Whew! So we realize we've been a bit quiet on here lately, but we are a far cry from it here at the Farm! After the Chronicle coverage, the phone has been ringing off the hook, tours have been run on what seems like a daily basis, we've been to speaking Forums, Golf Tournaments, camps have visited, more camps will be starting...and that's not even all of it!
Some very generous donors have recognized the Ponies and have kindly donated to our cause and helping them out. A huge shout out to the following:
Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce: $500 from the Ron Despres Golf Tournament
The Fidelity Charity Fund: $250 from an anonymous donor
NH Charitable Foundation: $1200 from an anonymous donor
The Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary: $500 for us being a part of their summer Quest program this year.
You all are amazing people, and we are so happy that people as generous and wonderful as you have recognized how special these Ponies are.
And that's not all, folks! Our Executive Director, Emily Chetkowski, spoke at the Amos Fortune Forum earlier this month and reached out to the local community about the future plans of Villi Poni, and since then, we've had several people come forward about fostering, adopting and helping conserve the breed!
AND IT GETS BETTER - we are now confirmed for 2017 Equine Affair in West Springfield, at the Eastern States Expo, and two of our Ponies will be coming with! If you live nearby, come and check us out! We'd love to meet you, and of course, so would the ponies!
Whew. That's a lot of stuff. And that's just the surface. We're also getting a Sanctuary special needs pony, "George" (not to be confused with our President, Human George) He's coming from Canada and needs to be on a dry lot. His owner would love for him to be able to be around children and other Newfoundland Ponies for the rest of his days, and we have no shortage of either here. So all of this stuff going on is a good thing, right? Definitely! However, it also means our poor volunteer board members (and our Executive Director) are being run ragged between the Farm, the public events, and their own jobs, so we're on the prowl for some good people to donate their skills to us and the Ponies. We'll make a special announcement here, and on Facebook, but currently we're looking for a Marketing/Public Relations person, a Volunteer Coordinator, and a Graphic Designer. If you or anyone you know would be able and willing to help us out, send them along! Lots of pony kisses and hugs in return!
Amanda pope and Emily chetkowski
Hello, and welcome to the (mis)adventures of the Villi Poni Farm family! We hope to be able to post weekly (or bi-weekly as the summer starts up) about all the great things going on here at the Farm! Feel free to share, leave a comment, and let us hear from you!