Wednesday, June 27, 2018

the Peggy Kessler RideOn Award, by DoubleHP / New Hope Horse Shelter

We are honored to introduce our Peggy Kessler RideOn Award,
in memory of our friend Peggy Kessler.
In Loving Memory
PEGGY A. KESSLER
August 12, 1959 - May 4, 2018

Peggy was an avid sports fan, as well as a talented participant. In high school and college, Peggy participated in basketball, volleyball, track and softball. She graduated from SDSU in 1981 with a B.S. in Public Recreation. Peggy loved playing softball from 1977 through 1988, helping her team win 2 state tournaments, and was inducted into the South Dakota ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1990. Peggy officiated volleyball for 21 years and was the first volleyball official to be named NFIOA Outstanding Official for South Dakota in 1990. In 2008, the SDHSAA presented Peggy with the Officials' Leadership Award from the SD Girls and Women's Sports.
Peggy loved her family, her friends, and meeting new friends. When not at work, Peggy could be found out camping, riding horses, golfing, watching football, traveling, geocaching and just being outdoors.
After being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2001, Peggy was an advocate through the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, answering countless emails and phone calls to offer help and support to others. Peggy also hosted 7 golf tournaments to raise awareness and funding for Pancreatic Cancer. In 2009, she received the Randy Pausch (author of the Last Lecture) award presented by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Washington, D.C.
 
SPECIAL NOTES FROM JANA CARLSON:
Peggy had a love for not only people but also for her horses. She wanted a horse from the time she was in kindergarten. Her mom saved every Christmas letter Peggy wrote Santa asking for a horse. Peggy would like the idea about rewarding good behavior and getting kids more involved in the outdoors and to appreciate nature and all its animals. If Peggy could have lived and camped outside every day she would have. I know Peggy would be very honored (about the Peggy Kessler RideOn Award).
 
 
 
When Jana sent us the original memorial donation, she wrote this note:
Enclosed is a check in memory of Peggy Kessler. 
She loved her horse and all horses.
Now she can ride every day.
 
We thank Jana and all of Peggy's friends and relatives who contributed to the original memorial donation.
We also thank Mary Lou Dahms and Christine & Douglas Jacobson for individual gifts in memory of Peggy.
 
The original amount came to $555.00.  The owners of New Hope Horse Shelter, Greg Schjodt and Darci Hortness, matched that amount.
 
Instead of just buying hay with the memorial money, we wanted to make it last and grow. So, we started the Peggy Kessler RideOn Award, a kind of scholarship for people in our horsemanship program.  Original donations to the Peggy Kessler RidoOn Fund are used to buy hay for the rescued horses who live here.  The matching funds from Greg and Darci are used as the scholarship part, to help with the horsemanship program we have here.
 
Greg and Darci will match up to $5,000.00 for 2018.  If you are interested in contributing to the Peggy Kessler RideOn Award, you may call Darci 605 359-0961.  Send checks/notes to Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP), 25337 470 Ave, Crooks SD  57020.  Or use the donate button on this website. 
 
Darci played softball with Jana and Peggy, and Greg & Darci often visited with them while riding horses on the Newton Hills trails. Or ran into them on the golf course or at other sports/outdoors events.

If you would like to add to this Memorial, or start your own, just let us know. 
Just call 605 359-0961 or email doublehphorses@aol.com if you have any questions or suggestions.  Thank you.

 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Horsemanship / Horse Riding Lessons in Sioux Falls, South Dakota area. at DoubleHP / New Hope Horses.

Are you looking for a place to learn about horses in the Sioux Falls South Dakota area? Here we are!  Our horsemanship program is getting a little later start this year.  But it is time.  This year we have an application for you to fill out.  Our program is a little different than others, so we want to make sure it is what you are looking for.  Ours is not just riding lessons.  It is riding lessons, but it is also horse safety, care, behavior, and non-riding activities.  If you don't want to ride, we have lots of non-riding activities and programs too.  We encourage and reward greater participation, dedication, and try.  Come more often, learn faster, lower your hourly rates.  We provide the horses, saddles, etc.


First, take a look at our horsemanship audition videos at www.youtube.com/gentlereins.
These are videos right here at our facility with our horses.

Here is more info about "how to sign up":

How to sign up for the horsemanship program at New Hope Horse Shelter / DoubleHP

1. Watch our horsemanship / audition videos at www.youtube.com/gentlereins.  These are some of our horsemanship students in the last few years, right here at our facility, with the horses who live here.

