Green Chimneys’ call for horses

Bonding with a horse at Green Chimneys.

We at WAG are still horsing around this week – luxuriating in the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, which wrap up this Sunday in North Salem, and looking forward to the Preakness Stakes Saturday to see if Nyquist can continue his electric undefeated run.

In the meantime, last week’s item on the Horse Shows and the Preakness sparked something in reader Samuel B. Ross Jr. He’s the founding managing director of Green Chimneys, which helps children with behavioral, emotional and social challenges heal and develop through their work with animals in a farm setting. Studies show what Ross has long known: That animals can reach kids – indeed, reach all of us – when sometimes nothing and no one else can.

Green Chimneys needs two draft horses that can be ridden and drawn.

“They need not be young. They will not be overworked,” Ross writes to WAG publisher and creative director Dee DelBello. “Perhaps you or someone you know can help us make our dream of having additional horses like these come true.”

So how about it, horse lovers of WAG country: Will you help this organization?

As Ross adds in a handwritten postscript: “I would never look a gift horse in the mouth but I would give them a treat!”

Meanwhile, hoofs crossed for Nyquist’s success and we’ll see you at Old Salem Farm.

On June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Green Chimneys hosts its 24th annual Birds of Prey Day, its largest event of the year. On June 8, the nonprofit teams with Neiman Marcus Westchester for a fashion show. (See Page 53 for details.) On July 16, Green Chimneys is the “charity of choice” for The Victory Cup polo match at Kirby Hill Farm in Pawling from 1 to 8 p.m. Then on Aug. 2, it’s the annual fundraising Golf Classic at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Green Chimneys is at 400 Doansburg Road in Brewster and 33 Clearpool Road in Carmel. For more, call 845-279-2995 or visit greenchimneys.org – and don’t forget to look for our profile of the organization in WAG’s June “Celebrating the Globe” issue. – Georgette Gouveia

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