June 2011


Fellow horse lovers and valued supporters, the following items on our wish list are needed for our hardworking horses in order to keep them healthy and able to provide therapy to our veterans and their families.


Our most important need right now is a 6-8 passenger van for transporting veterans to and from the ranch.  Please keep in mind that ANY amount you donate helps us out tremendously, goes directly toward the herd, and is greatly appreciated!   



  • Psyllium/wormers
  • Tack and Supplies
  • Hoofcare Services
  • Hay, Minerals & Supplements
  • Emergency Veterinarian Care Fund
  • Horse Waste Removal
  • Fencing Repairs & Improvements
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Pegasus Expands VVSD Relationship to Include New Resolve Program Veterans 

Starting this June, Pegasus and the VVSD have expanded our relationship to provide our therapeutic services to veterans who reside at the VVSD's New Resolve Program. Located in Escondido, the New Resolve Program provides transitional housing and therapy in a structured community setting where residents provide their own governance through an elected Resident Council. New Resolve serves homeless veterans with at least 60 days sobriety who are motivated to find employment. We are very excited at the opportunity to expand our relationship with the VVSD and work with these transitioning New Resolve veterans!


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Pegasus Receives $25,000 Donation from the High School of the Pacific 

Pegasus is proud to announce that we recently received a $25,000 donation from the High School of the Pacific in recognition of the educational aspects of our equine based programs. This donation is the single largest monetary donation in our history and it will enable us to continue the expansion of our programs and to educate students, mental health professionals and all of our military based participants on the therapeutic benefits of partnering horses and humans for healing.

        High School of the Pacific 

Our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude goes out to the High School of the Pacific for its generosity and recognition of our project!!

Camp Pendleton Marines Show Their Appreciation & Support 
egasus would like to extend its gratitude to all of the Marines at Camp Pendleton (and especially Chaplains Shin, Brown and Hogan) for their support of Pegasus. In excess of 50 active duty Marines have attended three separate "work details" to help maintain and spruce up our barn and paddock areas as well as unload hay into the barn at our March 5th Hay Day. Thank you all for your service to our country and for spending your personal time supporting our project!


Cal State San Marcos Students Return to Pegasus  

Cal State San MarcosCal State San Marcos Professor Pam Godde and her spring semester students returned during the months of April and May as part of their Medical Anthropology course curriculum focusing on alternative methods for healing in cultures around the world. 

The feedback from Professor Godde and her students is overwhelmingly positive.  Pegasus is very pleased to be able to tap into the next generation of mental health professionals and healers so that equine assisted therapy will no longer be viewed as experimental or an alternative, outside the box method of healing.


Successful Springtime at the Valenti Ranch Fundraiser 


 In excess of 125 people attended our March 28th Springtime Fundraiser at the Valenti Ranch which was held at the private estate of Irene Valenti where our herd resides.  Pegasus would like to thank everyone who attended the event. In addition, Pegasus would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and extend our deep and heartfelt appreciation to Ms. Valenti for hosting the event at her residence and for her ongoing generosity and support of our project. 



Save the Date - July 9th is Our Next Hay Day!

Hay Day is here again! Please join us at 9:30am on Saturday, July 9th for an all hands update meeting followed by our Hay Unloading Party. We should be done by 11:00am 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!



Upcoming Fall Fundraiser - Photographers & Artists Needed! 

It's that time of year again, we are starting to plan for the Pegasus Fall Fundraiser tentatively scheduled for October 1st!  This year it will be a Wine & Cheese tasting at our very own barn...rumors of a chocolate fountain have started circulating.  A great opportunity for everyone to get together, support the horses we love and meet our fellow volunteers!


Pegasus is in need of local artists and photographers that are interested in donating equine artwork or pictures of local San Diego scenery to be auctioned off to benefit the herd.  (Other artwork suggestions are welcome).  We are also in need of silent auction items, and additional food & wine donations.


Please contact Teresa Cooney at cooney.teresa@gmail.com if you have any information regarding donations.

Closing Thoughts From Our President
I am very proud to report that Pegasus has serviced in excess of 400 participants since the beginning of the 2011 calendar year which puts us squarely on course to reach approximately 750-1,000 participants by the end of the year!


However, our main constraint continues to be funding. While Pegasus works to expand and grow our programs, we have an acute need to acquire a 6-8 passenger van (new or used--we are not picky!) so that we can transport service members to and from our barn. If you know of anyone who may be able to assist us in locating and acquiring an available van, please contact me via email at gadler@pegasusrising.org

Please remember that Pegasus relies solely on the generosity of our donors to keep our project on course and find it in your hearts to continue to donate to our worthy cause. Word of mouth is always the key to organic growth so don't forget to spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues as we must continue to raise funds in order to reach out to the thousands of returning combat veterans who have served our country with honor and pride.  

With gratitude,

Gary Adler,
President & CEO
The Pegasus Rising Project


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The Pegasus Rising Project is a California nonprofit public charity with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.