilver Resources, Inc. M & M Manufacturing Cathy Arnold, Office Assistant Cindy Burch, Accounts Manager Tiffany Darr, Head Instructor, Schooling Manager Darla Ryder, Instructor Megan Ray, Instructor Phylis Mourning, Instructor Veronica Wolfe, Ranch Manager Small or large, each Methods of giving: s, but try to keep your Or: articles short. From our Website: Adopt a Rider: $2,000 Much of the content you put Allstarfoundation.org you in your newsletter can also Other Items to support: be used for your Web site. can sign on to paypal to: Donate or pay for classes. You can also adopt a therapy horse at All Star at one of three levels: Walking Wages: $1,000 Trot Time: $2,000 So, when you’re finished Helmet Renewal: $300 writing your newsletter, convert it to a Web site and Saddles/Tack $600 post it. Blankets/Pads $400 Adaptive Tack $500 Farrier Monthly: $750 Golden Horseshoe: $5,000 2014 Shooting Star Supporters Ernest Senn T-Bar Fence Scott Poster Old West Gallery Birdville ISD Halie DeBrine Tracy Stokes Van/Elli Inc. United Cooperative Serv. Cattlemen’s Ft. Worth Clark Osterlund Tri-County Trucking Southern Oaks Golf Club CER Energy Institute Jeff McCarver Curtis Sutherland Ed Ireland Veronica Merrill Rix & Barbara Bristow Griffin Chiropractic Rodeo Dental Mgmt Stuart Genung Dwayne Wheeler Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP Steven Gribin Rendon Road Animal Clinic Five Star Ford Tim Bordelon State Farm Agency Atmos Energy Bryan Newton Cindy Brosch Richard Oussekik Bryan Nichols & Keith Phillips Whole Foods Tiffany Darr General Transformer Lightning Signs Veronica Wolfe Lyndon Acres Yvonne Armour Anthony Brill Motive Power Systems Curtis Sutherland Range Resources 3 Sisters Unique Rachel Theisen John O’Neal Misti Hodgson Dale and Linda Fleischer Mack & Donna Turner Jerry Stringer (Due to limited space, we are not able to include ALL donors’ names here. We do appreciate all donations large or small.) 3 All Star Calendar Dates and sessions are subject to change 11/1-2 Trail Ride/campout (after classes) 11/8 HH III 2:30 – 4:30 11/20 Winter Registrations out 12/6 Stockyard/Mansfield Parades 2/21 HH III 2:30 – 4:30 12/17 Winer Confirmation letters out 12/14 Christmas Party 12/15 – 1/2/2015 Christmas Break - NO CLASSES 11/27-29 Thanksgiving _ NO CLASSES 1/3 Winter Session begins 12/6 Stockyard/Mansfield Parades 12/11 Winter Reguistrations due 2/28 Winter Session ends 12/13 Fall session ends 11/22 Chili Cook-off Fundraiser 12/4 Winter Registrations Due 2/7 HH II 2:30 – 4:30 1/10 Volunteer Orientation and HH Introduction 1/12 – 15 Chisholm Challenge – NO CLASSES All Volunteers need to update their Horse Handling skills and certifications! Sign up for the next class! Don’t Delay! 1/24 – HHI 2:30 – 4:30 Notes from Volunteer Coordinator: By Stacy Giddens: Fall session is in full swing and we have had lots of opportunities for our volunteers. With classes, a clay shoot fundraiser, barn raising, in house horse show, and horse handler classes we are busting with activity. Coming up on November 22nd is a chili cook off. Busy bees we are! Thank you for being all stars! I want to encourage you to continue with your willingness to help us fill our classes. Please remember to notify us when you will be absent. Riders aren't able to ride unless we have enough volunteers to ensure a safe ride. Please let us know if you might be able to substitute for another volunteer who needs to be out. Because it takes volunteers who strive to provide their best efforts to our organization and allow us to provide the highest quality of service, we are providing incentives for their commitment to us. At the end of 2014 we will offer a carabineer for 50 hours of community service and All Star t-shirts for those who earn 100, 150, or 200 hours. In addition to a t- shirt, hats will be included for those who earn 300 hours or more hours. I look forward to tallying your hours in December. See you round the barn, Why did the farmer ride his horse to town? (It was too heavy to carry!) 4 ALL STAR EQUESTRIAN FOUNDTION EQ Therapy and Behaviors Part 1 of a 5 part lesson on Behavioral Health By Meghan Vivo Equine therapy shows that it lowers blood pressure, heart rate, alleviates stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. Equine therapy also helps people struggling with addictions and mental health disorders develop the following skills for healthy living. #1 Identifying and Coping with Feelings with emotions without trying to escape. Many people struggling with addictions, trauma and other mental health issues have learned that feeling is painful. They may use certain compulsive behaviors in an attempt to numb sadness, anger, fear or even joy. For therapy to be successful, one of the first steps is learning to identify experience and cope Equine therapy is a powerful way to get in touch with thoughts and feelings. Instead of using their minds to address problems, which often leads to denial, blaming others or intellectualizing their way around the problem, they use their bodies and hearts to feel and react in the moment. Horses have a unique ability to sense emotions and react accordingly. If someone is angry or aggressive, the horse may become obstinate. If the person is anxious, the horse may get skittish. But when approached by someone who is open and calm, the horse is more likely to respond in kind. Witnessing the horse’s