Deborah Dows created the Southlands Foundation in 1983 to preserve her lands, care for the animals, and continue the development of individuals of all ages. Your membership helps us to provide for the care of equine friends that includes feed, shoes, bedding, and veterinary care. Membership also helps us to maintain the extensive grounds and buildings of our facility.
We never lose sight of our mission, nor our responsibilities as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 entity. Your support is fundamental to our success. Your membership contributions are an acknowledgement of your belief in and support for our Mission: to provide a historical and agrarian connection to the community, and to cultivate a respect and love for the land and its animals through education, conservation, and outdoor recreation.
Our membership year begins on April 1. The Red Ribbon ($275) level is the minimum level to receive lesson discounts, advanced camp and clinic sign up, and is the Family Membership level which includes immediate family of up to four people. We qualify for many corporate matching gift programs, please ask your HR department if your company has these programs!
See our 2018 Membership Letter from our President:
It looks like spring may be approaching and with it the annual membership drive. Your membership donations help us to care for our school horses and for the riding facilities, buildings, and the land.
The past year was a bright and busy year at Southlands: we welcomed a new trainer, Susan O'Hearn, whose experience and passion for riding and horsemanship complement those of our Executive Director, Allison King Hericourt. Allison, Susan, and Sophia are developing new programs, such as the jumper clinics held on the Monday school holidays and fun sessions to improve horsemanship knowledge on all levels. Our summer riding camp as well Nature’s Classroom summer camp continues to thrive, and we introduced a new camp experience in the emerging field of STEAM that bridges nature, science, and the arts.
We have made great progress in community outreach hosting events, such as the Winnakee Barn Tour, the Paint-Out (with the Gallery@Rhinebeck), and an After-Hours reception for the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce in the fall. A continuing program for our neighbors, Samaritan-Daytop residents, introduces them to grooming horses to build trust and self-esteem.
Maintenance and improvement of the property and facilities are on the agenda. This year saw the completion of projects for Southlands' riding rings, roads, hay fields, and the pony aisle of the main barn, among others. The final phase of the South Barn renovation, to begin this spring, will make the building attractive and secure.
Your membership dollars support Southlands in all these endeavors, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have you in the Southlands family (and we thank our devoted volunteers). As you renew your membership, could you also donate to our Pony Shed Fundraiser? We have reached the half-way point towards our goal of $20,000. The old shed in the pony field is no longer adequate to the needs of the herd. By checking the box on the following page, you will ensure that the ponies will be out of the summer sun and the winter wind this coming year. Although our staff constantly looks for ways to keep costs down, the overhead of basic expenses goes up. Any amount would be greatly appreciated!
Deborah Dows created the Foundation in 1983. Through prudent management of the endowment and your support, we continue to fulfill her intentions. We never lose sight of our mission, nor our responsibilities as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 entity. Your support is fundamental to our success. Your membership contributions are an acknowledgement of your belief in and support for our Mission: to provide a historical and agrarian connection to the community, and to cultivate a respect and love for the land and its animals through education, conservation, and outdoor recreation. Remember, your membership contribution is tax deductible, and that we qualify for many corporate matching gift programs.
With many thanks,
The Board of the Southlands Foundation