Your VOTE is needed for us to win as Hunterdon's BEST Outpatient Facility

You know our licensed therapists provide
Unbridled Possibilities to those with special needs
but we want everyone to know too.

  1. Please place your vote before 2/28/18 at midnight
    (Category: Wellness - Outpatient Facility)

  2. Only 1 vote per email address (vote)

  3. Then ask your family and friends to vote too! (vote)

 

 

Just in case you need a reminder of why Mane Stream should be named as Hunterdon's BEST Outpatient Facility in 2018 check out this video about Izzy's story.

POSTPONED - Watch WEG Parathon

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this event has been postponed. We will let you know when it will be rescheduled.

Horse Radio Network (HRN) will host the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Parathon January 11, 2018.

The live video event will include Paralympians, WEG athletes, coaches, and international riders giving viewers an in-depth look into their sport, their horses, and their personal stories. The WEG Parathon will run Thursday, January 11th from 7 PM- 9 PM Eastern.

This is a special two-hour live fundraising event for the United States Para-Equestrian Association to benefit the riders attending the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC in Sept 2018. Funds raised through the HRN Parathon will benefit the Para-Equestrian disciplines of Para Dressage and Para Driving through USPEA, a 501(c)(3).

Trail Rides, Tie-Dye and Water Balloons!

get ready...

February 1st you'll be able to register for Mane Stream Summer Camp! 

It’s the beginning of January and we know you have already started thinking about camps for your kids. That's why we have pulled together the top 4 reasons to choose Mane Stream's Camp for ALL abilities.

Top 4 Reasons to Register on February 1st

1.    We fill the gap between the regular school year and ESY
       (Weeks 1, 2 & 7, 8 fill up FAST) We understand your needs!
2.    Get the weeks you want, not what’s left!
3.    NJ PerformCare deadline is April 30th
4.    Early Bird Rate

We've also put together a few stats that show people how much the kids LUV their time with Mane Stream. So for those who came last year, break out your tie-dye shirt and flash drive of pics and relive the fun. Those who are considering Mane Stream’s Summer Camp take a look at the gallery below of previous years to see what you’ve been missing (trail rides, theme days, crafts, spa day and more). 

Stats on camp 2017

47% attended 2 years or more
36% attended multiple weeks
25% came with a sibling

We won’t let the ban on glitter dampen our good time! The councilors are currently working overtime on Pinterest so this year should be something your kids won’t want to miss.

We won’t let the ban on glitter dampen our good time! The councilors are currently working overtime on Pinterest so this year should be something your kids won’t want to miss.

More reasons families choose Mane Stream Summer Camp...
1.    Safety is top of our list
2.    We limit 10 campers per session
3.    We encourage campers of ALL
       abilities to come join the fun
4.    1-3 volunteer buddies per camper
5.    PATH certified instructors adapt
       techniques based on your child’s ability
6.   From beginner to intermediate riders
      we have you covered

Don’t be left out in the cold this summer, register STARTING February 1st!

Abigail’s Birthday Bash brings in Sweet Treats for Ponies

Ian, Abigail’s favorite MS horse, can’t wait to tuck into this sweet buffet!

Ian, Abigail’s favorite MS horse, can’t wait to tuck into this sweet buffet!

Abigail's hooked on horses after her Mane Stream Summer Camp experience! So much so that for her birthday she asked for gifts for the Mane Stream Herd instead of for herself.

On December 2nd Abigail and 9 friends celebrated her birthday at Griggstown Equestrian Center. Each attendee was asked to bring treats for the Mane Stream herd in lieu of traditional birthday gifts to make the long hard winter a little more bearable. 

 

Thank you Abigail!

You have not only made the horses happy this holiday season, you have opened your heart to Mane Stream and we are thankful.

Photo Credit: Abigail Thomas Photography

Searching for Summer Interns

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Do you know someone studying to become a therapist, social worker or special education teacher?

A Mane Stream Internship is a valuable learning experience and a fun way to spend 8 weeks. And you DON'T need any horse experience! It’s not only the campers laughing and developing friendships over the course of the summer. The interns have a great time and become confident in their ability to assist and empower the campers.

