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Getting Down & Dirty for a Good Cause

27 students with special needs  from the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools East Brunswick Campus School of Career Development came to Mane Stream on June 6th for a day of community service. 

Students ranging in age from 14-19 worked on various projects around the barn, helping spruce up the facility for the start of Summer Camp! This is the second time MCVTS students have come to Mane Stream, and the trip out to the farm is one of the highlights of their year!  From removing cobwebs in stalls, sweeping, and organizing the hayloft, the students made sure to get down and dirty for a good cause. 

However, the highlight of the trip was when Justyn the human met Justin the Pony. It was love at first sight! 

However, the highlight of the trip was when Justyn the human met Justin the Pony. It was love at first sight! 

Melanie Dominko-Richards, one of our Speech-Language Pathologists, works with the students during the week and said, "I enjoy bringing my students out to Mane Stream because it is not something that they get to experience in their daily lives. In living in western NJ, we tend to take for granted the excitement of being around and working with horses, so for my students, it's definitely something new and cool!" One of the students, Khoji, had this to say about the experience: "The trip was nice! My favorite job was cleaning up the hay and sweeping because I like to keep things clean. I would love to come back next year and help out some more!" 

Jeanne Rogalin - Board Member, Volunteer and Innovative Funder

Jeanne Rogalin leading Norwegian Fjord Horse, Minnie during an Adaptive Riding Lesson.  photography by: AbigailThomasNJ

Jeanne Rogalin leading Norwegian Fjord Horse, Minnie during an Adaptive Riding Lesson. 
photography by: AbigailThomasNJ

If you are at Mane Stream on Tuesday afternoons beginning around 3:00pm, you might have had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne Rogalin. She has been part of the Mane Stream community since 2014, is an adaptive riding volunteer and the current secretary of the Mane Stream Board of Directors. Outside of Mane Stream, Jeanne is mom to two children, step-mom to five children, grandma to one child, wife, softball player, REALTOR and horse owner. Jeanne started riding 16 years ago with her daughter Meg and owned Bradley until he retired to a farm in Maryland a few years ago. “I get my horse fix when I volunteer at Mane Stream.” says Jeanne.

A former colleague brought Jeanne to Mane Stream. They got to chatting about horses after Jeanne’s colleague noticed a horse-themed bracelet that Jeanne was wearing. The colleague was a donor and attendee of Mane Stream’s Equus gala and told Jeanne that she should look into getting involved here. Jeanne did look into Mane Stream and it is a perfect fit. 

Jeanne is the definition of a working Board member - stuffing envelopes, leading horses during lessons, taking notes during meetings, tracking items for our gala - no job is out of bounds. Currently a REALTOR/Sales Associate with Keller Williams, Jeanne’s professional experience is as varied as her volunteer roles at Mane Stream. Past careers include preschool teacher, marketing support representative for Apple, Inc., sales executive for a high end printer company and a production manager for a small advertising company.

In addition to the time and expertise Jeanne shares with Mane Stream’s clients and riders, she and her husband, school principal Roger, are generous donors to our programs. And, because she is so passionate about our mission and very creative, she thought of a way to increase her family’s financial impact while introducing more people to Mane Stream’s programs. First, she has information about Mane Stream on the back of her business card and, every time Jeanne lists a home, she donates 10% of her net commission to Mane Stream. Over the years that has meant almost $4,000 in gifts to Mane Stream! Not to mention the numerous clients she has educated about our programs. 

We all know that the real estate business is about referrals and building a network. Mane Stream benefits even more when members of the Mane Stream community use Jeanne’s services or refer someone to her.

jEANNE will donate 20% of her net commission to us!

Starting in June, in honor of national cancer survivors month, all of Jeanne’s commission donations will be directed to our Horses for Healing program for individuals living life with, recovering from or living life after cancer.

If you or someone you know is planning on buying or selling a home, please consider working with Jeanne. You’ll be working with an experienced and knowledgeable REALTOR and helping to support one of Mane Stream’s signature programs. 

To contact Jeanne directly simply send her an email.
jeannerogalin@gmail.com

 

Breyerfest - Pony Up

2nd ANNUAL BREYER FESTIVAL FOR FAMILIES!

Save the date because Mane Stream volunteers will be there
along with MINNIE OUR NORWEGIAN FJORD HORSE demonstrating
what they do every week to help our participants with special needs.

Breyer will host their second annual Pony Up!® event on Saturday, June 17th at U.S. Equestrian Team headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Pony Up! is designed to help introduce children under 17 years to the world of horses!

Held at the gorgeous, turn-of -the-century USET headquarters where many of our U.S. Olympic teams have trained, Pony Up! gives parents and kids a fun, hands-on experience into the world of horses and model horses. Kids tickets include ALL activities and a Classics®-scale Breyer model - a $20 value!

