In 2016 Tell Tale Productions Inc. spent many hours and days at Hinchinbrook Farm and the homes of various clients creating a film that will be showcased on the CBC documentary show Firsthand. The first full length film about the Horse Boy Method™ to be produced in Canada, it follows three of our special friends who come to the farm on a regular basis to work with the horses and open their lives to new possibilities. You can see the description of the program at the following link: FIRSTHAND — FREE REINS.
In the space of two hours, 80 artists painted 80 masterpieces. The outburst of mass creativity took place at a fundraiser sponsored by the Hinchinbrook Farm Society (HFS) at the Mahone Bay Centre October 22, 2016.
Billed as “Paint Nite and Silent Auction”, the event also featured the auctioning of seven themed baskets that were filled with donated items. The pre-auction value of the baskets ranged from $110 to $370. The other major source of revenue was the entry fee paid by each of the 80 participants.
“The evening was a huge success that netted more than $3,000 for the farm and children with special needs,” said Carolyn Collicutt, president of the HFS. “The society and I want to express our heartfelt thanks to the artists who first paid the price of admission and then bid on the baskets; to local business and individuals who contributed items for the baskets or donated food and drink; and to the local musicians who freely gave of their time to help nurse the creative muse.”
The evening began with a reception during which the artists snacked, drank, chatted and browsed through the baskets. MC Pat Hirtle then introduced the professional art teachers from Paint Nite™ who supplied canvases, paint and brushes and guided participants through the completion of their paintings. While painting, the artists simultaneously became the main event and the audience as they listened to the music of Stephanie MacLeod, Tim Worthington and Clas Larsson.
Hinchinbrook Farm is Canadian registered charity located in Blockhouse, NS. Under the guidance of Program Director Patricia McGill, it offers therapeutic riding, Horse Boy Program, and special events for children with special needs and their families. The farm’s website is www.hinchinbrookfarm.com.
THE POWER OF THE INTERNET. With an ad on Kijiji, we were able to get a boat donated to the Farm in ONE DAY!
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Yes, that’s right. If you know anyone who has a boat that is of no use on the water, we desperately need to replace our gravel-filled play-boat on our woodland trail.
It is a favourite place for our young people to play with trucks and shovels and pails, digging in the gravel and building future cities. The boat we now have, which is so popular with the kids as a mid-way place to stop their horse and do some creative expression, is rotting to the point of disappearing and is crying out to be retired.
So, if you know anyone with a BOAT THAT WON’T FLOAT, please get in touch. You can find our e-mail and telephone information on our CONTACT page.
Phase 2 of the pathways project was again funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. It as completed on time and on budget this past summer and resulted in two more pathways opening up. One of them was through the eastern wetlands area of the Farm and was constructed with gabien rock to allow free movement of the water in the wet season while giving riders and volunteers and solid, dry base on which to walk. We also constructed an observation platform at the west end of the pathway network and it overlooks the creek (and the zip line runway).
DAL Agricultural Student Reina Fennel spent a week at Hinchinbrook Farm in February 2016 volunteering. This is her beautiful video essay of her week at the farm.
Hinchinbrook Farm applied for a Teen Physical Activity Grant through the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge.
Horse Boy play dates are a great way to keep moving – unless the weather doesn’t cooperate, all Horse Boy play dates are held outside and allow the kids and volunteers to reap the benefits of the great outdoors!
Here’s a link to the story we submitted to the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge: http://www.participaction.com/teen-challenge/story/130413/
Please read and share!