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2020 Summer Students
Kerenza Verburg is a medical student at Dalhousie in Halifax. She has been volunteering at Hinchinbrook for one year and is excited to be able to spend her summer here. Kerenza’s job is called Animal Husbandry and Farm Assistant. In other words, her main duties will be to help Patty run the farm with secondary duties working with the kids. There is always lots of work to do caring for the animals and the facilities. Kerenza started on June 14 and will work to the end of August.
To see her biography, click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Sarah McCarthy will work with us for 11 weeks, making sure that we can provide good programming all through the summer. She will fill the position of Riding Instructor’s Assistant and perform a range of tasks, focussing on lessons and playdates but also helping around the barn. Sarah is a psychology student at St. Mary’s University with the hopes of becoming a clinical social worker. She has been volunteering at Hinchinbrook for 2 years. Her full bio is at this link:>>
Jaime Collicutt has been around Hinchinbrook Farm from the very beginning. She started her as an eight year old rider and knows the farm inside out. She loves working with the kids and is a perfect fit as our Day Camp Counsellor. When it is swim time, you will always find her in the water or on the boat helping the little ones get their confidence. This is Jaime’s second year as a summer student, but she has also volunteered since age 14. She will be attending Nova Scotia Community College in the fall.
Updated July 25, 2020
Hinchinbrook Farm therapeutic activities are gearing up and open spots are disappearing (see the video above). Ther-a-Play will be designed to keep families separate. Call Patty to book.
Here are the new protocols for our programs:
- Emails with procedures and details of activities are sent to every rider ahead of time so that the proper equipment can be pre-staged.
- A signed COVID-19 questionnaire will be kept on file. We are now also requiring COVID-19 liability waivers.
- ALL arrivals get their temperatures taken.
- ALL arrivals are asked to wash their hands in the tack room. This is mandatory because we pass toys, equipment and toss balls to riders, so every one starts with washed hands.
- Masks are no longer mandatory, but recommended if you must get close to someone outside your bubble.
- Lists for play dates: we keep record of what is used and lesson plans keep a record of what is touched.
- There is a port-a-potty to accommodate bathroom requirements. The farm house is off limits.
- All families and riders must bring their own snacks and refreshments. Water is available in the tack room, but will be moved to the porch when the roof is completed.
- EVERYTHING (tools, equipment, surfaces) are tracked during use and later disinfected by the volunteers after every lesson; and after everyone leaves the summer students spray lysol on general surfaces and door knobs.
There is other work that trained volunteers can be doing if you are not comfortable working close to other people. Paddocks need care, fences mended, brush cleared and horses groomed/lunged. Our outdoor environment allows you to work virtually alone, even while having at least two people on site for safety reasons. If you do come,
- please do not share food, water bottles;
- do not cough or sneeze on the animals as the virus can live on surfaces for several days;
- remember to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow;
- and above all, keep smiling!
However, the golden rule still applies: if you are not feeling well, regardless of what you think is the problem, then that is the time to stay at home. Summer cold? STAY HOME. Headache? STAY HOME! Get the picture?
Also, if you are not comfortable coming, just let Patty know that you are taking some time off from volunteering.
If you have travelled out of the Atlantic Bubble, you should not come to the farm for at least 2 weeks.
We’ll see everyone at the tail end of this critical time. Please everyone stay safe.
Animal Care Is A Crucial Part of Business At Hinchinbrook Farm
Read the blog post and testimonial here>>
“Time outdoors as a child aids mental health as an adult”
The June 5, 2019 edition of South Shore Breaker (Saltwire Network) includes an article that, in part reads: “…more time in nature (is connected with) better cognition development and improved physical health, coordination, balance and agility.”. The article also reports new research that shows adults who spent time in nature as children have better mental health. Read the full article here>>
How Do We Spend Our Money?
Help increase our capacity — become a volunteer!
The number of children and young adults who can receive the benefits of our therapeutic riding and Ther-A-Play programs is dependent on the number of available volunteers. We always try to have a one-to-one volunteer to rider ratio to meet our risk management guidelines. Life changes result in a certain number of volunteers either being less available or leaving (for example, to go to college). So, we are always looking for new people to join our tribe of about 40 dedicated volunteers and become part of the Hinchinbrook experience.
- Volunteers are trained by certified therapeutic riding experts
- You must commit to a minimum of 10 hours a month (about 1 session per week, although many volunteers do more than that). The best thing is to choose one day and time that stays the same every week, but additional time is always welcomed.
- Once you have put in 100 volunteer hours (including training) you qualify for other free training such as Emergency First Aid, Mental Health Emergency First Aid, T-TOUCH and more — saving you hundreds of dollars
- Volunteering at Hinchinbrook qualifies for school and college community service and supervised co-op work
- Looks great on a resumé
- Really helpful on college applications for related programs (social work, animal care, psychology, etc.)
“FREE REINS” Documentary
GET YOUR POPCORN — AND A BOX OF TISSUES — AND THEN CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CBC DOCUMENTARY, “FREE REINS”, ABOUT HINCHINBROOK FARM AND THE MEMBERS OF OUR TRIBE (45 MINUTES)
For the present, this video can only be viewed in Canada. We will update the link once an international access site has been confirmed.
- CBC: Everything You Need To Know About Horse Therapy
- Therapeutic Riding Study from Practical Horseman
- CHECK OUT WISH LIST>>
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Our web site is a great place to get to know about therapeutic riding and the people and critters that make up this charity. Check out all the information found on the many web pages under the tabs in our menu. Click on that big DONATE button at the top right!
Our Wonderful Corporate Donors
➢The Windsor Foundation, Halifax
➢The Shapiro Family Foundation
➢J & W Murphy Foundation
We also would like to thank St. John Ambulance and Emera for choosing Hinchinbrook Farm and offering us free First Aid and Mental Health First Aid Training in 2019.
Partners in the 2020 Sport Fund Grant for a new therapeutic saddle include: Support4Sport, the Province of Nova Scotia, Sport Canada, Canada Games Legacy Fund and Manulife. Hinchinbrook Farm Society is pleased to work with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote programs for the disabled members of our community.