Building Our Mission
The Michele Arnhold Education Center is open!
Here is a slide show of highlights from our recent Transformations Weekend:
The horses absolutely LOVE their new home:
And we can't WAIT to welcome our participants for our first program session in the new facility!
About the Michele Arnhold Education Center
Thanks to the incredible generosity of a family whose loved one had a deep commitment to our mission, Pegasus recently opened the Michele Arnhold Education Center to provide a beautiful new home for our therapeutic horses and a welcoming educational space for our participant families, volunteers, staff and guests.
Through their charitable organization, The Arnhold Foundation, the family of former Pegasus volunteer Michele Arnhold donated $2 million to Pegasus Therapeutic Riding to build the Michele Arnhold Education Center in Shelly’s memory and create an endowment fund to support the future of our organization.
Shelly Arnhold was a lifelong horse enthusiast, which she demonstrated both as an avid Amateur Owner Hunter competitor with many year-end championships to her credit, and through her desire to share her love of horses with those around her, especially young riders. Shelly was equally committed to education. She dedicated much of her time to nurturing and guiding preschool children in the classroom. The blending of her two areas of expertise—horsemanship and teaching—made her a natural when she began volunteering for longtime friend Betsy Stein Medinger at our Corgi Hollow chapter in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Michele Arnhold Education Center opened during Transformations Weekend on May 19, 2017. The facility includes 15 closed stalls, two tack rooms, a kitchen, a feed room and hayloft, an administrative office, a classroom and volunteer/visitor lounge with windows overlooking the riding arena, a restroom, laundry and storage rooms, and multiple open stalls for washing, grooming and unmounted program activities. Environmentally friendly building materials were used wherever possible.
We thank Joe Cusato and Cusato Management Corp. for overseeing the construction, and all of the vendors who worked with Joe to provide services and materials at a reduced rate. Read more about Joe here, and click here for a list of participating vendors.
The Arnhold family’s generous gift will provide many opportunities for growth and enhancement. The Michele Arnhold Education Center will enable us to expand and diversify our programs, better integrate our educational programs into the barn environment, conduct industry-related workshops and certification courses, host community events and create a space for volunteers, families and friends to gather to observe program activities or just relax and enjoy their visit to the farm. The endowment gift will help ensure the long-term financial stability of Pegasus and make it possible for us to continue serving people with special needs, veterans, and individuals at risk for many years to come.
All of us at Pegasus offer our deepest gratitude to Shelly Arnhold’s family for this transformational contribution to our organization, and for the life-changing impact it will have on the inspirational people we serve. It is a deeply moving tribute to a wonderful woman, volunteer, equestrian and friend who is greatly missed and fondly remembered.