Fundraisers for Eddo Hoekstra - Tshirts, donated breedings and more!
Thank you to our COTH Mod1 for letting me post this!
Many of you know that well-known dressage clinician, Eddo Hoekstra, 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.
Luckily his speech has not been seriously affected and he is working very hard in rehab. But he wants (and needs) to get back to teaching his riding students. To do so, he will need an all terrain motorized wheelchair - and those things are VERY EXPENSIVE.
In collaboration with several others, we have come up with some ways that everyone can help this great guy.
You can buy a T-shirt with nice horse graphic and one of Eddo's best known quotes: "Control less. Create more." by visiting www.sonestafarms.com/eddotshirt.htm Shipping to U.S. and Canada only.
You can begin bidding for a breeding to any of the stallions of Avalon Equine (Kathy St. Martin & Jos Mottershead of Equine-Reproduction.com kindly donated this breeding) on a separate thread on the COTH Breeding Forum at http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...99#post6581199. Note that the stallion you choose will be limited to those standing to the public on the season you breed. Right now, those include the Oldenburg Mannhattan, Cremello TB Goldmaker, Leopard Knabstrupper Colorado Skrodstrup, Oldenburg Edward Scissorhands d'Avalon, German Riding Pony Belafonte d'Avalon.
You can enter the Foal Raffle at Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Program (LEAP) at www.leg-up.org . A portion of those funds have been promised to Eddo.
And finally, if you are near Houston, TX, you can attend one or both of two events scheduled for late October, 2012.
First is a big party with live music, barbeque buffet, margaritas, pony rides, face painting, puppy kissing/cuddling booth, horseshoe pitching and Halloween costume contest for kids. Tickets can be purchased at www.sonestafarms.com/eddo.htm
Second is a dressage clinic to be taught by USDF Silver Medalist and British Horse Society II trainer, Andrea Seaman. The clinic will include the riding lesson, a video of your ride, a seminar on how to braid your own horse for show (both hunter style and button style), a nice lunch and a cocktail party afterwards when we will phone Eddo and put him on speaker to visit with him.
Judy Yancey just donated 2 weekend nights or 3 weekday nights in her new FABULOUS Bed & Breakfast in the wonderful Texas Hill Country in Fredricksburg, TX.
That's a $700 value for some lucky person!
This one will be part of our silent auction at the fundraiser at Sonesta Farms on October 27, but if you cannot be there and want to bid on it, you can contact me by PM and give me your top bid and I'll let you know if you luck out!
Just wanted to let everyone know that Jane Savoie has generously donated a 1 year membership to her Dressage Mentor program ( www.dressagementor.com) for our fundraiser on Oct 27! What an awesome item it will be for our Silent Auction there!
If anyone who cannot attend the event wants to bid on it, just PM me and I'll put your bid on the silent auction bid sheet and if you give me a phone number to reach you, I'll give you a call before bidding closes on Oct 27 to let you know if you've been outbid and see if you want to bid again.
Eddo has offered to do a free video critique of a schooling or show ride for any rider who signs up and rides in the dressage clinic at Sonesta Farms on Sunday, Oct 28, with Andrea Seaman! We still have riding slots open. More info at www.sonestafarms.com/eddo.htm
Another generous donation to auction! This time it's a private photo shoot in California!
Portrait Session with Sara Roxanne Photography:
Sara Roxanne is an equine photographer specializing in capturing the special bond between horse and human. This portrait session includes up to two hours of shooting, an 8 x 10 print and a gallery of web resolution images for person use (facebook, email, etc) as well as a proofing gallery to order additional prints. Prints available at 4 x 6 through large wall size images, canvas prints, metallic prints, and special gifts also available. $250 value.
Can be redeemed within Southern California through December, 2012, or, in Northern California in 2013.
Another great travel package has been donated to benefit Eddo Hoekstra!
Westwind Properties has donated a 5 night stay in a luxury one bedroom condo in Whistler, the number one ski resort area in North America. Located in British Columbia, Canada, in the area where the 2010 Winter Olympics was held.
Westwind Properties specializes in luxury ski in/ski out accommodation. All units are self contained and fully furnished. Enjoy amenities such as year round heated swimming pools, saunas, fitness centres and more. Each property is unique. They have a condo or townhome to suit every traveler... from families to business travelers to couples seeking a romantic holiday.
This package is valid from November 1, 2012 until March 31, 2014 - so you've got over a year to use it!