Just in time for the equestrian set’s biggest gathering of the year here in the Hamptons (remember, the Hampton Classic kicks off on Sunday!) today is the big day for the annual CTREE Horses Changing Lives Benefit. The fundraiser–supporting the Center for Theraputic Riding of the East End, which is a life changing riding program for children, adults and veterans with special needs–will be held tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton.
Georgina Bloomberg is the Honorary Chair of this year’s event with Tami Maines and Michelle Farmer serving as co-chairs. The cocktail party in the stunning waterfront setting of the private Sebonack Club features live music from Hopefully Forgiven and a silent and live auction items which will bring out your competitive bidding skills.
The power of the CTREE program and horses’ ability to change lives is expressed by a parent whose daughter has been transformed by the program which operates out of the Wolffer Estate Stables in Sagaponack, NY. Her daughter was born two months premature and very underweight and at nine years old has faced balance, vision and auditory challenges.
“At three and a half years old, we started her at CTREE. Her first ride on Mosely was quite memorable. She sat straighter than her physical therapist could have dreamed, looked like a 35 lb. Grace Kelly and was so obviously confident on a large horse. We have seen her posture, core strength, leg strength and motor planning improve. To our family, CTREE has provided our daughter the opportunity to find her confidence, her passion and most importantly her voice. Every Saturday morning our beautiful daughter (lacking practically all pre-academic skills) walks into our bedroom at the crack of dawn clutching her riding boots and demands ‘Horsey!’”