In an act of extraordinary generosity and vision, Jean and Ric Edelman donated $1 million to NVTRP at the end of 2021 to establish an endowment fund. 

Jean, a member of NVTRP’s Board of Directors, shares their motivation in making this transformational gift.  “Forty years ago, NVTRP’s founders had a vision: To give children and adults the opportunity to experience the unique healing effect horses offer.  Horses are magical in the love and care they share with us, and that’s why Ric and I are honored to sustain their vision, helping to ensure that those who can benefit from this important therapy have the access they need.”

Gifts to the endowment fund are invested in perpetuity, with investment income available to fund NVTRP’s equine-assisted services and activities each year, helping to ensure that a growing number of clients have access to high quality, affordable services.  

Executive Director Kelsey Gallagher comments, “We are overwhelmed by Jean and Ric’s continued generosity.  Having an endowment fund provides a level of security that lets us dream bigger and more boldly about expanding to serve more people with an increasing array of equine-assisted services.”

The most common type of planned gift is a donation from your estate and can often be arranged by simply adding a sentence or two to your will or trust. These donations can be a specific dollar amount or a percentage of assets.  You can learn more about planned giving opportunities HERE or by contacting Development Director Wendy Baird at wbaird@nvtrp.org, your financial advisor or estate attorney.

Heartfelt thanks to Jean and Ric for their deep commitment to bringing encouragement and well-being to families.  In establishing an endowment fund, their impact will be felt for generations to come, as horses help humans thrive at O’Shaughnessy Farm.



Please join us in congratulating NVTRP's newest therapeutic riding instructor, Lauren Seibel.

Lauren completed her PATH-Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) certification in February and is working with clients this spring session.

Way to go, Lauren!!



It's time to start dusting off your favorite hat and mark your calendar for Saturday September 24th, for the NVTRP Polo Classic at Great Meadow. We are honored to have Sheila C. Johnson returning as Honorary Chair, and Will Thomas and Sherrie Beckstead as Co-Chairs.  

After two years of limited single ticket sales due to COVID, at this time we look forward to introducing a Goalside Party, offering a great view and a festive atmosphere. In addition, there will be tailgate options on the far side of the arena, providing an affordable option for small groups to enjoy the event!  Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Sponsorships and private parties are on-line now and are selling quickly. You can see details and purchase packages HEREMarisa Alonso, Development Associate, is happy to help with any questions and can be reached at polo@nvtrp.org.



... the herd at NVTRP will eat over 441 bags of grain a year? That's approximately 37 bags a month (and over $900).

By making a donation today, you could help provide the best nutritional support for your favorite horse!



Ride to Thrive Horse Show

 After a hiatus due to the pandemic, we are excited to announce that the Ride to Thrive Horse Show is returning this year!

The show is an opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our clients and showcase the skills they learn in lessons.

The show will be May 21st at Frying Pan Farm Park. Current NVTRP riders can register HERE.

To learn more about supporting our clients by becoming a horse show sponsor, please contact Marisa Alonso at malonso@nvtrp.org.  Sponsorships begin at $250.

Spring Break Camp

NVTRP recently hosted a camp for children undergoing cancer treatment or in remission, as well as their siblings.

Campers enjoyed activities like riding, learning horse nutrition, making horse treats, crafts, a scavenger hunt and other camp activities. Check out all the fun HERE.

Thanks to the Jean Edelman Indoor Riding Arena and the Harbitter Learning Center, participants were able to stay dry despite the rainy weather. This camp was free to participants thanks to the generosity of a donor!Summer Camps

NVTRP is hosting five weeks of summer camp this year. There is still room in our Inclusive Camp for children with and without disabilities. See details below and register HERE.

"A Horse of My Own" Inclusive Camp: August 8-12, Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm

  • Ages 12-25
  • Riding level: Intermediate and above. Riders should be able to trot without volunteer assistance.
  • Each day of camp includes a riding lesson, horsemanship, camp activity and lunch break. Campers will discover their unique talents in a week-long day camp. Camp staff are specially-trained to provide a supporting, fun, and enriching camp day for children and young adults with or without disabilities. This camp is designed to foster a deeper relationship with horses. This camp is inclusive, siblings and friends are welcome!


Rain Update

Rain completed two rounds of chemo after a small tumor suspected of squamous cell carcinoma was found in her left eye. She has healed nicely and is able to return to lessons! 

NVTRP is looking for a heavy draft and small pony to join the herd - similar to Maybelle and Lula!

Ideal candidates would be between 15.1 and 16.2 hands for the draft and 12-13 hands for the pony; under 14 years old and beginner safe. Must be sound at the walk, trot and canter.

NVTRP is open to a free lease, donation or purchase.

Please email Christina at cduffy@nvtrp.org with any videos or more information.


Behind every success at NVTRP is an extraordinary team of volunteers that make it all possible!

When asked, "What is one word you would use to describe our volunteers?" The staff and clients shared:

Passionate... dedicated... committed... flexible... hardworking... tireless... respectful... responsible... caring... friendly... compassionate... dependable... enthusiastic... supportive... kind... encouraging... fun... remarkable... focused..... and many more.

It's hard to come up with adequate words to describe how much our volunteer support means! As we wrap up Volunteer Appreciation Week 2022, NVTRP is so very grateful to have your help. Thank you for being so selfless and for so many in whose lives you make a tangible difference!


Looking for that special gift for your favorite client, horse or volunteer?

Check out the NVTRP Wish List HERE.

Photo credits to Sydney Sawyer Photography and NVTRP staff.

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