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$400,000 in Dollar-for-Dollar Challenge Grants Issued

June saw lots of progress on the fundraising front for Build to Thrive, NVTRP’s three-phased building project, including an indoor riding arena.

Multiple long-time friends of NVTRP generously issued challenge grants totaling $400,000--Jean and Ric Edelman pledged $300,000, in addition to their original $500,000 gift, and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation pledged $100,000.  Both challenges provide dollar for dollar matches for new Build to Thrive gifts.  We also received a $100,000 gift from Molly and Clarke Ohrstrom.

So, with these gifts we’ve reached the final stretch!  Upon raising the $400,000 needed to meet the challenge grants we will be able to start building the indoor riding arena.  We need to raise $400,000 in new donations by October 15, 2018, and we are turning to you – our rider families, volunteers and supporters to help us with this final push. 

Gifts of any size will be doubled as a result of the challenge. All gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on the Donor Wall of Honor, a prominent, permanent display inside the new facility.  Volunteer Arty Williams will make “bricks” out of wood salvaged from the old barn to create a beautiful and lasting donor recognition wall for all who helped us build the new indoor ring. 

Special naming opportunities for gifts at the $50,000+ level are also available.  You can learn more or donate at You can also contact Wendy Baird, Development Director, at or (703) 764-0269.

Construction on Phase I is nearing completion.  This work includes the new larger, lighted outdoor riding ring, expanded, paved parking area, widened entryway, accessible playground, and extensive infrastructure and foundation work needed to set the stage for the indoor riding arena (Phase II) and new barn (Phase III).  Planning and fundraising will continue uninterrupted until we complete the full project, including the new barn.

Thanks to Jolanda Janczewski, who has generously donated the use of her lovely barn and ring at Barranda Ridge, LLC, our herd is living comfortably off-site this summer and lessons and camps have continued uninterrupted.  We are planning for the herd’s return to O’Shaughnessy Farm at NVTRP in mid-August, so that fall programming can begin a few weeks later.

Thanks to each of you who has helped get us so close to finally having the indoor riding arena our riders so badly need and deserve.  We have overcome so many hurdles since we started planning for this project back in 2012.  Please consider joining us in this final stretch by donating today.

Thanks to all of you for believing in the power of therapeutic riding to change lives.

Kelsey Gallagher Executive Director


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