I currently board at Eddo's barn and am a friend to Tammy and Eddo. Eddo is currently in the rehab unit in Peterborough. He is currently receiving rehab daily and is regaining his strength slowly.
We had to cancel the August Walter Zettl clinic at HDI as Walter was recuperating from pneumonia and Eddo was still in the hospital. We are keeping our fingers crossed that he will be out of the hospital in time for the September clinic with Walter.
If you would like to send hm a message you can send him an email at email@example.com. I know many of you have sent emails but have not heard anything back. I can assure you that he has read most of your emails. I have him hooked into an ipad at the hospital but there is no wifi and it will take some time for him to write back to you all. He has enjoyed your emails and is quite overwhelmed by the support from all over the US, Canada and the Carribean.
I will be seeing him tonight so I will pass on your support.
I will endeavour to keep you all up to date on Eddo or if you feel comfortable please call Tammy directly. If you have further questions you can contact me directly through the facebook page Hoekstra Dressage.
Eddo is still wheelchair bound but his speech is not seriously affected, so he wants to begin teaching some riding lessons at his barn. But to do so he needs an all-terrain motorized wheelchair and those things are very expensive and out of his reach.
To help him with funding, we are holding a couple of days of fundraising at Sonesta Farms. Below is a copy of the press release we just did for this:
SONESTA FARMS DRESSAGE BARN TO HOST BENEFIT FUNDRAISER FOR EDDO HOEKSTRA WHO RECENTLY SUFFERED A PARALYZING STROKE
HOUSTON, TX, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012: Sonesta Farms, a dressage barn located at 17302 Swansbury Dr., Cypress, TX 77429, will host a benefit to raise funds for the well-known dressage clinician, Eddo Hoekstra, who recently suffered a paralyzing stroke that has left him without use of his left side. The stoke occurred just weeks after he became a first time father. The fund raiser will be held in two parts, with an open party on Saturday, October 27, 2012, and a dressage clinic on Sunday, October 28, 2012, to be taught by Sonesta Farm’s trainer, USDR Silver Medalist and British Horse Society Level II trainer, Andrea Seaman.
The party on October 27 will include a barbeque buffet, two live bands, swimming, hot tub, pony rides for kids, face painting, horseshoe pitching contest, a puppy kissing booth, Halloween costume contest for the kids and a raffle and silent auction. Internationally known equine photographer, Bob Langrish, who was recently honored by the Queen of England with the British title of MBE for his contributions to the art of equine photography, will be a special guest at the party.
The dressage clinic on Sunday, October 28 will consist of a riding lesson on your own horse to improve your dressage or just to improve your general riding abilities and will include a stall for your horse, a seminar on how to braid your own horse for shows, a video of your riding lesson, a nice lunch and a cocktail party afterwards during which Eddo will be contacted by telephone and put on speaker to visit with everyone.
Tickets to the Saturday party are $20 for adults and $10 for children between ages 8-13. Children under age 8 are free. Rides in the dressage Clinic are $100 each. Tickets for Saturday’s events and the Sunday riding clinic can be obtained by contacting Rebecca Pennington of Sonesta Farms at Rebecca@sonestafarms.com or by phoning her at (281) 373-0125.
And I just found out that the Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Program (LEAP) that was begun by our own Kathy St. Martin & Jos Mottershead of Equine-Reproduction.com has agreed to help with the fundraising.
So, if you cannot make it to the benefit, you can send a donation directly to LEAP with a notation that it is for Eddo Hoesktra and they will forward the funds to him. LEAP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization so your donations are tax deductible.