Girls Scouts Shake It Up

Equine Manager and Head Instructor Jen Dermody shakes it up using the Theraplate.

Equine Manager and Head Instructor Jen Dermody shakes it up using the Theraplate.

No, these Girl Scouts from Troop 82137 of Eastern Pennsylvania are not weighing themselves. They are standing on a device called a Theraplate which uses small vibrations to increase circulation for pain reduction and injury prevention in horses. Did you know that Mane Stream also has a human-sized version in the therapy clinic that therapists use with clients?

The troop of Junior Girls Scouts visited Mane Stream to earn their Horseback Riding badge. Equine Manager & Head Instructor Jen Dermody guided them through an afternoon of education and fun, including basic horse care and the fundamentals of riding. Besides grooming and tacking, part of the learning experience included “Post-it Horse Anatomy” on our very patient and cooperative friend Justin.

Mane Stream is a perfect field trip destination for Scouts and many other groups of all abilities. For more information, including worksheets and games to enhance your group’s experience, check out our Field Trip page on the website or contact Jen Dermody at jen@manestreamnj.org if you’d like to ask questions or arrange a visit.

Thank you troop leader Carol Kontir for allowing us
 to spend the afternoon with this great group                                  of Junior Girl Scouts!

Volunteers Demo at 2nd Annual Pony Up!

Special thanks to our volunteers Tara Pfunke, Amy Barkman, Samantha Gonzalez, Bridget & Mary Ann Torcivia for all of their help representing Mane Stream at Pony Up 2017!  

Special thanks to our volunteers Tara Pfunke, Amy Barkman, Samantha Gonzalez, Bridget & Mary Ann Torcivia for all of their help representing Mane Stream at Pony Up 2017!  

On June 17th, at the gorgeous United States Equestrian Team facility, Breyer held their 2nd Annual Pony Up! event. Though it was a rainy day in Gladstone, volunteers from Mane Stream, along with Minnie, a hard-working member of our herd, demonstrated what both volunteers and horses do at Mane Stream. 
 
Intended to help introduce children under 17 years old to the world of horses,  attendees could “meet and greet” different horse breeds such as quarter horses, Mane Stream’s own Minnie the Norwegian Fjord, and draft horse. There were also pony rides, a petting zoo and human ‘showjumping’ contests. The Zemi Farms vaulters performed and there was even a unicorn and princess on site taking pictures with attendees. 

Several local stables also had tents and answered parents' questions about the cost of getting into equestrian sports and how to get started. This event was a great way for Mane Stream and other stables to show potential equestrians and parents that everyone can get involved in the sport of horseback riding, both typical riding and adaptive riding. 

Hooked on Mane Stream and you could be too!

Laura once owned her own horse and has a clear love for the horses in our barn. She explained how Ian, one of the Norwegian Fjord horses was her “first crush” at the barn, and even had her oldest son, also named Ian come in to meet his horse “twin!”

Laura once owned her own horse and has a clear love for the horses in our barn. She explained how Ian, one of the Norwegian Fjord horses was her “first crush” at the barn, and even had her oldest son, also named Ian come in to meet his horse “twin!”

Volunteer Spotlight:
Laura Edelson

Like many other Mane Stream volunteers, Laura loves being able to come to the barn and commune with the horses, but her favorite moments occur in lessons, when riders accomplish some of their goals. “It’s amazing when riders reach a milestone,” she said while reflecting on some of her favorite moments as a sidewalker. One memory which stood out to her was watching a rider with no previous knowledge of horses progress into a confident and independent rider at the trot.

A retired teacher looking to volunteer, Mane Stream sparked Laura's interest because she could combine two of her passions, kids and horses. She waited for over a year to start her journey as a volunteer until she moved closer to Oldwick. As with most volunteers, Laura wanted to give something back, and with talents as an educator and equestrian, she knew her newly found free time would be put to good use at Mane Stream.

Since joining Mane Stream three months ago, Laura has clocked in approximately 80 hours. The total will increase even more rapidly this summer since she is now volunteering 4 times a week as a header and sidewalker for Adaptive Riding, Therapy Sessions and Horses for Healing.  

Laura stated she enjoys the close-knit and warm setting of Horses for Healing which is a FREE equine assisted activities program for those living with, recovering from and living life after cancer. She feels the program enables volunteers and riders to bond together during lessons, making the program even more dynamic.

It’s obvious that Laura is enjoying her time here and is committed to becoming even more comfortable with the herd which is why she is receiving additional training on active leading.

Laura offered encouragement to those looking to get involved at Mane Stream but are worried about not being able to volunteer a lot of hours. “It’s very rewarding and if you can only volunteer for 2 hours a week, it’s totally worth those 2 hours a week.” Volunteers are at the core of what is possible at Mane Stream, and no time commitment is too small.

Laura, we are so glad you found Mane Stream,
and we thank you for all of your recent hard work
and obvious dedication!

If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, start the process now by checking out when the next orientation & training sessions are scheduled.  Volunteer Opportunities

Life's a Beach at Mane Stream

Deloitte's Impact Day

At least that’s what the newly decorated bulletin board says thanks to the Deloitte employees who came to Mane Stream on June 9 for a day of exercise, fresh air and HARD WORK. When several of the more creative Deloitte employees were tasked with decorating the bulletin board with a summer beach theme in preparation for our campers, they came up with this...  

Life's a Beach at Mane Stream! Each of the herd has their own specially designed each blanket.

Life's a Beach at Mane Stream! Each of the herd has their own specially designed each blanket.

As part of a corporate program known as Impact Day, these energetic and enthusiastic folks spent most of the day doing all kinds of chores around the farm, from scrubbing stalls to organizing summer craft supplies as well as the already large quantity of donated items for the upcoming Fall Tack Sale.  Thanks to the team that worked diligently sorting, folding and cleaning the storage area, the campers now have a nice cool area to meet in the morning and work on crafts in the afternoon. Having this large covered area also enables the campers space to continue activities during rainy days.

In March 2017 Deloitte was named to People magazine's list of 50 Companies That Care, recognizing companies that show extraordinary compassion for their people, the community, and the environment.

We are so grateful to these generous Deloitte Employees for all the work they did and we hope they enjoyed getting away from their desks and learning more about what we do                       here at Mane Stream.

Additional thanks go out to Stephanie Ringler and Samantha Gonzalez who helped coordinate the activities and Shannon Ringler who took lots of awesome pictures (which we hope to get soon)!

CLOSED! Next store opens late summer. Online Apparel Store Open NOW!

YOUTH, UNISEX, WOMEN'S
There's something for everyone whether you are a
Camper, Rider, Client or Volunteer!

Show your Mane Stream Pride...
wear our logowear while you volunteer at the farm, at school, the gym or around town to help spread awareness of all that YOU do for the participants that ride or receive therapy at Mane Stream.

(store closes at midnight on 6/28)

 


Don't miss out on this
limited edition
Mane Stream Logo T-Shirt

Thank you for the awesome design Madison Scott! Check out more of her artwork at  www.madisonsdesigns.com

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