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Giddy Up Gala Benefits Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster

Aug 31, 2021 11:30AM ● By Marilee Burrell

Class of riders in the Therapeutic Riding Program

Pegasus Farm in Brewster, is hosting its first Giddy Up Gala Cocktail Party on October 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. The evening will begin with a sunset cocktail hour overlooking the farm and continue in the riding arena with live music, a farm-to-table barbeque meal and a live auction. All proceeds will fund the farm’s therapeutic riding programs, which support local veterans, first responders, and children and adults with special needs. 

The gala’s honoree, Dr. William Bradley, has been with New England Equine Practice since 1976. Pegasus purchased its property from NEEP in 2007, and its first therapeutic riding group began taking lessons that fall. By owning its own facility, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding could run sessions six days a week, at various times of the day, and for more weeks each season. In addition, its hardworking horses benefited from an expanded pasture area and a more natural living environment.

“(NEEP) gave us a special place of healing by allowing us to call the farm home,” says Candice Sciarrillo, director of development for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. “We’ve been able to change the lives of thousands of individuals.”

Fundraising events like the Giddy Up Gala have allowed Pegasus to keep its barn doors open and serve the most vulnerable populations, Sciarrillo says. 

“Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, thousands of our neighbors have struggled—and are continuing to struggle—with social, economic, emotional and health issues related to the pandemic,” she says. “From anxiety and depression to the impact of isolation and financial concerns, we see a tremendous unmet need to help our community heal and emerge stronger on the other side of this pandemic.”

Pegasus has experienced a continuously increasing demand for its therapeutic riding programs, including from nurses, doctors and emergency room personnel, Sciarrillo says. 

“Pegasus stands ready and eager to offer these programs and help the people who have served us all, from veterans to first responders to hospital staff,” she says.

Ticket sales are limited, so early registration is recommended. 

Location: Pegasus Farm, 310 Peach Lake Rd., Brewster, NY. For tickets, visit Pegasustr.org. For more info, call 845.669.8235 or email [email protected] 
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