Brewster, NY - September 19, 2013 - Apparel company Horze Equestrian of Watertown, Conn., recently donated new children's paddock boots, half chaps, t-shirts and ball caps to The Rider's Closet program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, N.Y.
Founded in 2006 by world-class equestrian Georgina Bloomberg, The Rider's Closet accepts donations of new or gently used riding apparel and sends them to pony clubs, therapeutic riding centers, scholastic teams and individual riders who need equestrian clothing and boots but cannot afford to purchase them new.
"We are so thankful to be able to contribute to such an important organization," stated Horze Equestrian CEO Fred Erik Nilsen. "We believe in Pegasus' and The Rider's Closet's missions and fully support what they continue to accomplish."
The Rider's Closet is managed by Pegasus staff and volunteers at their main equestrian center, Pegasus Farm. The program currently serves more than 300 individual riders and equestrian organizations around the U.S. and continues to grow each year. Pegasus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations to The Rider's Closet are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
"Donations from companies like Horze Equestrian are so helpful to our program," noted Bloomberg. "Many of the brand-new items they sent have already been put to good use by Pegasus participants, and the rest are on their way to other riders around the country. We are incredibly grateful for Horze Equestrian's support."
The Rider's Closet accepts adult and children's show shirts, breeches, jackets, boots and half chaps. Demand is especially high for paddock boots and tall boots in adult and children's sizes, as these are the most expensive items an equestrian needs to participate in the sport. For safety reasons, helmets cannot be accepted. Information about donating or requesting items from The Rider's Closet is posted to the Pegasus website at www.pegasustr.org/trc.