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Contributed by Betsy Payne

July in the Windrush Garden. The boys and girls in the at-risk program cultivated the soil and planted the seeds in May, marking many rows with bright blue baling twine…and then they waited. Slowly over the next month little green shoots appeared which rapidly developed into a wide variety of vegetables: peas, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, then beans, carrots, squash, beets, broccoli, and flowers like zinnia, marigolds and sunflowers. Since the summer program for this group began at the end of June they have tended their garden faithfully, scratching up the earth and weeding, weeding, weeding.

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Contributed by Megan Piermarini

In life, sometimes you are lucky enough to find true friendship in another. Sometimes that person can change your life just by being a part of it. In the blink of an eye, this little Arabian horse’s life could have been changed, and not for the better, if it hadn’t been for a true friend. Sometimes we are even lucky enough to be surrounded by a lot of people who can be considered true friends, ones who believe in you even when times are hard.

Brecon was rescued from auction, where his first new friend outbid meat buyers to save this little horse. He was named “Fight for Freedom” at his new home, which seemed to suit him well at this stage in his life. Although Brecon was saved, this would not be his forever home. He proved to be too “hot” to be useful in a lesson program.

It was someone else’s turn now to give Brecon a second chance at a new life. Thankfully for him, our very own WFTE volunteer Felicity Beech saw potential in him that many people may have overlooked. Felicity renamed him “Freedom of Brecon” after the Brecon Beacons. This is a mountain range comprised of Old Red Sandstone rock, almost like the color of Brecon’s coat.

Some people might say that Arabians are not known for being good foxhunters, but Felicity and Brecon certainly proved them wrong! Brecon hunted for five years with seven different foxhunts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, and North Carolina. In fact, Felicity and Brecon were appointed Field Master for some of their hunts at Myopia Hunt Club! The Field Master leads the hunt and is expected to be brave and jump whatever is in their path. What a bold little horse!

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Chosen by the “Having Fun with Horses and Stories” kids at Windrush Farm.

  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • My Pony by Susan Jeffers Billy and Blaze by C W Anderson
  • Sea Star Orphan of Chincoteague by Margaurite Henry
  • The Saddle Club Series by Bonnie Bryant
  • My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers
  • My Horse and Pony Book published by Parragon Publishing

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Eliza, Susan, Kate, Cara, and Taylor Danvers investigate the Windrush Farm four horse trailer as exercise to identify new vocabulary terms they learned earlier in the morning.

Our newest program, Having Fun with Horses and Stories used fun, hands-on learning experiences with horses to engage and motivate children to read and explore stories.

Utilizing the farm and barn environment as a novel setting/ “third space”, has been shown to increase interest and learning. Through safe multi-sensory experiences with our horses and ponies, the youngsters explored the horses & farm, learning first-hand about vocabulary, comprehension, characters and story plots.
The children created “Horse and Farm Work Bank Dictionaries” and shared “Windrush’s Best Horse Book Picks” with the N. Andover and Boxford libraries. They demonstrated their newly acquired knowledge by writing and performing skits with their horses and made up horse word searches to share with all the children who ride and work with horses at Windrush. Even the moms and dads got to join in the fun as their children introduced them to their horses and took them on a learning tour.
All attendees had a wonderful time and Windrush plans to host a similar program during the February and April vacation weeks. Visit http://www.windrushfarm.org for more information.

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