Robert Dover wants to help me with a fundraiser for the non-profit I lead in Austin TX, Skillpoint Alliance for which I couldn’t be more grateful or more excited. We would share the proceeds from the event with the Equestrian Aid Foundation.So, I’m basically asking you to be my focus group and let me know what you think of my idea so far, okay? Remember I’m not a good writer so if I confuse you just ask me all the questions you want.
Please start out by taking a moment to check outwww.skillpointalliance.org it’s an easy way to see the amazing work my team does in Austin without me writing a 5 page Mom’s Corner. What I love most about Skillpoint is that for 19 years we’ve never waivered in our commitment to serve those most in need, Title 1 schools which house our a- risk and low income kids, and adults who are often referred to as “hard to employ” code for on assistance, transitioning veterans, former offenders, homeless, unemployed and underemployed those among us often forgotten or passed over. I say in front of anyone, anywhere, anytime that Skillpoint’s program’s fromYouth STEM initiatives to Adult Workforce training are unparalleled in our city, region and state. (after you’ve checked out our site if you think that your city, country, state could use similar programs feel free to contact me about that as well, we are ready to scale our programs wherever the need exists).
As for the EAF part of this event; for many years I harbored the idea that we could actually launch the Ride for Hope (RFH). I pictured a website with an avatar of a horse and rider that moved along a route across America driven by donations to EAF. Each donation moves the horse and rider, give more go farther. During the one year long RFH, RD and lots of other equestrians from all disciplines could do live events in cities on the virtual route. Austin will be a pilot to test the entire format whichwould be the same in each city, a ride that includes topequestrians, rescue horses, special needs riders, Pony Clubbers, and any and all other local stars from the worlds of politics, education, the arts, industry and willing to saddle up for a couple of hours and take a short local Ride for Hope. We’d like to see each location finish off with a big party celebrating this amazing effort and using all the regular fundraising tactics we’re all well aware of to make an event worthwhile.
In Austin, unless you all just hate the whole idea, I’m planning to do a weekend Robert Dover Clinic as part of the fundraising. If you’re reading this and you live near Austin would you load up your horse and come to do a clinic with RD? Would you come just to audit? Would you come just to party? Would you saddle up to participate in the RFH alongside RD or another equestrian favorite in your neck of the woods? Would you be interested in organizing the RFH in your town?
I sure ask a lot of questions, but it’s the only way to learn. I hope this piece finds you well, I know you all share my sadness at the recent events in Boston and West and are praying for the continued recovery of all of those hurt and affected by either of those terrible events. Until next time, please take good care of yourselves and each other.
Mom’s kid, Margo