response promotes selfawareness and can help people see themselves in a more realistic way. Rider: Alex Kovich Alex is a high school ultimately become a defense His favorite memory is sophomore who especially attorney. watching his sister ride for likes World History, Geometry and is carrying a He has been riding for about perfect grade in Chemistry three years now and loves so far this semester! to compete in the AQHA the first time at All Star and watching her grow and improve. events at Chisholm This is a young man with While he lives with his Challenge where he has won plans for his future and mother and sister with their a belt buckle in past years. clearly a person who will dog, Suzie and cat, Molly, he His favorite horse is Rebel succeed. We are so glad has big plans to attend the who took him smoothly over Alex is a member of our All University of Texas and the cavalletti this week in Star family. Thanks for class. being here. Volunteer: Dan Chambers Dan Chambers is the eldest of two sons born in Denver, graduating from Colorado State U with a Parks and Recreation Administration degree. He and Sherri married in college. She is now retired from Mansfield ISD. They raised 3 children together and have 5 grandchildren. Dan was drafted into the Air Force where his career spanned 37 years as a Federal Air Force Reserve Technician and Civil Service combined. He would have kept going if they had let him but mandatory retirement at 60 ended that phase of his life. After military retirement Dan substituted with special needs classes in schools where he met some girls familiar with All Star. They talked about Equestrian therapy so he came to check it out. Now he is here most of the time instead of substituting at schools. Dan loves the Chisholm Challenge competition because of the enthusiasm of all riders, the parents and even the horses. He says, “It’s a fun thing to see and be a part of”. Dan says, “Gus was my favorite guy out in the pasture but he’s retired now. I work with Lefty a lot now and really appreciate him so much. I tell everyone about Moses, because of his physical size and the size of his character. I would like to see a tighter connection to the school special ed programs so the kids would get information about what All Star can provide for all kids who need us. I’m glad I have this opportunity and I look forward to it every week.” 5 Summer Barn Raising If you haven’t been out near replenish our supply. our pasture behind the arena you may not have So hours in the sun! noticed that we have a new Welding torches blazing! expanded hay barn! This is Dedication, hard work and an amazing addition to our the volunteer spirit of property as it will save us everyone involved – time, and money because produced our wonderful new we will be able to buy our hay barn. Thanks to John, hay in larger quantities and Veronica, Mack, Mark, keep it here on premises. Dwayne, Cindy, Hans, Up till now Cynthia and John Curtis, Ryan, Vance, or Veronica have had to Cynthia, Donna!! You are all make the drive to our offsite AWESOME! “ storage many miles away to Interns, continued They are here because they love All Star and wish to be an effective part of our teaching team. They will not be paid for the time spent training, shadowing or student teaching. For every class the intern teaches they will invest an average of 3 hours in preparation, observation, and being critiqued by their instructor. Additional time will be spent studying and paper work. Welcome our ladies with patience and understanding as they learn. Do not hesitate to come to your instructor with any questions that might come up. As always, the safety of our students’ and the quality of our classes are our top priorities! I Believe in All Star Count my donation toward a great 2014 Donations can also be made online at: www.allstarfoundation.org Name: ____________________________ Email: _____________________________ Phone: _____________________________ Address: ___________________________ City, State, Zip: ______________________ My donation of $______________ will be made by: ______check #_______ date _______________ 6 ALL STAR EQUESTRIAN FOUNDTION All Star Equestrian P.O. Box 892 Mansfield, TX 76063 6601 FM 2738 Burleson, TX 76028 Health Safety By: Ann Blakely same symptoms and make the call and let us know discomforts. you won’t be in. With cooler weather Phone 817-477-1437 approaching, and allergy Add to that, flu and cold season upon us, runny noses, season and we have a Fax 817-473-9175 itchy eyes and coughs will mishmash of contagious become commonplace….and viruses that we don’t want to that’s just the horses! We share! Wash Hands! Cover anticipate our riders and your coughs! Carry tissues to volunteers will also have the wipe noses and if you are sick, E-mail [email protected] HORSES*helping*PEOPLE We’ll miss you, but will appreciate a About Our Organization Our Mission Statement To improve mental, physical and emotional fitness through therapeutic horseback riding . We have classes Tuesday through Saturday, rain or shine, hot and cold in our covered arena. We are open 11 months of the year with August off for rest and repair. We ride all ages, all disabilities. We welcome visitors both riders and volunteers to our barn. WE’RE ON THE WEB! SEE US AT: WWW.ALLSTARFOUNDATION.ORG healthier barn for us all.
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