FFT ANNUAL EVENTS
The beginning of April marks the beginning of our program year. We reconvene and rejoice in the lengthening days and increasing warmth. Our Spring session runs for 9 weeks.
Our annual event, Run for Our Roses Kentucky Derby Reception and Auction will be held on the first Saturday of the month.
Our summer session lasts nine weeks. We enjoy the opportunity to be out on
the trails as well as to enjoy games and begin training for the fall Massachusetts
Special Olympics Equestrian Tournament.
Our staff and ponies take a break from the usual teaching schedule to concentrate
on several weeks of specialized training, and to enjoy a well-deserved break!
Our Fall Riding Session and Pony Partners begins.
Special Olympics In October riders who have reached
their eighth birthday look forward to participating in the Massachusetts
Special Olympics horse shows, which are held Ironstone
Farm and Windrush Farm. Our riders enjoy the challenges of riding horses
they have never met – an experience seasoned riders consider formidable!
Each rider participates in two classes. The “Trail Class” is designed as
an obstacle course which includes steering through cones, walking over
poles, and moving objects from one place to another. The “Equitation Class”
offers each rider a chance to demonstrate several positions, different
gaits, and their mastery of communication with the horse. Every year
our riders bring home medals, and many students qualify for the State Finals! We
are proud of our riders and their achievements, and humbled by their incredible
enthusiasm and great sportsmanship.
OktoberFFest at Frank’s Steak House
Hosted by Frank’s Steakhouse in
Cambridge, MA., we have enjoyed a sampling of fantastic food complimented by
carefully selected wines for the “everyday connoisseur” during the last few years.
It is a tribute to our riders to take this opportunity each year to introduce
our program to new friends.
Halloween Week -
We encourage all of our volunteers and riders to dress up in costume and
to feel the magic of Halloween!! Each year our ring is filled with cobwebs,
fake spiders, pumpkins and all sorts of new activities. Our riders navigate
through the games: stirring up a witch's brew, creating silly pumpkin faces,
or sticking the eye balls on a skeleton!
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:
Volunteer appreciation week - During the last week of our second fall session,
we dedicate time to celebrate the gifts of time, love and loyalty our
volunteers selflessly give to the program. It is a week we give special
thanks to one of the cornerstones of Friends For Tomorrow, our volunteers.
During this cold dark time of the year, the staff focuses on program development
and again devotes time to specialized training, both for ourselves and
for the horses! In addition, we find ways to bring our students together
for some social time to keep friends and families in touch.
Winter Session - For those riders (and parents!) who are brave enough to
ride through the coldest months, we hold a 6-7 week winter session two
days a week. We all work extra hard to have fun and stay warm!