Building Our Mission
Front-view rendering of the Michele Arnhold Education Center
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Thanks to the incredible generosity of a family whose loved one had a deep commitment to our mission, we have some very exciting news to share. Through their charitable organization, The Arnhold Foundation, the family of former Pegasus volunteer Michele Arnhold has 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 will be built at the site of the original barn at Pegasus Farm, which was taken down in early February 2016. It will include 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 will be used wherever possible.
During construction, we will operate program on a modified basis at Pegasus Farm. Our wonderful therapeutic horses have relocated to temporary stalls on the farm while we construct their beautiful new home.
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.
Construction on the Michele Arnhold Education Center began in early April 2016. Our target completion date is early 2017. We are planning a ribbon-cutting celebration to honor the Arnhold family for their extraordinary gift celebrating Shelly’s life.
We also will be excited to welcome our entire Pegasus community to visit the Michele Arnhold Education Center and hear more about what we have planned for the future. In the meantime, we will share updates on this Building Our Mission web page as the project progresses. We also periodically will send out a special Building Our Mission e-newsletter to keep our community informed. If you have any questions regarding this project, we welcome you to contact our spokesperson, Communications Director Christine Fitzgerald, at (845) 669-8235 x108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.