Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship hosted its Family Fun Day and Third Annual Horse Show on Saturday, October 21st on the bucolic 50-acre Endeavor Farm in Bedford, NY. Attendees cheered on the Endeavor participants and enjoyed a fun-filled day featuring pumpkin picking and decorating, a hay maze, bouncy castle, face painting, arts and crafts, lawn games, popcorn, a DIY “Fall on the Farm” themed photo booth and delicious food from Sal’s Food Truck.
The full-day event raised $26,000 to support Endeavor’s programs and services, which will help fund Endeavor’s equine assisted learning programs with the Bedford Central School District, and its programs for veterans and active duty service members, both of which are offered free of charge.
Endeavor recognized seven special award winners: Emily Butler of Danbury, CT for Youth Rider of the Year; Hannah Minskoff-Breede of Ridgefield, CT for Independent Rider of the Year; Ahbi Polaki of Darien, CT for Most Improved Rider of the Year; Tyler Tinsworth for Volunteer of the Year; Christian Vanni of New Rochelle, NY for Hardest Worker Award; Alex Cetinski of Chappaqua, NY for Ground Horsemanship Award; and “Frankie” for Horse of the Year.
Founded in 2014 and based in Bedford, NY, Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. is a non-profit whose mission is to empower individuals with a broad range of special needs by providing the highest quality equine-assisted activities and therapies in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Endeavor offers a variety of programs and services, and works with individuals, groups and residential facilities, including at-risk youth, veterans and active duty military. The organization, characterized by a philosophy of inclusion, and with a very committed and highly skilled staff, is proud of its ability to offer personalized service and believes in the healing potential of the horse.
Photos by Kristan Zimmer