2. Look at your schedule, to see if it will work with our schedule.  At first, we want you to come 2-5 times a week.  Twice is fine, if that is what works for you.  We schedule in advance, on a monthly basis.  Sessions are 1- 2 hours each.  They are scheduled M-F.  Start time can be between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  It is our goal that as you advance through our program you will need less supervision/coaching and your schedule can become more flexible.  Our weekends here are reserved for advanced students. If you have recently received your certificates for Level 3 online and freestyle, you will probably  very quickly receive a great deal of schedule flexibility here, low or no costs, and the opportunity to help coach our beginners, if you would like to.  If you are just getting started or are a beginner yourself, that is something to look forward to!

3. Consider some of your individual factors:

                Previous Horse Experience - There is no previous horse experience required; however, if you have quite a bit of horse experience, you will probably speed through our first two levels. 

                Age - There really is no age limit.  We have riding and non-riding programs, so you don't have to ride if you don't want to.  If you are younger than 18, we need to involve a parent or legal guardian in all of this planning.  For youth 12 and under, we require an adult to participate in the sessions with the youth, at least for the first few sessions or until we all feel comfortable with the youth being here without the adult who brings the youth.  We have had children as young as 6 in our program, but it can be difficult at this young age.

                Weight & Height - This is important for riding and saddle-fit purposes, but not so much for non-riding activities.  Our beginner- approved riding horses are medium sized, so beginner riders cannot weigh much more than 170 pounds.  For advanced riders, we do have a couple of bigger, younger horses that might fit you.  These horses need further training before they are beginner-approved. So if you are advanced, perhaps you will be interested in these horses.

                Physical, emotional, and mental fitness - Are you fit enough for a 2-hour session with a horse?  You don't need to have any previous horse experience to do this.  But you need to be able to focus on what we are teaching you without having thoughts about other things that will distract you from learning and practicing.  You will need to develop non-stop awareness and be willing to find and use an appropriate level of assertiveness.  This is a self-improvement program for humans.  Yes you will learn horsemanship skills, and you will ride if you want to.  But you will also explore (and hopefully enjoy) new ways to communicate, move, excel, and have fun with a horse (and actually with life in general).  If you enjoy music, rhythm, dance, either individual or team athletics/sports, you will enjoy this with horses.  If you don't know if you like those rhythmic things, you can find out here with the horses!  When something isn't going quite right between a human and a horse,  usually there is something the human should do differently.  It's hardly ever the horse; it's almost always the human. Once you get to that realization, your advancement will be incredible!  This is why we talk about fitness. Physical, emotional, and mental. 

4. Complete/submit our 2-page Application; and contact us to further discuss schedules, rates, and goals.  Darci Hortness, Horsemanship Coach. 605 359-0961  email doublehphorses@aol.com  
 
Here is the info. on the application.  We can email it to you, or you can just copy/paste the info. here.  Email it back to us or send to DoubleHP, 25337 470 Ave, Crooks SD  57020.
 
 
Application (2 pages) for Horsemanship Program at New Hope Horse Shelter / DoubleHP
Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP), 501c3 nonprofit for horse rescue/sanctuary
25337 470 Ave, Crooks SD  57020, 605 359-0961, email doublehphorses@aol.com www.facebook.com/newhopehorses, www.newhopehorses.org
Name of participant ________________________________________________
Name of parents/legal guardian (if participant is under 18 years of age)
address (city state zip) ______________________________________________
phone numbers ____________________________________________________

email address _____________________________________________________
If you manage your own website, blog, facebook page, youtube video collection, etc., that you think we might be interested in, write down your internet links here. (this is optional)
 
Participant age ___________          height _________________         weight ____________
 (helpful info. when considering horse/saddle/stirrup fit)
Our "how to sign up . . ." sheet will help you complete the rest of this form.
What kind of schedule are you looking at?
Summarize your horse experience, no matter how basic or extensive that may be.  No previous horse experience is required, but we like to know about it if you have some.
 
Page 2, Application for Horsemanship, New Hope Horse Shelter /  DoubleHP
What are your main areas of interest or goals or reasons for joining our program?
After reading about rhythm and fitness (physical, mental, and emotional) as they relate to our horsemanship program, please write about any experiences, thoughts, questions, or concerns you have regarding those topics.
Anything else you want to tell us or ask us about our horsemanship program.