Meet horses and shows that inspire the Breyer models!
Meet some of real horses that inspired our models like adorable Breyer portrait models Brookside Pink Magnum owned by Rebecca McGregor of Rebedon Farm of Phillipsburg, NJ.

Get Hands-On with Horses!
There will be a variety of different horse breeds! Meet & greets with horses and owners will be held, and equine breed demonstrations in the arena will feature American Quarter Horses, ponies and draft horses. Pony rides and carriage rides will be offered along with a cute petting zoo.

YOU can participate in kids' jumping contests with fun prizes!
Just like Nicole Deley.

Last year Mane Stream Volunteer, Nicole Deley went through with a clean round!

Last year Mane Stream Volunteer, Nicole Deley went through with a clean round!

Welcome 4 Summer Interns

What better way to spend your summer than chillin’ out with kids and horses! Please welcome our four new interns as they take a break from their strenuous studies to help out at Mane Stream.  All of them are horse lovers who have been riding since childhood, and we’re looking forward to having them with us for the 8 busy weeks to share their skills and talents in our summer programs.

Racquelle Gonzalez’s Mane Stream connection goes all the way back to 8th grade, when she first started volunteering. She continued throughout her high school years, and we’re excited to have her back as she gets ready to begin her senior year at Messiah College. A Journalism major with a minor in Public Relations, Racquelle’s college-approved internship will be spent helping out in our office as well as in the barn with the horses and campers. This we hope will give her lots of valuable experience in marketing, volunteer coordination and barn management. After she graduates, Racquelle hopes to join the team at an Adaptive Riding Facility.

Racquelle Gonzalez’s Mane Stream connection goes all the way back to 8th grade, when she first started volunteering. She continued throughout her high school years, and we’re excited to have her back as she gets ready to begin her senior year at Messiah College. A Journalism major with a minor in Public Relations, Racquelle’s college-approved internship will be spent helping out in our office as well as in the barn with the horses and campers. This we hope will give her lots of valuable experience in marketing, volunteer coordination and barn management. After she graduates, Racquelle hopes to join the team at an Adaptive Riding Facility.

Claire Jarvis comes to us with 2 years of volunteer experience at another therapeutic riding facility, and has also worked as a swimming instructor for those with special needs.  Claire is a rising senior at The University of Scranton, majoring in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Counseling and Human Services. During her internship at Mane Stream, she will assist with camp, adaptive riding and therapy sessions.

Claire Jarvis comes to us with 2 years of volunteer experience at another therapeutic riding facility, and has also worked as a swimming instructor for those with special needs.  Claire is a rising senior at The University of Scranton, majoring in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Counseling and Human Services. During her internship at Mane Stream, she will assist with camp, adaptive riding and therapy sessions.

Victoria Fuerst has spent many hours working with horses and kids, as a volunteer at Mane Stream during her high school years, and more recently at Manito Equestrian & Life Center (a PATH International Center) in Allentown, PA. Victoria just completed her sophomore year as a Psychology major at Muhlenberg College, and her career goal is to become a speech-language pathologist. She’ll be spending the 8 weeks at Mane Stream helping out with our summer camp program.

Victoria Fuerst has spent many hours working with horses and kids, as a volunteer at Mane Stream during her high school years, and more recently at Manito Equestrian & Life Center (a PATH International Center) in Allentown, PA. Victoria just completed her sophomore year as a Psychology major at Muhlenberg College, and her career goal is to become a speech-language pathologist. She’ll be spending the 8 weeks at Mane Stream helping out with our summer camp program.

Samantha Kluepfel also volunteered at Mane Stream while she was in high school, and we’re very glad to have her back this summer. Samantha will begin her senior year at Ramapo College this fall where she is majoring in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience and is looking to become a Physical Therapist. This summer she will be spending all of her time as a Camp Intern assisting the Camp Director, Holland Kochanski and the camp counselors.

Samantha Kluepfel also volunteered at Mane Stream while she was in high school, and we’re very glad to have her back this summer. Samantha will begin her senior year at Ramapo College this fall where she is majoring in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience and is looking to become a Physical Therapist. This summer she will be spending all of her time as a Camp Intern assisting the Camp Director, Holland Kochanski and the camp counselors.

We’re so happy to have Raquelle, Claire, Victoria and Samantha joining us as we begin another fun-filled summer at Mane Stream! Please make sure to say hello and ask them how they are enjoying their time at here.

Boot Scootin' BBQ

The Boot Scootin’ BBQ was graced with gorgeous skies, lovely weather, and a perfect backdrop, generously donated by Red Tail Farm, which made for a perfect evening to raise money and awareness for Mane Stream’s programs. This charming country event with great food and silent auction also featured an informative Adaptive Riding Demo. 

Those who attended last year’s BBQ were shown how the movement of the horse is used as a tool in Equine Assisted Therapy. This year they witnessed Adaptive Riding participant, Silvia and her mount, Dorito show how far she’s come in spite her challenges.

