Big Equitation Dream; Not-for-Profit Offers Opportunities to Junior Riders
RELEASE: February 25, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Brian Sosby
All too often, talented junior riders are unable to fulfill their dream of competing in the “big eq” division at horse shows because they lack the funds to purchase an appropriate horse. Capable big equitation horses that can compete successfully in the division and qualify and compete at regionals and finals are extremely expensive to purchase or even lease.
So for many junior riders, their progression through the equitation divisions ends when they reach the 3’6” level. For some, this insurmountable obstacle is enough to cause them to quit riding altogether.
In order to offer opportunities to talented riders who can not afford these types of horses, Big Eq Dream, a 501-3C not-for-profit was formed. The plan for Big Eq Dream is to have owners of suitable horses donate them to the organization in order to receive a tax deduction. The organization would then make these horses available to selected riders for a reasonable lease fee. The riders would be selected by the board of directors based on their talent, dedication and need.
“The idea for Big Eq Dream came from my own frustration of knowing talented riders who dreamed of doing the Medal and Maclay, but who never got the chance simply because they could not afford the horse,” said Carol Parker, a trainer based in Long Island, NY, who founded the organization. As a junior rider training with Robert Hoskins, Parker’s own junior career was limited by the lack of a suitable equitation horse.
“I know what it feels like not to fulfill that dream, and I hate to see it happen to kids who really deserve the chance,” she said.
Big Eq Dream has received its 501-3C status and certification from the State of New York. Parker heads the organization along with fellow board members Andrea Misuraca and Judy Galterio. Misuraca is a successful trainer/rider, and Galterio is a longtime respected barn manager. Both are based on Long Island.
The organization hopes to eventually receive not only donations of horses, but also monetary donations which would fund the care of the horses, as well as enable them to provide sponsorships for riders to subsidize the costs of showing.
If you have an appropriate horse that you are interested in donating, contact Carol Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 834-9943.