FTGU thanks supporters across Central New York

Letters to the editor

To the editor:

From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. would like to express gratitude to the many individuals and organizations that have so generously supported our organization during our current programming season.

FTGU is a 501c3 non-profit organization who offers equine assisted activities for persons with special needs and for those who are at-risk. From the Ground Up is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International premier accredited center.

Very special thanks goes to Laura and David Fassett of New Woodstock, who donated over 700 bales of hay to support the hard-working equine therapists at FTGU. This in-kind donation is unprecedented in FTGU’s history and greatly appreciated.

Many others in the greater Cazenovia area also deserve heartfelt thanks including Cazenovia Rotary Club for much-needed student scholarship funds and Limestone Hunt Club for their donation of equipment and tack.

Many thanks also to Cazenovia College for their continued support of FTGU’s Independence Open Horse Show for Riders of All Abilities. Their in-kind donation helps FTGU to continue this unique annual event for riders with or without disabilities, the only one of its kind in CNY. Thanks to Barb Lindbergh and Stephanie Watson for their technical and moral support. FTGU would also like to thank Carol Buckhout and the fine interns she sends to FTGU each year.

Special thanks also go to Druger Eye Care and Byrne Dairy for their Silver Level sponsorship of this year’s Independence Open. This support and the support of all of our sponsors keeps the dream of competition alive for riders of all backgrounds and abilities. Many excited competitors went home with ribbons and trophies that day. FTGU would like to thank the VanPatten family of Smoke Tree Farm for donating this year’s trophies.

Support has come from across Central New York. Thanks to Ray Young of LaFayette for his recent donation of 250 bales of hay. Young is a strong supporter of America’s Veterans and FTGU’s Horses for Heroes program. Thanks also to the Classic Horse Show Series sponsor who earlier this year donated student scholarship funds, and invited FTGU to present a demonstration at their final show.

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