New this year and adding impact to the overall mood was the NASH FM music booth with lots of giveaways. Claremont Distillery hosted a moon shine tasting, and Melick’s Town Farm supplied samples of their hard cider.

Once again, the food didn’t disappoint! Southern Man BBQ was totally ‘on point’, a Hot Dog Bar made for a tasty side trip down the buffet, and the absolutely delish cream puffs and brownies disappeared in moments. 

The generous partiers went home with tons of great silent auction items including tickets to a Yankees game, the US Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club, a sterling silver & white sapphire horseshoe necklace, a Ninety Acres cooking school session, a County Innovation Saddle, and many more items, helping to make this event a success. Laura Shimkus was the stunned winner of the 50/50 Raffle, after many years of attending almost every Mane Stream Tack Sale. 

The “Wish Line” items were also well received, making funds available for several one-week sessions of summer camp for children of service members, a three-day Adaptive Riding Course to become a PATH Certified Instructor, equipment and supplements for the horses and therapy clients, as well as a large tent and lots of supplies for the FULLY packed 8 weeks of summer camp. Many generous donations were also given to directly fund some of our many programs at Mane Stream including “Take the Reins” for our veterans and “Horses for Healing” for those impacted by cancer.

This casual event was truly a blast! Thank you to everyone who came to Boot Scootin' BBQ in support of Mane Stream's mission and let’s not forget the team of Mane Stream volunteers who worked all night long clearing tables and putting out desserts, among other tasks. Thank you: Clayton Bernardi, Grace Cirignano, Erin Cisek, Michelle Geise, Samantha Gonzalez, Cate Hegeman, Thomas Hegeman, Mark Timcenko and Emma Garguilo. 

THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS!!
Aphrodite & Andrew Baptiste, Linda & Alvin Dietz, Kathy & Hal Kamine, 
Janet & Peter Antico, Cynthia Barkman & Ron Caruso, Bill Peskoff, Kevin & Betsy Sullivan, Central Solutions Group, LLC, Karen & Steve Kaufhold, David McShane, Stryker Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, Laura & Hank Brucker, Hoffman Farms, 
Rosa Kian, Joy & Paul Kochanski, Laura Kosjek, Lynn & Fred Ruck

EVENT COMMITTEE
Tori Anderson, Tom & Kathy Dermody, Julie Doyle, Amy Gimbel, Samantha Gonzalez, Nancy Grossweiler, Ed Holloway, Justin Hendrickson, Mark & Shari Hendrickson, Justin Kamine, Matt Kamine, Karen Kaufhold, Joy Kochanski, Cheryl Pfleger, Marianne Saladino, Kerry Scholz, Tony Tambasco, Wendy Waters

FOOD SPONSORS
Southern Man BBQ, King Solomon Foods, Applegate Farms, Claremont Distillery, 
Melick’s Town Farm, Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Costco
 

Lots of Laughs and a Few Tears

Horses for Healing Ladies shared their appreciation to Mane Stream Donors at the Boot Scootin' BBQ on May 20th.

Horses for Healing Ladies shared their appreciation to Mane Stream Donors at the Boot Scootin' BBQ on May 20th.

From the very first moment of the first session of this spring’s Horses for Healing program, we knew it was going to be special. It all started with the very enthusiastic phone calls and emails we received from prospective participants, all eager to make sure they had the correct paperwork submitted and that we had them on “the list”. Our first all-female group bonded like they were part of a sisterhood, and in fact they are part of a not so exclusive club – one they wish they weren’t.

Founded in 2015, our Horses for Healing program provides an opportunity for individuals living with cancer or are surviving cancer a way to deal with difficult and stressful health challenges by bonding with our horses, while learning a new skill in a supportive environment. H4H as it is affectionately known around Mane Stream, combines groundwork, riding lessons and horse care as it creates community among the participants. One of the only programs of its kind in our area, H4H is unique because we incorporate riding lessons into the program and we offer it free of charge.

For one hour each week, our program facilitator, Kelly Champion, a PATH Certified Instructor, helped our six participants overcome their personal challenges, whether physical or emotional, and taught them to ride a horse. For some it was the very first time on a horse, for most H4H was a return to a much loved hobby. In fact, for many of our participants, part of the attraction of the program is the desire to regain a skill or recapture a memory from before their cancer diagnosis.

Fueled by chips, Oreos and plenty of water and Gatorade, our participants advanced from needing leaders and sidewalkers in session 1 to trotting independently in session 8. Our army of weekly volunteers went from offering lots of hands-on encouragement to being cheerleaders mainly from the side of the ring as the women’s confidence and abilities grew from week to week.

Trish Hegeman, Executive Director, was able to join the group most weeks. “The laughter, smiles and just overall sense of joy is contagious. Even the horses seem happy during the program.”

