Brewster, NY - Pegasus Therapeutic Riding's Pegasus Farm chapter announced today that The Rider's Closet program, developed by Georgina Bloomberg, will now be based out of Pegasus Therapeutic Riding's Pegasus Farm chapter in Brewster, NY. The program originated four years ago, when Bloomberg wanted to donate her lightly used show clothing to a good cause, but was not sure where to start. The Rider's Closet began as an endeavor to provide a place where all equestrians could donate their clothing so that other riders who may not be able to purchase their own riding attire and equipment could take advantage of these otherwise expensive items that had been outgrown, but were still in good condition.
Thus far, The Rider's Closet has already proven to be of great value to a variety of programs, including, but not limited to a number of intercollegiate riding teams. While The Rider's Closet has been growing, so has Bloomberg's equestrian career. Over the last few years, the demand has risen, and with Bloomberg traveling to various equestrian competitions around the world, she wanted to move The Rider's Closet from a home-based operation, to a new home where it could get more attention. "I'm really excited about this move," said Bloomberg. "It is a great situation for both the Rider's Closet and the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding program. They have a first class program, one that I've been really impressed with over the years. I think the move will benefit a lot of equestrians on a number of different levels."
Expanding The Rider's Closet operations entailed a larger space, which is why it will now be moving into a large version of a walk-in-closet at its new home on Pegasus Farm in Brewster, NY. This initiative will be managed by Pegasus staff and volunteers, who have decades of experience in nonprofit marketing and donor relations.
"Though we couldn't do what we do without the help of our amazing therapy horses, our mission to serve individuals with special needs is, at heart, people helping people," notes Pegasus executive director Patti Coyle. "Georgina created The Rider's Closet with the same goal in mind, so partnering on this project was an exciting opportunity for us."
The Rider's Closet accepts donations of every kind, from show shirts, jackets, breeches, and other horse show attire, to gloves, sticks, spurs, boots, schooling apparel, and chaps. The only donations that The Rider's Closet is unable to accept are riding helmets due to safety concerns.
Bloomberg's original idea has blossomed into a substantial charity with a large and wide-ranging impact. Many intercollegiate teams and therapeutic riding programs have already benefited from The Rider's Closet including:
Sarah Lawrence College
SUNY New Paltz
College of St. Elizabeth
Colby Sawyer College Dartmouth College
University of Kentucky
United States Military Academy
The Ridge Rider Pony Club of Goshen
4H in Orange County, NY.
O'Neill High School
University of Florida
Dreams Come True Therapeutic Riding
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding
Gallop Inc. at Kensington Stables
John Bowne High School Agriculture Department
For more information about The Rider's Closet please visit http://theriderscloset.org.
For more information about Pegasus Therapeutic Riding or Pegasus Farm please contact Patti Coyle, Executive Director, 845-669-8235 X103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Collaborates with Georgina Bloomberg's, The Rider's Closet Photo is taken of the new location of The Rider's Closet. Photo © 2010 Logos provided courtesy of client.