PETS Closes 2012 Riding Season

Volunteers clean out the barn as horses go to winter boarding

All last week volunteers spent nights and the weekend cleaning and packing up the barn and helping transport horses to their winter boarding locations as the riding season ends and the Equestrian Center gets ready for the Prince George’s County Fair.

Volunteers and riders worked on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights to pack all our materials and supplies into the feed room. This is done each year as part of PETS’s working relationship with the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center, Showplace Arena.  The Prince George’s County Fair begins on September 6 and runs through the weekend. The exhibitors at the fair use all of the barns, including PETS’ barn. After that, the center becomes even busier with the Maryland Horse and Pony Show, the Bill Pickett Rodeo and the Capital Challenge.

The week of packing and cleaning involves stripping down the stalls and turnout and securing all of our equipment. Horses are transported either back to their homes or to their winter boarding location. Volunteers help with all parts by cleaning, packing and helping take tack and horse care supplies to winter home. PETS is very grateful to the community of boarders at Marlboro Horse Farm as well as Cookie Monster’s owner, for their help with transportation this year.

During the Fall and Winter, approved volunteer exercise riders help care for some of the horses and give them a moderate amount of exercise. The PETS community begins to work on plans for friends of PETS start discussing which horse shows and events in the area everyone would like to attend. The administrative side of the PETS program starts reviewing the current year and making plans or adjustments for the next riding season.

Winter doesn’t necessarily mean an end for PETS. While the riding season is over, there are many activities that PETS is involved in and many that need the help of volunteers. PETS is looking for business-minded professional individuals, with or without horse experience, who are interested in supporting a program that provides a free and valuable service to disabled residents of Prince George’s County. If you are interested in learning more about PETS and would like to consider being part of the program’s Board of Directors, contact and 301-627-4308.

If you are interested in riding or volunteering with PETS, contact and 301-627-4308 to learn about the process for each and to be ready for the 2013 riding season.

Stay with us online for more details about the PETS program, our volunteers, riders, horses and events.

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