The Giving Season

Next week, the holiday season officially begins. Bountiful Thanksgiving dinners will be followed by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

Then, on December 1, something a little miraculous happens. People all over the country will stop and celebrate #GivingTuesday,the National Day of Giving.

In Bucks County, over 25 non-profits organizations, the local community and student organizations will gather in the Moumgis Auditorium at Delaware Valley University to celebrate a day of service, philanthropy and giving back.

The idea is a simple one–in the midst of shopping frenzy, everyone pauses to donate time, goods, money, or talent to those non-profit organizations dedicated to community service and charitable giving. One day out of the entire year is nobly dedicated to the concept of helping out those around us in need, and helping to change a life for the better in the process.

So, this December 1, begin with a word or act of kindness. Give someone who needs it a cup of coffee, a handshake, a hug. Buy someone who is hungry breakfast. Give someone who is alone five minutes of your time. Smile. Say thank you.

This #GivingTuesday, give a part of yourself to someone. Find a cause, a program, an organization that moves your heart, and give what you can. Begin this season of giving by making it personal. Take something that was done for you, and pay it forward.

To all those who have supported and continue to support Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, thank you for being the “Love” in our Equation.

To my family and friends, thank you for all you have given me. I am the richer for it.


Horses + Love = Hope


Ivy Hill Registered at Amazon.Smile!

Tis the Christmas Season! As of today, Ivy Hill is a registered non-profit with Amazon.Smile. For all you Amazon shoppers, just click on the link to shop all Amazon has to offer, and .5% of the amount of your purchases will be donated to Ivy Hill.

This is a great way to support our program and benefit from the deals that Amazon is known for. It’s a year-round thing, so happy shopping…

Letter from The President, Chris Brockett

Is it just me or has “the Winter that wouldn’t end” turned into “the Summer
that’s flying by”? Between this year’s start and now, to say a lot has happened at Ivy Hill would be an understatement.

  • Our Annual Dinner/Auction in March was a big success and a lot of fun.
  • The Spring Home Show showcased a majority of our riders and I think it’s the best venue to see what makes Ivy Hill so special for all of us in the Ivy Hill Family.
  • The off-site competitions at Thorncroft and the Pennsylvania Special Olympics in May and June gave our riders something to strive for and did they ever come through. Our own Ashley O’Neil was chosen from the Thorncroft competitors to ride in the prestigious Devon Horse Show and our 20 Special Olympians attended the states equestrian competitions in State College, PA.
  • At the Family Picnic in June, we announced the formation of the Ivy Hill Boosters Club to help us to improve our “family to family” support communications and activities as well as providing input into our new “life skills” training programs which we plan to launch early in 2015.
  • While all this was happening, we broke ground on our new equestrian facility, which is also in Hilltown Township, and plan to move into it by the end of this year.

To see the details behind these headlines and other stories, I encourage you to read the other articles in the current newsletter(available on our website) and, more importantly, to learn about our plans for the rest of this year.

As always, on behalf of the Ivy Hill Board and Staff, I would like to thank the donors, who support our various appeals, the sponsors who make our fundraisers possible and our families for letting us be a part of their lives. I would also like to offer a special thanks to Joann Barnak, Ivy Hill’s Treasurer and long time Board member for her many invaluable contributions to Ivy Hill. Joann moved to Columbus, Ohio in March but still the person we all go to for her “horse sense”.

Welcome to Ivy Hill!

In a year of change and growth, Ivy Hill stands on the brink of the future. Our new facility stands to open on December 1st, ushering in a new year of expanded ridership, programs, and events that celebrate the uniqueness of our riders talents and abilities, and the strong family and community ties that hold us together. I hope you visit us often, and share in our story.