Plans are well underway for Three
Gaits 9th annual Chair Affair & Art Auction. This year's auction,
with the help of emcee Christine Bellport and auctioneer Virgil
Westphal, is sure to be the best yet. Artists, both new and returning
from past years, have donated an amazing mix of paintings,
sculptures, quilts, pottery and other original pieces of artwork.
From May 3rd through May 19th the
artwork will all be displayed at Hilldale Mall and then from 5-7:30
pm on Thursday, May 20th the artwork will be auctioned, with all
proceeds benefiting Three Gaits. The evening event will be held at
Promega BTC, located at 5445 East Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg.
New this year, the committee has
decided to forgo selling tickets. Instead people are encouraged to
pre-register for the event online through Three Gaits website at
www.3gaits.org or by contacting the Three Gaits office at
email@example.com or (608) 877-9086.
Special thanks to the sponsors,
artists and organizers of this event-please show your support for
Three Gaits by joining us on Thursday, May 20th at Promega!
a New Horse
Welcome new program horse, Shytan.
Shytan is an 9 year old Friesian/Paint Cross who has already won the
staff and volunteers over with her lovely personality and willingness
to try anything.
While she's one of Three Gaits tallest horses (she's
about the same height as Snowcap), she's also one of the calmest!
Thanks to Rachel Olson for sharing Shytan with Three Gaits!
Note from Dena Duncan
Recently I had an opportunity to
participate in a focus group with a handful of Three Gaits'
volunteers. It was fascinating to hear their experiences and
perspectives. During the course of the discussion, one of the
volunteers said that he felt one of the neatest things about Three
Gaits was the partnerships that were created. Later, in thinking back
on this discussion, it struck me just how vital these partnerships
are to Three Gaits' overall ability to fulfill the organization's
No one partner involved in Three Gaits
is more or less important. Each plays such a significant role to the
overall balance of the organization. From the volunteers to the
staff, to the horses and riders - where would each be without the
other? As Three Gaits continues to look to the future, we need to
hear each of these voices equally to be sure that all parties are
represented and their needs met.
It's also important that we celebrate
the accomplishments of each of these groups that come together to
fulfill Three Gaits' mission, and we plan to do so throughout the
year. This year, National Volunteer Week will be celebrated from
April 18-24, 2010. So, what better time for us to say thank you to
the many, many people who call themselves a Three Gaits' volunteer
than in this newsletter!
Three Gaits' volunteers are such an
amazing mix of people, and with such varied backgrounds. Our
volunteers range in age from 10 years old if they're participating in
the volunteer day camps to adults in their 70s. Some live on campus
and would have no contact with horses if not for Three Gaits, and
others who daily ride and care for their own horses. Men and
women-some outdoorsy and others who prefer being in the office.
Professionals who serve on our board of directors, and lots and lots
of good friends who feed horses, mow and shovel, repair the endless
list of broken items around the barn-somehow coming together to form
the partnerships that allow Three Gaits to help others.
Often I hear from the volunteers,
"I receive so much more than I give when I volunteer at Three
Gaits." I would like to send my heartfelt thank you to each of
one of you who has shared some of your precious 'spare' time with
Three Gaits. I hope that in this partnership, we're able to give
something as precious back to each of you.
you ever wondered what's involved in becoming a NARHA Certified
If so, now is your opportunity. From
Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 5, 2010, Three Gaits will
host a NARHA On-Site Workshop. This two and a half day course is
designed to review the basic information and skills to help prepare
prospective instructors for successful completion of the NARHA
Instructor Certification at the Registered level.
The cost of this workshop is $400 and
it includes breakfast and lunch all three days.
For further information please contact
Dena Duncan, by phone (608) 877-9086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
visit Three Gaits website at www.3gaits.org. You can also visit the
NARHA website at www.narha.org.
Riders and Volunteers:
We need your help! Again this year, Three Gaits is hosting a NARHA
On-Site Workshop & Certification. The workshop running from the
morning of Thursday, June 3 through mid-day on Saturday, June 5,
requires a tremendous amount of volunteer support. The certification,
held on the afternoon of Saturday, June 5 and during the day on
Sunday, June 6, requires both volunteers and riders to participate in
scheduled lessons. (There is no cost for riders to participate!)
Please watch for sign-up forms in the barn, office and arena, or send
an email to the Three Gaits office at email@example.com
Three Gaits again put on a fantastic workshop and certification.
