Join Us for the 2016 Riding Season!

We are Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services, Inc. Sponsored by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission our non-profit organization operates out of Barn E-8 at the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center.

Our 100% volunteer staff provides skill based riding and horsemanship lessons, free of charge, to Prince George’s County residents dealing with various disabilities.

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Join the PETS Family in the Cheverly Day Parade On May 21

WOODY, the PETS Mascot, has been undergone a major beautification and is ready to put his best foot forward to  show off the PETS  program in the Cheverly Day Parade on Saturday, May 21.   We have 2 six foot long wonderful PETS banners to announce his presence on the parade route and volunteers in their PETS shirts finery are needed to proudly carry the banners.  Woody will be carrying a rider and, of course, the rider will need side walkers and a leader to make sure Woody and rider are not freaked out by the massive crowds lining the streets of Cheverly.  This is a great chance to let people know what a great organization PETS is!  That means we also need lines of people in their PETS shirts to follow along in support.  LET US KNOW WHO CAN COME AND HAVE FUN WITH US ON MAY 21st.   You must be on deck in Cheverly at 9AM to line up for the parade.
I will reserve am information table during the afternoon for  PETS  to promote the great work that we all do  and to make use of this fun way to attracting more volunteers and/or riders. ( Gosh, we may even get horse donations after seeing WOODY; people will be so impressed with the care of that horse.)  The tables will need volunteers at the table from 2PM to 5/6PM.  The tables could be staffed by four people in two hour.    There will be food, music, and activities for distractions during the afternoon so one can take breaks.
If you are interested in participation in the parade or the table  please reply back to this e-mil or call  the barn (301) 627-4308 for more information.
The PETS Staff
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Returning / New Volunteer Training

We will be conducting returning volunteer training from 5:30 PM to approximately 8 PM on Tuesday, April 5th. We will also be doing returning volunteer training and New Volunteer Training Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th 5:00 PM to approximately 8 PM We will be meeting at the barn E-8. If you have anyone one who would like to join please bring them.

Hope to see you there!

The PETS Staff

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Earning Money for PETS is just a click away‏

Dear Volunteers, Riders and Friends,

 PETS is an organization that has teamed up with GoodSearch, joining  organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Girls Scouts, Feeding American, the Red Cross, the  League of Women Voters, and many more who use GOODSEARCH/GOOD SHOP to earn money for their  charitable organizations.

If you shop online,  or search online you can earn money for PETS with just a click of your mouse. A designated percentage  of your purchases will be donated to  PETS as well (varies by business).




ONE:  Go to    Go to drop down box and click on “HOW DOES IT WORK”  then click on “GET STARTED”


TWO: Enter your favorite nonprofit (Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services, Inc) in the “Who do you support? Box.


THREE:  Search the Internet .  Every time you search, a penny will be donated to Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services, Inc.


Let’s  add NUMBER FOUR:  Share this e-mail.  Get family and friends to sign up.


The PETS Staff

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February Pancake Breakfast

The Patuxent River 4-H Center in Upper Marlboro is associated with PETS through its hosting of our regular Board of Directors meetings and yearly VolAppPicnic Four times a year the 4-H members hold a Pancake Breakfast

You can enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage as well as coffee and juice when you come to the 4-H center on Sunday February 28th 9:00-11:00 am. Cost for breakfast is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 3 to 6. Children under the age of 3 eat free. The Patuxent River 4-H Center is located at 18405 Queen Anne Road in Upper Marlboro. For more information see February Pancake Breakfast

The PETS Staff
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PETS Start-up Workdays – Help is Needed

Welcome to the start of the 2016 PETS Riding Season

Our season begins next month as work days begin to make our area ready for horses to return and returning riders submit their paperwork.

Here is our tentative 2016 calendar of events

Our first workday is to be held on Saturday March, 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Our second workday is Saturday March, 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m


Returning riders, please submit your completed paperwork by March 15. If you are unable to complete the the required  paperwork before March 15th, please call the barn and let us know so that we can work with you.

Returning volunteers can bring their paperwork to the work days. For safety and liability, only volunteers with current paperwork can be allowed to participate and be on the property. A Volunteer Registration Form can be found here Volunteer Registration Form for anyone who needs one, please bring a completed one for the 2016 Season with you.

Horses are expected to return, depending on the progress of the work days. Returning volunteer training, new volunteer training and rider screening also begins in the first week and second week in April.

For the most up to-date information about what is going on at PETS, Please check the website at  and Facebook at

Hope to see you soon,
The PETS Staff
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Support PETS Therapeutic Riding Program: EAT AND SHOP @ FRANKLIN’s RESTAURANT & STORE on Monday, February 29, 2016‏

Looking for a good excuse to skip cooking and dishes after a relaxing weekend??

You’ve got one!

On Monday February 29th … go out for lunch, take the night off from cooking, go out for happy hour or do some shopping in Franklin’s general store to support the Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services Program! (yeah, those micro-brews count, too!)

  • Where: Franklin’s Restaurant & General Store,                                                                                     5123 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

 When: Monday, February 29th (11:00am -9:30pm)

  • How: Turn in receipt to host, ask that it be included in PETS fundraiser (PETS earns 20%)

Note: Receipts from dining in, carryout and store purchases are included!

  • Why: PETS horses could use the money for winter room and board

Please spread the word to your family and friends  The Flyer is Here — everyone loves a good excuse to dine, drink, and shop at Franklin’s!

Thanks in advance for your generous support!

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Join Goodshop to give back when you shop

We have partnered with Goodshop so that now you can feel great about your online shopping! Goodshop gives you the best coupons for thousands of stores like Target, Apple, Amazon, Petco and more AND a percentage of what you spend on virtually every purchase is donated to our cause! Plus, with the Goodshop app for iPhone and iPad, you can shop, save, and give on the go.

Save money and help a good cause every time you shop! Check it out: and search for Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services. You can also read about Goodshop in the New York Times, the Today Show, Oprah Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and others!

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