Subject: September 2013 Newsletter





Front Range Exceptional Equestrians Newsletter


September  2013






Trail-A-Thon is Around the Corner


Our annual Trail-a-thon will take place on Saturday, September 21st at Bobcat Ridge in Masonville.  This is always a highlight for riders, families, volunteers, and horses!  This unique event was designed as a way for riders and families to give back to the program in a fun way and serves as one of two major fundraisers for our program.

Last year we successfully implemented as a simple way to ask friends and family to donate to our cause.  Whether or not you are a rider or family member, you can jump on the bandwagon and start your own fundraising page - it's EASY!

To set up your own fundraising page, simple click

here and click on the green "Start Fundraising" link.  You will be instructed on how to proceed, and can then simply email friends and family asking for their support.

You are such a vital link in our program, and we are so grateful for your support throughout the year!  

Best of luck and we look forward to seeing you out on the trail!






Chipping Fore Charities

President's Address


We are only one week away from the biggest F.R.E.E. fundraiser of the year -- "Chipping Fore Charities," which will take place on September 9th at the Fort Collins Country Club. All of our F.R.E.E. supporters still have time to help out. Even if you are not a golfer, you can still help by donating money to the Tournament's "Golf Ball Drop" contest. Simply put, you can purchase a golf ball for $10 or 5 golf balls for $45. In return, you are entered in a contest where a helicopter will fly over the golf course and drop the golf balls people have purchased. The balls that land closest to the target on the golf course will win a 55 inch LED TV or a cash prize (there will be three winners)!!

Please consider contributing $10. We have over 500 supporters of F.R.E.E. and if everyone contributes, we can raise $5,000 in just golf ball purchases! If interested, you can mail a check to Jan Goldstein, F.R.E.E. Board President:

Jan Goldstein
1112 Hawkeye Street
Fort Collins, CO. 80525

Remember, you can also help by golfing, sponsoring a hole, or contributing merchandise to our silent auction. If you have questions or need further information, contact Jan. This tournament has already raised over $21,000 for F.R.E.E. over the last 3 years!

Thank you for your continued support! 




Did you know?


As you may or may not be aware, our program is a Premier Accredited Center through P.A.T.H. International. Every five years we go through a renewal process to keep this status. This renewal was on August 12th.  Overall the accreditation went well.  There area a couple of areas for improvement, but the site visitors were very impressed with our operations. The initial results indicate a passing score, but we won't have an official score for a couple of months. Everyone involved before the visit was very helpful and the help is greatly appreciated! Thank you to everyone for keeping this program up to par and making it safe for everyone!



Parent/Rider Involvement


Attention families!  Did you know 75% of riders utilize the scholarship program but only 25% of families volunteer with FREE?  FREE would like all families to help make FREE a successful program.  If you find you are short on time but want to help, how about networking with someone you know who may serve on your behalf?  Recently a family wanted to help with the Larimer County Fair Horse Show, but when she couldn't get there she found that her mom wanted to help on her behalf!  Her mother donated and brought all the fruit and water for the morning and afternoon for volunteers and riders! Another family knew a cousin that has horse experience and wanted to help at the barn with horse care. If you are able to refer a family or friend who can help, please call Cheryl Sutherland (225-8158) and she will put them in touch with the right person who coordinates in an area of their interest!  And thank you to all the families who already help, you know who you are!!!




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Front Range Exceptional Equestrians (F.R.E.E.) | P.O. Box 272452 | Fort Collins | CO | 80527