Fund Raiser Update
Three Gaits first ever calendar raises
Thank you to Dave Matthews for developing the calendar and
to all of you who sold and bought them!!
It may not be glamorous, but a manure
spreader is essential to the daily care of the Three Gaits
hard-working horses. When the very old manure spreader could not be
patched-up any longer, H & S Manufacturing Co., Inc. in
Marshfield generously discounted a new manure spreader-and delivered
it all the way from Marshfield in February! When you see H & S
Manufacturing at the Midwest Horse Fair and around the Midwest-please
tell them, "Thanks from Three Gaits!"
in the Board of Directors
Three Gaits board of directors
welcomes two new members: Diane King and Robin Matthews!
We gratefully want to thank outgoing
board members Rob Gooze, Jay Gunderson, Deb Gunderson and Steve Link.
Thank you for your service to Three Gaits.
Three Gaits' board of directors is a
small, hardworking group of people who share their time and talents
with Three Gaits to help ensure the long-term success of our program.
Thanks to all these special people for their support of Three Gaits'
Three Gaits is currently looking for a
few people who may be interested in serving on several committees -
specifically finance, fundraising or facility. Please contact Dena
Duncan if you, or someone you know, is interested in stepping into
one of those roles.
Realtor Supports Three Gaits Through Creative Client Giving Program
By Lynn Hanus
Giving back to the community is very
important to Beth Junge, a local realtor and Broker/Owner of The
Kruse Company Realtors. So, in 2008 she came up with a Client
Appreciation Charitable Donation Program. When clients close on a
property, The Kruse Company Realtors makes a $100 donation in their
honor to a charity of their choosing. Additionally, people who refer
clients to the company have a $50 donation made in their honor to a
charity of their choice. It's important to Beth to show appreciation
to past client, friends, and family who make referrals because they
are her main source of new business. "These donations are not
just a thank-you for a client's business," says Beth, "but
they also make an impact in our community and have much more meaning
than any small token of appreciation we may have sent clients in the
past before developing this program." The program has been very
Beth was looking for local charities
that she felt were a good match and that gave her a meaningful
connection. Her own six-year-old daughter, Audrey, loves horses and
rides, so the idea of adding Three Gaits to her list of preferred
charities made sense. "We are just animal people," says
Beth. "It's a great feeling to support a program that gives kids
opportunities to ride and benefit from what Three Gaits can offer. I
know it gives them a lot of freedom." Beth's sister, who has
volunteered for a program in the New Berlin area, also vouches for
the value of therapeutic horsemanship. Beth is also trying to instill
in Audrey the importance of contributing to good causes, and so
Audrey splits her piggy bank "charity money" between Three
Gaits and the Dane County Humane Society. The list Beth's firm
presents to clients has eight local charities serving a range of
needs from causes related to disabilities and the health needs of
children, providing food and shelter to people and animals in need,
providing support for cancer research, and providing home ownership
opportunities to low-income families. If clients prefer, they are
welcome to choose their own favorite charity to receive the donation.
Beth started working for The Kruse
Company Realtors in 1995 and bought the company in 1998. The company
serves buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Madison
and Dane County areas and parts of Columbia, Green, Iowa, Jefferson,
Rock, and Sauk County as well. The Kruse Company Realtors is a
smaller firm; Beth feels fortunate that despite the economic downturn
and the tough conditions in the housing market her business has been
doing well, which she attributes to her strong referral source.
Referrals are very critical; in fact, the company estimates about 90
percent of its business is either returning clients or referrals from
satisfied past clients.
"With my job I find it hard to find consistent, regular time to
commit to volunteer work. It seems I could be showing a home at
almost any hour of the day or night, any day of the week. Sometimes I
feel I'm not doing enough for my community, but this charitable
donation program makes me feel that I'm giving something back. It
also teaches our daughter some valuable lessons." Three Gaits is
grateful to have donors like Beth who not only give back but also
spread the word of our work through their networks of clients and
Each of us contributes to advancing our
mission, and when we do so together, we make the never dreamed
possible a reality, and we change history."
Dean William S. Middleton
Us For The Three Gaits Summer Day Camp Program!