The 8 week session concluded recently with a celebration of the laughter and freedom this program brought to participants, volunteers and staff. Glasses of sparkling cider were raised to toast the bonds of love and support that were created over the session. And to commemorate the time they shared, the ladies presented Kelly with a strong but graceful silver horse head statue.

The participants this session were definitely memorable. Their zest for life and positive attitudes made for an amazingly fun group and we hope to see them back at Mane Stream again. In the meantime, we wish them the best of luck on their journey.

Horses for Healing will offer another 8-week session in the fall so if you or someone you know would like to participate, please have them contact Kelly at kelly@manestreamnj.org. H4H is possible through the generous support of our donors.

To donate go to www.manestreamnj.org/take-action.

Denise Cooke retiring after 12 years!

When Denise Cooke was looking for a therapeutic activity for her daughter Ashley in 2004, she never imagined that it would lead to a second career. Ashley was twelve when she and her mom found Mane Stream, then called the Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center. After Ashley started adaptive riding lessons, Denise learned that she could participate by becoming a volunteer sidewalker and the rest, as they say, is history.

Denise began volunteering in the office, helping with mailings, data entry and other administrative tasks. The skill set that caught then Executive Director, Nichola Redmond’s eye, was Denise’s skill with computers and technology. Having spent 10 years as a computer analyst at AT&T, it was clear that Denise would be an asset to the team and she joined the staff in 2005. One of her first tasks at Mane Stream was to help develop our very first donor/client database in FileMaker. And, 5 years later she was instrumental in transferring this database to the more robust program we use today.

Through the years, as the technology demands have grown with the size of the program, we have continually relied on Denise’s expertise. Her accomplishments include implementing our first server, first 2 websites, maintaining and upgrading all of our technology (which includes our finicky phone system!) and developing and maintaining our critical databases.

Nicola also relied on Denise’s more creative side for assistance with all the galas and fundraising events where she exceled in the creation of program ad journals and invitations. One of her most valued skills among the staff is her unrivaled ability to coax any printer to print on ANY size and type of paper, thus saving Mane Stream money by being able to print invitations, brochures and other marketing material in-house. Her grammar is impeccable and, as the mom of a child with special needs, she has been an invaluable resource for everyone at Mane Stream.

Although much of Denise’s work has been behind the scenes at Mane Stream, over the years she has developed many friendships with our riders and their parents. She has been an important link to the parents of our participants, having shared hours of watching their children’s progress during weekly riding lessons.

While Denise’s extensive knowledge of our donors and participants as well as her friendly smile for our clients and their parents in the waiting room will be sorely missed, we are happy that she will be able to relax and spend more time with her family.

Please join the staff and Board of Mane Stream to celebrate Denise’s retirement
in our lobby on Wednesday, June 21 from 4pm-6pm. RSVP appreciated.

Red Day at Mane Stream

Keller Williams chose to spend their Red Day volunteering at Mane Stream Farm for the second year in a row!

Their team of 30 volunteers came & helped by washing stalls, cleaning fields, painting, weeding, fixing fencing, as well as crafting for our Boot Scootin; BBQ this Saturday. Thank you Keller Williams Clinton for your time & commitment to give back to both Mane Stream & the community. 

Awesome Deals & Fun for the Family

Tack Sale Results:

     Brand NEW Weatherbeeta Apparel! 

     Brand NEW Weatherbeeta Apparel! 

The tack sale was a huge success raising $3,800! There were 50 people lined up outside the doors starting at 7am, an hour before the doors even opened. Throughout the day a constant stream of shoppers me from far and wide to look through various bins filled with items that had been donated throughout the past 6 months including 20 wonderful blankets from Horse Duds & Suds Equine Laundry Service and a variety of NEW shirts, riding pants and jackets from Weatherbeeta.  There were many happy shoppers that walked out with plastic tubs filled to the brim with all kinds of horse-related gear, clothes and books!

Preparations are already underway for our Fall Tack Sale on October 7th – we just went to Chris Kappler’s show stable in Pittstown, NJ to pick up a truckload of awesome items in pristine condition. Remember we take donations of ANYTHING horse related and we need you to help make the Fall Tack Sale a success. Mark your calendar and don’t miss it!


Open House:

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Lovely spring weather contributed to the success of our Open House in April, with 13 families stopping by to learn more about Mane Stream’s summer camp and adaptive riding programs. Everyone took registration forms home with them, and we’re looking forward to having some new campers and riders joining us this spring and summer. The six Mane Stream Horses who were in the barn spent the day getting tons of love & homemade treats from those who attended.

The barn looked beautiful thanks to our dedicated Mane Stream volunteers and Terri & David Andrechick that worked tirelessly the day before the Open House.  AND thank you to everyone who shared our Facebook posts promoting the Open House – it helped get the word out!