Last year all four interns were Mane Stream volunteers or volunteers from another Adaptive Riding facility.  Three of them also happen to be studying to become occupational, physical and speech-language therapists. Did these experiences have something to do with their decisions to go into those fields? You bet!

OT Student, Claire Jarvis states, “This internship gave me a reason to become creative with activities and more open to taking on more responsibility in a setting I love. I know I can look back upon this experience in my continuing education and use it as a guide for the future.”

Claire Jarvis, Camp Intern & OT Student

Claire Jarvis, Camp Intern & OT Student

Claire states, “This internship gave me a reason to become creative with activities and more open to taking on more responsibility in a setting I love. I know I can look back upon this experience in my continuing education and use it as a guide for the future.”

Samantha Kluepfel, switched from a PT to OT major. 

Samantha Kluepfel, switched from a PT to OT major. 

Samantha said, "Mane Stream has always been a place where my two passions have been able to come together, working with horses and helping other people. From this experience, I’ve decided to go the occupational therapy route. It was fun to interact with the campers and being able to see their enthusiasm throughout the different activities."

Victoria Fuerst, Camp Intern & SLP Student

Victoria Fuerst, Camp Intern & SLP Student

Victoria shared, “My time as an intern at Mane Stream was truly an amazing experience. I loved being a volunteer but being an intern was an even more rewarding opportunity. I really enjoyed taking on a bigger, more important role at the barn.”

Interns can expect personal growth in prioritizing, patience, adaptability and communication tactics. Help us find the next Mane Stream Interns!

Learn more or take the leap and apply now.

Why Do We Long Line for Therapy?

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2018 Continuing Education Opportunities for our Mane Stream Volunteers

Join us on Thursday, February 1st from 6:30-7:30pm for a presentation on...

What is long lining?
Why do we do it?
What are the advantages?
What are the limitations?

This is a great opportunity for Mane Stream Volunteers who would like to learn more about long lining and for the current long liners to brush up on their skills!

Save your space by emailing volunteer@manestreamnj.org

Teen Transforms Tack Shed for Gold Award Project

Mane Stream Volunteer, Caroline Leanza shows off her Gold Award Project.

Mane Stream Volunteer, Caroline Leanza shows off her Gold Award Project.

While many are aware of the Eagle Scout award for Boy Scouts, few are aware of the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting and is awarded to fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts annually in the US. Each Gold Award Girl Scout typically spends 1 – 2 years on her project. The project encourages girls to “change their corner of the world—and beyond”.  

Bernardsville resident Caroline Leanza saw something in her corner of the world and decided to improve it. Caroline is a junior at Bernards High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 60088. The troop, led by Mrs. Regina Cavaliere, is where Caroline began as a Daisy Scout nearly 11 years ago. The Gold Award is the culmination of her scouting experience and Caroline has been working on her project for more than 18 months.   

For her Gold Award project, Caroline chose to work with Mane Stream located in Oldwick. The Mane Stream mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs through a diverse program of adaptive riding and equine assisted therapies.  

An avid equestrian, Caroline began volunteering at Mane Stream’s summer camp a few years ago. She worked with individuals with a variety of special needs who were participating in adaptive riding lessons. With horses and an instructor, adaptive riding benefits the participants with increased confidence, core strength, independence, socialization and team building. At the same time, the participant learns horsemanship and riding skills. While volunteering at camp, Caroline noticed a shed in much need of repair near the facility’s upper riding ring where adaptive riding instruction takes place. The shed was mainly used for storage of odds and ends, but was in need of restoration and purpose. 

Caroline learned that adaptive riding employs a variety of equipment during lessons.  She saw an opportunity to transform this shed into a useful “toolbox” for the instructors. Rather than trekking back to the main barn, instructors would have a re-built, neatly organized place to store equipment. Lessons would be more efficient and riders would have more time to enjoy the experience on their horse. 

Caroline launched a plan to restore the shed’s structural integrity and interior functionality. She assembled a team including NVG Construction in Sussex NJ to replace the roof of the shed. She recruited her Dad to assist her in replacing rotted boards, installing corner bead, caulking, and repainting the shed. Thanks to donations from Ricciardi Brothers paint in Morristown, NJ, Caroline and her dad were able to restore the shed’s aesthetic appeal. Caroline obtained donations from local riding retailers (including Horseman’s Outlet in Lebanon, NJ) for hooks and other supplies to organize the interior. 

