Lessons began again at the center on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The center was buzzing with activity as friends greeted each other, new volunteers were oriented and instructors saw to final details for lessons. Students arrived with smiles on their faces, greeted by new and returning volunteers alike. The horses seemed to be enjoying the activity and attention after the 2 month-break, and stepped right back into the job of carrying their special passengers. While many things were going on at the center during the break (cleaning, work days, volunteer training sessions, preparations for the gala), what all of the staff was most looking forward to was the start of lessons. That is what we are all about. The center is not the same without our riders and all they bring to the center. Welcome back to all the members of the Xenophon family. It is going to be a great year.
Our “Run For The Roses” Kentucky Derby gala event is sold out. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who purchased tickets. It is sure to be a wonderful event and a huge success. If you missed the opportunity to purchase your tickets, but would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact Mari Parino, (925)212-8788.
Come join Xenophon for what promises to be an exciting and fun filled evening. Our annual gala is our biggest fundraising event of the year. It is a great way for you support the valuable work we do.
Tickets are on sale now, go to the 2014 Gala tab to purchase your tickets.
We Need You!
Come join us on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:00 am for the Center Clean-up Day. Help us get the center in top shape for our 2014 season opening. There are jobs for old and young, tool handy or rag friendly. What a great way to spend the morning as a family, doing gratifying work and contributing to a worthy cause. It is a great way to visit with old friends and to meet new ones. It is always miraculous to see how quickly so many hands can work through the list of chores and transform the center. Please consider giving a few hours. Snacks and drinks provided.
Eagle Scout Projects Add to the Sensory Trail
Xenophon has been fortunate to be the beneficiary of numerous Eagle Scout projects over the last year. While the projects themselves are fabulous, it is a joy to have such dedicated, responsible and hard-working youth up at the center. In 2013, Sam Griebstein completed his Eagle Scout project by installing an “Experiential Pathway” on our sensory trail. This is a pathway consisting of boxes with footing such as crumbled rubber, gravel and sand, along with a wooden bridge. Riders can feel the impact that the different footings have on the horses movement, as well as the sound of their feet. Paul Ogle worked hard for his Eagle Scout project to install a real-life railroad crossing on the trail, complete with lights and bells. The crossing will allow riders to stop, look, listen and verbalize.
Currently, Tim Tague is working at the center on his Eagle Scout project. Tim is installing a water feature on the sensory trail. This will be a square water tub at rider height, allowing our clients to stop and play water games. The box will involve touch and feel, as well as fine and gross motor skills. This will be a huge addition to the trail and will be especially enjoyed by all during the hot weather.
Thank you to all of these boys for their hard work and contribution to Xenophon.
The staff and horses at the center would like to thank Marc and Joren Ayala-Bass for the wonderful tack donation. Marc was closing his tack business and generously donated the remainder of his inventory. This included new saddles, bridles, martingales, boots and many other items. We were able to fit a number of our horses with new saddles. In addition, we will be able to hold a large tack sale. So, mark your calendars for the tack sale to beat all tack sales: Saturday and Sunday, April 12th and 13th. Donations of used tack will be collected to add to the sale. If you have unwanted tack items, please consider donating them to this worthwhile event. Items can be dropped off at the center. Spread the word! Watch for more information to come.
2014 Here We Come!
The last of the Christmas stockings have been put away, the New Year rung in, and now a flurry of activity has begun at the center. Plenty has been going on to get us ready for our 2014 season opening, which is just around the corner. While the horses have enjoyed their time off and time spent across the street in the pasture, all them seem happy to be back to work and are enjoying their warm-up sessions, getting them back in lesson-ready shape. Staff has been working hard, gathering paperwork, developing computer programs, and working on the gala. We have missed all of you: students, parents and volunteers. We are looking forward to our 2014 season. It promises to be a wonderful year.
Our new promotional video!
Holiday Gift Donation
Are you still looking for that perfect gift for a loved one or friend? Give the gift of smiles. Make a donation in someone’s honor and help sponsor a child’s riding lesson or hippotherapy session. Donating is easy. Simply click below and Paypal will walk you through the process. Please include your recipient’s name and address. We will send a donation certificate notifying them of the special gift made in their honor.
You can also mail a check to Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center at PO Box 16, Orinda, CA 94563 and we will send the certificate straight away. Please be sure to include the recipient’s name and address with your check.
Hometown Heroes is collaborative effort between Comcast and the Bay Area News Group, in which Bay Area residents are honored for making a positive impact on their communities. This month, our founder, Judy Lazarus received that honor. The link below is to the wonderful article written about Judy and the video interview with her. Both outline the story of the founding of Xenophon and the impact that the center has had on the lives of hundreds of special needs children.
Congratulations, Judy. You are very deserving of this honor.