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You Deserve Thanks
Thank you for always remembering our friends with
disabilities at Windrush Farm.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.
From all your friends at Windrush Farm!

Watch the 2014 Video: The Power of Windrush 

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Tri-Town Oct 3 Jubilee

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DSC05209Thanks to everyone who came out today for the Windrush Farm 50th Birthday Celebration. Such a great turnout. A huge thank you to all our bands, vendors, supporters, and volunteers. You all made today possible. Thanks for celebrating with us. Happy 50th.

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A crowd of more than 300 people gathered under the tents to celebrate Windrush Farm’s 50th Anniversary at the Golden Jubilee on Saturday night.

Guests were greeted by ponies, Tucker and Wanda and then enjoyed cocktail hour with music by the Crosson sisters while reading an almost life-size timeline of the organization’s history. When the dining tent opened, Board member Ben Nutter and Executive Director Mandy Hogan started the show by thanking sponsors and welcoming our founder, Marj Kittredge’s children, Lucinda Sullivan, Ellen Kittredge Scott, and Charlie Kittredge.

There was a history video presentation and then dinner followed by the Windrush Farm Board of Director President, Bob Gore’s address to the community.

The evening concluded with “Pony Up” hosted by the entertaining Tim Vaill and Bob Gore during which the audience pledged more than $150,000 to the Windrush program. And finally, the night concluded with some energetic dancing.

Thank you to everyone who made the Jubilee possible.

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Windrush Farm in the Boston Globe

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bobAs I started to write this, the question occurred to me: how many organizations like ours make it to age 50? I don’t have a precise answer but my best guess is: not many. There are many reasons for this but two stand out: continued dedication to the population served and disciplined execution.

Windrush has a long and honored legacy of doing a great job in both categories. Our core services remain very similar to the original concept yet the populations served and the needs addressed are often remarkably different. Our strategy has evolved as the organization has grown, the market changed and new opportunities open. This is the way it should be. Disciplined execution means an outstanding safety record, high-quality services and an efficient operation. Windrush should be proud of its record in each of these areas.

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Contributed by Gina Armano

Windrush_031 copyThis year commemorates a remarkable event at Windrush Farm, the 50th anniversary that kicked off a movement started by our founder, Marj Kittredge. The number of individuals affected by what Marj began in 1964 is staggering. Thousands of clients and volunteers over the last 50 years plus the work of other centers that have sprung up across the country are a direct result of her work. Windrush Farm’s program is not only one of the first of its kind in the United States, but as we have evolved through the years, so has the diversity of our offerings and the versatility of the volunteers who make our programs happen every day.

The evolution of therapeutic riding allows individuals with disabilities an opportunity to explore alternative forms of treatment and recreation. The obstacles our clients must overcome to advance and improve their lives is awe-inspiring and their stories are endless. The horses provide their legs and their mobility, while our volunteers provide their support physically and emotionally. Their borrowed legs can go anywhere they want them to go, through the woods, across the fields, up and down hills, with an ease they otherwise never have.

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