AUGUST 2020 THE RIDER /31 WindReach Farm Legacy for Hope

Ashburn– July 15, 2020 – WindReach Farm, a regis- tered charity, has been en- riching the lives of individuals and their fami- lies for over 30 years by providing a fully accessi- ble farming environment with specialized features and programs developed specifically to serve the needs of those with intel- lectual, mental health and/or physical disabili- ties.

since she was five years old, but it wasn’t until she came to WindReach that she truly blossomed. Here, Stephanie has found a wel- coming family – both human and equine. With the instruction of her won- derful coaches, she has be- come an independent dressage competitor, regu- larly entering the Sea-to- Sea national competition for riders with disabilities and regularly placing in the top three in her class. She has also realized her dream of owning her own horse – something no one in our family ever imag- ined possible. It is at Win- dReach that Stephanie has found both her joy and her vocation. She is welcomed as a volunteer; an integral member of the team that keeps the horses happy and healthy and the barn running like clockwork. Stephanie is an

Stephanie, has been riding horses


The Alexander J. Mitchell Equestrian Facility at Win- dReach Farm is a magical place, a place where dreams come true every day. I know this because I have watched my daughter realize her dreams here for more than 15 years and I have witnessed the magic firsthand. My


is Stephanie Coveart, a rider and volunteer in our therapeutic riding pro- gram. Her story is one that demonstrates the impact WindReach has on her and her family and how much she misses it. What does WindReach mean to Me? Everything. Tracey Coveart -

the doors of WindReach Farm had to close, how- ever we are all working hard to be the light at the end of the tunnel for the people we serve as our doors are carefully begin- ning to open. There are hundreds of participants who benefit from our pro- grams and who are desper- ately missing the contact and impact of being at the Farm on a daily basis. One such participant

Due to COVID-19,

amazing person. Kind, generous, loving, funny and eager to pitch in where she is needed. She also happens to have multiple disabilities caused by a rare genetic disorder: epilepsy, global develop- mental delay, sensory inte- gration disorder, autism. At 28, Stephanie cannot

my favourite animals. They don’t judge you; they are always there for you. I have always wanted to own my own horse but I never in a million years thought my dream would become a reality. Buddy was always the one. It felt surreal! Sometimes it still hits me all of a sudden that he is mine. I love Buddy so much. He is my best friend. His eyes are beau- tiful. You look in those eyes and you know that he is such an amazing crea- ture. And when I get on his back, I feel so free. All your worries about trying to be someone go away. When I’m on Buddy I feel like I could take on the world.

Buddy in Sea-to-Sea is amazing. It’s hard work, but it’s hard work that I love. When I came in first place, I felt ecstatic! I feel very successful because I know that all this hard work is going to pay off in

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think WindReach is amaz- ing. When I walk into the barn it is such a lovely feeling. It’s a feeling that I never take for granted. I truly believe that the barn is my second home, my second life. It’s the best feeling you could ever have to see all the horses that love you and all the people who love you. We have a community that is really special. I love it more than anything in the world. At the barn I am able to just be me and that means everything to me. I’ve missed the barn so much and all of the beau- tiful animals that live there. They are my friends and not being there with them has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to deal with. My job is something I take a lot of pride in. It’s an un- believable feeling to have a job that you love so much. I muck stalls, I sweep the barn floors, I clean windows, I clean tack, and feed the horses. My favourite job is taking the horses into the barn and out to their paddocks. It is an honour that I am trusted with that job. I get shivers down my spine thinking about it. To walk beside a horse is a really amazing feeling. You look in their eyes and you know that they trust you com- pletely and they’ve got your back. Horses are one of

read or write or live inde- pendently or do many of the things that neuro-typi- cal 28-year-old women can do. It has not been easy for my exceptional daughter to find her place; somewhere she feels em- braced and valued and happy. WindReach is that place and we are thankful every day that the barn and the people and horses in it are such an enormous part of her life. Stephanie Coveart: I

love it because it opened my eyes to things, I didn’t think I could do. It’s one of the things I don’t think I

Olympics. I love dressage. I

a big way. Someday, I hope to compete in dres- sage at

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could live without. It makes me feel invincible. There are many things I can’t do. I can’t read or write or do any of that stuff, but when I get on a horse it feels different; like I’ve found somewhere I belong. If I wasn’t riding,

I don’t even know who I would be. Buddy is my heartbeat. Not being able to ride Buddy for the past three months has been hor- rible. It was like a void; like a deep, dark void. If I thought I could never get back on my horse, I don’t

launched a GoFundMe campaign on July 15, 2020 to help continue the Legacy of Hope for indi- viduals and families who rely on us to provide pro- grams and services which enrich their lives. Help us open the doors wider as soon as safely possible. For further informa-

know what I would do. Buddy is my whole life. My best friend. And I don’t know how I could live without him. WindReach Farm

tion contact: Ross Ste-Croix Carol Dahlquist Executive Director, Win- dReach Farm Executive Director, WindReach Farm Foundation 905-655-5827 905-242- 3952 Ross.ste-croix@win- d r e a c h f a r m . o r g Carol.dahlquist@win-

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