This year we're offering two separate
weeks of Youngin's Riding Camp (for children ages 6-9)
- Week of June 21-25
- Week of July 12-16
Beginner and Intermediate level Riding
Camps (for children ages 10-13)
- Week of July 19-23 (Beginner)
- Week of August 2-6 (Intermediate)
and Youth Volunteer Day Camps for
children ages 9-13
- Week of June 28-July 2
- Week of August 9-13
More info, including registration
forms, can be found on our website: www.3gaits.org/daycamp.htm
The Day Camp program is open to kids
with and without special needs. If children require an aide at
school, we ask that they bring someone with them to camp for the
Questions? Please contact Angela Frank
or Dena Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact the office by phone at 608-877-9086
Therapy Like No Other
The opportunity to ride and interact
with horses, volunteers, and the professional staff in the fresh air
of the Three Gaits farm-is a therapy like no other.
Building inner and outer strength on
the back of a horse-helping children and adults to be the most they
can be-in a challenging yet caring atmosphere-is therapy like no
In order for Three Gaits to provide
the therapy it does, each year 62% ($176,000 in 2010) of the costs
have to be paid for by charitable contributions and fundraisers.
Please consider attending and asking others to attend events such as
Chair Affair, asking the businesses you work for and associate with
to consider sponsoring an event, a horse or the program itself.
Spreading the word and working together as a community of believers
in Three Gaits will advance our mission and make the never dreamed
possible a reality.
<< Rider fees only cover 38% of
Three Gaits total expenses.
Volunteer's Point Of View
By Ruth Harbort
I've worked with Three Gaits for
several years volunteering for the Annual Chair Affair & Art
Auction. This past summer I worked at the Three Gaits Student Show
setting up and conducting work on a commemorative quilt for the show.
My grand-daughter & I both helped and we were both amazed at the
number of squares we ended up with!
I started with 7 inch squares of
Muslin-Crayola Fabric Plus and made sure everyone knew we wanted all
to participate. Students, family, friends, staff and volunteers were
invited to do a square and it turned out great!
Putting it together was a dilemma; put
part on back...do two quilts....nothing would satisfy me! So I did
one whole (large) quilt representing all who care for Three Gaits. I
hope you get to see it!
Would I volunteer for another event?
You bet! I encourage all who have time to join the whole group. There
are many areas where more help is needed. Do you have the patience
Ruth's quilt will be on display at
Hilldale Mall, and will be auctioned at the Chair Affair on Thursday,
Once a month, Three Gaits is featured
at Mounds Pet Food Warehouse, Fitchburg. With a tabletop display,
volunteers Brian and Andrea Strayer meet many old and new friends.
Andrea explains, "It is amazing the number of people who shop at
Mounds, who already have a connection with Three Gaits, have heard of
Three Gaits, or drive by all the time and wonder about Three Gaits. I
have met so many wonderful people who have such positive things to
say-and many who want to get involved as a volunteer, or know a child
who might enjoy day camp, or have used tack to donate..." Brian
(age 15 and Three Gaits rider) says, "The time I volunteer for
Three Gaits at Mounds goes toward my high school volunteer points-and
the Humane Society cats are awesome!"
Mounds is dedicated to promoting the
efforts of groups and people within our communities who make a
positive difference in the lives of animals. We are thrilled to have
Mounds Pet Food Warehouse as a sponsor of the 2010 Chair Affair and
Art Auction and appreciate their continued support of Three Gaits!
Thank you, Mounds Pet Food Warehouse!
Help Three Gaits by
detaching this donation slip and sending it with your donation in an
Gaits is a Premiere Accredited Center of the
Riding for the
Handicapped Association, Inc.
Three Gaits is a donor designated
agency with United Way
Gaits Mission, Board Members, and Staff
Three Gaits, Inc., is a nonprofit, tax
exempt organization whose mission is to provide a safe and effective
therapeutic horsemanship program for children, youth, and adults with
disabilities and special needs. Therapeutic horsemanship uses
equine-oriented activities to promote and enhance the development of
each participant's cognitive, physical, and communicative abilities,
and positive self-esteem.
Three Gaits strives to serve
interested individuals within Dane County and the surrounding area.
It is the policy of Three Gaits, Inc., to promote equal service and
employment opportunities for employees, clients, board members, and
applicants to the agency.
Equal service and employment
opportunities means the treatment of those categories of people
mentioned above without regard to their age, race, sex, creed or
religion, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, color,
disability, ancestry or political affiliation.
President: Andrea Strayer
Directors: Diane King, Pam
Moen and Robin Matthews
Program director: Dena Duncan
Office administrator: Melissa Lawrence
Instructors: Sandra Faust, Angela
Frank, Betsy Kelley and Heather Hasenstein
Occupational therapists: Stephanie
Bruschi and Karen Diegel
Equine caretaker: Michele Green