Happy New Year's Eve! We finished up the last bits of fencing Tuesday. Mark moved Debbie and Dena to BGAD Wednesday, Woody and Arroyo yesterday and Jack today. We're there!!!
Phew! It has been an icy mess here. We have yet to make it off the farm- since Wednesday night. As I write this Mark is putting chains on the truck and will be driving out the road and back to break a trail so we can get out this afternoon.
The horses are all handling the weather well but it's a lot of work just walking from place to place. Soem places are crunchy, others are really slick. I haven't fallen yet, but knock wood, it's bound to happen. I slipped leading Rocku and Jack out today but held on to both leads and the boys held me up. They gave me looks though like- "What???" Quadrupeds with iron shoes don't slip.
We got word that our volunteer orientation will again need to be postponed this time due to the availability of the Fair Grounds. It's tied up through the 15th. Perhaps we can work out another venue.
We also got word that the Rotary Club in Richmond will be hosting a fund raiser for us. More information as I get it.
Stay safe and warm!
The Volunteer Orientation at the Madison County Fairgrounds has been cancelled for tomorrow. Here at the "Mother Ship" we have snow, ice and freezing rain. Two significant winter weather events this week have once again delayed our winter riding season's beginning in Madison County. We have the fencing ready to go and it looks great, however we haven't been able to move the horses.
Another glitch has been the wheelchair ramp. it was originally constructed by a group at EKU but Sam Hudson checked it out and found it to be dangerously inadequate. We hoped to receive funding from the same group and begin construction this week but that didn't happen due to the 7" of snow we received over the weekend. We looked at dismanteling the ramp at the mother ship but it was frozen together. Sigh.
We now have a three week gap in which we hope to construct a ramp in Madison County, to get horses settled in and get all systems ready for the start of the 2011 riding season. Thanks to everyone for your patience. January 7 will be our first volunteer orientation in Madison County. More news about this later.
Here at the mother ship all the horses are in the dry and, except for Woody and Arroyo, will remain in the barn today. W and A will get turned out as they get a little antsy if kept up. Dinah and Debbie live without shelter at their home with Bradley, but they are big stout beasts and are used to this lifestyle. We are hopeful to get them moved to the pasture at the Base soon. Bradley Montgomery (see him at Montgomery's Farm Store on 21 North of Berea) has been kind enough to keep them for us through these several weeks and we are greatful for his patience.
We had word yesterday that the Rotary Club in Richmond will be hosting a Golf Scramble for AFTEC in the spring. This is exciting news and we are so grateful for these efforts on AFTEC's behalf. Planning for the Barn Dance is underway and the tentative date will be February 12. Anyone who wishes to assist with planning, to donate something for a silent auction, or who has any ideas, let us know!
Cheryl Martin. Co-Director and Lead Instructor at AFTEC.
Shane, Wounded Warrior Program