Pegasus Rising October 2011 Newsletter





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.

GrazingOur most important need right now is a 6-8 passenger van for transporting veterans to and from the Valenti 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
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Pegasus Collaborates With The Navy's OASIS Residential Treatment Program For Combat Related PTSD    

Starting in July, Pegasus began providing its therapeutic services to the Navy's first residential program for active duty service members with combat related PTSD. Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) is the Navy's first such program and it is located on the Naval Medical Center San Diego campus at Naval Base Point Loma. 


The OASIS program focuses on active duty service members whose PTSD symptoms have not improved with traditional outpatient treatment. OASIS residents are visiting Pegasus weekly in groups of 6-9 as an adjunctive form of therapeutic exercise. We are both proud and honored to have this opportunity to work with OASIS and assist in the recovery of our returning active duty service members who are diagnosed with combat related PTSD!   


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Active Duty Camp Pendleton Marines and Navy Sailors Visit & Support Pegasus

During the months of August and September, approximately 50 active duty marines & sailors visited Pegasus in two separate "work details" to help maintain and improve our barn and paddock areas. 


You can learn more about how we use these work details to expose our service members to our equine based services by reading a Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System article authored by Lance Corporal Eric Quintanilla who attended and photographed the event.


Pegasus wishes to express its sincere gratitude to all of these service members for their service to our country and for spending their personal time supporting our project! 


Marines at Pegasus for work detail  


Successful 2nd Annual Wine & Feed Fundraiser

Our October 1st 2nd Annual Wine & Feed Fundraiser was a huge success as we held the event out at our barn for the first time! Over 80 people attended and enjoyed the company of our herd over wine, champagne, beer and a variety of food and desserts.


2nd Annual Wine & Feed Fundraiser Event

The Rancho Santa Fe Review covered the event and you can read more about the event and watch a slideshow of great pictures here.


Artwork from the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (SDBIF) was also on display at our fundraiser and the SDBIF's COO Susan Hansen attended the event. Pegasus and the SDBIF are in discussions as to how our organizations may further collaborate and we will update you as things develop.


Closing Thoughts From Our President

am both pleased and proud to report that Pegasus has now serviced approximately 900 participants since the beginning of the 2011 calendar year which puts us well ahead of our 2011 year end goal to reach 750-1,000 participants!


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  

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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