Karlyn Monroe, Editor
Doug McCullor, Assistant Editor
From the President & Co-founder, Claudia Monroe:
these are very hard times for most not-for-profits, we have so much in
which to be thankful! As a grassroots start-up with no real
sustainability, we have been here for 16 years! How does that happen?
The answer is: through the hard work and dedication of so many
volunteers, dedicated staff and generous donors! I am thrilled to say
we are in a state of growth!
I read a verse once that said
"Success is not in never failing; it is in getting back up again once
you have failed." Maybe that's where the saying came from to get right
back up on the horse! I stopped counting my bruises! They just don't
hurt when I see those smiles on our riders' faces! About Us...
Thank you to all!
Tomassini is 20 years old and has been riding for almost two years at
Centaur Stride. Matt, along with his mom or dad, travel 35 miles
one way every Saturday for his lesson.
Not only does he ride, but he has learned how to care for the horses by grooming and saddling them as well. Click Here to read more...
Assistant Executive Director Position
Most organizations have an executive director...
Click here to download a PDF of the job description
Healing with Horses walk-a-thon
Please join us this weekend for our fundraising event!
If you can't join us-please consider sponsoring one of our riders...Click Here
About Centaur Stride
in 1993, Centaur Stride is a 501 ( C ) 3 not-for-profit therapeutic and
recreational horseback riding facility. Located in rural Westfield, NY,
in Chautauqua County, Centaur Stride provides access to the benefits of
horseback riding to a broad spectrum of individuals with disabilities.
Programs are designed to improve many facets of the lives of riders,
their families and the individuals working with them. Integrating
lessons to allow riders without disabilities to participate creates
awareness of the basic human needs of friendship, understanding and
inclusion for all. Some make significant improvements in their physical
abilities, but all riders, whether their challenges are physical,
mental or emotional, or a combination of all of the above, make great
Today, more than 150 individuals benefit annually.
Stride is a composite of the kindness, generosity, labor and ingenuity
of so many people. Every gift, whether large or small, time,
talent, money, horses, items or labor, has helped to make it possible
for Centaur Stride to continue to provide needed programs and services
in our community. To all of you who have helped to make Centaur Stride
what it is today, through prayers and support, List of Donors.
- To create awareness, a tool for communication and a means for on-line support/fundraising.
the dedication from Karlyn, some reserved funds from the Northern
Chautauqua Community Foundation, and a generous donation from
Fessenden, Laumer and DeAngelo Athletic Sports Club, we went live on
June 1, 2009. Our website is: www.CentaurStride.org.
recently received a "Field of Interest Grant" from the Chautauqua
Region Community Foundation to update our website (9 months after
launch) and are presently hosting our first ever on-line fundraiser-
"Healing with Horses Walk-a-thon". Please check out the testimonials of
some of our riders and consider sponsoring them for this event. And if
possible, please join us there.
generate funds that will not only benefit Centaur Stride, but will give
back to the community and small businesses that supported us for the
past 16 years.
line with the vision of Chautauqua County and Tourism, Centaur Stride
launched the Chautauqua Bon Vivant- A Luxury Experience of Culinary,
Wine & Spirits.
festival is a two-day event that delights in the rich agricultural and
cultural bounty of Chautauqua County and includes events such as a
Saturday night Grand Tasting and Sunday's Champagne Infused Brunch. The
festival showcases regional and local wineries, features premium
spirits and master mixologists, platforms local and national vendors,
and highlights superior quality cuisine - during a weekend of lavish
tastings and special events. This event is designed to boost tourism
and the PRIDE of Chautauqua. Proceeds will always benefit Centaur
Stride, but area businesses will benefit from the ripple effect.
Hopefully, this annual event will grow and become a calendar call for
tourists and community supporters alike and provide the security that
we need (to make a budget and grow in programs).
Mark your calendars- the 2nd annual Chautauqua Bon Vivant is September 24-26, 2010!!
Our newest program in the works is "Project Horseworks".
Keep in contact to learn more as it develops! Click here to see our other programs.
Fundraising: Calendar of Events
we're not there yet (sustainability), we still need to have many
fundraising events and solicit donations. A calendar of events can be
found on our website.
Calendar of Events...
Help and Support
have and will always be crucial to our operations. We hope to add a
volunteer recognition section soon to our website. For now, I
especially want to recognize and thank Pat Eimers as outgoing Board
Treasurer for her dedication to our center for the past 2 years.
Someday, we also hope to have a Memory Garden. This past January, we
lost our most senior volunteer, Lovina Saigeon, who passed away at the
age of 90. She had a testimonial in her obituary regarding how much she
enjoyed coming here, and I was surprised to talk to the people at her
funeral and learn how many people she had told about Centaur Stride.
She asked that donations be made to Centaur Stride in memory of her.
Centaur Stride is a wonderful place for so many, and if living
testimonials and eye-witnessing aren't enough, I am even more touched
to read such testimonials in the obituaries of our dearly departed.
Please join our team! It is not in what you receive, but by what you give that you receive such joy in return.
Donate & Volunteer
Participants and Sponsors for Walk-a-thon
Prizes/donations for Night at the Races
Items for Theme Basket Raffle