February 2011 Newsletter



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USC & Veterans Village of San Diego Update
VVSDWe have now trained 12 of the VVSD's clinical student interns and completed 2 consecutive 4 week Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) program sessions servicing a total of 12 VVSD veterans. The VVSD group sessions take place once a week on Saturday mornings for 4 consecutive weeks and consist of 6 veterans at a time together with their assigned student intern.

The feedback from both the students and veterans has been overwhelmingly positive and we are excited that the VVSD is reporting clinical benefits from their use of our therapeutic services. We look forward to the continuation of this collaborative effort throughout the 2011 calendar year!
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New Collaboration In the Works with  

Semper Fi Fund

Pegasus is very pleased to announce that we are in the beginning phase of a new collaborative arrangement with the Semper Fi Fund. Semper Fi has launched a new therapeutic riding program at Stepp Stables located on base at Camp Pendleton.


Karen Guenther, Founder & CEO of Semper Fi Fund, visited Pegasus in November and has authorized her organization to begin working with Pegasus so that Camp Pendleton Marines may visit our barn and experience our EAT program.

We are excited about this new opportunity and will update you as things develop!

Servicing Active Duty Military Members Stationed At Camp Pendleton,  Vietnam Veterans & Military Families 

1st Maintenence BattalionCommencing in January, Pegasus began providing its therapeutic services to the Marines of the
1st Maintenance Battalion who recently returned from Afghanistan. These sessions are being conducted with the assistance of their chaplains and family readiness officers who participate together in our EAT sessions. To date, we have conducted both individual and couples sessions and we are also scheduling group sessions for the spouses and significant others of members of this battalion.         


In addition to the 1st Maintenance Battalion, we are also working with active duty combat veterans who have returned from Afghanistan (and are currently assigned to the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton) as well as Vietnam era veterans and military families via referrals directly from their military mental health providers. 
As a result, January was the busiest month in the history of our organization as our herd serviced a total of 65 participants via our individual and group sessions!

Continued Expansion of Our EAT Program to Civilians 
Pegasus is pleased to report that we have continued our collaborative effort with our very own volunteer, Heidi Lerner. In this regard, since November, 2010, we have conducted two group EAT Sessions with Heidi and civilians who participate in her mentoring program that she founded for civilians with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  We are excited to have Heidi on board as a volunteer and to be able to assist her in the good work that she does with civilians with TBI!
       Heidi Lerner Heidi Lerner
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Veterinarian Care for Our Herd 

Leo's TeethDr. Elizabeth Schilling has made 2 recent visits (together with her Western University veterinary students) to help float the teeth of our elder herd members. We have tentatively scheduled another visit in the spring.

A special thanks also goes out to Dr. Mark Silverman (Sporthorse Veterinary Services and our pro bono veterinarian) and Dr. Margaret Barr (professor at Western University and a member of our Board of Directors) for their invaluable assistance with the health & welfare of our herd!


March 5th Hay Unloading Party!

Hay Day is here again! Please join us at 9:30am on March 5th for an all hands update meeting followed by our Hay Unloading Party. We should be done by 11:30am at the latest.  Bring a snack and get ready for a great workout! It's a lovely way to enjoy your morning, a great way to help the community, and a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends!

Hay Day


Please email Gary Adler if you plan to attend. Additionally, you can RSVP to the open event on Facebook.  Click here to view the event and select "Attending." Then make a post on the wall to let us know if you are bringing a dolly to help unload the hay.   


      We look forward to seeing you there!


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Adopt a Pegasus Horse! 
Adopting a horse from the Pegasus Rising Herd is a great way to support The Pegasus Rising Project and to ensure these horses receive the care they need.


Adopt a Pegasus HorseWhen you join our Adopt-A-Horse Program for $100, you receive a Pegasus Rising tee shirt, adoption certificate & 8x10 color photo of your chosen herd member.  Adopt on a monthly or yearly basis, in someones honor, or just for a good cause!
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Closing Thoughts From Our President
Pegasus is very excited about our quick start out of the gate in 2011. Our collaborative efforts are paying great dividends as we continue to develop and expand our services. We are working on expanding our relationships with both USC and Camp Pendleton and we look forward to reporting back the results of these efforts over the coming months.

While these accomplishments are quite meaningful, the need to raise funds is acute as we rely solely on the generosity of our donors and our all volunteer staff to keep our project on course. Please find it in your hearts to continue to donate to our worthy cause and spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues. With your generous support, our herd will be able to service approximately five hundred to a thousand military participants during the 2011 calendar year!
With gratitude,

Gary Adler,
President & CEO
The Pegasus Rising Project

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