After nearly 100 hours, the shed at Mane Stream’s upper riding ring is now fully functioning. Instructors report how it has improved their ability to do their work. One instructor commented that “the tack shed is now organized and helps us be more efficient in our lessons”. Caroline hopes that her work will continue to make an impact at Mane Stream’s “corner of the world” in Oldwick. “I’m so gratified by the work I did in rehabilitating this shed. I know that it’s helping Mane Stream instructors and their participants make strides toward their goals. More importantly, I hope my project will bring more awareness to Mane Stream, so others can experience the wonders of adaptive riding and equine assisted therapy.”

Thank you Caroline!
 

Getting to know us better!

Kathy, Kim and Mel the human (not Mel the Horse)

Where would Mane Stream be without all of the terrific staff members who work so hard to keep our programs running on a daily basis? This fall we were delighted to welcome three "new" people to our staff. Well as most know, two are new and one has been here at Mane Stream for 21 years! To get to know them a bit better, in addition to asking them about their professional backgrounds we inquired about their favorite foods (because who isn’t interested in food?) and the most enjoyable vacations they had ever taken.

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Kathy Mikula, Volunteer Coordinator
Kathy says she loves working at Mane Stream because the people here are so welcoming and dedicated to our mission.  Kathy has worked at several not-for-profits, most recently as the volunteer coordinator at the Center for Food Action in Englewood, NJ. Kathy grew up in Michigan and moved to New Jersey about 20 years ago after graduating with a degree in Communications, German, and Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, kids and two dogs, and describes herself as history lover and movie buff.  Kathy’s favorite vacation was a visit to Iceland, a unique country with beautiful landscapes and a fascinating history. 

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Melanie Dominko-Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS, Coordinator of Therapy Services
Mel gets great happiness and gratification from seeing the joy and excitement that Mane Stream’s clients get out of being around our horses as she was once in their shoes. Mel started out as a camper at Mane Stream in 1996; she loved it so much that she eventually became a volunteer and finally a staff member!  She is a New Jersey licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also holds a BS in Education and an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University and is one of 10 Speech Language Pathologists in the country who are Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialists. She tells us that she has a passion for avocados, chicken, Honey Crisp apples, and (if she’s not trying to eat “healthy”) Oreos, pizza, and anything Reese’s (definitely the Easter Eggs, definitely not the Valentine's Hearts). Although cooking is not her thing, she did one time make blackened chicken with an avocado cream sauce and managed to not burn her house down (although she did have to unplug her smoke alarm...) Her most memorable adventure abroad was the summer she spent in Australia and New Zealand. The highlights of her trip included feeding kangaroos, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, learning Hakas from the Maori people, repelling and luging down mountains, and climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge!

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Kimberley Coombs, Database/Fundraising Strategist
Kim tells us that she fell in love with Mane Stream when she began volunteering here 2 years ago after retiring from a career in professional fundraising, and she’s happy to now be a member of the staff on a part-time basis. Kim still volunteers at least once a week because she loves seeing the participants and clients become more comfortable, confident and skilled on the horse and in their therapy as they progress through their sessions. Kim also volunteers with various local and regional organizations, sings in her church choir and the Hunterdon Choral Union, and is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care, in addition to her involvement with the Readington Community Theatre – busy lady!! When it comes to food, her favorites include pizza Margherita and chicken piccata. Kim will never forget her Alaska cruise – a spectacular exploration of glacier fjords, wildlife, and native culture.

As you can see, these three women bring plenty of experience, talent and dedication to Mane Stream, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.
 

#GivingTuesday Results

Thank you #GivingTuesday donors!

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We've called the farrier and set up pedis for each of the hard-working herd. There is also enough left over to keep them in treats & warm bran throughout the long cold winter and few other much needed items.

Thank you: Mary Dickey, Michele Gaffney, Bonnie Papso, Lisa Bulger, Vanessa Chambers, Mary Beth Cisneros, Kerry Elizabeth Scholz, Diane Krell, Betsy Cater, Julia Katherine Elizabeth, Jeanne Rogalin, Alison Crowley, Sharmaine Griffith-Moore, Alexandra Kirby Taylor, Janice Herbert, and Stacey Staub.