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 2019 Membership Letter from our President:
Dear Members and Friends,
Spring is coming around again, although it may not look like it just yet! With Spring comes our annual membership drive. Your membership donations help us care for our school horses and for the riding facilities, buildings, and the land.
In the past year Southlands has continued its rich and varied programs: hunter/ jumper shows, dressage and combined training shows, clinics (with our ever-popular Dressage and Show Jumping clinics with Olympian Eric Horgan, as well as new ones for dressage with Stephen Hayes and a show jumping with Hall of Famer, Kathy Kusner). We have also added to our horsemanship (Horsemasters) classes in grooming, braiding, and equine science. New seminars on animal Reiki and Myofacial Release techniques have been introduced this winter as well.
The time for enrolling in Pony Camp and Nature Camp is very soon, and we expect full enrollments in Pony Camp as we had last summer. The lesson program, the cornerstone of our foundation, appeals to riders of all ages and abilities.
We wish trainer Chelsea Groggins-Hepler well as she and her husband head south to new ventures and careers. All those who worked with her know how well she prepared young riders, not only for the show ring, but for all facets of horsemanship and beyond. We welcome our new trainers, Michele and Jonathan Edel, who brings to Southlands a distinguished career in and out of the show ring, and a depth of experience in educating riders of all ages.
We remain committed to our neighbors and community with our therapeutic Samaritan-Daytop program. This program builds residents confidence and resilience by grooming and handling our school horses. A unique program, Still Waters in a Storm, brought children from Brooklyn to Southlands for a summer Saturday of pony-rides, donkey walks, and exploration in fields and barns. The Ralph Waterman Bird Club takes it members out on our trails to count bird populations twice annually.
We are proud that we have completed the restoration of South Barn this past summer! With your help, we have begun planning the new pony field sheds, but the heavy rains of the summer and fall have stalled progress. This work will be commenced this spring. Although our staff constantly looks for ways to keep costs down, the maintenance and upkeep of our operation is very expensive. Please consider checking the box on the following page to donate to our horse care fund when you renew your membership at the appropriate level. Remember that your membership contribution could be tax deductible and that, as a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 entity, we qualify for many corporate matching gift programs.
With many thanks,
President, The Board of the Southlands Foundation